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DNR reminds public to be bear aware this spring

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 1:08pm

Wildlife managers remind homeowners who live near bear habitat to be bear-aware and check their property for food sources that could attract bears this spring.

Bears usually begin emerging from their dens in late March and early April. Allowing bears to forage for food in a yard can present dangers to bears and people, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“While one homeowner may not be bothered by the presence of a bear in their yard, it can cause conflicts between neighbors, as well as public safety concerns, when human-related food is easy to find and the bears stop seeking their natural foods,” said Jeff Lightfoot, DNR northeast region wildlife manager. “These bears eventually get into trouble because they return again and again.”

As bears emerge from hibernation they are not immediately hungry, but over the following weeks their metabolism ramps up and they will begin looking for food at a time when berries and green vegetation can be scarce. Bears may be tempted by dog food, livestock feed, birdseed, compost or garbage.

“Bears are normally shy and usually flee when encountered,” said John Williams, DNR northwest region wildlife manager. “However, they may defend an area if they are feeding or are with their young. Never approach or try to pet a bear. Injury to people is rare, but bears are potentially dangerous because of their size, strength and speed.”

The DNR does not relocate problem bears. Relocated bears seldom remain where they are released. They may return to where they were caught or become a problem somewhere else.

For DNR tips for avoiding bear conflicts, visit


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Ham Run Half-Marathon follows "the trail less traveled" on May 2

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:13pm

The Ham Run Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run follow the “trail less traveled.” WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Emily Marshall of the Cook County YMCA on North Shore Morning. 


The Ham Run Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run are Saturday, May 2nd.  More information at 387-3386 or online at

The Half-Marathon will begin at Gunflint Pines Resort and Campground on South Gunflint Lake Road, approximately 43 miles from Grand Marais. The half-marathon and 5k will begin promptly at 10:00 AM and runners must be checked in no later than 9:30 AM.



"Marketing for Nonprofits" - Brown Bag Lunch topic April 22

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:38am

This week’s Brown Bag Lunch topic is ‘Marketing for Nonprofits.’ WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Erik Peterson of Bending the Arc Strategies on North Shore Morning. 


Cook County Community Fund’s Brown Bag Series in collaboration with Cook County Higher Education: "Marketing for Nonprofits"
Desserts/beverages will be provided.
Wednesday, April 22nd, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Cook County Higher Education
300 3rd St, Grand Marais, MN

Registration online at


Fundraiser offers potluck and family dance featuring the SplinterTones, April 25

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:28am

A potluck, a family dance and the SpinterTones – it’s all part of a fundraising effort for the Cooperation Station Daycare and the Explorers Club Summer Youth Program being held at the Art Colony this Saturday. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Sarah Stover about the fundraiser on North Shore Morning. 


Saturday, April 25, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Grand Marais Art Colony
120 3rd Ave. W.
Grand Marais, MN 55604

A FUNdraiser and family dance featuring the SplinterTones for the non-profit daycare Cooperation Station and summer Explorers Club program.

For more information, visit the Grand Marais Art Colony website or call 218-387-2727.



This week in April: cold, wet....snow?

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 9:53am

The red flag fire danger will be helped a great deal by a week of cool, wet and maybe even snowy weather. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Mike Stewart about our April weather.


Great Place grant recipients announced

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 12:11pm

 The Cook County Chamber of Commerce and the Moving Matters project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Great Place Project. Twenty-seven local businesses, nonprofits, and individuals submitted creative ideas from across Cook County and Grand Portage. A total of $10,000 in grants will be awarded to 13 recipients to help create great places within our communities.

"It's both gratifying and exciting to see so many creative applications in the second year of the Great Place Project," said Jim Boyd, executive director of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce. "Our county already is a Great Place; these projects make it a bit greater, and we all get to enjoy the results."

The Great Place Project is a friendly, local competition for mini-grants to use high impact, low cost ideas to create great places in our communities. A great place is inviting, beautiful, and catches the eye. It reflects the unique character and identity of the community. And a great place encourages people to slow down and spend time there. “We know that people will be active where they have pleasant and safe places to do so. The Great Place Project has been an incredible opportunity to invest in community spaces and the health of our community,” said Moving Matters Coordinator Kristin DeArruda Wharton.

The Great Place Project is sponsored by the Moving Matters project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and the Cook County Chamber of Commerce. The Moving Matters project, with funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota's Center for Prevention, is working to create safer and more accessible places to walk and bike in Cook County and Grand Portage.

The Great Place mini-grant recipients and the projects they are developing are listed below.


2015 Grant Recipients