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North Shore Care Center celebrates Oktoberfest

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 1:16pm

The annual Oktoberfest celebration at the North Shore Care Center is a time to honor German-American Heritage Month.  The Oktoberfest celebration will be held on October 16   with a traditional German dinner of sausage and sauerkraut, followed by polka music with Jim and Mary Schliep.   

For more information about volunteering or about any of the activities going on, please contact the Activity Department at 218-387-3518 or visit the website: There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. 


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Cool weekend but warmer to start the new week

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 9:43am

Could be a cool weekend with a little rain — even mixed with snow, but not to worry, there’s warm weather left in the forecast. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service forecaster Kevin Huyck.


City comprehensive planning continues to be a council priority

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 9:08am

The City of Grand Marais is putting a priority on comprehensive planning -- to include Moving Matters.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux about planning and a new city garage location.


Moose Madness hits the county October 16-18

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 7:47pm

The moose go a little crazy this time of year and so do North Shore residents and visitors during the Grand Marais Moose Madness Festival, October 16-18. The family-friendly event brings some excitement to our quiet fall days.

There are all kinds of crazy contests and activities, ranging from writing poetry, drawing cartoons and coloring to hula hooping and racing a moose in Harbor Park. There is a medallion hunt and scavenger hunt. There are many artful activities at the Grand Marais Art Colony, North House Folk School, weaving at The Market and crafts at Joy & Company.

An exceedingly popular event is the “Decorate your own Caramel Apple and Moose Cookie” at Gunflint Mercantile on Saturday, October 17. There is sticky good fun from 2 – 5 p.m.

New to Moose Madness, although not to Cook County is the Sawtooth Mountain Bike Challenge. The Superior Cycling Association moved this popular event to Saturday, October 17, so it didn’t conflict with another regional bike race—and to take advantage of the stunning fall weather at Pincushion Mountain Trails. For information on the race, visit the association website at

Throughout the weekend, the Murray the Moose from Visit Cook County will be wandering around town. Mosey on down to Grand Marais for Moose Madness. There is something for everyone!


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"Treasures from the Dungeon" at Higher Ed October guest lecture

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 7:45pm

Cook County Higher Education’s October guest lecture will spotlight Treasures from the Dungeon, or a Park Service Basement.

Steve Veit of the Grand Portage National Monument will detail selections from the monument’s collection of over 88,000 objects covering the region's rich history of tangible links to the past through prehistoric times, the fur trade era, and more recent Ojibwe arts and craft.

The presentation will primarily focus on objects not regularly on display that are housed within the monument's artifact storage unit. Photographs of the pieces will be displayed and the unique stories and significance of the objects will be shared.

Steve Veit came to Cook County in the summer of 1998 as a college student volunteering as an historic interpreter for Grand Portage National Monument. Today he serves as a jack-of-all-trades, master of none in the official capacity as a museum technician, but remains heavily involved in archaeological and other cultural and natural resource projects for the monument, Isle Royale National Park, and the Grand Portage Indian Reservation.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at Cook County Higher Education’s North Shore campus on West Third Street.

The guest lecture series is offered to the community free, although donations are appreciated. The series is sponsored by the Grand Marais State Bank, Drury Lane Books, Buck’s Hardware, Sawbill Canoe Outfitters, Lake Superior Trading Post, White Pine North, Birchbark Books and Gifts, and Cook County Co-Op. Contact Higher Ed at (218) 387-3411 for more information.


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Public comments focus board attention on Indigenous People’s Day

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 9:16am

Most of the people filling the commissioner’s room for a special meeting of the Cook County board Tuesday were not there for either of the two items on the agenda.

Instead, they were there to register concern over the board’s failure to act on a resolution presented at the previous meeting which would have designated the second Tuesday of October as Indigenous People’s Day.

Six county residents each used their portion of the 15-minute public comment period to encourage the commissioners to reconsider their 3 to 2 rejection of the resolution offered by Commissioner Frank Moe and supported at last week’s meeting by a delegation of nine ISD166 students from Grand Portage.

David Liechty, Social Science instructor at Cook County High School, was obviously hampered by the two-minute time limitation, but he did invite the commissioners to join his classes this week as the students consider the historically correct version of the 1492 event.

Reading a statement to the board, former county commissioner Sue Hakes said: “…Before you is an extraordinary opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of all people in Cook County now and forever…  don’t miss it – don’t come down on the wrong side of history. Be courageous – do the right thing. Vote to pass the resolution brought forth by Commissioner Moe and the students of Grand Portage.”

While no action could be taken at this time, the commissioners further discussed the resolution during the “commissioner concerns” portion of their agenda.

Following the lead of the ISD166 School Board, the mayor of Grand Marais is introducing a proclamation for consideration at next Wednesday’s council meeting which will designate October 12 as Indigenous Peoples Day in Grand Marais.

Furthermore, the Grand Portage Tribal Council has adopted a similar resolution and is now asking that the county board do likewise. As Commissioner Moe sees it: “We have a very simple request before us by the Grand Portage Tribal Council to pass a very simple resolution. There’s two “where as”, one “therefore be it resolved” – not complicated. It’s simple. Either we support this or we don’t.”

The board agreed every effort would be made to reach a decision supported by all commissioners and Moe called for a special meeting to be held Monday, October 12, now set for 2 p.m. At that time he will ask for the resolution to be adopted. Failing that, he said, it would be on the agenda for the October 13 regular board meeting.

In the scheduled business on the special meeting agenda, the board did authorize budgetary expenditure and execution of an agreement for the temporary position of licensing worker within the department of Public Health and Human Services.

They also authorized County Attorney Molly Hicken to sign the 2016 Grant Agreement with the Office of Justice Programs, MN Department of Public Safety. The grant funds attached to this agreement for victim services constitute a 50% increase from the prior year’s funding.