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A madcap competition at Theater Sports March 24

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 3:29pm

 In its 10th season, Theater Sports brings a madcap night of zany fun to the county on March 24. Fifteen seniors will compete on stage at 7 p.m. in the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Tickets, which go fast, are $5 for students and $8 for adults.

“The competition can get a little crazy, but it’s for a great cause,” said senior high English Teacher Ivy Church.

Proceeds pay for the College Literature class’s annual theater trip to the Twin Cities. On this year’s April 17-18 trip the class will tour museums and enjoy plays at both Park Square Theater and Guthrie Theater.

Coached by Michael McHugh, Theater Sports is improvisational theater with a competitive sports angle. Two teams compete in a series of wacky scenes or suggestions presented to them by the audience or Mr. McHugh. What follows is often laugh out loud, knee-slapping laughter.

This year’s participants are Britta Andress, Ashley Berglund, Richie Furlong, Danielle Hansen, Brenna Hay, Aubry Lewis, Ave McMillian, Morgan Mixdorf, Emma Olfson, Elizabeth O’Phelan, Carrie Palmer, Jami Sjogren, Andrew Thompson, Laura Thompson, and Libby Zaft.


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Grand Portage Elders Stew Cook Off and Meat Bingo enjoyed by all

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:38pm

The Grand Portage Elders had a very successful St Patrick’s Day Stew Cook Off and Meat Bingo fundraiser in March. Also held at the same time was a 50/50 raffle. This year’s Stew Cook Off winner was Rick Johnson. He is a two-time winner of this event as well as this year’s chili cook off winner. Rick is renowned in Grand Portage as an accomplished chef.

The 50/50 winner this time was Mike Keyport and the cover-all bingo winner was Ralph Tesser. Ralph sold the most 50/50 tickets as well as the winning ticket. He won a complete Easter ham dinner. Way to go, Ralph!

All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to help pay for Elders to travel to St Paul this month to view George Morrison’s exhibit at the History Center.


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Community input sought on Highway 61 corridor redesign

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:35pm

On February 24, over 50 community members gathered in Grand Marais for the third meeting of Highway 61 Revisited, a process for envisioning a redesign of the Highway 61 corridor through Grand Marais.

The meetings were convened by the City of Grand Marais after redesign of Highway 61 was deemed a priority by the city council last year with community input. While Highway 61 through Grand Marais is a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) road, the meetings have created an opportunity for community members to share their vision for the future of the highway corridor.

This has resulted in two concept designs for the corridor, which can be seen at

“There has been excellent community participation in the process both at in-person meetings [with over 50 attendees at each meeting] as well as through online comment opportunities and in one-on-one conversations with property owners along the corridor,” said Mike Fischer of LHB, Inc.

During the most recent meeting, the design team, including consultants CJ Fernandez and Jason Aune of Aune Fernandez Landscape Architects and Fischer, shared an update on the conceptual design process, including revised concept designs and the next steps. There was also an update on the Health Impact Assessment of the project, led by the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and a community committee. The group discussion identified many areas that the process has begun to address and those that the city will continue to investigate with community involvement, including parking, safe crossings, street landscaping, and a walk/bike trail.

“A locally led community visioning process is not the normal way highway projects are begun,” said City Administrator Mike Roth. “This has given our community the opportunity to guide future investment in the highway to meet our local needs.”

WTIP Weekend News Roundup for March 21

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 10:30am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a    roundup of the week’s top news stories. Ice is leaving the Great Lakes, snow is leaving the ski slopes, the spring fire season is close at hand and the moose population in the U.P. is on the decline …all this and more in the week’s news.


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Library Friends brings spring with gardening book sale on March 21

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:28pm

The Library Friends of Cook County has received an unprecedented response of books and other materials from the community for the August book sale, which is the annual fundraiser.  Because of limited storage space, the Friends can no longer accept the mass (small) paperback books or magazines, effective immediately.  

Also, as a reminder, textbooks and Reader's Digest Condensed books cannot be accepted.  

Thanks to the generous donations from the community, the Friends continue to have a successful sale each year.

The organization is hosting a special midwinter sale. Library Friends invites the community to attend a special sale of gardening books on Saturday, March 21 at the Grand Marais Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon.  

Library Friends spokesperson Peggy Struck said, “Even though it seems like winter will never end, spring is deep down in the soil waiting for us.  Let's put our minds to work even though our feet are still in the snow.


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"James and the Giant Peach" is in rehearsal now for April 17 debut

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:26pm

"James and the Giant Peach" is in rehearsal! With a cast of 29, much help is needed in creating costumes for the production. If you can help, please contact Emma Bradley at (218) 387-1734.

If you would like to help with music, video, props or scenery (carving foam, painting, construction) please contact the Grand Marais Playhouse at or 387-1284 x 2. Work days started Saturday, March 14. 

"James and the Giant Peach" opens April 17.


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