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An August Afternoon of Chamber Music

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:44am

"The Gunflint Woods, Winds and Strings Benefit Concert" will take place at Fire Hall #1 and the Schaap Community Center on Saturday, August 9. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson interviewed two of the musicians, Paul Jacobson and Yvonne Caruthers, about the upcoming concert. They discussed the theme, "An August Afternoon of Chamber Music," special performances, and how the concert benefits the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department.

Seats are limited. Ticket reservations can be made at 218-388-9494.


Predicting Climate Change Impacts on Northern Minnesota

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:09am

Cook County Higher Education will be hosting a guest lecture on Thursday, July 30, at 7 pm. The lecture will be led by Dr. Lucinda Johnson, an aquatic and landscape ecologist, and will cover the effects that climate change could have on our aquatic ecosystems. WTIP interviewed her to learn more about the upcoming discussion. 

More information on this lecture is available at 218-387-3411.


Community Meeting to consider presidential candidate Bernie Sanders July 29

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:35pm

Anyone interested in learning more about presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is encouraged to attend an organizational meeting for the senator, Wednesday, July 29, from 6-8 p.m. at 975 West 4th Street in Grand Marais. There will be a simulcast from Bernie Sanders and information on how you can become involved in his campaign if you wish.

For more information, contact John at 218-251-6381.


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Isle Royale National Park hosting public meeting on moose and wolf populations

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:33pm

The public is invited to comment on the moose and wolf populations on Isle Royale at a public meeting on Wednesday, July 29. Isle Royale National Park personnel will be at the Grand Portage National Monument Visitor’s Center from 6 – 8 p.m. with a brief presentation and informal discussion about the proposed management moose-wolf-vegetation management plan.

Other meetings are scheduled for June 27 in Houghton, Michigan; at Isle Royale National Park at the Rock Harbor Auditorium on July 28 and the last meeting will again be held on the island at the Windigo Visitor Center on July 30.

The public comment period will end August 29, 2015.


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Summer Theater Festival continues with "Moon over Buffalo" and "I Love You, You're Perfect! Now Change"

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:02pm

The Grand Marais Playhouse’s 2015 Summer Theater Festival is happening now! Two very entertaining productions have hit the stage beginning with Ken Ludwig’s hilarious farce Moon Over Buffalo and then the musical comedy I Love You, You’re Perfect! Now Change! from book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts.

The festival continues weekends through August 9. Plays alternate each evening and each weekend. There are several chances to see each production but don’t wait!

The publisher Samuel French, Inc. describes Moon Over Buffalo as a madcap comedy in the tradition of Lend me a Tenor. The hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s.

Bob Carter plays George Hay and Marcia Hyatt plays Charlotte Hay. The cast includes Kevin Kager, Sarah Stover, Jan Healy, Saraphine Metis, Braidy Powers and Tom Christiansen.

The performance dates for Moon Over Buffalo are July 30 August 1, 7 and 9.

I Love You, You’re Perfect! Now Change! is a celebration of the mating game. It takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as “the relationship.”

The talented ensemble consists of Mark Abrahamson, Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Jackson Nickolay and Karina Roth. The fabulous musicians are Kay Costello on piano, Erika Ternes on violin and Mike Roth on bass. Both plays are directed and designed by Sue Hennessy, and musical direction by Karina Roth

The performance dates for I Love You, You’re Perfect! Now Change are July 31 and August 2, 6 and 8.

Performance times are Thursday - Saturday 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (Except for August 2 which is at 3 p.m. following Fisherman’s Picnic Parade.)

Tickets are $20 adults and $10 for students under 18. Buy a ticket to each production and save $5!

County to consider amendment to ATV ordinance at public hearing, July 28

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 1:30pm

After hearing a report from Commissioners Frank Moe and Garry Gamble on the process undertaken by a Cook County all-terrain vehicle (ATV) Ordinance committee, the county board set July 28 at 10 a.m. to hold a public meeting on proposed changes to the ordinance.

Commissioners Moe and Gamble facilitated a committee consisting of Sheriff Pat Eliasen, 1854 Treaty Authority Conservation Officer Clay Rumph and citizens John Bottger and Rhonda Silence, with input from County Attorney Molly Hicken, County Engineer David Betts, and Land Commissioner Betty Schultz. The committee was formed to look at a request from some Mid-Gunflint Trail businesses and the Cook County ATV Club to allow Class 1 ATV equipment on two additional sections of the Gunflint Trail.

The committee recommended opening the additional sections of the Gunflint Trail to ATV traffic on the shoulder and far right side of the road, but added a number of stipulations.

Some stipulations include putting at least four additional “Expect ATV Traffic” signs on the Gunflint Trail at the beginning of each section and posting two more signs at the junction of the Gunflint Trail and South Brule Road to inform ATVers that vehicles have a partially obstructed view. The committee also said the county must work with Visit Cook County to inform visitors of the presence of ATVs on Cook County roads; must continue to review ordinances for neighboring counties to work toward consistency of ordinances between counties; and determine and evaluate start up costs (signage, etc.) to the county of the proposed change. The committee agreed that the next Cook County road map published should also include notice and markings of the sections that now allow ATVs and the Sheriff’s Office agreed to assist with safety training efforts and include those efforts in that department’ annual report to the county board.