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Weather "iffy" for Arts Festival weekend

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 9:47am

Rain will eventually exit the area for a couple of days, and the sun will warm things up to the mid-60’s. There’s a pretty good chance of rain by the weekend, so bring along an umbrella when you visit the Grand Marais Arts Festival. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service forecaster Linda Engebretson about early July weather.


WTIP Weekend News Roundup for July 4

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 10:36am

Each week the WTIP News Department reviews the major stories of the past five days. Canada increases Lake Superior protections, an environmental group wants the MPCA out of mine regulation, and the PolyMet environment document is challenged…all this and more in the week’s news.


Forest Service to replace 600 Road bridge

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 1:26pm

The Superior National Forest, U.S. Forest Service, will soon replace the bridge on the 600 Road (Forest Road 166) that crosses the Temperance River near the Sawbill Trail in Tofte.  This bridge, also known locally as the Pink Bridge, has been monitored by Superior National Forest 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.

According to Forest Service spokesperson Kristina Reichenbach, the current bridge crossing the Temperance River has put in a long life of service but has deteriorated over the years and does not meet current safety standards. This bridge was built with a truss section that was originally part of a State of Minnesota bridge built in 1913. After the state bridge was disassembled, the Forest Service obtained the used truss in 1935 and installed it in its current location along with a second concrete span to provide a crossing over the Temperance River. The Forest Service has progressively lowered the load limit for the bridge over the past couple years. Finally, in fall of 2014, the bridge was closed except to foot, snowmobile and ATV traffic.

The new bridge over the Temperance River will be constructed entirely of timber components fabricated in Minnesota and installed by a local contractor. The Forest Service has designed the new bridge with aesthetics in mind as well as safety. Wood parts will be treated and metal parts will be burnished to present a rustic, weathered design that fits with the surroundings. The cost of the new structure is $600,000.

New County Administrator is on the job

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 1:24pm

New Cook County Administrator Jeffrey Cadwell started work on June 29, and will spend time getting to know the county, the staff, learn the issues and concerns that surround the area, and, he said, “hopefully sit back and listen and learn the background of the topics of concern.”

He told News-Herald reporter Brian Larsen, “I don’t have a magic wand to wave around and fix things. But one thing I do know, the problems that Cook County faces aren’t different from problems other counties face. People are people and come at ideas with different points of view.”


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Grand Marais Playhouse hit Eleemosynary continues!

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:10pm

Eleemosynary continues! The Grand Marais Playhouse is pleased to present this sensitive and probing, masterful play examining the subtle and often perilous relationship between three remarkable women: a young girl, her mother, and her grandmother—all woven into the adventure of a national spelling bee.

Performances are at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts June 25- 28 and July 2-5.

The first Friday performance, on Friday, June 26 is “Food Shelf Friday.” Buy one ticket, get one ticket free with a donation of $5 or more of nonperishable food items or a $10 donation to the Cook County Food Shelf.

The first Sunday of each production is “Donation Day.” On Sunday, June 28, attendees may pay whatever they can. Donation Day is sponsored by North Shore Federal Credit Union.

The box office opens one hour before the play starts or advance tickets can be purchased online at

REMEMBER because of construction in the school parking lot, park behind the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at the top of First Avenue East.


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Grand Marais area fisheries announces survey work

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:07pm

Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several Cook County lakes and streams during the next few months.

The following lakes will be assessed in July:

July 6 - continue Tait River survey; survey Round and Holly lakes.

July 13 - complete Round Lake and Tait River surveys; survey Marsh Lake.

July 20 - assess walleye reproduction in Devil Track Lake; survey Trout Lake.

July 27 - survey Caribou (near Poplar), North and Tait lakes, Mississippi, Little Mississippi and Mark creeks

These survey plans are tentative. Lakes and streams may be added or dropped and timing may change. Questions can be addressed to the DNR’s Grand Marais area fisheries office at 1356 Highway 61 E., Grand Marais, MN 55604. Questions also can be submitted
by calling 218-387-3056 or emailing

Final reports on 2015 surveys will be available in the spring of 2016, but preliminary results for many lakes should be available in the fall of 2015. Final lake survey results will be available online at or from the Grand Marais area fisheries office. Contact the office if interested in stream survey results or preliminary lake survey results.