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Events offered by the Violence Prevention Center

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:52pm

 "Speak up, even when your voice shakes!" is the topic of tomorrow’s Brown Bag lunch sponsored by the Violence Prevention Center. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning talked with the Center’s Jodi Yuhassey on North Shore Morning.

Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, October 7, from 12-1 pm at East Bay Suites, Stone's Throw Room
Special Guest Speaker Sue Hakes, on leadership

October 8 in the Harbor Park at 7:00 pm

CONTACT: Violence Prevention Center
PHONE: (218) 387-1262



"Care Giver Coffee" sessions offered by Care Partners

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:52pm

Care Giver Coffee get-togethers and volunteer training are some of the offerings at Care Partners this fall. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Kay Grindland of Care Partners on North Shore Morning. 

More information on Care Partners activities/event at 218-387-3788 or


Violence Prevention Center hosts "Day of Unity" cadlelight vigil October 8

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:43pm

The Violence Prevention Center  (VPC) is a visible force for good in the community. Volunteers and supporters can frequently be seen sporting the teal T-shirts with the two-toned message “Believe there is good in the world,” which has the almost-hidden message, “Be the good in the world.”

During Radio Waves Music Festival, on Saturday, September 12, many of those volunteers were seen in the big tent, dancing up a storm. They were dancing for more than just fun—they were taking part in the “Dance ‘Til There Is No More” fundraiser.

Twenty-three dancers took part and raised just over $3,000 in support of the Violence Prevention Center.

The VPC has been in existence in Cook County for nearly 30 years. The mission of the VPC is to eliminate domestic and sexual violence against women, men, children and families in Cook County, and until that time, to facilitate their recovery, growth and change.

VPC believes that everyone has the right to live free of domestic and sexual violence. Victims have free and confidential access to a 24/7-crisis line, advocacy, emergency housing, information and referral and support groups.

In addition to raising money, dancers participated to draw attention to the NO MORE campaign. According to Jodi Yuhasey of the VPC, NO MORE is a unifying symbol to raise public awareness and engage bystanders around ending domestic violence and sexual assault.

Other events will be held by VPC during October, which is domestic violence awareness month. A candlelight vigil to honor and remember those affected by domestic violence will be held on the Day of Unity, on Thursday, October 8, 7 p.m. at Harbor Park in Grand Marais.

Grand Marais wastewater treatment plant working with MPCA on mercury reduction

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:39pm

Due to new lower acceptable levels of mercury limits set by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) the Grand Marais Wastewater Treatment Plant will have to come in compliance within the next five years or the city will be faced with fines, said Water/Sewer Plant Manager Tom Nelson to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on September 2.

The minute amounts of mercury found in the city’s wastewater treatment plant comes from what is termed “nonpoint sources” said Nelson, which means it could come from anywhere.

The first step, Nelson said, is to get a new permit from MPCA that will come with the new requirements and guidelines that must be met. Nelson told the board that he didn’t feel that adding more additives to the water would meet the new requirements to reduce mercury. He suggested that it is in the city’s best interest to find a firm that has dealt with mercury mitigation to help with the process and the board agreed. “We are still waiting to get a permit from the MPCA,” Nelson said to the Cook County News-Herald on September 16. “The first step is to complete a Pilot Study Plan for the MPCA and give it to them for their review and approval,” Nelson said.

Once a Pilot Study Plan has been reviewed the city will complete and submit a Facility Plan That plan will identify treatment options aimed at reducing mercury emissions from the plant. All of the work to correct the problem must be competed within five years, Nelson said.


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Local officials weigh-in on Indigenous People's Day

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:12am

Columbus Day or Indigenous People’s Day? Local units of government weigh-in as controversy grows. WTIP’s Jay Andersen has this report.



‘Fishing Through the Ages’ features speakers from three generations, October 9

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 1:04pm

‘Fishing Through the Ages’ is the theme of this year’s annual Storytelling Dinner sponsored by the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills talked with the Fishing Museum’s Virginia Reiner on North Shore Morning. 

Sixth Annual Storytelling Dinner
Friday, October 9 at Lutsen Resort
Social hour begins at 5:30, Scandinavian Dinner at 6:15; dessert and program at 7:15 
Call Lutsen Resort at 218-663-7212 for reservations by noon on October 9

(Photo courtesy of North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum)