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Outgoing City Council defers decision on biomass grant

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 2:07pm

Because it was the last meeting for all of the Grand Marais City Council members except one, outgoing Mayor Larry Carlson suggested that a proposal to move forward with the next phase of a biomass district heating project be deferred for members of the new regime to decide. “There’s no such thing as free money, and once we approve this, it takes on a life of its own,” Carlson said. “And I’m not willing to do that. They probably are, but it’s their prerogative, not ours.”

The proposal asked for city acceptance of two $50,000 grants, from the Blandin Foundation and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The money would be used to complete a scope of work that includes discussing service contracts with interested customers, seeking additional funding and preparing for the next state bonding cycle.

Council agreed and voted to leave the decision to the new board, which convenes Jan. 14.

December 31, 2014 was the last meeting for Mayor Carlson and Councilors Bill Lenz, Bob Spry and Jan Sivertson; Tim Kennedy will be the lone carry-over into the new year. He will be joined by new councilors David Mills, Anton Moody, Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux and a councilor to be appointed to fill the remainder of Sivertson’s term.


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"Grand Marais Ole Opry" scheduled for January 17

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:30pm

The ‘Grand Marais Ole Opry’ is a lively showcase of regional artists playing classic country tunes. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Kate Fitzgerald of the North Shore Music Association about this event on North Shore Morning.

Grand Marais Ole Opry will feature classic country tunes made famous by Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, Johnny & June Carter Cash, and others. WTIP's "Classic Country" host Carl Solander emcees the evening's lineup: Singleton Street, Cook County's Most Wanted, Bursheim & DeCoux, and Matt & Kent Anderson.

Grand Marais Ole Opry
Arrowhead Center for the Arts
January 17 - 7:30 PM


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Cook County included in Minnesota Local Government Innovation Awards

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:55am

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota held the annual Minnesota Local Government Innovation Awards Program, sponsored by the Bush Foundation. Twenty Minnesota cities, counties, schools, and townships were recognized for innovative changes to the management of their services, including Grand Marais for its septic regulation project.  WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with  Jay Kiedrowski of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs about these awards on North Shore Morning.

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Weather Service says it'll warm up through the week

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:10am

OK, so it’s not going to be balmy, but it is going to warm up and bring us out of the deep freeze. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson about a warming trend.

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Weekend News Roundup for January 10

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 10:52am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top    news stories. The Beargrease needs more snow, power companies need more coal and changes are afoot for forest fire fighting…all this and more in the week’s news.


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"Night of the Notable and the Notorious" features local high school students, January 12

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 1:54pm

“Night of the Notable and the Notorious” is an annual event featuring Cook County high school students in an interactive forum that includes audience participation. WTIP host Joey Detrick spoke with Cook County high school seniors Carrie Palmer, Richie Furlong, Emma Olfson and Danielle Hansen on North Shore Morning. 

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