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Helen Muth and Sally Berg of the Grand Marais Garden Club spoke with WTIP volunteer Barb Heideman about this Friday's annual flower show.
2014 Garden Club Flower Show
“Birds Bees & Blossoms”
The Grand Marais Garden Club will present its annual flower show entitled “Birds, Bees & Blossoms” on Friday, July 18, from noon to 5pm in the Grand Marais Community Center. Sally Berg and Helen Muth are this year's chairpersons.
You will enjoy a vast array of floral arrangements using all member-grown flowers. Refreshments will be served as well as homemade rhubarb punch.
"Around the World in Eighty Bouquets" is the theme of the West End Garden Club's flower show on Saturday, July 19th, from 1 to 5 pm at the Schroeder Town Hall. The show will also include a program on miniature gardens. Anita Smith and Katie Anderson spoke with WTIP volunteer Barb Heideman about the show on North Shore Morning.
(Photo by Domenico Salvagnin on Flickr)
It's the middle of July, and it's time for the Gunflint Trail Canoe Races! WTIP host Ann Possis spoke with Chris Steele on North Shore Morning about this annual event.
Gunflint Trail Canoe Races - A Northwoods evening of family fun!
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Gunflint Lodge Waterfront
143 S. Gunflint Lake
Grand Marais, MN 55604
This is a fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department.
All proceeds go to the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department
The event times are as follows:
4:00 pm-7:30 pm Silent Auction
4:00 pm Kids Fun events begin
4:30 pm Food service begins
6:00 pm Canoe Races begin with the long distance race followed by many age and gender races with gunnel pumping as the finale.
Race registration is at the waterfront.
6:00 pm General Raffle
The Canoe Races are sponsored by the Gunflint-Seagull-Saganaga Property Owners Associations and Chris Steele of Seagull Lake is the 2014 chair. Proceeds from this top summer Trail event go to the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department which provides fire, emergency and rescue services to keep residents and visitors safe. The deparmnet is completing a long term program that has upgraded facilities at all three stations along the Trail and welcomes funds to maintain these buildings and equipment.
For more information contact:
Julie Henricksson, the Gunflint Trail Canoe Races Committee at 218-388-2246.
The Cook County News-Herald is joining WTIP Community Radio as it offers two live call-in candidate forums for election 2014. The primary election is August 12 and mail ballots will be sent out mid-July. Before that, WTIP will be broadcasting two live call-in candidate forums.
Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen and News Herald Editor Rhonda Silence on Wednesday, July 16 when they interview the six candidates vying for the position of County Commissioner District 1. Then tune in Thursday, July 17 when they repeat the process with the four candidates running in Commissioner District 5
You’re invited to join in the conversation. Send an email to the Cook County News-Herald at firstname.lastname@example.org or to the radio station at email@example.com any time before the broadcast. Or call in during the broadcast at (218) 387-1070. Andersen and Silence will do their best to ask your questions, but to be sure to make your voice heard, get your inquiry in early.
Andersen urged everyone to be involved—with a question or by tuning in “Your questions and concerns matter,” he said.
Candidate forums on WTIP
90.7 FM Grand Marais * 89.1 FM Gunflint Trail * 90.1 FM Grand Portage
Commissioner District 1 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16
Commissioner District 5 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17
This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald
After about a year of thinking and talking about improvements to the Highway 61 corridor through Grand Marais, city councilors set July 16 as the date for a three-hour workshop designed to set the “complete streets” project in motion.
Councilors reviewed a design proposal from LHB and C.J. Fernandez at their June 25 meeting. City Administrator Mike Roth explained that the proposal was only a draft, and will need to be pared down in its scope and cost. However, Roth said a finalized version will likely be available for council’s approval at their next meeting in two weeks.
The city has been working in partnership with the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic to come up with a streetscape redesign for Highway 61 as part of the Moving Matters program. Through a Blue Cross-Blue Shield grant, the Clinic has contributed $30,000 toward the effort; the city has agreed to kick in $15,000.
Roth said the original cost of the project was about $62,000, and some cutting has brought the price down to $52,000. More trimming is ongoing to bring the plan into alignment with the $45,000 available, said Roth.
As envisioned by Fernandez, the project will primarily focus on pedestrian access, safety and connectedness along the Highway 61 corridor through town, with an emphasis on improvements to create a more “human-scaled, safe walking and biking corridor, as well as a more inviting ‘front door’ to Grand Marais.”
Roth said the plan calls for the targeted corridor to be defined as between Eighth Avenue West and the Gunflint Trail intersection.
Upon completion of the plan (within 60 or 90 days), councilors and members of the Moving Matters committee will begin the task of looking for grants or other sources of funding to implement the plan’s recommendations.
Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top news stories. New developments in the Scannell trial, high cancer rates in American Indians, and aquatic invasive species continue to hitchhike their way into state waterways …all this and more in this week’s news.