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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for June 27

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 10:29am

A much needed bridge replacement, invasive species, school levies, mining and mineral matters, taxes and a town hall…all this and more in the week’s news.


Bikers hitting the trail in Lutsen 99er this weekend

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:04am

Some 1,500 mountain bike enthusiasts will converge on Lutsen Mountains on June 27 to compete in one of three events, a 19-mile, 39-mile and 99-mile race. 

Entrants in the 99-mile race will experience about 7,000 feet of climbing. They will peddle on a variety of surfaces, 10 percent pavement, 7 percent single-track trails, 40 percent on ski/snowmobile trails, and 43 percent of the trek will be on forest service roads.

Racers in the 39-mile event and 19-mile events will also experience plenty of rolling scenery as they traverse the trails in and around Lutsen Mountains. And if it should rain, the mud will make it all that more interesting and challenging for riders.

Spectators will have a chance to watch riders in the 99er race at Devil Track campground as they come around there twice.

The first races were held in 2011 and the event has grown every year since. 

Top riders finish the 19-mile race in about 1:10, while first place in the 39-mile event is in around 2:07. Last year’s winner in the 99er crossed the line in 5:51:49.

Sponsored by Lifetime Fitness, the Chanhassen, Minnesota organization brings a lot of expertise and enthusiasm to the event. While quite a few locals participate, most of the elite riders hail from the Midwest and Thunder Bay, Ontario.


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State orders increased value for some Cook County property owners

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:03am

Although the Cook County Assessors Office attempted to hold off the increase, many Cook County residents will see a jump of 10 percent in the value of their property.

The increase, explained Assistant County Assessor Alison Plummer, will impact property owners from the Cascade Beach Road area to the Canadian border, including Birch and Pike lakes and more. Plummer told the county board at the Tuesday, June 23 board meeting that it would affect “residential and non-commercial seasonal residential recreational structures” in the unorganized Range 2W.

Plummer explained that the assessor’s office had appealed to the State Board of Equalization, arguing that market analysis should not reflect the same values for all of range 2W. Plus the change was based on only six property sales.

The assessor’s office received word from the Department of Revenue on June 15, 2015 that the appeal had been denied. Lloyd McCormick, property tax compliance supervisor, said the county would receive a copy of the orders to assess the 10 percent increase at the end of June. The change will not be implemented before the order from the Department of Revenue is received.

Plummer said it means a $5.3 million increase in taxable value in the unorganized 2W district. “So it’s pretty significant,” said Plummer.


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Variety of summer 'Naturalist Programs' offered by USDA Forest Service

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 2:14pm

Learn about bats, make a dream-catcher, or go on a birding hike – these are just a few of the naturalist programs being offered during the summer by the forest service. WTIP volunteer Joey Detrick spoke with forest interpreter Steve Robertsen on North Shore Morning. 


Opening night for Eleemosynary at Arrowhead Center for the Arts

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 1:39pm

It’s opening night for Eleemosynary! The Grand Marais Playhouse is pleased to present this sensitive and probing, masterful play examining the subtle and often perilous relationship between three remarkable women: a young girl, her mother, and her grandmother—all woven into the adventure of a national spelling bee.

Performances are at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts June 25- 28 and July 2-5.

The first Friday performance, on Friday, June 26 is “Food Shelf Friday.” Buy one ticket, get one ticket free with a donation of $5 or more of nonperishable food items or a $10 donation to the Cook County Food Shelf.

The first Sunday of each production is “Donation Day.” On Sunday, June 28, attendees may pay whatever they can. Donation Day is sponsored by North Shore Federal Credit Union.

The box office opens one hour before the play starts or advance tickets can be purchased online at

REMEMBER because of construction in the school parking lot, park behind the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at the top of First Avenue East.


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Portage to perform at North Shore Care Center Saturday

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:20am

The classic country band Portage will perform for a dance at the North Shore Care Center the last Saturday of the month on June 27 at 6:30 p.m. The Flute Reed Ramblers family band will also present old time gospel music for a concert on Tuesday, June 30 at 3 p.m. As always the families, friends, and community folks are welcome to join in the fun at our music events.

There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information about volunteering or the activities going on in June, please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or visit the website:   


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