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120th Anniversary Celebration: Chippewa City Church, Sunday July 19

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 12:00pm

Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, known locally as Chippewa City Church, is the site of a celebration this Sunday, with history, music and more. WTIP volunteer Julie Carlson spoke with Chippewa City historian Staci Drouillard on North Shore Morning.
Chippewa City 120 year Celebration and Fundraiser
Sun., July 19, 2015  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Chippewa City Church, Highway 61, 1 mile east of downtown Grand Marais
1:00      Presentation and slide show with Chippewa City Historian Staci Drouillard
Bring your Chippewa City memorabilia, photos and stories to share.
2:00      Live music with SplinterTones  (2:00 – 4:00)
            Silent Auction
            Treats and Goodies
4:00     Prize Drawing
            Silent Auction ends

The Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church is located about one mile east of Grand Marais. Call the museum for information regarding visiting opportunities at 218-387-2883.


Head to Harbor Park to hear the SplinterTones

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:40am

SplinterTones, a popular high-octane seven-piece dance band based in Grand Marais, got visitors to their feet in recent performances in Harbor Park during the Grand Marais Classic Car Show and the Grand Marais Arts Festival. They are returning for two more free concerts in the park on Saturday, July 18 and Saturday, July 25, from 4 – 7 p.m.

Noted for their vibrant vocal harmonies, colorful stage presence and strong rhythmic grooves, SplinterTones are also known for getting the crowd up and dancing.

The SplinterTones are a band with something for everyone, playing swing, zydeco, mambo, Celtic, polka, rock, and original tunes in a unique and unmistakable style. Head down to Harbor Park and join the fun.

The SplinterTones are Max Bichel on fiddle; Liz Sivertson on saxophone, Leah Thomas on accordion; John Gruber on guitar, Holly Harwig with percussion, Jeff DeShaw on bass, and Rick Brandenburg on drums.


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Local youths enjoying baseball season

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:39am

Summer baseball is in full swing. If you’d like to catch some youth baseball action, stop by one of the local fields.

T-Ball, open to girls and boys, is a fun introduction to baseball. There are five teams this year: Blue Jays, Turtles, Moose, Hornets, and Thunder Birds. Stop by the fields on Monday night at 5 p.m.

Parent Pitch has four teams, the Lions, Yankees, Wildfire, and Lumberjacks. These older kids have a parent or coach pitch to them and they are getting better and better as the summer season goes on. They take to local fields on Tuesday evenings at 4:30 p.m.

There are three Little League teams—Twins, Cubs, and Dodgers. They play every Tuesday and Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. According to Cook County baseball coordinator Bryan Carpenter, this season all teams have been very equally matched. Right now the Twins are in first place and have not lost a game. However every game has been very close.

This Sunday, July 19 all three Little League teams will be in action starting at 3:30 p.m.  Stop by and watch some great baseball before the summer is gone.

This season is almost over and the championship games for both Parent Pitch and Little league will be held at the Rec. park field on Friday, July 31 starting around 4 p.m. 


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'Northland Wonders' flower show held July 17

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:15am

The Grand Marais Garden Club's annual flower show will be held on July 17. WTIP spoke with Jan Attridge, the chairperson of the Garden club, about this year's show, and its theme, "Northland Wonders."

The event will be held on July 17, from noon to 5 pm at the Cook County Community Center.


Chamber to launch new business directory

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:15am

The Cook County Chamber of Commerce is launching a new on-line business directory with many applications. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Chamber director Jim Boyd.


Lighting coming to Gunflint Trail Four Corners

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:22pm

Cook County Highway Engineer David Betts came before the county board on Tuesday, July 14, requesting authorization to seek bids on the intersection lighting that was previously approved by the board to be installed at County Road 8 and County Road 12 (The Four Corners).

Betts said two light poles would be 30 feet high and LED lights installed in them would be 1/7th as bright as what is found in most mall parking lots.

LHB Corporation completed the plans and specifications for the bids, said Betts, and because the projects are 90 percent funded by the federal government and 10 percent funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the county will not have to pay for the equipment or their installation. The board wasted little time authorizing the bids.

The board also approved Bett’s request to call for bids to purchase “stop ahead” and “stop” signs and to mark intersections with white epoxy stop lines at various intersections throughout the county. Again, this project is 90 percent funded by the federal government and 10 percent by Mn/DOT.

The board okayed a transfer of $77,200 from the general fund to the Highway Department to maintain a minimal fund balance in the highway department budget.


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