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Survey: Child Care Needs in Cook County

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 10:13am

WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Kristin Blomberg from Public Health and Human Services and Emily Marshall from the YMCA on North Shore Morning.  

Cook County Public Health and Human Services and the Cook County YMCA are collaborating on identifying child care needs and solutions.
Everyone is welcome to give input through a survey; the survey deadline is June 15th.  

And registration is open for an infant & todler summer child care program.  More information from the Y at 387-3386.



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Scarlet Rivera and Gene LaFond to celebrate Bob Dylan's birthday at GunFlint Tavern

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 10:11pm


Bob Dylan’s birthday is May 24, and what better way to celebrate it then to come and listen to one of his former band mates play music at the GunFlint Tavern on that blessed date.

Scarlet Rivera became famous playing violin in Bob Dylan’s “Rolling Thunder” caravan in the early 1970s. She played on 10 songs on Dylan’s iconic “Desire” album and then, after a couple of years, began performing on her own.

Still playing with as much skill and passion as ever, Rivera joins Twin Cities singer/songwriter Gene LaFond on May 24 at the GunFlint Tavern to help celebrate Minnesota’s favorite son’s birthday.

Gene LaFond grew up in the Twin Cities and was in high school during the big folk boom of the late fifties and early sixties. In that time there were beatnik hangouts and coffee houses seemingly everywhere in this northern area. LaFond and his friends would often go listen to a young Bob Dylan at a place called The Ten O'clock Scholar, a coffeehouse near the University of Minnesota.

LaFond eventually met Dylan, through their mutual friend, Larry Kegan. LaFond and Kegan followed Dylan on his “Rolling Thunder Review” days and became friends with Dylan’s musician friends, such as Ramblin' Jack Elliott, G. E. Smith, Neil and Pegi Young and Scarlet Rivera.

Rivera is something of a rock legend herself. A classically trained violinist who grew up in Chicago, she left college after a year and half and moved to New York, falling in love with the gypsy lifestyle. She even changed her name from Donna Shea to Scarlet Rivera.

Local Music Project: Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 3:35pm

This edition of the Local Music Project features long time Minnesota music makers Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling.  Rich and Germaine reside in Sparta, Minnesota where Rich runs his recording studio Sparta Sound.  The duo performs together throughout the region regularly including frequent visits to Cook County.  

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Additional streetlight considered for South Broadway in Grand Marais

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 7:18pm

Bruce Block of Sydney’s Frozen Custard asked the city council on Wednesday, April 30, what it would take to get a street light installed near his business on South Broadway. Block said there is a need for a light there due to the amount of pedestrian traffic in the area, and said he’d consider putting up a light himself but it would look better if the light was of the same style as existing poles.

City Administrator Mike Roth said there is no policy for where the city decides to put street lights. Roth said, “It’s “whatever council says.”

Roth was asked to research if it’s possible to add another light to the system, and if so, what the cost would be.

North Shore Care Center celebrates "Homes for the Aging Week"

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 7:17pm

May is Older Americans Month and the North Shore Care Center will celebrate with special activities throughout the month—especially during Homes for the Aging Week, May 11-17, a week that is sponsored by Aging Services of Minnesota.

Every year the long-term healthcare profession pays tribute to residents, employees, and volunteers during Homes for the Aging Week with the theme “Stars Among Us.”

Grand Marais Mayor Larry Carlson will officially kick off Homes for the Aging Week on May 11 with a proclamation to the community on WTIP radio. He will highlight festivities of the week including a Mother’s Day Social, a Resident Art Show, Senior Prom, Gold Dollar Bingo, and a Pizza Party.    

There are several school groups visiting the Care Center during Older Americans Month to perform a music recital, play Bingo, tour the hospital and care center, and help with projects on Community Service Day.  

For more information about volunteer opportunities at North Shore Care Center or to check out the May calendar of events, please contact the Activity Department at 218.3518 or our website:

“Sea Change" - Lake Superior Climate Change Presentation

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 4:24pm

Northland College student Julia Fair and Katya Gordon of Amicus Adventure Sailing will be discussing their plan to address climate change in the Lake Superior watershed.  Their presentation will include slides, a 42-minute film, and a discussion of the consequences of climate change on our region. 

Tonight’s presentation “Sea Change:  Addressing Climate Change on Lake Superior” is at What’s Upstairs, 301 1st Avenue West in Grand Marais at 7pm. 

(Photo from Amicus Adventure Sailing)

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