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Emerald Ash Borer workshops offered in Cook and Lake County

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:22pm

The emerald ash borer is considered the most destructive forest pest ever seen in North America and to help educate the public about this insect, there will be workshops offered in Cook and Lake County. WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan spoke with Laurel Wilson, Cook and Lake County Invasive Species Coordinator, on North Shore Morning.  


The Invasives Team and the U of M Extension will host workshops on the emerald ash borer on Thursday, May 28, from 10 to noon at the Cook County Community Center -- and a second workshop on Thursday, June 4, from 9 to noon, at the Two Harbors Law Enforcement Center. For more information, contact Laurel at 218-387-3772.

(Photo by Natureserve on Flickr)


Comments still sought on historic Grand Portage meadow

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:50am

There was a good turnout for the public meeting at the Grand Portage Heritage Center on Monday evening, April 27. Community members came to hear current proposals and share thoughts about how to best preserve and interpret the historic meadow area east of Grand Portage Creek.

Historic photographs of the meadow area were shared by community members and park staff. Members of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa whose families have lived in Grand Portage for generations shared memories of when the meadow area was “Downtown Grand Portage.”

Comments were gathered at the meeting and will be accepted through June 1, 2015. Pam Neil with the Heritage Center said, “Everyone is welcome to share thoughts and ideas as to how the historic meadow area should be utilized.”

Anyone who was unable to attend the meeting, but would like to make comments may do so by sending to: Grand Portage National Monument, Attn: William Clayton 170 Mile Creek Rd., Grand Portage, MN 55605 or via email to


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"Art Along the Lake" coming Memorial Day weekend

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:54am

Early last winter local art galleries gathered to see where there might be synergies and opportunities to support each other. Out of those meetings came a few projects.

The “Art Along the Lake” event was planned for Memorial Day weekend, and the galleries have coordinated their events and schedules to create a full weekend of demonstrations, hands-on activities, music and refreshments. 

A critical component is an art gallery guide. The guide, just published, lists 12 art galleries and includes a map and a link to information about other local arts activities. 

In addition to supporting the Memorial Day weekend, the guide will be useable throughout the year.

 For questions or more information, contact Marcia Hyatt at (218) 663-7008.


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Green Dollar Survey results will be discussed at May 22 brunch

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 1:43pm

You’ll be able to learn about the results of the recent Green Dollar Survey at a brunch this Friday. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills Spoke with Kristin DeArruda Wharton and Diane Booth of the Green Dollars for Cook County Project on North Shore Morning. 

Date and Time: May 22, 10-11 a.m.
Green Dollar Survey Results; The State of Foods in Cook County

Location: Cook County Community Center 

Sam Johnson, Master's candidate at the Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota, will present a summary of information learned from the recent Green Dollars for Cook County survey which was conducted to gather information about the current demand and production of local food products in Cook County.  Over 64 businesses that produce and sell food in Cook County and Grand Portage participated in the survey.
To reserve your seat or for more information, please contact Diane Booth at the Cook County Extension 387-3015.


'Art Along the Lake' event planned for Memorial weekend

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 1:43pm

This Memorial weekend there will be an opportunity to enjoy the visual art delights along Lake Superior in Cook County. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Amy Demmer, Marcia Hyatt and Maggie Barnard on North Shore Morning. 


Memorial Weekend's 'Art along the Lake'
Schroeder, Tofte, Lutsen, Grand Portage and Grand Marais,
May 22 – 24, 2015
For more information
Call: 888-922-5000


Learn more about ISD 166 parking lot expansion at meeting May 21

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:02pm

At the Thursday, April 9 School District 166 board meeting, a resolution was passed to move forward with an abatement bond of $236,000 to be repaid over four years for the expansion and creation of a new parking lot entry at the Grand Marais school campus.

Edwin E. Thoreson Construction was the low bidder for the parking lot expansion project with a base bid of $134,293 and an additional bid of $52,377 for paving and creation of some additional parking spaces. It is hoped the work will be completed before the next school year.

A public hearing will be held to share the abatement bond information with the public on Thursday, May 21 in the Jane Mianowski Conference Center at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Steve Pumper from PMA Financial will be at the meeting. Board Member Terry Collins asked that drawings of the parking lot expansion be available to the public at that meeting.


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