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Mush for a Cure cancelled for 2015

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 2:57pm

Supporters of Mush for a Cure, a fun sled dog race fundraiser benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation, have been awaiting the announcement of this year’s theme. In years past the event has invited participants to don pink attire for a prom, to go back to the ‘60s, to be pink zombies and more. Unfortunately however, the announcement released this week by organizer Sue Prom is that the 2015 Mush for a Cure event has been cancelled.

Prom said it was a difficult decision. “It’s always a ton of work for everyone, but it’s such a good cause. And such a good time. I’m going to miss it,” said Prom, reached by phone after the announcement.

However, registration was just too low to justify the event. Prom said registration was possibly affected because another dog sled race, the White Oak Sled Dog Race in Deer River, Minnesota, has been scheduled for the same weekend. That race offers a variety of racing opportunities for different skill levels. “Everyone likes to do that one,” said Prom.

Prom added thanks to all the mushers who took part in Mush for a Cure, to the volunteers and to the community. She said, “We appreciate the past support of everyone for our event and helping us raise $226,500 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.”

She encouraged anyone who was thinking of pledging to a musher to go ahead and make a donation to the foundation at

Prom said she will miss everyone getting together for such a great cause, but reminded people thinking of visiting that the Cook County Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club’s Trout Derby will still be taking place on Gunflint Lake on March 8. 

British Guitarist Adrian Legg performs at Arrowhead Center for the Arts February 14

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 1:35pm

British guitarist Adrian Legg will be performing this Saturday at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais. WTIP host Yvonne Mills spoke with Kate Fitzgerald of the North Shore Music Association on North Shore Morning about this event. 

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Weekend News Roundup for February 7

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 11:50am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top    news stories. Good news and bad news for the Great Lakes and super busses to the northland …all this and more in the week’s news.


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'Recording for Radio' workshop offered by WTIP on February 11

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 1:34pm

WTIP invites community members to participate in a new project designed to bring a wider range of voices to the air.

The project, which is funded by the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, will provide training and opportunities for community members interested in creating and sharing audio features on a variety of topics and subjects. “We want to provide an opportunity for community members to produce content focused on their interests,” says Patrick Knight, who is leading the project. “I’m here to help guide people through the process, to help them create content to share.”

Participants can work with Patrick to identify topics, learn how to record, and turn recorded material into sharable features. The parameters are flexible and the time commitment varies depending on the interests and needs of the participants. “If you’re interested in making audio features for the radio, or if you’re interested in video production, please contact me so we can talk about moving forward,” Knight says. He can be reached at 

Knight will be holding the first workshop, which will cover gathering audio recordings, on Wednesday, February 11th from 6:30 to 7:30. Anyone interested in joining the project is encouraged to attend the training, or to contact Knight to arrange another meeting.  

Workshop details:

"Recording for Radio Workshop"
Wednesday, February 11
6:30 to 7:30 pm
Location: WTIP at 1712 W. Hwy. 61, Grand Marais

Listen to more about this project: Host Joey Detrick spoke with Patrick Knight, Community Producers Project Coordinator, and Deb Benedict, WTIP station manager, on North Shore Morning. 

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Tracy Benson appointed to Grand Marais City Council seat

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:42pm

Grand Marais City Councilors spent about 20 minutes at their Jan. 28 meeting discussing the merits and qualifications of the five citizens who expressed interest in filling the city council vacancy created when Jan Sivertson resigned to serve on the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Those seeking the council seat were Bob Spry, Daniel Ditmanson, Karen Blackburn, Reid Dusheck and Tracy Benson.

Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux said he was pleased that “five outstanding candidates” came forward and noted that “each brings something unique.”

During the course of the discussion, it became apparent that councilors were looking for diversity and someone with a strong financial background. Thus, the list was narrowed to Benson and Blackburn, both of whom were lauded for their business acumen and bookkeeping experience.

In fact, the two were regarded as so closely matched and well-qualified that it was finally suggested a coin toss be used to determine a winner. However, Councilor Dave Mills said he didn’t like the idea of a coin toss to make such an important decision and nominated Benson.

The vote to appoint Benson was unanimous. Following the vote, Benson was asked to leave her seat in the audience and join council at the table to participate in the remainder of the meeting. Blackburn was also in attendance and she thanked council for the consideration and kind words, and said there were no hard feelings.

Benson will serve the final two years of Sivertson’s term, until the end of 2016.


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Catalyst Dance returning to Arrowhead Center for the Arts, February 7

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:39pm

Emily Johnson and her award winning dance performance company "Catalyst" is  returning to Grand Marais with her troupe for a February 7 performance at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Johnson is brining "Niicugni" to the stage at 7:30 p.m.

An Alaskan native with Yup’ik roots, Johnson moved to the Twin Cities in the 1990s to attend the University of Minnesota to pursue a degree in physical therapy, but after attending a dance class she realized she loved to perform and she switched her major. In 1998 she began working on a creating performances that, “uniquely connect us to our land, our lives, and to each other.”

"Niicugni," is the second performance in a trilogy that took more than seven years to create. It is a Yup’ik word that means “listen” or “pay attention.” Johnson said it questions, “The ways we do and do not listen to our bodies, histories, impulses, and environments. It is performed within light/sound installations of hand-made fish skin lanterns that hang over the stage and audiences.”

The first performance in her trilogy was "The Thank-You Bar," and the last of the three is called "SHORE." Throughout the trilogy Johnson said she tries to “connect the audience to the land, or lives and to each other.”

For information on the show or tickets, call the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 218-387-1284.


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