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Beer garden and growler sales approved

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 12:30pm

The Grand Marais City Council granted a permit to the American Legion to once again operate its beer tent during Fisherman’s Picnic, July 30 through Aug. 2. Terry Breithaupt, Legion manager, said the security features that have worked well in the past will again be used, including three controlled entrances, gate guards to check IDs, and ensuring that no minors have access to beer in the enclosed area. “We get a lot of people of all ages,” he said of the event.

The council also approved the second reading of an ordinance amendment permitting Sunday sale of growlers in the city. There were no changes from the original version, and no public opposition or comment.


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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for June 6

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 10:53am

Native bands are holding Sandpiper pipeline hearings. There’s unexplained pharmaceutical pollution in our lakes. Jobs are on the increase, mining fees are on the decrease…all this and more in the week’s news.


School District 166 breaks ground for expanded industrial arts

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 4:27pm

There was a groundbreaking ceremony at School District 166 on Monday, June 1 as The Boldt Company began the expansion of the Cook County campus industrial arts space.

Former teacher, principal and School District 166 school board member Leonard Sobanja was among those on hand for the ground breaking, golden shovel in hand. It has been Sobanja’s mission for many years to see the industrial arts programs—wood and metal shop—expanded.

With the cost at about $1 million, students attending CCHS will get state of the art industrial education classes. Most of the funds to pay for the expansion came from the 2013 bonding bill which went to 15 northeastern schools, of which School District 166 was awarded $1 million.

When finished, the shop will have 2,184 square feet of space. The shop will be relatively open with some window dividers, explained Superintendent Beth Schwarz. She said, “At this time we only plan on having one shop teacher. The shop teacher’s office will be centered in the middle and have windows that allow for viewing the entire space.”

The new industrial arts classes will be equipped with some 21st century tools—a laser cutter and plasma cutting table, three 3-D printers, and computers equipped with CAD (computer aided design) software. There will also be several new variable speed Dewalt drills, a disk sander, a cabinet back stand blaster, a horizontal band saw, a miter saw, jack stands, 20-volt iron hammer, six welding booths, and basic wood working hand tools, lathes, and saws.

Much of the money to purchase new equipment came from the Carl Perkins Fund and several smaller grants, said Schwarz.

Industrial Arts Teacher Peter Johnson said the school is working to partner with Lake Superior College (LSC) and students, who wish, will be able to get college credit from LSC for some of the courses they take.


Surveying food waste at local businesses

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 11:35am

How much food waste is out there in Cook County?  The Northwoods Food Project wants to know; they are surveying Cook County businesses that generate food waste.    North Shore Morning host Sherrie Lindskog spoke with Molly Hoffman and Peter Igoe of the Northwoods Food Project on North Shore Morning.


Bird Banding at Sugarloaf Cove

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 11:01am

Birds are active along the shore, and Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center is studying them.  North Shore Morning host Julie Carlson spoke with naturalist Margie Menzies on North Shore Morning.  
Bird banding sessions:  Saturdays June 6, June 13; Friday June 19; Thursdays June 25 –August 27.  Hands on, drop-in sessions, anytime 7am - noon.  Sugarloaf’s naturalist will be banding birds to help scientists understand more about North Shore birds. 


Community invited to take part in the Summer Solstice Puppet Pageant

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 12:17pm

The Good Hill Harbor Players are putting on their Summer Solstice Puppet Pageant once again. WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan spoke with the pageant's producers, Betsy Bowen and Jennifer Schulz. They discussed how community members can get involved, puppet production, and the show's theme.