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The North Shore Rollers host the Minnesota State Logrolling Championships

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:20am

The Minnesota State Logrolling Championships will take place in downtown Grand Marais on Saturday, August 1. North Shore Rollers coach Andrea Everson, and one of the rollers Paige Everson, came into the studio to talk about the sport and the competition taking place over Fisherman's Picnic.  A chance to try log rolling for yourself is Friday 10am-5pm.


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State Rep. David Dill battles cancer

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:30am

State Rep. David Dill, DFL-District 3A, is battling for his life against cancer. According to the Ely Timberjay newspaper, the 60-year-old Dill, who took ill after the 2015 session, is currently undergoing chemotherapy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

District 3 Senator, and Majority Leader, Tom Bakk told WTIP he had visited Dill Tuesday in Rochester. He said Dill was “conversant” but the family was hesitant to release details of his illness at that time.

It’s the latest in a long string of illnesses that have plagued the state representative, who has struggled with diabetes and a heart condition.

According to the Timberjay, in 2010, Dill received a kidney transplant and later underwent surgery to install a pacemaker to treat an irregular heartbeat that had sapped his energy.

The newspaper further states that Dill’s cancer battle has fueled speculation that the state representative may not run for re-election in 2016. There has been no official announcement by Dill or his family on his plans.

Dill chairs the House Lands Subcommittee and is the DFL leader on the Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy Committee. He also serves on the House Agriculture Finance Committee, the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee and the Greater Minnesota Economic and Workforce Development Policy Committee.

He’s played an influential role in legislation on mining and outdoor issues, and has been a strong advocate for education.


Good weather for a Picnic

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:37am

Maybe a little rain, but otherwise it looks like nice weather for Fisherman’s Picnic. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson.


Grand Marais City Council is in the midst of budget discussions

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:27am

Budgets and benefits were important parts of the recent Grand Marais City Council meeting. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.


Sen. Franken on more Iron Range layoffs

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:27am

The Iron Range has been hit again, this time it’s Cliffs Natural Resources idling a plant in Eveleth. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Minnesota’s U.S. Senator Al Franken about his concerns for laid off workers.


Library Friends of Cook County hosts annual book sale Thursday - Saturday

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:59pm

The annual used book sale sponsored by the Library Friends of Cook County will be held Thursday, July 30 through Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Community Center in Grand Marais.

Thursday night is for Library Friends members only between 5 and 7 p.m.  Memberships will be sold at the Community Center one hour prior to the sale on Thursday afternoon. Friday the book sale hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday hours are 8 a.m. til noon, when there will once again be a bag sale with discounted prices of $4 per bag in the main sale and half-price in Better Books.

The Library Friends of Cook County is an all-volunteer nonprofit service organization which conducts the sale each year to raise funds in support of the library mission for the Grand Marais Public Library and all of the school libraries in Cook County.  In addition to contributing funds for books, materials and programming, the Library Friends has contributed monies for special projects in all of the libraries.

The success of the sale depends on donations of books and other materials throughout the year and many volunteers who spend hundreds of hours sorting and boxing books in preparation for the sale as well as working during the sale.

The sale will include books, DVDs CDs and video tapes.  Books will be placed on tables by categories of interest. Most categories remain the same as in the past years, but there will be a new sale system this year.

A free will donation for books from the main sale area will be accepted, rather than having the items individually priced. Customers will be hearing comments from the cashiers about the value of books and how they enhance our lives, and they will emphasize how donations will be used for the good of the entire county.