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Briand Morrison to perform at Grand Marais Library Wednesday evening

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:29pm

On Wednesday, Aug. 27 an hour of smooth, warm, and innovative music designed to appeal to both jazz aficionados and anyone who loves good guitar will be presented by Briand Morrison at the Grand Marais Library beginning at 6 p.m.

Briand Morrison has been playing guitar since he was 7 years old. In sixth grade he was part of his first band playing piano, bass and guitar; at 16 he was hired by the West Bank School of Music as a rock guitar teacher.

Jazz improvisation grabbed his interest with its rich harmony, rhythm and melody. So much so that it continues to be tightly woven within his music interests and still shapes what he plays and listens to. The solo jazz guitar program is designed to help listeners experience Morrison’s music, song writing style, and maybe even learn some guitar playing tips.

Contact the library at (218) 387-1140 for more information.

"No water contact" advisory again issued for Grand Marais Campground Beach

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:25pm

The Minnesota Department of Health beach monitoring program has issued  another “no water contact” for a Cook County beach. The Grand Marais Campground Beach received a “no water contact” advisory on August 25. Another water sample will be collected today, August 26 to see if the bacterial levels have returned to acceptable levels.

Other beaches that received advisories on August 25 include the Agate Bay Beach in Two Harbors and the Blueberry Landing beach, Brighton beach, Lester River beach, 42nd Avenue East Beach, Minnesota Point Harborside beach, Clyde Avenue boat landing beach, Leif Erickson Park beach and Sky Harbor Parking Lot beach and the Lakewalk and Lakewalk East beach in Duluth. Also receiving an advisory was the Twin Points public access beach north of Gooseberry Falls State Park. They will also be retested today.

Beach monitoring is conducted at the following beaches in Cook County:  Chicago Bay boat launch in Hovland; Paradise Beach, Kadunce Creek, Durfee Creek in Colvill; Old Shore Road, Harbor Park in Grand Marais, Recreation Park campground in Grand Marais, Cutface Creek Wayside Rest; Temperance River State Park, Schroeder Town Park and Sugarloaf Cove Beach in Schroeder. At press time, all had “water contact acceptable” ratings.

A number of factors, such as dog, geese and other wildlife feces, dirty diapers, failing septic systems and sewer line breaks and overflows, can contribute to higher levels of illness-causing bacteria.

Energy efficiency brings rebate to Cook County Community YMCA

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:23pm

Local government officials were pleased to accept a payment of $12,737.50 in utility rebates from the Grand Marais Public Utility Commission on August 11. Keith Butcher, the energy service specialist for the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA), which provides power for the city of Grand Marais, explained that the rebate was made because of energy efficient equipment choices made by Cook County during the planning and construction phases of the Cook County Community YMCA.

Butcher said, “The county’s investment in energy efficient equipment will save them over 300,000 kWhs of electricity annually.”

Butcher said the rebates are for the YMCA’s efforts focused on highly efficient air-conditioning units, lighting (high bay linear fluorescents, CFLs and LEDs), and the significant use of occupancy sensors throughout the building to ensure that lights are off when not needed. 

Additionally, Cook County is working with Grand Marais Public Utilities to quantify the savings from the installation of variable speed drives on the swimming pool and water slide pumps.  Upon completion of the data collection, it is expected the Cook County will receive additional funds.  “This is yet another example of how Grand Marais Public Utilities works with their customers to use energy wisely,” said Butcher.

To learn how you can participate in any of the Grand Marais Public Utility programs, visit or call Keith Butcher, Grand Marais’ SMMPA Energy Representative, at 507-990-5907.



This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald


'Back to School' Open House and Orientation August 27

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:51am

The Cook County School District is hosting a "Back to School Open House/Orientation" on Wednesday, August 27th from 3:30pm - 6:30pm.  WTIP volunteer Sherrie Lindskog spoke with Melissa Dressley of the Cook County PTA on North Shore Morning about this event, and the school's ongoing need for volunteers.
The open house will have tables available for non-profit community organizations that provide services or support to youth and/or families to host.  Such organizations can have brochures, flyers, etc. available for parents and students.  This is also an opportunity for students and parents to meet their teachers.

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Helping with hunger in Cook County

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:58am

Cook County Public Health and Human Services is addressing the issue of hunger in Cook County.
WTIP volunteer Randy Eastlund spoke with Alison McIntyre, “Eligibility Specialist” with the Income Maintenance Department,
and ‘case aide’ Sara Hadley.

More information about assistance programs
at 387-3620.

411 W 2nd Street Grand Marais, MN  55604

Resources available to help individuals and families
in Cook County:

  • Food shelf
  • Food Support
  • Backpack program
  • Elderly Nutrition Program
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Senior Center
  • Free and Reduced Meals at the schools

(Photo by I-5 Design and Manufacture)



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An Invitation to Afternoon Tea, September 3

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:03am

You can RSVP for Afternoon Tea:  the event celebrates and supports Cook County Higher Education.  North Shore Morning host Randy Eastlund spoke with Paula Sundet Wolf of Cook County Higher Education on North Shore Morning.
Cook County Higher Education is hosting the 2nd annual Afternoon Tea Party at Naniboujou Lodge on September 3rd from 2:15 to 5:00 pm.  Dr. Karen I. Halbersleben will present the keynote address, “God Save the Queens:” Learning from the Six Women who have Ruled England since 1066. Six women have been crowned Queen Regnant of England since 1066, ruling for a combined 198 years of turmoil and triumph.  Guests will learn about each of the six-- two Marys, two Elizabeths, Anne, and Victoria--and about the unique challenges they faced, the choices they made, and the mark they left on their nation.  Dr. Halbersleben will consider how their gender influenced their years on the throne and seek to understand what is unique about a nation that sings with pride "God Save the Queen."
Schedule of Events
2:15 Silent Auction
3:30 Program Welcome: Paula Sundet Wolf, Executive Director of Cook County Higher Education
3:45 Key Note Speaker: Karen I. Halbersleben presents “God Save the Queens”
4:45 Final wrap up
5:00 Program concludes
Reservations requested by August 27th.
Proceeds from this event go towards the CCHE Endowment Fund.
More information online at or by phone Monday through Thursday at 387-3411.


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