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Grand Portage border officers seize pound of pot

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 9:05am

GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Grand Portage port of entry seized slightly less than a pound of marijuana on April 7.

The seizure occurred when a CBP officer inspected a blue Mazda being driven by a 28-year-old Canadian citizen traveling from Banff, Alberta.

During a detailed inspection of the vehicle, officers discovered 32 sealed aluminum cans labeled “Pure Maple Syrup.”  Officers noticed some were noticeably lighter and upon opening the cans they found that 15 of them held zip lock bags filled with a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana.

The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody and turned over to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office for possible prosecution.

The Office of Field Operations is responsible for securing borders at the ports of entry.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s primary mission is anti-terrorism, but also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction.


Small Talk on Bally Blacksmith Shop at Johnson Heritage Post April 11

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:23pm

A special Cook County Historical Society “Small Talk” will be presented at 4 p.m. April 11 at the Johnson Heritage Post, 115 Wisconsin St. in Grand Marais.

The topic of the presentation will be the Bally Blacksmith Shop. A panel of guest speakers will tell stories of the Bally family. The public is also invited to share their own stories, photos or objects related to the Ballys and their trade. Historical Society staff will give an up

date and progress report on the site and future plans – things are moving along!

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call the museum at (218) 387-2883.


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City to pursue market study on assisted living

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:21pm

At the March 25 Grand Marais City Council meeting, Karl Hansen of the North Shore Health Care Foundation asked council to move forward with a market study to help determine the feasibility of establishing an Assisted Living facility in Cook County. Hansen’s request was for the city to send out requests for proposals (RFPs) to companies that do market studies in an effort to find the one best-suited to Cook County’s needs.

Although a similar study was done in 2010, it was noted by Hansen and others that that study was not comprehensive enough. With council’s approval of the request, RFPs will now be sent out to vendors known to the city, and the county board and Grand Portage Tribal Council will be contacted about the effort and to ask their cooperation with gathering information.

City Administrator Mike Roth noted that the request originally came before council in December, and the previous council deferred the matter for the new councilors to decide. Roth said it was important for that decision to be made soon because he has become aware that the IRRRB  – which may fund the undertaking – is expressing “a level of frustration that nothing’s happening.” And Hansen pointed out that it’s been five months since council agreed to do something, yet nothing has been done.

Upon hearing the presentation council did do something, approving Hansen’s request by unanimous vote.


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George Morrison exhibit continues in St. Paul through April 26

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:22pm

The first comprehensive retrospective of a key Native American modernist, Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison will be on display at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul Feb. 14 through April 26, 2015.

The exhibit includes drawings, paintings, prints, and sculpture that bring together concepts of abstraction, landscape, and spiritual reflection in the mind and eye of this important 20th-century artist.
Half of the 80 works in the exhibition issue from the largest and most important collection of Morrison’s artwork in the country, the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul. The other 40 stem from important public and private collections from across the country including four pieces from the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society.


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Thunder Bay's Magnus Theater presents "Moose on the Loose" April 9 - 25

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:13pm

"Moose on the Loose", a family-friendly, comedy written by Thunder Bay’s Dina Morrone, will be presented at the Magnus Theatre from April 9 through April 25.

The production is a semi-autobiographical play about a family from Italy which has set up home in Way Up Bay, Ontario. The loose moose acts as our narrator and guide as we meet the Tappino family, a chaotic but loving family trying to come to terms with a wayward moose, issues of joblessness, a daughter with a secret, and a couch potato son who won’t budge.

For more information, call the box office at (807) 345-5552.


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'Music from the Tip 'O the Arrowhead' exhibit opens May 24

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 4:32pm

Music from the Tip O’ the Arrowhead is the new exhibit planned at the Cook County Historical Society. WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson spoke with Chris Gillis and Carrie McHugh of the Cook County Historical Society on North Shore Morning.

(Photo courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society)

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