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Community members invited to join Lioness Club

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 10:31am

This year brings some changes to the Grand Marais Lioness Club. Longtime member Nancy Waver has retired as the secretary after about 20 years in that role and Nancy Daley will be stepping into that job. Nancy Waver is staying on the board to advise and lead us as "historian" of the Lioness Club.  

Lioness President Laurie Spry said, “Looking at our history, we are all about education.  As a nonprofit, we raise money to give to our students and staff in all of the schools in Cook County to fill some voids when money is unavailable. We enjoy working with the Grand Marais Lions Club to accomplish other community action as well and are delighted to have their support.”

The Lioness Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at Bethlehem Lutheran Church for a wonderful lunch provided by Rebecca Thompson catering. "We have luncheon speakers from our community who keep us entertained and enlightened," said Spry.

“We are a nonprofit working to support and help our community and we’d love to have you join us,” said Spry.

 A recruitment gathering is planned for October. Please feel free to contact Laurie Spry at if you are interested in joining and learning more about what the Lioness Club does.


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North Shore baker and chef finds perfect match with Finland Community Center

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 11:37am

Tracy Jacobsen was the executive chef at Bluefin Bay Resort before he retired. He now bakes bread under his own company name, North Shore Breads. Jacobsen gives a portion of his profits to children’s hospitals as a means of giving back.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs produced this feature on Jacobsen and shares his story.

To learn more about the local opportunities available through the Small Business Development Center, click here and follow the tab marked ‘request consultation.’ 


Aquatic macro-invertebrate excursion is Saturday

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 9:52am

On Saturday the 13th you’ll be able to set up a net across the Kadunce River and net…water bugs. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Ilena Berg and Karen Kobey about looking for aquatic macro-invertebrates.


Mid-Trail Property Owners Association invite all to Fire Department fundraiser

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 8:47am

White elephants to antiques, textile art to fine art, and Mid-Trail dining to lefse-making lessons will all be up for grabs at the annual Mid-Trail Property Owners Association flea market, boutique, auction, and quilt raffle to be held at the Schaap Community Center on Wednesday, August 10. Opening time is 12 noon.

Treasures at all price points will be available at one of the most eclectic flea markets you’ll ever visit. This event offers cabin décor, garage extras, household items, and a host of one-of-a-kinds. The boutique features beautifully crafted textile art, ceramics, necktie purses, and many opportunities to begin your holiday shopping.

Bidding on auction items will be lively and fun, and is again being called by Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Michael Valentini.  Whether you are in the market for a hand-made book in the Swedish tradition, a collection of vintage and artfully hand-crafted quilts, framed wildlife art, or a lefse-making lesson with an old pro, you’ll find a wide variety of donations from local businesses and residents to bid on.

Of special note is a quilt made by Mid-Trail resident Carol Stockman called "The Thin Red Line."  Its design honors all current and fallen firefighters, and is uniquely appropriate for this event, which donates proceeds to our local fire department.

“Gunflint Rocks and Waters,” the theme for this year’s raffle quilt, is sure to remind the lucky winner of the beauty of the Gunflint Trail. Again crafted by the Mid-Trail Quilters, this effort follows a long tradition of making a quilt to benefit the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. Raffle tickets are available at local businesses and at the event. Drawing for the quilt will be at the conclusion of the auction.

Week's weather starts out fine, then turns stormy

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 8:42am

The week’s weather starts out fine, thunderstorms will develop by Wednesday.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Carol Christenson.



Last day for Fisherman's Picnic fun!

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 9:52am

Fisherman's Picnic wraps up today with a last chance for some fishy fun. Kiddie Rides, the Bingo tent and the Fishburger stand are open.

The fabulous Fisherrman's Picnic parade starts at 1 p.m. Line-up along Broadway and Wisconsin Streets to see your friends and family--and maybe fill your pockets with candy. 

The "only in Grand Marais" event, the Fish Toss, will be at 3:30 p.m. Bragging rights are on the line for who can toss and catch a herring the farthest. 

And at 5 p.m., the Grand Marais Lions will draw the ticket to see who is the lucky winner of $10,000!

Happy Fisherman's Picnic everyone!


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Cook County Airport gets infrastructure improvement grant

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 7:44am

While the Grand Marais/Cook County airport runway is getting a multi-million dollar improvement and extension from 4,200 feet to 5,000 feet, the airport terminal building has long needed a facelift, and now it will get it thanks to a grant from the federal government.

On Monday, July 25, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representative Rick Nolan, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Grand Marais/Cook Country Airport a grant of $118,755 for infrastructure improvements.

“Improvements to our infrastructure strengthen Minnesota’s economy by helping create good jobs and boosting business and travel,” Klobuchar said. “Cook County will benefit from today’s investment.”

“This grant will help spur economic development in Northeast Minnesota and bolster our regional transportation network,” Franken said.  

Rod Roy, airport manager, not too long ago came before the Cook County commissioners and said funds were needed to improve lobby and office space at the terminal.

“The Grand Marais/Cook County Airport plays a crucial role in our rural economy by providing transportation to business commuters and visitors alike,” Nolan said. “Maintaining safe and efficient airport operations with this grant will support good middle class jobs in the region, from construction, to business and tourism.”


