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Lutsen Mountains new gondola towers being installed next week

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 12:37pm

Anyone who has been to Lutsen Mountains recently has seen the shiny red gondola cars and all the machinery to move them up and down the mountain awaiting installation. The next phase begins next week.

Starting on Monday, September 14, county residents will hear the sound of helicopters overhead, as a Sikorski 61 helicopter installs 11 steel towers at the ski hill. The helicopter will pick up 31 loads, some as heavy as 8,000 pounds, and air lift them to sometimes precarious locations on the mountain.  Doppelmayr, a company specializing in ski lifts is managing the project.

The old gondola is in service as the new $7 million gondola is finished.

The new gondola will transport up to a 1,000 passengers per hour, tripling the capacity of the previous 45-year old, four-passenger gondola. “When our capacity requires it, the new Dopplemayr gondola can be upgraded to handle 2,400 passengers per hour,” says Tom Rider, Lutsen Mountains’ family co-owner.  The current gondola has been in operation since 1989.  The vintage cars will be sold at auction for $500-$1,000 each, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.


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Bridge replacement on 600 Road going well

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 12:35pm

The replacement of the “pink bridge,” the U.S. Forest Service bridge on the 600 Road (Forest Road 166) that crosses the Temperance River near the Sawbill Trail in Tofte is well under way. 

The bridge had been monitored by Superior National Forest (SNF) engineers for years and in 2014 it was determined that the bridge was no longer safe for the passenger cars, logging trucks, and commercial vehicles that commonly drive the 600 Road.

The new bridge, constructed entirely of timber components fabricated in Minnesota, is being installed by Edwin E. Thoreson, Inc.

The old bridge had been removed and the beams are in place on the new bridge with decking being installed.

SNF spokesperson Kristina Reichenbach said the SNF engineers say the project is on track to be finished no later than the end of October 2015.


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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for September 12

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 10:31am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Near record non-raptor bird count at Hawk Ridge. Legal action taken against government over pipeline. Solar power expands at Minnesota Power…all this and more in the week’s news.


Superior National at Lutsen hosts "Rally for the Cure" September 13

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 10:17am

Superior National at Lutsen is celebrating Rally for the Cure’s 20th Anniversary with a women’s 18-hole golf scramble event on Sunday, September 13.   Rally has been a valued partner of Susan G. KomenTM since 1996. Its volunteer-organized golf, tennis and social events work to educate women about breast cancer and remind them to get their annual screening. Since 1996, Rally events have engaged over 2.5 million people in the fight against breast cancer, generating more than $77 million through fundraising activities for Susan G. Komen.

Superior National has 80+ participants registered for the Rally event and invites the public to take part. The two day’s activities will consist of practice rounds available Saturday, September 12 and a social hour that evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with drink specials and hors d ‘oeuvres for all participants. 

Cart decoration and registration starts at 8:00 a.m. Sunday the 13th with a “shotgun” start at 10:00 a.m.  Prizes and a raffle will follow immediately after golf finishes. Each participant will receive a goody bag with important breast health information, a special 20th Anniversary Rally pin and a subscription to a select Condé Nast magazine such as SELF, Golf Digest and Bon Appétit.

 “We are thrilled to host a Rally event to honor this special milestone. The event is a fun way for us to bring together our members, the community, golfers from around the state and Canada to support an important cause while playing a sport they are passionate about,” says Heath Ekstrom, PGA Head Professional and rally ambassador.  “This is our 8th time hosting this event and I couldn’t be prouder of all our golfers and the awareness this event raises in the fight against breast cancer.  We still have some spots left for golfers to register, give us a call.”

Fall activities at the Cook County Historical Society

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 5:45pm

The Cook County Historical Society’s 91st Annual Meeting and Dinner is scheduled for the end of September, in addition to other fall activities. WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson talked with Carrie McHugh of the Cook County Historical Society on North Shore Morning.

To learn more about Cook County history and upcoming events, go online to, call 387-2883, or visit the museum at 8 South Broadway in downtown Grand Marais.

(Photo courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society)


Booster Club sponsors 'Fall Sports Kick-Off Tailgate Party' on September 11

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 4:35pm

There will be a Fall Sports Kick-Off Tailgate Party sponsored by the Cook County Booster Club on Friday, September 11, from 5 to 6:30 pm at the high school football field in Grand Marais. WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan learned more about this event from the Booster Club’s Jennifer Shulz and Krista Mixdorf on North Shore Morning.

For more information on the tailgate party or to volunteer with Booster Club activities, contact Jennifer at 370-2663.