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"Ales for ALS" at Voyageur Brewing Company in Grand Marais

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 1:37pm

Voyageur Brewing Company is one of fewer than 80 breweries in the nation to participate in “Ales for ALS,” a special opportunity that allows breweries to donate $1 per pint of ale sold to the ALS Therapy Development Institute.

Each participant was given a special blend of experimental hops donated by B.T. Loftus Ranches and Hopunion. Using those hops Voyageur brewer Jason Baumgarth created a summer ale with notes of citrus, tropical fruit and pine.

 “Ales for ALS” is a unique craft brewery-based fundraising initiative created to accelerate drug development for people living with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

One of the owners of Voyageur Brewing Company had an aunt pass away from ALS. Cara Sporn said, “We’re proud to be participating in this fundraiser. I lost my Aunt Ruth to this debilitating disease in 2011 and whatever we can do to help find a cure for ALS is an honor.”

 Participating brewers release their limited edition beer sometime during June or July. Voyageur is releasing its in the taproom on June 23. The special blend will only be available for a short time due to the limited amount of hops provided.

 Voyageur Brewing Company is a production brewery in Grand Marais that opened in February 2015.


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Grand Marais Music Collaborative forms

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 1:32pm

It’s taken some years, more than 10 by one estimate, but a music collaborative has been formed in Grand Marais and the hope, said its organizer John Mianowski,“is to make Grand Marais an honest to goodness draw to the community and create a thriving music scene.”

Grand Marais Music Collaborative is now a not-for-profit corporation, organized to serve the needs of those who produce, perform, or enjoy music in the Grand Marais area, said Mianowski.

"We look forward to working with other local non-profits, businesses, governments, and venues to help build and strengthen our music community," said Todd Miller, chairman of the board of director, which includes Secretary/Treasurer John Mianowski and board members Grant Adams and Betsy Bowen.

"Our first major accomplishment has been to arrange with the City of Grand Marais to allow live performers in the downtown Harbor Park during the summer under a blanket peddler’s permit that we have purchased for them which allows musicians to offer items for sale or ask for tips during their performance. This is available to our members at no cost. Residents and visitors alike will soon be able to enjoy the festive atmosphere that live music creates as they shop, stroll, or just relax and enjoy the downtown Grand Marais area. Individual musicians and groups who want to take advantage of this great opportunity, as well as anybody else who would like to help strengthen and promote our local music scene, should contact the Grand Marais Music Collaborative," Mianowski said.

For more information please contact: Grand Marais Music Collaborative, c/o John Mianowski, secretary,, PO Box 123, Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604 or call (218) 370-9216.


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Senior Center welcomes new program coordinator, Jes Rodne

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 10:58am

In addition to a busy summer schedule, the Senior Center in Grand Marais has a new programs and services coordinator, Jes Rodne. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning talked with Jes and director, Bev Green, on North Shore Morning about what's new at the Center.


GM Playhouse production "Eleemosynary" opens June 25

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 12:50pm

‘Eleemosynary’ – a production of the Grand Marais Playhouse – is about the relationship of 3 generations of women.  WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Jackson Nickolay and Melanie Stoddard of the Grand Marais Playhouse on North Shore Morning.  ‘Eleemosynary” opens June 25 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. 


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Wet weather to continue, with a slight warmup in the future

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 11:40am

The rain we had over the weekend returns, but so will warmer weather.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Dean Melde about the slow slog into summer.


Harbor House Grille recognized for great waterfront dining

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 8:51am

Hot and trendy has named Harbor House Grille in Grand Marais as one of the 15 best waterfront bars and restaurants in Minnesota.

 “Sip on a variety of local craft beers, one of your favorite microbrews, or choose from one of their specialty cocktails and enjoy the sights of the scenic North Shore,” wrote Thrillist author Keane Amdahl. “They also have a variety of made-from-scratch entrée options which make this a great waterfront getaway destination.”

Harbor House chef/owner Ed Straub and his wife/co-owner Cindy take great care to offer top notch food and provide a comfortable dining experience for their patrons.

Harbor House Grille serves American fare: handcrafted burgers, home made soups, sandwiches, salads and deserts, all influenced by Ed’s creative cooking flare.

Some of the other establishments joining Harbor House on the ThrillList include: Tin Fish on Lake Calhoun; the Boat House on the banks of the Mississippi river in Southern Minnesota; Bread & Pickle on Lake Harriet; Lord Fletcher’s Old Lake Lodge on Lake Minnetonka; the Moonlite Bay on Cross Lake; 6Smith in Wayzata; Admiral D’s on White Bear Lake; Grandma’s Saloon & Grill in Duluth; and Sandcastle on Lake Nokomis.

ThrillList began in 2003 as an email newsletter in New York that highlighted bar and restaurant openings. Not long after it expanded to LA, Chicago, and San Francisco before it went global.

Today the online magazine touts cities, food and drink, travel, recipes and features trendy online shopping aimed largely at millennials.