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Learn the "backstage magic" at Grand Marais Playhouse June 13

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 7:22am

Have you ever wondered how all the magic happens during Grand Marais Playhouse productions? Ever wanted to help create it?

The public is invited to stop by Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts to find out more about "backstage"-- all the areas of production for our summer performances. The Grand Marais Playhouse needs people to help assemble the set; paint and decorate it; hang and focus lights; create sound cues; create ghoulish makeup; style hair; build, find and alter costumes; and to act as backstage crew.

The production crew is an essential part of every show and they have fun doing it, said Playhouse Director Sue Hennessy.

Hennessy said volunteers  can schedule their own time. "Help a little or help a lot," said Playhouse Director Sue Hennessy, "Come check it out."


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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for June 11

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 10:25am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Lake Superior shipping news, fire at Hedstrom’s and ISD166 sets its financial goals…all this and more in the week’s news.


Cook County ATV Club invites all to first ride of the season & Kick Off Party at Trail Center

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 1:59pm

The Cook County ATV Club invites the public to join the club at its Summer Kick Off Ride and Party on Saturday, June 11.

ATV riders will meet at the old airfield at Devil Track Lake in Grand Marais (by the former Landing restaurant) at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 11 to ride to Trail Center.

All others are encouraged to stop by and visit with the ATV Club at Trail Center starting at noon to check out our party tent. Renew your membership and you could win the grand prize, two tickets for the Towering Pines Canopy Tour at Gunflint Lodge! 

There will be raffle drawings, a chance to break the “unbreakable” piñata and lots of visiting with friends.

Members and friends are invited to enjoy lunch on their own at Trail Center, Hungry Jack Lodge, Windigo Lodge, or Dancing Bear Café.

Cook County ATV Club President Mickey Brazell says, “Come celebrate summer with us!”


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Outdoor skills program offered at Gunflint Lodge

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 1:55pm

A three-day outdoors skills program for families with teens and college-age kids will be offered this summer through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at Gunflint Lodge.

Designed to provide introductory experiences, the program includes sessions on fishing, canoeing, outdoor survival skills and other activities, including horseback riding and zip-lining.

“Minnesota’s outdoors have so much to offer,” said Linda Bylander, DNR Becoming an Outdoors Woman coordinator. “This program aims to give families the skills they need to enjoy the state’s lakes, forests and more.”

Bylander said the focus on older youth and young adults reflects the fact that many young adults do not fish or hunt, and as a result their children are less likely to. “Families that learn skills together tend to apply them together in the future,” she said.

The program from Friday, June 24, to Monday, June 27, is based at Gunflint Lodge up the Gunflint Trail. Costs for the program range from $600 to $700 per family and registration is required. Each family will stay in a deluxe cabin at Gunflint Lodge.

For more information or to register, contact Bylander at or 218-203-4347.


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Solar panels find a welcome home on co-op's roof in Grand Marais

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 11:42am

There are some new additions to the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op. And they come in the form of solar panels. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs spoke with Jennifer Stolz from the Co-op about the new solar panels. 


A reporter and a chef join Dave and Amy Freeman in the Boundary Waters

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 9:22am

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs and Chef Lukas Leaf recently joined Dave and Amy Freeman at their camp on Rush Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

This is a story about what it’s like to camp with the Freemans in the BWCAW. 


Library Friends seeks book donations

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:48am

When you make a donation to Library Friends of Cook County, your donation contributes to a winning triple play. Donors declutter, profit from the sale helps support the Grand Marais Public Library and local school libraries and finally, another person gains a new reading experience. 

There is a major caveat—Library Friends need your gently used books, CDs and DVDs by Friday, June 17 in order to sort books for the annual sale Fisherman’s Picnic Used Book Sale August 4-6.

Library Friends can only accept the “gently used” for resale.   Because the following items don't sell well—textbooks, Reader's Digest condensed books, moldy or musty books, and tape cassettes—Library Friends must recycle or dispose of them.  Because the sale advertises “books for everyone,” Library Friends seeks categories ranging from art to wildlife, fiction and nonfiction, and children's literature to healthy aging books.

Please deliver your donations to one of the Library employees by June 17 for inclusion in this year's sale.  If delivery is a problem for you, call Mary Sanders at (218) 387-1729 or email her at to arrange a pick-up of your donation.

Sanders said, “Library Friends thanks you for your support and looks forward to your attendance at the annual book sale!”



