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Grand Marais Playhouse presents "September Bears" on March 13

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 2:29pm

“September Bears” is a one-act play set in New York City around the time of the 9/11 attacks. It will be presented at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts this Friday, March 13. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Jack Nickolay and Beth Faraone of the Grand Marais Playhouse on North Shore Morning. 

“September Bears”
Arrowhead Center for the Arts
Friday, March 13 at 8 pm

In addition, the troupe will travel to Cokato, Minnesota to participate in the Minnesota Association of Community Theater’s MACT FEST March 19-22. 


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West End Township election results

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 2:29pm

West End Townships held elections Tuesday March 10th.
In Schroeder, former commissioner Bruce Martinson defeated incumbent supervisor Deb Johnson.  Martinson joins supervisors Tina McKeever and Bill McKeever on the board.  Alisha Kangas was reelected as treasurer.
In Lutsen, acting supervisor Larry McNeally was elected; and Treasurer John Groth was reelected.
In Tofte, Supervisor Paul James was reelected.  And Erin Huggins was elected as the new treasurer.
Tune in to North Shore Morning over the next week to hear Township reports on resolutions and the annual meetings.  Tofte Supervisor Jeanne Larson joins us Friday morning; Deputy Clerk Gail Ring of Schroeder joins us on Monday the 16th.  And Lutsen Supervisor Andrew Beavers joins us Wednesday March 18th.

Emergency personnel present ARMER info to County Board

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 9:14am

At Tuesday’s County Board meeting, a number of presentations were made regarding the ARMER emergency communications system. WTIPs Gary Atwood has this report.

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Town Hall meetings in Colvill and Hovland, Tuesday and Wednesday

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:40am

Cook County Commissioner Frank Moe will be hosting two town hall meetings to give residents in his district the chance to learn more about the Comprehensive Land Use Guide Plan process. Commissioner Moe said, “The countywide planning process is happening and we on the East End need to decide what our involvement in that process is going to be.”

After information is given on the process to date, discussion will follow focusing on if and how residents in Colvill and Hovland want to participate.  Moe encouraged residents who can’t attend one of the meetings to contact him directly to express their opinions. 

The town hall meetings will be held at the Colvill Fire Hall and Chicago Bay Marketplace, because Moe said, those facilities are already heated, saving the expense of heating the county-owned town halls.

The meetings will conclude with decisions on if future town hall meetings will be held and what the topics of those town hall meetings will be. 

The first meeting will be at the Colvill Fire Hall on Tuesday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m.  The second meeting will be in Hovland at the Chicago Bay Marketplace on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:00 p.m. 


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Judge to decide Lake View Dairy case within 90 days

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 8:31am

A public hearing was held at Cook County Courthouse yesterday in the ongoing case between the Lake View Natural Dairy of Grand Marais and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.  Lake View owner David Berglund is being charged with contempt of court for denying the MDA to inspect his farm several times in 2014. Berglund could also be facing fines of $500 per day as well as the MDA’s court costs.

The case was heard by Judge Michael Cuzzo at 9am yesterday morning. Cuzzo stayed the order to inspect, taking under advisement a second ruling that would reconcile Berglund's constitutional-right claim and the state's request for inspection. Around 100 local residents showed up at the courthouse in support of Lake View dairy. Berglund appeared beside his attorney, Zenas Baer, but did not speak during the hearing. They were opposed by attorney Kimberly Mittendorf, representing the MDA. 

Baer claimed the Minnesota Constitution gives farmers the right to sell products of the farm, including those sold at Lake View, without government interference. Mittendorf claimed those constitutional rights still do not exempt him from required inspections, and that Berglund had other legal avenues to express his concerns. 

Judge Cuzzo said he will review the cases made from both parties and issue a written decision within 90 days of the hearing.  






West End township elections Tuesday

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 2:13pm

Elections for town board members will take place at the annual town meetings on Tuesday, March 10. There are candidates on the ballot for all three townships, but only one has a contested race, in Schroeder.

 In Schroeder, incumbent Supervisor Deb Johnson is being challenged by former West End Commissioner Bruce Martinson.

The incumbent treasurer in Schroeder, Alisha Kangas has said she is running for reelection.

In Lutsen, acting Supervisor Larry McNeally is running for the seat he has been filling since it was vacated by Ginny Storlie when she was elected as county commissioner. McNeally was appointed to fill the vacancy on December 16.

Lutsen’s incumbent Treasurer John Groth is running for reelection.

Tofte incumbent Supervisor Paul James is running for reelection despite some recent health concerns. Reached by phone on March 3, James said, “My name is still on the ballot. I haven’t been real active lately because of some health issues. But I’m trying to get my health back and I will still be involved."

Running for treasurer in Tofte is new candidate Erin Huggins. She is keeping the tradition of a Huggins family member in the role. Previous treasurers have been her in-laws, Bill Huggins and Mary Jane Huggins!

The polls are open at the individual townships from 5 – 8 p.m. The annual meetings begin at 8 p.m.


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