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Homemade pies at Clearwater Lodge a favorite on Gunflint Trail

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 5:19am

The pies at Clearwater Lodge have been a popular item up the Gunflint Trail this summer. And there is a new baker in charge at the historic lodge.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs has this report. 

For more information on Clearwater Historic Lodge and Canoe Outfitters or to order a pie from Tori, click here. 



Grand Marais needs citizen representatives for two boards

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 10:57am

Two local boards need citizen representation. At the August 2 Grand Marais Park Board meeting, it was noted that a new park board member is needed to replace Reid Dusheck, who moved out of the city limits, which caused him to lose his spot on the board. The park board currently consists of City Councilor David Mills, Kaye Tavernier, Sally Berg, and Jennifer Stoltz. 

Another entity that met last week as well, the Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA), also still needs a board member to replace Mark Sandbo who moved this spring. Sandbo was a city representative, so the city needs to make that appointment.

The current EDA board members are County Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk, City Councilor Anton Moody, Howard Hedstrom, Scott Harrison, Hal Greenwood and Carol Mork.

Anyone interested in serving on either of those boards, should stop by Grand Marais City Hall or call 218-387-1848 for more information.


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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for August 6

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 9:31am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. A new twist in the oil pipeline story. Moose on the minds of two commissioners. Two wolves still on Isle Royale, PolyMet moves on and a Viking ship is moving out of the Great Lakes…all this and more in the week’s news.


Local Girl Scouts bring some fun to Fisherman's Picnic

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 7:46am

 Local Girl Scouts are bringing fun to Fisherman’s Picnic while working toward the second highest honor Girl Scouts can receive, the Silver Award. Look for Girl Scout Troop 4077 in front of Joy & Company on First Avenue on Friday-Saturday, August 5-6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will be offering crafts while demonstrating the principals of the three Rs—reduce, reuse, recycle.

Troop 4077 has been collecting used crayons. They will be repurposing them to create animal-shaped crayons. They will also have an assortment of plastic bottles which will be reused to make bird feeders.

And, Troop 4077 member Hailey Smith also invites everyone to stop by Oddz & Endz, the store on the west side of Grand Marais that accepts, recycles and sells household items and furniture. The Girl Scouts brightened up the outside of the building with some paintings. “We used recycled paints!” explained Hailey.

Girl Scout Troops 4325 and 4324 will be at the Kiddie Rides during Fisherman’s Picnic, selling everyone’s favorite festival treat—cotton candy. Look for them before fireworks on Saturday and after the parade on Sunday.

Proceeds from cotton candy sales and the nominal fees for crafts will be used to help Girl Scouts take a trip to Seattle, Washington in 2017.


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First Congregational Church invites community to Cajun Shrimp Boil

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 7:44am

 Everyone is invited to a genuine Cajun Shrimp Boil dinner during Fisherman's Picnic weekend on Friday, August 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the First Congregational Church basement fellowship hall at Second Street and Third Ave. West, Grand Marais.

The suggested donation is $12 (kids less) for a good boiled shrimp dinner with homemade red sauce, garlic bread, salad, beverage and dessert. This is not an "all you can eat" dinner but the servings will be generous.

All proceeds go to Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi.


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Big Fish Contest results midway through the contest

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 12:00pm

As of this morning, the leader board in Buck’s Hardware/Northern Wilds Big Fish Contest showed the following:


1. Larry Deschampe   3 pounds 6 ounces

2. Zack Danielson 3 pound 2 ounces

3. No entry


1. Joe Deschampe       11 pounds 2 ounces

2. Larry Deschampe   5 pounds 6 ounces

3. Terry Klos  5 pounds 6 ounces

Small Mouth Bass

1. Dan Hauge  4 pounds 3 ounces

2. Terry Klos  3 pounds 9 ounces

3. Madek Kayser        3 pounds 6 ounces

Lake Trout

Nate Timm      26 pounds 10 ounces

Nathan Kofstad          26 pounds

Mike Quaife 25 pounds


Josh Klemmer 15 pounds 10 ounces

Ray Churack   15 pounds 2 ounces

Josh Klemmer 12 pounds 1 ounce

Brook Trout

Don Bringman             2 pounds 10 ounces

Jeremy Peterson 2 pounds 7 ounces

Jeremy Peterson 1 pound 5 ounces

The contest lasts until 12 noon on Saturday, August 6. There are cash prizes as well as bragging rights on the line!  See the latest results on the board at Buck’s Hardware or visit www.


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DNR reports numerous bears encountering people as peak of summer arrives

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 10:55am

With the berry and tourist seasons in full swing, there have been a number of encounters with bears and people recently along the North Shore and throughout the area. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with a conservation officer from the DNR about human and bear encounters. 


Hovland invites all to “First Saturdays at the Market”

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 10:21am

Anyone who visited the Hovland Arts Festival during the July 4th weekend knows the community has many gifted artists. There will be a couple more opportunities to meet some of these talented folks this summer at “First Saturdays at the Market” event.

The gathering of artists will be on August 6 and September 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chicago Bay Marketplace on Highway 61 in Hovland. Available for sale will be hand crafted glass items, nature photography and much more.

For more information about the “First Saturdays,” contact Hella Buchheim at


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