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Gently used shoes sought for children in Haiti

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:38pm

As the result of a mission trip to Haiti earlier this year, local residents are being asked to donate their gently used shoes to those in need.

“The children would say, ‘I need a shoe,’ meaning they needed shoes,” recalled Gloria Johnson, who went on the trip and visited the Fountain of Christ School in Pignon.

Johnson further explained: “They have to wear shoes and socks to school so their moms make them take off their good things, and so most of the time they are barefooted.”

So, said Johnson, she decided to conduct a shoe drive when she arrived back home.

Gently used shoes for boys and girls – tennis shoes, dress shoes, sandals, etc. – from age 3 up to sixth grade are being collected at drop-off sites at IGA, the North Shore Federal Credit Union and Cornerstone Church until July 11.

For more information contact Johnson at (218) 388-9454.


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Healthy Shorelands and Aquatic Vegetation

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:46am

The Cook County Invasives Team and Soil and Water Conservation District are teaming up to host two workshops on healthy water and vegetation. WTIP spoke to Laurel Wilson of the CCIT and Kerrie Berg of the SWCD about the skills and knowledge the workshops will provide.

More information is available at 387-3648


The 25th Annual Grand Marais Arts Festival

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:46am

Grand Marais Art Colony events director Carolyn Fritz came into WTIP to discuss their many upcoming classes and events, including the highly anticipated 25th annual Grand Marias Arts Festival. The festival will feature over 80 artists from all around the area.


Author James Rains discusses new book at Grand Marais Public Library on July 3

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:23pm

The Grand Marais Public Library will host author James Rains speaking about his new biomedical thriller, Afgonak.  WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with the author on North Shore Morning.



City Council reaffirms that vacation rentals are not allowed in residential areas

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:48pm

At the June 10 Grand Marais City Council meeting, Councilor Tim Kennedy said the Grand Marais Planning Commission had revisited the issue of permitting vacation rentals in residential zones, a use which is now prohibited, and decided to take no action, meaning they re-affirmed the zoning standards. Kennedy cited three factors that went into the decision: that vacation rental is incompatible with residential neighborhoods; zones already exist in the city that allow vacation rentals; and there has been no formal request from the public requesting the change.

Due to the planning commission’s decision, City Administrator Mike Roth said he would notify those people who are known to be unlawfully operating vacation rentals.


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Cook County Vikings preparing for nine-man football

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:46pm

It seems early in the year, but Cook County High School football players are already thinking of fall. With fewer students in school, and fewer student-athletes to draw from, the Cook County High School football team hasn’t had a lot of success the last couple of years.

But a change from 11-man to 9-man football should help, although there is bound to be a fairly steep learning curve in a game tends to have quite a bit more high-octane offense than 11-man football.

To help offset that change, the Vikings sent 17 players to the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) annual football team camp during the week of June 15.

Head Coach Mitch Dorr said, “We used the time to learn and practice new offensive and defensive schemes that they will be running as a 9-man football team.”

The majority of the time was spent scrimmaging against other 9-man teams said Dorr.

At the end of the camp the Viking coaching staff left feeling very optimistic about the team and the transition to 9-man, said Dorr.


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