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Empty Bowls--great soup, great fundraiser to benefit the Cook County Food Shelf

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 2:57pm

Another very successful Empty Bowls event took place on Thursday, November 12 and in addition to wonderful meals enjoyed by all, the event raised approximately $8,000 to be dispersed among a number of organizations fighting hunger.

Donations continue to come in after the event and if you’d like to contribute, you can by purchasing bowls, necklace and other items from the event at Birchbark Books & Gifts or at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Or you can always make a donation directly to the Cook County Food Shelf, by mailing it to CC Food Shelf, PO Box 95, Grand Marais, MN 55604. For more information about the Food Shelf, you can also call volunteer Bill Lenz at  (218) 387-9860.


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Weather could prove to be a real "turkey" on Thanksgiving

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:22am

If you’re planning to travel on Thanksgiving, give yourself some extra time. The weather could slow you down. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Stewart.


New York photographer embraces Minnesota roots

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 8:37am

World-renowned photographer Mike McGregor takes pictures of celebrities such as Donald Trump and Lebron James. McGregor has family connections here along the North Shore, as WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs found out in this feature. 

To view more of McGregor's work, including photos from his time spent along the North Shore, visit:


Fireworks added to Grand Marais Christmas festivities

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 7:49am

Kick off your holiday season in Grand Marais at the “Oh Ole Night Parade,” and tree lighting ceremony on Friday, November 27.

The public is invited be a part of the parade. Participants should gather at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27 at 10 Broadway in Grand Marais.

After the tree lighting and caroling in Harbor Park, there will be fireworks.

The fireworks will be launched from the usual location in the Rec Park by Bob Spry, the city of Grand Marais’ official pyrotechnician.


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"Flute Reed Ramblers" to perform at North Shore Care Center

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 8:10pm

On Tuesday, November 24, the "Flute Reed Ramblers" will be at the North Shore Care Center to perform their banjo and fiddle music at 3:00 p.m. This family band is always a joy to listen to, and we are looking forward to their visit.

For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Care Center Activity Department at 218-387-3518 or check out the website


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County Comprehensive Land Use Plan revision nearing completion

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 10:13am

Planning and Zoning Director Tim Nelson brought the much-anticipated county Comprehensive Land Use Plan submitted by the Land Use Plan Committee to county commissioners on Tuesday, November 17. Nelson said the committee members “volunteered their time over a period of nearly two years to craft the plan update.”

Nelson said the date of December 2 has tentatively been set for the public hearing, which would hopefully allow the plan update to be fully adopted prior to year’s end.

Several commissioners said they hadn’t been able to access the plan on the county’s website, and Nelson said he would be working with the IT department in the next few days to rectify that problem. He also said anyone from the public who didn’t have access to the Internet could get a paper copy of the plan if they came to his office.

Because of issues with their schedules, the board set the public hearing for December 16. Nelson said he would like to finish the project this year because the contract with the consultant who has been working with the planning committee expires at the end of the year. So far, said Nelson, the public has submitted more than 100 comments about possible changes to the county’s land use plan.


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