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It's Red Kettle campaign time

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:00am

The Cook County's Service Unit of the Salvation Army is launching its annual Red Kettle campaign on Wednesday, November 25.  This singular fundraiser, running until December 24, provides the means to meet needs in Cook County in the upcoming year.  Red Kettle attendants are critical to the success of this effort.  You can make a real difference by giving an hour or two of your time because donations put in a kettle are directly proportional to the number of hours those large Red Kettles have attendants.

Tina Krauz is the campaign's new scheduling coordinator.  To join this effort, contact her by phone at 387-2700 or by email  Kraus will gladly find a time on the Red Kettle schedule that will be convenient for you in Grand Marais at either Gene's Foods or Johnson's Foods on weekdays between November 25 and December 24.  If you can tend a kettle at Tofte General Store, contact Polly Erickson at 663-7398.

The Cook County Unit is grateful to members from the following churches and organizations for their presence at the Red Kettles on Saturdays in Grand Marais:

November 28  Bethlehem Lutheran and Spirit of the Wilderness

December 5     Cornerstone Community and St Johns Catholic

December 12   Evangelical Free Church and Trinity Lutheran

December 19   Congregational Church and Oddz & Endz

Thanks also to Lutsen and Zoar Lutheran churches for help at Tofte General Store and to the Grand Marais Lions and Lioness Club for help on "launch day"!

Funds raised last year provided more than $6,000 to meet needs in Cook County.  The three largest expenditures were for essential non-food items distributed by the Food Shelf ($2,081); emergency one-time propane for five families ($1,158); and emergency rent for four families ($813). 

North Shore Care Center invites families and friends to Thanksgiving dinner

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 2:58pm

A traditional turkey dinner will be served at 11:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at the North Shore Care Center.  Please call the Activities Office at 387-3518 for a reservation if you would like to join your loved one here for dinner. It’s always so nice to see family and friends together for this wonderful meal.

During this season of giving thanks, the residents and staff at North Shore Care Center want to express their gratitude to all the volunteers who give their valuable time throughout the year.

For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at 218-387-3518 or check out the website


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Empty Bowls--great soup, great fundraiser to benefit the Cook County Food Shelf

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 2:57pm

Another very successful Empty Bowls event took place on Thursday, November 12 and in addition to wonderful meals enjoyed by all, the event raised approximately $8,000 to be dispersed among a number of organizations fighting hunger.

Donations continue to come in after the event and if you’d like to contribute, you can by purchasing bowls, necklace and other items from the event at Birchbark Books & Gifts or at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Or you can always make a donation directly to the Cook County Food Shelf, by mailing it to CC Food Shelf, PO Box 95, Grand Marais, MN 55604. For more information about the Food Shelf, you can also call volunteer Bill Lenz at  (218) 387-9860.


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Weather could prove to be a real "turkey" on Thanksgiving

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:22am

If you’re planning to travel on Thanksgiving, give yourself some extra time. The weather could slow you down. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Stewart.


New York photographer embraces Minnesota roots

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 8:37am

World-renowned photographer Mike McGregor takes pictures of celebrities such as Donald Trump and Lebron James. McGregor has family connections here along the North Shore, as WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs found out in this feature. 

To view more of McGregor's work, including photos from his time spent along the North Shore, visit:


Fireworks added to Grand Marais Christmas festivities

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 7:49am

Kick off your holiday season in Grand Marais at the “Oh Ole Night Parade,” and tree lighting ceremony on Friday, November 27.

The public is invited be a part of the parade. Participants should gather at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27 at 10 Broadway in Grand Marais.

After the tree lighting and caroling in Harbor Park, there will be fireworks.

The fireworks will be launched from the usual location in the Rec Park by Bob Spry, the city of Grand Marais’ official pyrotechnician.


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