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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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Son's Rays hosts concert on Sunday, August 7

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 10:17am

The Son’s Rays choir will be celebrating its 45th anniversary with a concert interwoven with the worship at Bethlehem Lutheran during Fisherman’s Picnic Sunday, Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. The title of their selection is “Shine!” and will feature many of their songs over the 45 years.

A special tribute will feature two of the choir’s parents who will represent the many talented and generous parents who helped through the years. Alice Powell will share some of her amazing works of arts. Gene Glader will share his story of how faith comes into play as events crash into life and cause drastic change.

A free will offering will be taken at the concert to benefit two projects. The first is the Cook County Domestic Violence project, and second is Equip Nepal, which was started by one of the former Son’s Rays, Jan Eliasen Viren and her husband, Bud. The project has been going on for 15 years and is especially needed this year as the repair and work in Nepal continues.

Organizer Dode Stoskopf said, “Cook County has been so generous in love and support over the years. We invite the community to come and celebrate with us.”


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Weekend weather shaping up for a nice Picnic

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 9:45am

After more rain Thursday afternoon, the front comes through bringing with it some pretty nice summer weather, dry and warm. Perfect for a big Picnic. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Bill Leatham.


Commissioners draft resolution against placing moose on endangered species list

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 10:56am

Two Cook County Commissioners are drafting a resolution to not support placing moose on the federal Endangered Species List.
Commissioners Frank Moe and Garry Gamble are drafting the resolution, citing tribal rights, logging and other industry as the primary reasons they do not support placing moose under federal protection from the Endangered Species Act.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs has this report. 


School District 166 has full staff for coming school year

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 9:58am

The School District 166 school board meeting on Thursday, July 21 started off on a friendly note, with welcomes to new Superintendent William Crandall and Assistant Principal Bill Dewitt.

Principal Adam Nelson said Maintenance Supervisor Tom Nelson and his crews have been “working relentlessly” to get rooms cleaned and ready for the start of school. Nelson said he is still working to finalize scheduling for some elementary classes, but with the assistance of Assistant Principal Dewitt, Nelson said, “Things have been going smoothly.”

Nelson said interviews were conducted and all teacher positions have been filled for the 2016-17 school year.

The school board passed motions to approve several new hires:

* Jim Lundorff from Roseville, MN as a fifth-grade teacher

* Brianna Volbrecht, a recent graduate of Bethel College as K-12 music/band teacher

* Dave Hanson, who just retired from Lakeville North, as industrial arts instructor

* Work agreements were also approved for a number of current employees, including Principal Nelson; John Jacobsen, the technology coordinator and technology assistant Daniel Henry.

* An agreement was also approved for Jill Boen, the media center supervisor for the 2016-2017 school year.

The two positions that were not recommended for renewal by former Superintendent Beth Schwarz at the last school board meeting were presented—and approved. A unanimous motion passed to renew the agreement of School Nurse, RN Kay Borud and Food Service Specialist Linda Bockovich.

Leave campaign signs alone

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 9:56am

Nearly every political season there is some controversy related to campaign signs. Because there are no local races on the August 9 primary ballot the usual abundance of lawn signs has not yet appeared. However, as the presidential race moves to national convention phase, there have been complaints of damaged or stolen signs for presidential candidates. The Cook County News-Herald reminds citizens that it is illegal to tamper with political signs in other peoples’ yards.

Early in the morning on July 18, a Voyageurs Point resident reported that signs had been damaged and taken from their yard. The signs were promoting presidential candidate Donald Trump.

On July 19, a homeowner on 2nd Avenue West in Grand Marais caught four teenagers in the act of stealing his yard sign. The reporting party said he chased them off. The sign was in support of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The caller said his first sign was stolen and the current sign is a replacement.

Parties who enter yards to tamper with election signs could be charged with theft, damage to property and trespassing. Under Minnesota State law, if you intentionally cause damage to another person’s property without their consent you could be charged with 3rd degree criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.



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WTIP to broadcast live from MN State Fair August 31

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 2:33pm

It’s ‘radio on a stick’! For the second year in a row, WTIP North Shore Community Radio will broadcast live from the Minnesota State Fair, Wednesday, August 31, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The opportunity to be a part of this popular summer event is possible thanks to WTIP’s membership with the Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations (Ampers). WTIP and 10 other independent community radio stations from across the state will be broadcasting on various days from the Ampers booth in the Education Building.
Listeners can tune in for a variety of special fair-related programming, information and entertainment. And thanks to a partnership with Visit Cook County, 500 tote bags will be given away from the booth at various times during the day. WTIP program director Matthew Brown and station manager Deb Benedict will be there, as well as a number of volunteer hosts. Visit Cook County director Linda Kratt and her team will also be on hand to meet and greet fairgoers with information about Cook County.
Business support for WTIP’s state fair broadcast has been provided by:
Betsy Bowen Studio & Gallery
Grand Marais Art Colony
North House Folk School
North Shore Winery & Sawtooth Mountain Cider House
Sivertson Gallery
Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply
Sven & Ole’s
Tuscarora Lodge & Canoe Outfitters
Visit Cook County
Voyageur Brewing Company
If you’re at the fair, please stop by the Education Building and see us! Or tune in – at 90.7 fm in Cook County, or stream online at from anywhere – and join us ‘on the radio at the fair’!