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History of accordian--and some lively music--offered at Grand Marais Public Library Saturday

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:36am

Join musician Mario Cianflone as he presents “History and Music of the Accordian” at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Grand Marais Public Library.

Maestro Mario will share the history of the accordion, special musical effects such as the "musette" sound, and perform a variety of musical styles demonstrating the versatility and rich sound of the instrument.

Cianflone moved from Amato, Italy to Canada as a young child and then moved to the U.S. to study the accordion at the University of Minnesota with the famous Larry Malmberg. Cianflone went on to complete an M.A. in music theory and composition at the University of Minnesota along with his Ph.D.

In his 20s Cianflone created and arranged for a 24-voice all-accordion orchestra in Canada, and has become a specialist in Argentinian Tango and Parisian music as well as classical and Italian styles. Cianflone has become a brilliant composer and arranger and most recently has arranged historical Italian literature for Dino Dilaberti. 

This program is free and sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System, funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Plans for park at Father Baraga Cross to be posted for public

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:34am

A lot of work has been done by a Schroeder Township Task Force over the last couple of years to create a design plan for the park adjacent to Father Baraga Cross on Lake Superior. Park planning facilitator Greg Miron, who took over that task from Jim Norvell who has since moved from the area, presented the final plan created by landscape architect C.J. Fernandez to the town board at the October 14, 2014 meeting.

The plan calls for a pavilion with a low roof so nearby residents wouldn’t have their view of the lake obstructed; new green space; parking moved from the lake up the hill to allow re-sloping and better drainage to mitigate storm water run-off; two picnic tables; some boulders near the shore to help control erosion; a low rock wall and lots of shrubs and bushes.

Miron said the goal of improving the park is to increase its visibility, usability and make it more environmentally friendly.

Town meetings have been held to get input from residents, and Fernandez was hired to make schematic drawings using those suggestions. Fernandez unveiled a first set of drawings at last winter’s annual meeting in March and while residents were impressed, they told supervisors they were leery about using town money to pay for park improvements.

Schroeder resident Charlie Muggley asked how much it would cost to make the improvements—and who would pay for it.

Miron said the estimated costs are $700,000 to $800,000, but added that may change if an engineer were hired to come up with an estimate. Miron also said improvements would probably be made over a long period of time and therefore the costs would be spread out.

WTIP to broadcast House District 3A Forum, Oct. 21

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 8:00pm

WTIP North Shore Community Radio will broadcast a special Minnesota House District 3A candidate forum Tuesday afternoon, October 21st at 2 p.m.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen and Cook County News Herald Editor Rhonda Silence when they talk with DFL Incumbent Rep. David Dill and Republican challenger Eric Johnson live in the studio. You can be part of the conversation by submitting questions before and during the program.

Email questions to or by phone at 218-387-1070 or 800-473-9847. If you can’t listen in live, the program will be posted on our website – – and re-broadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 30th.

The Minnesota House District 3A Candidate Forum, 2pm, Tuesday, October 21st.  Only on WTIP, North Shore Community Radio.


Care Center celebrates German-American Heritage Month with polka music with Jim and Mary Schiep on Friday

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 3:44pm

The North Shore Care Center will be celebrating German-American Heritage Month with a history session, pretzel snacks, and the classic movie Heidi. On Friday, October 17, there will be a special Uber Braten dinner served, followed by a polka dance with Jim and Mary Schliep at 6 p.m.

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


Tofte getting closer to getting cell phone tower

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 3:42pm

At the October 9 Tofte town board meeting, Tofte Town Clerk Barb Gervais said work is progressing on the Verizon cell tower on the upper side of the highway in Tofte, and should be completed soon. Gervais said, “The cell phone tower is supposed to be done in two weeks.”

The 190-foot Verizon communications and cell phone tower is expected to be a boon to emergency fire and rescue workers and First Responders in the area, as well as to home owners, local businesses and travelers coming through on Highway 61 who want to use their cell phones.

A cell phone tower for Tofte has been in the planning stages for five years.

YMCA offers new programs and instructors

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:15pm

The Cook County YMCA has new child care and dance offerings along with several new instructors. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Jaye White and Christine Curtis of the YMCA on North Shore Morning about these new programs.

More information about YMCA programs and classes is available at 387-3386 or at

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