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Grand Marais Evangelical Free Church celebrates 50 years in July

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 5:40pm

Biblically speaking, 50 years isn’t very long. But by today’s standards, when countries form and dissolve within 50 years and technology races at an unimaginable rate, 50 years is a long, long time.

That said, the entire month of July will be one of celebration for members and friends of the Grand Marais Evangelical Free Church as they celebrate 50 years of worship and service.

Kicking off the celebration on July 7 will be a program denoting the church’s first half century. There will be a short review by the Sunday School children and worship music led by Jennifer Horen Gould of Faberweesa, Colorado.

At 1 p.m. the church will host a coffee fellowship with pictures of the church throughout its five decades and the opening of the time capsule, which was cemented into the walls of the church addition 25 years ago.

On July 14, Dr. Bruce and Kate Dahlman, longtime missionaries in Africa, will lead Sunday worship time.

On July 21, two young men who grew up in the church, Ben Brandt and Andrew Peterson, will lead the service. Ben will lead the music and Andrew will deliver the sermon.

Last but not least, July 27 and 28 will begin with a banquet on Saturday evening (reservations must be received by July 7) and ending in a Sunday morning praise and worship celebration. All former pastors will take part on Saturday or Sunday, and Pastor Ron Carlson, the second pastor to serve at the Evangelical Free Church, will bring the morning’s message.

Everyone is invited to share in the month of worship and praise.

Col. William Colvill, a hero at the Battle of Gettysburg

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 7:03am

WTIP's Jay Andersen spoke with former director of the Cook County Historical Society, Pat Zankman about the man for whom the town of Colvill was named. Along the way, we learn about another important Civil War veteran with a local tie.

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"Light up the Night" at Grand Marais July 4 events

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 10:25am

The theme for events in Grand Marais on the Fourth of July is “Light up the Night” and everyone is invited to join the fun.
Head downtown to watch—or take part in the parade—at 8 p.m. Anyone wishing to be a part of the parade should line up at the Cook County Senior Center a bit early. Come on out and show your patriotic spirit.
The parade will be followed by music in Harbor Park. Enjoy Mysterious Ways as you wait for fireworks over the Grand Marais Harbor at dusk.


West End July 4 celebration includes Tofte Trek, music, parade and more

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 10:24am

Tofte will be abuzz with activity July 4 and 5, with many old and a few new activities.

On Thursday, July 4, Birch Grove Community Center will serve breakfast pizzas (made in the new oven) beginning at 8 a.m. The Tofte Trek begins at 9 a.m., and at 11:30 a.m. there will be bouncy house fun and a balloon toss.
At the Tofte Town Hall/Park, festivities begin at 11 a.m. with live music, dunk tank, art & craft show, fabulous food and a beer garden. The parade steps out at 2 p.m., followed by the naming of the Citizen of the Year at 3 p.m. A spaghetti dinner wraps things up at 5 p.m. at Zoar Lutheran Church until 7 p.m.
Live music will spotlight the Cook County High School Band at noon; Cook County’s Most Wanted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and D’Merritt from 2 to 5 p.m.
The dunk tank, sponsored by Lutsen Mountains and Grand Marais State Bank, will feature Michael McHugh for the WTIP Youth Radio Project at 11 a.m.; Jim King for the Birch Grove Foundation at 11:30 a.m.; Ashley Green for Arrowhead Animal Rescue at 12:30 p.m.; Bruce Martinson for the West End fire departments; Tom Rider for the Junior Alpine Club at 3:30 p.m.; and Diane Blanchette for Birch Grove School at 4 p.m.
And that’s not all!
Visitors are invited to come back the next night, Friday, July 5, for fireworks at the Tofte Town Park. The show starts at 10 p.m. – it’s sure to be a blast!

When hiking: Be Prepared!

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 9:48am

Pre-planning your hiking trip whether for a day or several days, is that important first step of the journey. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Gunflint District Ranger Nancy Larson about hiking preparedness.

(Click here to hear the interview.)

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North Shore artists ready for Hovland Arts Festival Saturday, July 6

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 2:26pm

The remote North Shore community of Hovland has an abundance of amazing artists. Their work will be on display at the Hovland Arts Festival over the weekend of the 4th of July. 
On display will be beautiful rag rugs and wool scarves, exquisite paintings and photographic prints, eclectic jewelry, wood creations of all kinds, beeswax candles and beads and much more.
Look for Mary Jo Flack’s newest creation, Hypertufa Earth Vessels. Consider getting a henna tattoo from Marla Huber. See watercolorist David Hahn at work. Visit with the artists and hear the stories behind their art.
There will also be an offering of music throughout the weekend thanks to many talented musicians donating their time. And next to the town hall, Trinity Lutheran Church will be cooking up a storm to feed Arts Festival attendees.
The Hovland Arts Festival will be Saturday, July 6 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hovland Town Hall. Admission is free! For more information about the event, visit