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Dog Days of Winter celebration on March 8

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:03pm

You don’t need a dog to enjoy the ‘Dog Days of Winter’ event this weekend. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Cathy Quinn of Go Dog North Shore, and Mary Manning with Cook County Dog Mushers Incorporated, on North Shore Morning


The first-ever Dog Days of Winter is scheduled for Sunday, March 8th from 11 am until 4 pm at Trail Center Lodge on Poplar Lake. This day-long event features multiple dog sled races, skijoring races, snowman building competitions, snow sculptures and much more.  Mushers and skijorers interested in participating in the fun run can register on-site the day of the event.  The event is hosted by Trail Center Lodge, Cook County Dog Mushers Incorporated and Go Dog North Shore. 

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Cook County has Maternal Child Health resources and services

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 4:05pm

Moms and other caregivers of new babies have a friend in Public Health.  WTIP volunteer Sherrie Lindskog spoke with Public Health Nurse Allison Heeren on North Shore Morning

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Grand Marais Public Library presentation offers Civil War 'Experience'

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 3:30pm

The public can participate in Minnesota’s Civil War experience through an interactive presentation being offered at the Grand Marais Public Library. WTIP host Jana Berka spoke with Arn Kind of Historical Experiences on North Shore Morning. 

Mr. Arn Kind, from Historical Experiences, will be visiting the Grand Marais Public Library on Friday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m. to present an interactive program about Minnesota's involvement in the American Civil War.

A very important part of Arn's presentations are the artifacts, uniforms and equipment that participants are allowed to observe, handle, and interact with as part of their hands-on experience in living the history.

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Birch Grove Community Center offers Go4Life fitness classes

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 9:55am

West End seniors have been enjoying winter by increasing attendance at the Birch Grove Community Center Go4Life fitness classes on Monday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and lunch Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

Go4Life is a National Institute of Aging and National Institute of Health program.  It offers supportive educational material and focuses on balance, strength, endurance, and flexibility. 

Birch Grove Foundation Director Caroline Wood leads the classes and offers individual consultations if participants have questions or concerns.  Participants can also have a free online personal trainer.  To learn more visit website or contact Caroline at the community center at 218-663-7977 or email


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EDA hears report on affordable housing needs

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 9:53am

Although the consultant gathering information on the affordable housing situation in Cook County had a somewhat dismal report of low wages and high housing prices he also said, “I don’t want to be too negative.”

Consultant Steve Greisert of Community Resource Partnership (CRP) gave the update over the phone at the Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) meeting on February 10, 2015. Before he started, Greisert said he had visited a lot of towns that have a lot to offer—a lake or some trees or something to do—but Cook County “has it all.”

Greisert said the only thing Cook County is lacking is affordable housing.

Greisert shared some demographic research, noting that in 2010, Grand Marais lost 21 families. He said that is kind of a “red flag.” He also said only about 1 in 8 households have parents and kids. According to the census, 44 percent of the households are single-person residences. He said that likely means there are a lot of senior citizens instead of families. However, he added, that could mean a housing turnover in 10-15 years.

For now though it is a problem, especially added to the fact that wages in Cook County are low compared the state median. Another problem is that existing housing sale prices are high.

Greisert said by looking at building permits in the county, there has been significant construction, but it is primarily vacation properties. He said for households making less than $25,000 he could only find one property in that range.

EDA Board Member Hal Greenwood said one of the big problems in the county was lending issues. He said in rural areas it is difficult to find comparable sales.

Lake Superior Project: Words for Water

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 2:27pm

Words for Water is a gathering place for people who value the Lake Superior Basin and its fragile ecosystem. On this edition of the Lake Superior Project, Mary Dougherty explores the idea of "speaking" for the largest fresh-water lake in the world.  
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