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"Fill a Bowl and Fill a Need" fundraiser on November 13

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:27pm

You can ‘Fill a Bowl and Fill a Need’ at the Empty Bowls annual fundraiser. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Beth Kennedy of the Empty Bowls fundraising event on North Shore Morning.


Empty Bowls 2014
Thursday, November 13
St. John’s Catholic Church, Lower Level
Broadway and 5th St., Grand Marais
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Silent auction closes at 6:30 p.m.
At Empty Bowls 2014, enjoy a simple soup dinner provided by local restaurants and continue the conversation about hunger in Cook County with fellow community members. Take home a beautiful handcrafted bowl made at a Grand Marais Art Colony Make-A-Bowl workshop or by Cook County schoolchildren. Shop the silent auction, featuring a large selection of gift certificates perfect to give as holiday gifts, donated by local businesses. For those with a sweet tooth, pick up goodies at the bake sale.
Proceeds from Empty Bowls battle hunger in Cook County by funding hunger programs offered by the Snack Packs Program, Cook County Food Shelf, Violence Prevention Center, ISD 166, Oshki Ogimaag Charter School, Meals on Wheels/Cook County Senior Center, Good Samaritan Fund, and others.
Empty Bowls 2014

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Frank Moe wins "decision by lot" for Commissioner District 1 seat -- recount under way at 11 a.m.

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 10:23am

As of 10 a.m. November 10, Frank Moe is the winner in the Cook County Commissioner District 1 race. The Cook County Election Canvass Board convened at 9:10 a.m. to certify election results in the Cook County Commissioner’s Room at the Cook County Courthouse. Once the election results were certified and the tie in the District 1 race confirmed, County Auditor Braidy Powers, under supervision of the Canvass Board, made a decision by lot.

In front of about 15 observers, Powers called the candidates—Kristin DeArruda Wharton and Frank Moe, who had each earned 246 votes in the November 4 election—forward. He explained the “device” to determine the winner. He had a cloth bag. Into the bag he placed two blocks—one red; one blue. He then had the candidates put their hand in the bag, clasp the block in his or her hand and wait until both had drawn. Powers asked them to open their hands and Moe had the red block—he had won the decision by lot.

Because the election was a tie, either of the candidates may request a recount, to be paid for by the county. DeArruda Wharton asked for a recount, which will get under way at about 11 a.m. today.

Overseeing the Canvass and the recount is Auditor Powers who is the government official who convenes the canvass board. Serving on the Canvass Board are Court Administrator Kim Shepherd, former Court Clerk Elaine Rabold, Grand Marais City Administrator Mike Roth and County Commissioner Garry Gamble.   

If the count is unchanged, Frank Moe will be the next county commissioner for District 1.

The race was also extremely close in Commissioner District 5. Challenger Ginny Storlie of Lutsen received 5 more votes than incumbent Bruce Martinson of Schroeder. The final tally was 303 votes, or 49.92 percent for Storlie to Martinson’s 298, or 49.09 percent. That race had 6 write-in votes.

Arrowhead Transit offers free bus ride for veterans on Veterans Day

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 7:38pm

 As a small token of appreciation for service to our country by America's veterans, Arrowhead Transit and Jefferson Lines are offering free transportation on all their buses to all veterans on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11.

Take Arrowhead Transit to Duluth on Veterans Day for free by calling 370-1515. Then pick up the Jefferson Lines bus at their Duluth terminal at 4602 Grand Ave. Get a round trip ticket on Veterans Day and your Jefferson Lines return trip is free also. For details, visit the website:

Questions? Call Arrowhead Marketing Coordinator Larry Rodgers: 218-735-6815. 

Not a veteran but still want a good deal? Call in reservations for four friends for the ride to Duluth and you go free! 370-1515

Memorial Blood Center coming to North Shore Nov. 11 - 13

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 7:36pm

According to the Memorial Blood Center, one blood donation can save as many as three lives. You can be a hero to someone through the simple act of donating blood. An opportunity is coming up to help fill the need in the Duluth/Superior and Arrowhead Region. The “bloodmobile” will be visiting the North Shore in November. Call to schedule an appointment to donate today.

The “bloodmobile” will be on the West End of Cook County on Tuesday November 11 from
2:30 - 6 p.m. at Zoar Lutheran Church. To schedule an appointment at Zoar, call Julie Rannetsberger at (218) 663-7111.

Memorial Blood Center will also be at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on 
Tuesday, November 11, 
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
To schedule an appointment, contact Michele at (218) 740-1541.

On November 12 the “bloodmobile” will be at the Evangelical Free Church from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. To schedule a donation for that visit, contact Jean Eisenberger at (218) 387-2212.

Another donation opportunity to donate will be at Cook County High School 
on Thursday, November 13, 
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Contact Pam at (218) 387-2273.

To meet the needs of hospitals in northeastern Minnesota, Memorial Blood Centers must collect at least 2,400 units of blood each week.

The donation process takes approximately 45 minutes and includes registration, a mini-physical and the donation, with the actual donation time being less than 10 minutes. Donors must be at least 17 years old, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds.

One in three people will need blood in their lifetime. You never know when you or someone you love might be the one. Call for an appointment today and give the gift of life!

Weekend News Roundup for November 8

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 10:21am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top news stories. Commissioner tie breaker scheduled for Monday. The FISH project needs more participants. Sertich leaves IRRRB and a mining conglomerate gets bigger.…all this and more in the week’s news.


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November music at the North Shore Care Center

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 1:58pm

November music at the North Shore Care Center will feature the band Cook County’s Most Wanted on Saturday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate Whitey and Gladys Dockan’s 64th wedding anniversary.

On Wednesday, November 26 the Flute Reed Ramblers family band will perform their banjo and fiddle music at 3:30 p.m. There will be some square dancing going on, too–lead by Florence and George Bloomquist. Get ready to do the Virginia Reel!

Additional live music during the month will be performed by Myron Bursheim on Sundays, Irene Thompson on Mondays, Al Fuller every Tuesday, and Susan Scherer on Wednesdays.

For more information about the activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or check out the website