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Great Decisions meeting: Syria's Refugee Crisis, April 16th

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 2:48pm

­­­­­­­­­ The current Syrian military conflict is a perfect storm for the suffering of civilians caught in the cross-fire.  North Shore Morning host Mark Abrahamson learns more about this month’s Great Decisions meeting and topic from this month's discussion leader Henry Berman.
Henry Berman is a business retiree from Ecolab in St Paul.  He has a passionate interest in International Relations, especially the Middle East.  He has family who lives in the Region and he has traveled there seven times since 2008.  He is a frequent Great Decisions Speaker, presenting in recent years on the US-Israeli Relationship and Egypt and the Arab Spring.  His topic of interest this year is the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

Great Decisions meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Cook County Community Center from noon to 1:30pm.  More information from Diane at 387-3015.

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A little rain, but fire danger remains high

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:08am

April showers can bring May flowers, but we need a bit more rain in the Northland to keep down the wildfire threat. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Stewart about this week’s weather.


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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for April 11

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 10:57am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a    roundup of the week’s top news stories. Septic installers meet with Planning and Zoning, changes in the on-going mail service issue, Fond du Lac speaking and netting and a death on the Lutsen slopes…all this and more in the week’s news.


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North Shore Care Center to honor volunteers on 50th anniversary

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 4:26pm

April 12-18 marks National Volunteer Week—a time to recognize the efforts of volunteers at the local, state, and national levels. The residents and staff at the North Shore Care Center are planning some special recognition for the dedicated volunteers who have assisted or offered entertainment at the Care Center for 50 years.

2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Care Center with a special Volunteer Recognition planned for past and present volunteers. The 50th Recognition Brunch will take place on Wednesday, May 20 at 10 a.m. in the Care Center Dining Room.

There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information about our volunteer program, upcoming activities, and 50th Anniversary events, please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or visit the website:  


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Cook County Community Fund grant applications: letters of intent due April 15

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:14pm

Deadlines are approaching for this year’s grant cycle of the Cook County Community Fund.  WTIP volunteer Julie Carlson spoke with Kaitlyn Bohlin of the Cook County Community Fund on North Shore Morning.

Letters of intent (due April 15) and applications (due May 1) are now submitted online.


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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.