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Portage to play at North Shore Care Center Saturday

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 3:22pm

At the end of the month, the band Portage will visit the North Shore Care Center to play their classic country music on February 28 at 6:30 p.m. The Care Center welcomes families, friends, and community members too!

There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information about the volunteer program or the activities going on, please contact the activity department at 218.387.3518 or visit the website:  


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Help with Medicare at Cook County Senior Center

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 3:21pm

On February 27, Marjori Bottila will be at the Cook County Senior Center in Grand Marais to help with Medicare decisions and information.

Bottila will take appointments from 8 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. At 10:30 a.m. she will be gving a presention on 2015 Medicare changes.

Then from 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. she will have individual counseling sessions. Please call 218-387-2660 for an appointment for the free counseling session.

The presentation is open to anyone. No reservation needed.


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Recording For Radio Workshops

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:15am

WTIP invites community members to participate in a new project designed to bring a wider range of voices to the air. Participants will learn how to identify topics, record audio, and how to turn recorded material into sharable features. The time commitment is flexible and varies depending on the interests and needs of the participants. For more information email or call 387-1070

To attend a "Recording for Radio Workshop"click the date/time below to open the registration page!

Commissioners say "no" to taller towers

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 9:40am

Radio towers were once again on the agenda for the Cook County Commissioners at their Tuesday morning meeting.

On this occasion, representatives from MNDOT were on hand to answer questions regarding the proposed construction of two 330 ft. towers as part of the ARMER communications network.

Towers of this height would be at odds with the county land use plan, which specifies height not to exceed 200 ft. The additional height would also require the towers be lighted. One of the towers will be located at Devilfish Lake off the Arrowhead Trail and the other southeast of Sawbill Canoe Outfitters. Towers in these locations will likely be visible from within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Three individuals spoke in opposition to the tower height variance during the public comment period. Jim Raml and Ted Young, both long-time residents of the Upper Gunflint Trail, expressed concern over the negative visual impact the taller, illuminated towers will have on the wilderness experience of visitors. Raml also emphasized the danger of allowing deviation from the county land use plan.

The MNDOT representatives provided a map illustrating the difference in signal coverage between the two tower heights. Shane Chatleain, with the Office of Statewide Communications, went on to say either height would satisfy their requirements.

Commissioner Gary Gamble offered the opinion that coverage gained by the additional height would not justify the possible downsides.

After some additional discussion, Commissioner Frank Moe made a motion to approve construction of the towers not to exceed 200 ft. in height consistent with the county land use plan. The motion passed unanimously.

In response to a question from Commissioner Ginny Storlie, Chatleain confirmed that an additional tower is under consideration for the Sea Gull Lake area on property owned by the state.


Biomass District Heating Plan Update

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 4:12pm

The proposed Biomass District Heat Plan could change how heat is provided for a portion of Grand Marais. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with George Wilkes of the Cook County Local Energy Project, and Grand Marais mayor Jay Arrowsmith-DeCoux on North Shore Morning.

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City Council to prioritize its priorities

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 3:03pm

In an effort to develop a long-term planning strategy and identify needs for consideration in future budgets, Grand Marais city councilors decided Feb. 11 to hold a day-long workshop sometime next month.

City Administrator Mike Roth broached the topic at council’s prior meeting and was asked to compile some information about the various options. Roth reiterated Feb. 11 that there are many different ways to go about the process–each with its own timeline and cost–and it is up to council to decide which process is most suitable, the scope of the undertaking and hoped-for results, and how much time and resources they are willing to invest.

The city administrator recommended the day-long planning workshop as a way to review past plans, projects and issues. “After this session…council will be in a better position to make decisions about strategic planning,” Roth said.

Councilor Tim Kennedy, who is the lone holdover from the previous board, agreed that an all-day session with the city’s department heads is the best way to go, rather than trying to incorporate a planning process into the agenda for a regular meeting. “This isn’t something we can do in an hour or two,” he said. “We want to accomplish something, and it will take some time.”

There was general agreement, with Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux observing that the new councilors (who took office at the beginning of the year) are still in the “getting up to speed phase” and reading about and reviewing planning efforts and strategies taken up by previous councils. Councilors also said they plan to meet individually with the department heads and tour the city’s facilities in order to familiarize themselves with the city’s holdings and needs.