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"Rib Feast" to benefit Birch Grove at Schroeder Town Hall October 22

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 10:01am

The Schroeder Town Hall will be the place to be for dinner on Thursday, October 22. From 5- 7 p.m. the Schroeder Baking Company will be serving up barbecue ribs and fixings to benefit Birch Grove Community School.

The meal will include BBQ ribs, potatoes, coleslaw, a dinner roll and a tempting dessert. The cost for $25.

Children 11 years old and under are free and there will be hotdogs for children.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Birch Grove Community School, whose motto is “Where roots grow deep and branches reach high.”


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Plans for new bridge on Lutsen Ski Hill Road

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 9:54am

County Highway Engineer David Betts asked for authorization to solicit proposals for the design of a new bridge to replace the hybrid steel/timber frame span of approximately 40 feet in length at Lutsen Mountains near Papa Charlie’s. Betts said MnDOT did an inspection in August and his department looked at the bridge one week ago “It’s in pretty rough shape,” he said.

Commissioner Moe asked if the county’s bridge projects were addressed in order by the way they came in, and Betts replied, “We have a bridge priority list, which we need to update.”

Moe wondered if work on this bridge would take place before work on the Otis Creek Bridge in Hovland. The Otis Creek project has been under discussion for about 10 years.

Because federal and state bridge standards are used to rate bridges, Betts said the ones that are in the worst shape are fixed or replaced first.

Although she was in favor of fixing the bridge at Otis Creek, Commissioner Jan Sivertson said in terms of the county’s economy and reliance on tourism, it was imperative to fix the bridge at Lutsen Mountains as soon as possible. Sivertson noted that many people work at the ski hill and are counting on those jobs.

Betts said he anticipated using a state and local bridge replacement bond to pay for the replacement. “However, until the bridge is designed, we cannot place this bridge on the waiting list for these funds,” he said. “Because this bridge is on the county state aid highway system, these costs would be eligible for reimbursement by state aid upon completion of the project.”  


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"Hansel & Gretel" performance at Sawtooth Elementary October 21

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 9:10pm

Lyric Opera of the North is coming to Grand Marais! In partnership with Opera for the Young, the company will present an adaptation of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel at Cook County Schools on October 21, 2015. A chorus of students from Sawtooth Elementary will appear onstage, performing right alongside Lyric Opera of the North’s professional artists.

Opera for the Young and Lyric Opera of the North are teaming up for the first time to bring live, professional opera to elementary school audiences along the North Shore. All productions are fully staged, sung in English and adapted especially for children. Students appear onstage in chorus and cameo roles. Opera for the Young annually presents 200 performances, reaching 80,000 children every school year throughout Wisconsin, northern Illinois, Iowa and eastern Minnesota. Further information about Opera for the Young is available at


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Comment now on Tofte township long range plan

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 9:08pm

If you live in Tofte and have an idea that would help the community become a better place to live, now is your chance for input.

For months residents and business owners in Tofte have been meeting with Andy Hubley and Michelle Pierson of the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) to come up with a long-term document that would help guide the township into the future.

Hubley is the ARDC regional planning director and Pierson is the regional planning assistant.

On October 8 Hubley released the finished draft for public review and comment. The plan can be viewed on Tofte’s website

All comments are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2015.

Following the final public review and comment period, the plan will be presented to the Town Board for approval and adoption at the regular 7 p.m. meeting on November 12, 2015.

It is expected the plan will help in township decisions regarding transportation, housing, cultural and natural resources, economic development, intergovernmental cooperation, utilities, and community facilities.


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'Walking School Bus' scheduled for October 21

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 11:36am

All students are welcome to walk or bike with the 'Walking School Bus' group on October 21. WTIP’s Veronica Weadock spoke with Safe Routes to School Coordinator Maren Webb and Border Patrol Agent Matthew Curran on North Shore Morning.

For more information contact Maren Webb at or 387-2330.


Inching toward fall: on again, off again weather

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 8:41am

According to the National Weather Service, the week looks ‘fall-ish.” WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson.