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American Pickers looking for local relics

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 3:58pm

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team are planning to return to Minnesota to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout the region this August.

American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

The show is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-old-rust.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

 

Stone Harbor hosts North Shore Water Festival July 16-17

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 2:37pm

The third annual North Shore Water Festival (NSWF) in Grand Marais offers visitors a chance to get wet and participate in water activities on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17 in Stone Harbor. 

The NSWF will have experts on hand offering fishing, touring kayak and canoe demonstrations, stand-up paddle board demo activities in the harbor, including stand-up yoga, plus a display of new water gear and equipment. Most activities are free to the public, and only require signing a waiver and/or registering in advance for stand-up board yoga.

The North Shore Water Festival is hosted by Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, 22 E. First St., with the support of local Grand Marais businesses. A variety of vendors will be on hand to show and offer demos of their gear and equipment.

Events run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

For more information contact Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply at (218) 387-3136.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

 

North Shore residents attend mining permit 'listening session' in Duluth

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 11:56am
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A collection of Cook County residents were among the estimated 600 people who attended a public meeting held by the U.S. Forest Service in Duluth Wednesday, July 13 focusing on mining leases near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Among the North Shore residents in attendance was Cook County Commissioner Jan Sivertson. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Sivertson about the meeting and has this report. 

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A partly sunny weekend is forecast, warmer and more like summer -- later

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:46am
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The low pressure swirling above us in Canada will bring rain on and off later this weekend. In the meantime, things are gearing up for warmer clear weather into the week. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Carol Christenson.

 

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City to begin live streaming meetings

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:10am
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The Grand Marais City Council is considering zoning for so-called “Granny Pods” and they’ll also begin live streaming their meetings on a trial basis. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.

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"No water contact" advisory lifted for Grand Marais beach

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:15pm

The “no water contact” advisory from the Minnesota Department of Health for the Grand Marais downtown beach has been removed. Water samples collected at the Grand Marais downtown beach on July 11 indicated possible fecal contamination. However, the water at the beach was tested again on July 12 and according to MDH, fecal indicator bacteria levels and averages have returned to acceptable levels.

Also receiving “no water contact” advisories on July 11 were Agate Bay and Burlington Bay beaches in Two Harbors and Minnesota Point/15th Street beach and Sky Harbor beach in Duluth. The “no water contact” advisory for Burlington Bay beach has been removed, but the advisories for the other beaches remain in place. Several other North Shore beaches—outside of Cook County—have been added to the “no water contact” advisory list.

Beach monitoring is conducted at the following beaches in Cook County:  Chicago Bay boat launch in Hovland; Paradise Beach, Kadunce Creek, Durfee Creek in Colvill; Old Shore Road, Harbor Park in Grand Marais, Recreation Park campground in Grand Marais, Cutface Creek Wayside Rest; Temperance River State Park, Schroeder Town Park and Sugarloaf Cove Beach in Schroeder. At press time, all had “water contact acceptable” ratings.

A number of factors, such as dog, geese and other wildlife feces, dirty diapers, failing septic systems and sewer line breaks and overflows, can contribute to higher levels of illness-causing bacteria.

New Cook County PHHS director has family ties to former Minnesota governor

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 12:03pm
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During a meeting of the Cook County Commissioners Tuesday morning, the board approved the hiring of Joshua Beck as the director of the county’s Public Health and Human Services Department.

The board unanimously approved the hiring of Beck as the new director. Beck is 39 years old. He is leaving a similar position in human services in Globe, Arizona. Beck will arrive to Cook County later this month his family, including his wife Priscilla and their six children. Beck says when they are age appropriate, all of the children will be enrolled in the Cook County School District.

Priscilla Beck is the great granddaughter of Jacob (J.A.O.) Preus, who served as the governor of Minnesota from 1921 to 1925. Beck says former Gov. Preus fell in love with Gunflint Lake nearly 100 years ago and purchased the property that the Beck family visits annually.

Beck’s first day of employment with Cook County will be Aug. 1. After one year on the job, Beck will qualify to make approximately $74,000 as the director of the Health and Human Services Department.

Beck replaces outgoing Director Sue Futterer, who retired last month from her position with the county. 

WTIP's Joe Friedrichs spoke with Beck about his new role with Cook County. 
 

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Water contact advisory posted for Grand Marais downtown beach

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:02am

A Cook County beach received a “no water contact” advisory from the Minnesota Department of Health today. Water samples collected at the Grand Marais downtown beach on July 11 indicate possible fecal contamination. The water at the beach was tested again on July 12 and results should be available tomorrow.  

Also receiving “no water contact” advisories were Agate Bay and Burlington Bay beaches in Two Harbors and Minnesota Point/15th Street beach and Sky Harbor beach in Duluth.

Beach monitoring is conducted at the following beaches in Cook County:  Chicago Bay boat launch in Hovland; Paradise Beach, Kadunce Creek, Durfee Creek in Colvill; Old Shore Road, Harbor Park in Grand Marais, Recreation Park campground in Grand Marais, Cutface Creek Wayside Rest; Temperance River State Park, Schroeder Town Park and Sugarloaf Cove Beach in Schroeder. At press time, all had “water contact acceptable” ratings.

A number of factors, such as dog, geese and other wildlife feces, dirty diapers, failing septic systems and sewer line breaks and overflows, can contribute to higher levels of illness-causing bacteria.

The Minnesota Lake Superior Beach Monitoring Program offers the following tips to minimize risks associated with potential water contamination. Its website recommends waiting 24 hours before going swimming after a heavy rainfall and showering after swimming or recreating at the beach. It also advises that beach goers do not swallow water and that they try to keep face and head out of the water. If possible, the website says to wear earplugs and goggles. Finally, it advises people with weakened immune systems not to swim.

Anyone who becomes ill after contacting beach water is asked to contact the Minnesota Department of Health at (877) 366-3455.

To find the latest results of beach monitoring for North Shore beaches, visit www.MNBeaches.org.

County and Forest Service close in on land exchange

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:53am
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The county and Forest Service are closing in on their land exchange. The courthouse needs some major repairs and the county has a new Public Health and Human Services Director. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with County Board Chair Heidi Doo-Kirk.

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Grand Marais Summer Theater Festival kicks off July 21

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:47am

Save the dates! The Grand Marais Summer Theater Festival opens July 21 with Arsenic and Old Lace at 7 p.m. The Addams Family opens July 22 at 7 p.m.

Playhouse Director Sue Hennessy says it was merely by chance that the Grand Marais Playhouse selected two summer shows for the summer that are slightly twisted. She said the process of play selection for our community theater is complicated and depends on a variety of factors.

The two upcoming productions will delight audiences with a bit of unusual panache. 

You can save $5 buy purchasing tickets to both shows. Tickets are $20 adults and $10 students. Performances are at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 51 West 5th Street (at the top of Broadway). All seating is general admission. Advance tickets are available on line at tix.com. Box office open one hour before the show.  

Check out www.grandmaraisplayhouse.com for more information.

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 This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

New owners at Gunflint Lodge discuss future of business

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 1:55pm
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Gunflint Lodge has been in the Kerfoot family since 1929, but on June 17 a new chapter started in the history of the iconic lodge. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs spoke recently with the new owners of Gunflint Lodge, John and Mindy Fredrickson. 
 

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Office Outpost opens in Grand Marais

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 9:22am
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A new co-working space is open in downtown Grand Marais. It features high speed internet connection, video conference space and 24/7 access.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Broadband Commission member Bob Pranis about the Office Outpost.

 

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Grand Marais City Council considers on-line council meetings

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 7:11am

The Grand Marais City Council received a proposal from Good Measure Media on June 29, asking if the council would be interested in having their bimonthly meetings video recorded and live streamed. The council is currently taking voice recordings of their meetings. However, the new system would enable people to watch the meeting online as it is happening, or, if they miss it, go back and watch the video on Youtube.

The council seemed interested in the idea. Councilor Tim Kennedy noted that city council meetings used to be videoed and put on the local cable channel, allowing those who watched it to have access to a lot of information that they would not otherwise have had. “I think there’s some real value to it,” he said.

Although also sounding interested in the idea, Arrowsmith DeCoux said he would like to see how city residents feel about having city money spent on this service. According to Roth, the cost would be about $3,000 per year. No decisions were made at this meeting, though Roth said he would put it on the agenda for a future meeting.

The City Council meets again on Wednesday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Grand Marais City Hall. 

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper atwww.cookcountynews-herald.com.

 

Mailboxes vandalized in Grand Marais

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 9:20am

Cook County Law Enforcement received a call on Saturday, June 2, reporting damage to mailboxes at the intersection of County Road 6 and Brandon Lane in the early morning hours. The mailboxes had been vandalized, smashed with some sort of bat or club or hit by a car.

The mail carrier was able to deliver all the mail, despite the damage. Some pieces were hand-carried to residents that were home. Cook County Law Enforcement deputies retrieved some mail that had been scattered in the ditch during the incident.

By July 5, homeowners had been able to pound out the dents and replace posts on most mailboxes. One plastic mailbox was shattered beyond repair.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information about the incident or anyone that witnesses a Ford pick-up with passenger side damage and a passenger side mirror missing to call Cook County Law Enforcement at 218-387-3040.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

WTIP Weekend News Roundup for July 9

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 10:46am
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Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. A second public comment meeting is scheduled for the Range. Cornelia ship owners are fined. Severe storms hit the Northland…all this and more in the week’s news.

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