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'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
a full schedule of events is online at


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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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Grand Marais Playhouse offers "Tackling Shakespeare"

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:54am

The second Grand Marais Playhouse workshop will be "Tackling Shakespeare" presented by Jackson Nickolay and Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux.

Participants will learn how to understand, analyze, and dramatically read Shakespeare in this fun and encouraging class for all levels, Wednesday and Thursday, May 20-21, 7-9 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Cost is $45 (includes both evenings).

For more information, contact (218) 387-1284 ext. 2. 

The Playhouse community youth production this fall will be a Shakespeare production. The Playhouse is currently taking suggestions of which Shakespeare play we should do. Final decision will be made by Playhouse board and staff based on community suggestions and available resources.

Submit your suggestions to, post to our facebook page, by mail to P.O. Box 996, Grand Marais, MN 55604 or leave a message at (218)387-1284 ext. 2.  Performances will be November 12-15 and 19-22, 2015.


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Weather warming toward holiday weekend

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 9:38am

As spring begrudgingly advances toward summer, this week may be a turning point. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Mike Stewart about warming toward summer.


WTIP Weekend News Roundup for May 16

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 10:27am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a    roundup of the week’s top news stories. Commissioners reverse themselves, Gunflint firefighters to train next week. State lifts burning bans and the Legislature slogs toward a finish…all this and more in the week’s news.


Great Decisions meeting: Privacy in the Digital Age, May 21

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 2:39pm

‘Privacy in the Digital Age’ will be the topic at this month’s Great Decisions meeting, Thursday May 21 at noon at the Cook County Community Center.  WTIP volunteer Barb Rawitzer spoke with discussion leader Bill Christ on North Shore Morning.  Copies of the briefing book are available for use at the Grand Marais Public Library.