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Rosie Flores to rock the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on August 16

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:40pm

The North Shore Music Association will present musician Rosie Flores at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Flores blends rockabilly, honky tonk, jazz, and western swing along with traditional influences from her Tex-Mex heritage. She lives in Austin, Texas, where in 2006, Aug. 31 was declared "Rosie Flores Day" by the Austin City Council, and where she was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

Flores’ top-notch guitar playing is always revelatory—there are few out there who play with the mix of virtuosity and wild energy that she does. Since her career began in the late ’70s with her rockabilly punk band the Screamin' Sirens, Flores has been crafting a pioneering career in the roots underground. She was an integral part of the L.A. New Traditionalist scene that gave rise to Dwight Yoakam and Los Lobos. She’s recorded with West Coast roots icon Ray Campi, swing masters Asleep at the Wheel, rockabilly riot icon Janis Martin, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Wanda Jackson. 
Flores has toured as a member of Asleep at the Wheel, and with Wanda Jackson on a coast-to-coast North American tour. She has appeared on Austin City Limits and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. She is the first female Latina artist ever to appear on the Billboard Top 20 country charts. At her Grand Marais event, she will perform with her full backing band.

For more information, call the Music Association at (218) 387-1272.

Celebrate '50 Years of Wilderness' on September 5&6

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:23pm
You can join in the celebration of “50 Years of Wilderness” at the Lake Superior Wilderness Conference in Duluth on September 5-6. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Mark Peterson of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute on North Shore Morning. 
Lake Superior Wilderness Conference | September 5 - 6, 2014 
  • Learn about wilderness areas that exist in the Lake Superior region, why they are important and how we all have a role to play in their protection.
  • Be a part of the movement to bring wilderness management issues back on the regional agenda and provide a foundation for future events concerning our Lake Superior wilderness areas.
  • Strengthen your relationship with people interested in wilderness through networking opportunities with those of similar interests, develop friendships, and develop partnerships in support of wilderness issues.

Registration includes access to all presentations, scheduled meals, and conference materials. Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements. Pre-registration deadline is Friday, August 29, 2014. Canadian friends: online registration is not available. Please register by calling Jean at 1-715-682-1264 or download and mail the form below.

Conference Location
Inn on Lake Superior
350 Canal Park Drive
Duluth, Minnesota 55802
(218) 726-1111

(Photo by Travis Novitsky)

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Primary results set commissioner district matchups

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:28am

Tuesday’s primary settled the races for county commissioner in the two contested districts.

In Commissioner District One, Kristin DeArruda Wharton polled 127 votes and Frank Moe had 86. Harry Drabik came in third with a respectable 73 votes.

Steve Fleace had 40 votes, John Bockovich, 20 and Jerry Hiniker, 6. Three precincts are counted in District One: Colvill, Grand Portage and Hovland.

In Commissioner District Five, incumbent Bruce Martinson led the field of four with 169 votes, Ginny Storlie came in second with 130. Stan Tull had 73 and Tim Goettl came in with 68 votes. Four precincts are counted in the district: Lutsen, Schroeder, Tofte and Pike Lake.

In the November 4 General Election, Jan Sivertson is running unopposed in District Three and it will be Wharton and Moe facing off in One, Martinson and Storlie in Five.

Gunflint Woods, Winds & Strings Benefit Concert: August 16

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:15pm

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society is featuring a chamber music concert this Saturday. WTIP host Joe Detrick spoke with Barb Bottger of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society, and musician Paul Jacobson on North Shore Morning.


WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm
WHERE: The new Schapp Community Center, adjacent to Fire Hall #1 at Poplar Lake

A social hour will follow the concert.

This annual event is a fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center.

For more information:
Call: 218-388-9915

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Election filing deadlines today -- 5 p.m. for city; 8 p.m. for school and hospital boards

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:55pm

As today’s deadline to file as a candidate for office nears, there are still opportunities for citizens to step forward, especially for Cook County School District 166 District 3. No one has filed for to run in that race.

The District 3 board position is currently held by Leslie Ann Sullivan. She was appointed to fulfill the term when Mary Sanders retired from the board in December 2013. The News-Herald reached Sullivan on July 30 and she said unfortunately she cannot run. She has moved out of the district. The School District 3 board member represents West Grand Marais and Cascade.

ISD 166 Superintendent Beth Schwarz said if no one files, the board hopes that there will be a write-in candidate. Schwarz said the Minnesota School Board Association said that could be a method to fill the vacancy. However, if there is no write-in winner, or if the individual voted in as write-in declines to serve, the school board would have to function as a four-member board until it could appoint someone.

Schwarz said she was researching whether the District 3 seat could be an “at-large” position, so it could be filled by anyone in the county. However, she said that is not ideal, as the school district wants equal representation from each district.

She said she really hopes someone steps up in these last hours. “This is a really important position and time for our community. We’ll be going out for an operational levy next fall. We need a full board to determine our priorities and how much we will need,” Schwarz said.

Anyone interested in running has until 8 p.m. today, August 12 to file at the Cook County courthouse. The filing fee is $2.

The other two school board seats have candidates. Incumbents Deb White in District 1 and Jeanne Anderson in District 5 both have filed for re-election.

"Gunflint Woods, Winds & Strings" at Mid-Trail Community Center Saturday August 16

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:53pm

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society (GTHS) announces the second chamber music concert by and for residents and guests of the Gunflint Trail to benefit the work of the society.

The Gunflint Woods, Winds & Strings will take place at 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at Fire Hall 1 on Poplar Lake (a mile east of Trail Center). A “Meet the Artists” social hour in the A. Paul and Carol Schaap Mid-Trail Community Center will follow the concert.

 “Our classical chamber music concert in a Northwoods setting last summer was so exciting for everyone—the performers as well as the audience,” said Sally Valentini. “There are some very talented musicians in our area who will entertain us on a summer Saturday afternoon while supporting the work of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society. It’s a win-win!”

Concert organizing committee members include Susan Scherer, Phyllis Sherman, Judy Edlund, Barb Bottger and Lee Zopff, with assistance from Sharlene LeTourneau, Carol Byers, Vi Nelson and many others from last year’s event.

 Among the scheduled performers are Bill Beckstrand (harpsichord and keyboard), Philis Anderson (oboe), Kathy Bolstad (clarinet), Keitha Herron (violin), Paul Jacobson (baroque flute), Barb LaVigne (flute), Laura Popkes (vocal), Judy Ranheim (flute), and Erika Ternes (vocal and keyboard).

 Tickets are $20 each for adults and $5 for children under 18, including the reception. The 2013 concert was a sold-out event so those wishing tickets should reserve as early as possible. Tickets may be purchased at the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, or by phone at (218) 388-9915.