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Art 'Round Town invites votes in banner design contest June 10

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:46am

Art ’Round Town, in collaboration with the Grand Marais City Council and the Cook County Community Foundation, is sponsoring a design contest for new banners for the downtown light posts – and residents will have a chance to vote for their favorite designs.

Ann Mershon explained that many artists have submitted designs, and four will be selected to be screen printed and hung on the light posts, adding yet another artistic flair to the community. “Help us choose the best designs to represent our community,” she said.

Designs will be on display in the upstairs of Betsy Bowen’s Studio, 301 First Ave. West, on Friday, June 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitors to the art show of submitted designs are invited to vote on their favorites and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. (Donations are requested at the door.) Voting will continue through the weekend, and the Art ’Round Town board will announce the winners on Monday, June 12.

Art ’Round Town is a nonprofit organization celebrating public art through chronicling its past and facilitating its creation and preservation.

For more information contact Ann Mershon at (218) 387-2245, or


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Fire reported at Hedstrom Lumber

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:14am

A fire was reported Wednesday at Hedstrom Lumber Company at approximately 2 p.m. This is the third fire at the local lumber company in the past month. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs has this report.


Summery weather in the forecast for this weekend

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:39am

Temperatures could get up into the high 70’s this weekend and the weather will feel more like early summer than in recent weeks.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Geoff Grochocinski (Jeff Grow-cho-sin-ski).


Lions talk about their service projects, annual celebration and fresh faces

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 10:11am

The motto for the Lions Club is “We Serve” and that goes beyond all they do for Fisherman’s Picnic. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Lions Mike Carlson and Pete Kavanaugh about service projects and the need for new blood.



North Shore Care Center celebrates birthdays June 8

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:13am

The monthly birthday party at the North Shore Care Center will be held on June 8 at 3 p.m. to honor Creighton Spates, Eileen Hall, and Donna Willett. Cake and ice cream will be served along with favorite piano tunes by Doug Sanders.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at North Shore Health Care Center or to check out the June calendar of events, visit our website: or call the Activity Department at 387-3518.


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Dead moose on popular mid-Gunflint Trail lakes an unwelcome sight for paddlers

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 11:35am

Dead moose floating in the water on two popular Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness lakes has alarmed a number of visitors the area recently. 

WTIP's Joe Friedrichs spoke with Michelle Carstensen, the DNR's Wildlife Health Program supervisor, about the dead moose on Horseshoe Lake and the surrounding area.


Tuesday night means Trivia at Grandma Ray's

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 11:29am

On Tuesday nights in Grand Marais friends and family gather at Grandma Ray’s (formerly the American Legion) for a Trivia Contest hosted by “Big B” and his sidekick Kristi. Anyone who wants to join the fun is welcome at 7 p.m. at Grandma Ray’s on 1st Avenue in Grand Marais. 

To make this lively event a bit more interesting, the Cook County News-Herald has agreed to publish the weekly "winners" when they are available.

Grandma Ray’s May 31 Trivia Night top teams and their prizes are:

1st        Broke Down Hippies $50     

2nd       Candy Bar Crew         $25  

3rd        Table 8            $10

4th        The Guppies   T-shirt

Last     Croftville         a Butterfingers candy bar


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North Shore Forest Collaborative hosts workshop June 10

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 11:26am

The North Shore Forest Collaborative (NSFC) is hosting a free workshop and spring meeting on June 10 at the Two Harbors Community Center.  The Landowner Workshop will be held from 12:30 p.m. to about 3:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a potluck lunch.  The purpose of the workshop is to help landowners along the Lake Superior North Shore manage and restore their lands, including providing assistance with tree planting and controlling invasive species on their property. 

“A large percentage of the lands along the North Shore and within three miles of Lake Superior are privately owned, and many landowners are concerned with the dying birch and other trees on their lands” said NSFC Coordinator Duane Lula. “This workshop is an opportunity for those landowners to better understand their property and receive help on ways to restore their forestland as well as how to manage their land to meet their future objectives.”

The featured speaker at the landowner meeting at 12:30 p.m. will be Brian Schwingle, tree and insect disease specialist with the Minnesota DNR. 
Brian will present information about tree insects and diseases relevant to the North Shore, including spruce budworm, birch and white pine health, the emerald ash borer and forest tent caterpillar. He will be available for questions following the presentation.

The morning meeting, which begins at 9:30 a.m., is designed for agencies, organizations and individuals to meet and discuss ways to better coordinate the restoration of the North Shore forest, but all are welcome to attend both the morning meeting and afternoon workshop.


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