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WTIP seeks input for local news survey

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 1:12pm

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Grand Marais Library holds contest to name new art

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 9:01am

A new piece of art was unveiled at the Grand Marais Library on Friday, June 5.

Sculptor Tom Christiansen of Last Chance Fabricating in Lutsen told a large crowd on hand for the unveiling that while considering the project, he went to look at the grounds and the library. It was a gray winter day, and he realized that whatever he was going to design had to add color to the area.

A naming contest is under way for the 20-foot tall, colorful puzzle piece work. Some have been calling it the Puzzle Tree and some joked that it is Art on a Stick in a nod to the State Fair’s everything-on-a-stick.

Hopefully a more meaningful name will be given, more in keeping with Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux’s thoughts. Before he cut the ceremonial ribbon, Arrowsmith DeCoux said the sculpture reminded him of the effort his family, and many families and individuals have to go through when they move to Grand Marais and have to work out the puzzle of “how to make living here work.”

Anyone wishing to submit a name has until July 3 to do so, just drop your suggestion off at the Grand Marais Library.


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Grand Marais Playhouse presents Summer Performance Preview on June 18

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 3:11pm

There will be a summer performance preview showcasing several upcoming Grand Marais Playhouse events. WTIP host Marnie McMillan spoke with Sue Hennessy of the Grand Marais Playhouse on North Shore Morning.


The Grand Marais Playhouse will present a summer performance preview of all the Playhouse summer events on June 18 beginning with a curry dinner at 6 pm.

The summer showcase will begin at 7 pm with performances from Eleemosynary, Moon Over Buffalo, I Love You - You're Perfect, Now Change, In Search of the Perfect G String, Ole and Lena at the State Fair, and Monroe Crossing.

This is a fundraiser for the Grand Marais Playhouse .


Great Decisions discussion: "Sectarianism in the Middle East", June 18

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 2:42pm

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. Tom Hanson will lead this month's discussion, "Sectarianism in the Middle East," with the Cook County group. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with him about his involvement in Great Decisions and the importance of this topic.

The discussion will take place at the Cook County Community Center from 12:00-1:30pm on Thursday, June 18.


Gunflint landmark among state’s best writers’ spots

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 10:17am

There are plenty of “Best Of” lists out there related to Minnesota. However, until now, there hasn’t been a list pulled together of the best places to write in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Well, who better to come up with one than a publishing company?

The staff at Wise Ink Creative Publishing of Minneapolis has compiled such a list by polling its authors, and a Cook County landmark has landed in the top half.

The Gunflint Lodge is rated number 3. Wise Ink co-founder Amy Quale says she considers the Gunflint Lodge one of her favorite places to spend time—and write. The resort features plenty of cabins, all with a lake front view.

“I actually honeymooned on at the Gunflint Lodge, and as a lifelong journal keeper, I found the main lodge the perfect place to capture the memories of our time there,” said Quale.

Other places on the list include the Open Book in Minneapolis, The Shire in the Woods in McGrath, Nina’s Coffee Shop in St. Paul, Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, Oak Island on Lake of the Woods and Faith’s Lodge in Minneapolis.


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DNR Fisheries continues surveys and assessments

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 10:13am

 Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several Cook County lakes and streams during the next few months.

The project began on Tait, Trout and Greenwood lakes this spring and is scheduled to continue during the following weeks:

·      June 15 – continue Sea Gull Lake survey; survey Alder Lake.

·      June 22 – complete Sea Gull Lake survey; survey Ward Lake.

·      June 29 – survey Woods Creek and Sunfish Lake.

·      July 6 – continue Tait River survey; survey Round and Holly lakes.

·      July 13 – complete Round Lake and Tait River surveys; survey Marsh Lake.

·      July 20 – assess walleye reproduction in Devil Track Lake; survey Trout Lake.

·      July 27 – survey Caribou (near Poplar), North and Tait lakes, Mississippi, Little Mississippi and Mark creeks.

·      Aug. 3 – complete North Lake survey; survey Jasper Lake, the Onion, Stump and Little Devil Track rivers, and Woods, Kimball and Nestor creeks.

·      Aug. 10 – survey the Cascade, Flute Reed and Devil Track rivers, Kadunce and Irish creeks, and Gunflint Lake.

·      Aug. 17 – complete the Gunflint Lake survey; survey Devil Track and Magnetic lakes.

·      Aug. 24 – complete the Devil Track Lake survey; survey Clara and Greenwood lakes.

·      Aug. 31 – complete the Greenwood Lake survey; survey Loon Lake.