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Auditions for Grand Marais Playhouse summer production "Fit to Kill" on May 21

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 4:03pm

The first summer show for the Grand Marais Playhouse will be Fit to Kill by Victor Cahn.  This play will be directed and designed by Jack Nickolay. Auditions are May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the ACA. There are roles in Fit to Kill for two women and one man. A perusal script is available now at the public library.
Fit To Kill is described as a thriller about strategy, betrayal, and deception. Adrian, a charming but self-indulgent chess master, enjoys a life of luxury thanks to his marriage to Janice, an older but still sexy and vibrant woman who has made a fortune as the CEO of an exercise empire. The arrival of Amy, a reporter with an agenda of her own, unleashes a whirlwind of deadly schemes that will keep audiences guessing until the final seconds. 
This production will be produced in a black box configuration on the ACA stage, not as a dinner theater as previously announced. The audience and actors will all be on the stage together! Limited seating available.
More information about the Grand Marais Playhouse, showtimes and tickets can be found at

Cook County Royalty!

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 4:01pm
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The Cook County High School prom was held on the blustery May 11, but a little bit of snow didn’t stop the fun. Overseeing the CCHS prom 2013 festivities was the royal couple, Cecelia Schnobrich and Peter Warren.

Also celebrating “Senior Prom” was the North Shore Care Center. The 7th annual Care Center “Senior Prom” was held on May 7. It was a great night of music and fun for everyone—especially for the prom royalty Queen Wilma Liebsch (age 103) and King Don Ingram (age 85). Prom 2013 featured Doug Sanders on piano with soloist Mark Abrahamson, plus the North Shore Community Band. There was also dancing with swing dancers including Bob Pranis and WTIP’s own Veronica Weadock.

CCVB Director to accept human rights advocacy position

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 11:35am

The Executive Director of Cook County Visitors Bureau is leaving mid-June.

Sally Nankivell has accepted a position as the Administrative Director at The Advocates for Human Rights in Minneapolis. Nankivell said that when she moved here 13 years ago she left behind a career in advocacy and human rights.

“Although it was a difficult decision,” she said, “I could not pass up this incredible opportunity to move back into a field that is my passion.”

Grand Portage man charged with attempted murder

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 10:12am

A 21 year old Grand Portage man has appeared in Cook County on a charge of attempted murder in the first degree. The arraignment of Steven Warren Robert Anishnabie was scheduled for 10 a.m. today, May 17.

According to the complaint, Anishnabie stabbed Grand Portage Casino security guard Rollin Edward Baird in the early morning of May 15. According to a statement given to Cook County Deputy Will Sandstrom, Anishnabie said he had planned to stab Baird “for a couple of months” because he did not think Baird was appreciative of casino customers.

Baird was taken to the hospital with a knife wound to his neck, just missing the carotid artery. The attack took place near the casino security podium and was likely caught on video tape.

If convicted, the felony carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Moose calf collaring begins

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 9:02am

Biologists have begun collaring moose calves in the second phase of a study to determine why Minnesota's moose population is declining so rapidly.

This past winter, researchers attached high-tech GPS collars to more than 100 adult moose. The DNR started putting collars on baby moose last week and are about halfway to their goal of 50.

Department of Natural Resources biologist Glenn DelGiudice said the calves are just a few days old, and researchers can walk up to them.

Three collared calves have already died, one shortly after being collared; two after being abandoned by their mothers. In the adult study, four moose died after being tranquilized and collared. DelGiudice says the risks are necessary to try to prevent the disappearance of moose from northeastern Minnesota.

Grand Marais Playhouse honors graduates

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 12:45pm

The Grand Marais Playhouse held its annual award ceremony last Saturday honoring the high school seniors who have made significant contributions to the local theater community.
Every year the Playhouse awards deserving high school seniors with “Commitment To Excellence in Theater Arts.” Each senior receives an award, name on the plaque in the Arrowhead Center for the Arts lobby and $100. The 2013 award recipients are Adrianna Berglund, Cailin Carpenter, Jordyn Kirk, Sarah Larsen, Mara MacDonell and Michaela Peterson.
Grand Marais Playhouse Director Sue Hennessy said, “We will miss these talented thespians on our stage but wish them all the best on their journey forward.”

Midwest Living magazine declares Grand Marais Campground a "supercampground"

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 12:41pm

The Grand Marais Campground and Marina was named one of five “supercampgrounds” in the June 2013 edition of Midwest Living magazine.
“If you’re looking to blend fine dining, great shopping and a quiet Lake Superior shore, you‘ll find it here along the famed North Shore,” the article states.  “With 300 total sites, this city campground has pull-through spots with water, electric and sewer hookups, while quaint tent sites snuggle up to the cobblestone Lake Superior shoreline.  What we love:  Campers can walk three blocks into downtown for some of the best cuisine on the North Shore, then return to campsites that—at $33—cost less than dinner for two.”

Wisconsin wildfire cause investigated

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 8:16am

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Department of Natural Resources officials say there could be air quality problems downwind of the wildfire. The DNR issued an Air Quality Special Notice yesterday. The blaze has destroyed nearly 50 structures and forced dozens from their homes. Firefighters had stopped most of the fire from spreading as of yesterday afternoon.

Residents and owners of vacation properties potentially affected by the northwestern Wisconsin wildfire now have a hotline to call to check on their properties. The wildfire that started Tuesday afternoon has consumed about 8,700 acres in Douglas and Bayfield County. The number is 715-376-4185.

The fire started in an area where workers were doing logging operations. Department of Natural Resources spokesman Ed Culhane says officials are investigating whether a spark from a piece of logging equipment started the fire around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Douglas County. No injuries have been reported.

"The Pie Place Cookbook" celebrated at The Pie Place May 16

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 4:26pm

In celebration of the release of "The Pie Place Cookbook," a launch party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 16 at the Pie Place Café in downtown Grand Marais.
The cookbook, billed as “food and stories seasoned by the North Shore” and written by Kathy Rice, is published by Lake Superior Magazine. It is a unique collection, compiled over years of perfecting recipes and making connections with the Grand Marais community and its regular visitors.

"Junk Jam" program at Arrowhead Center for the Arts Saturday

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 4:23pm

On Friday, May 17, Mark Powers will work with the students of Great Expectations School in classroom “Junk Jam” workshops, leading a hands-on experience in how everyday objects can become musical instruments.
Students will find that rhythm exists everywhere and that by working together they can discover music in their own environment, their own bodies, and even in the vocalization of their own names. The “Junk Jam” program is designed with the goals of promoting teamwork, nurturing creativity, and boosting self-esteem among youth.
The following evening, May 18, the community will be invited to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts to attend a free 7 p.m. concert (donations accepted), featuring Mark presenting “Junk Jam” with GES students, as well as a solo percussion performance.
Mark Powers is a percussion artist/educator and world traveler who has performed and studied percussion in the U.S., Canada, Cuba, Puerto Rico, China, Thailand, and Ghana, West Africa. As an instructor, Mark teaches private percussion lessons and group hand-drumming classes. He works as an Artist-in-Residence at elementary, middle, and high schools —conducting “Junk Jam” workshops, teaching West African drumming styles, and directing percussion ensembles. He also facilitates “Rhythms at Work,” a corporate teambuilding workshop, and presents percussion-based Correctional Education programs in adult and juvenile facilities.
Powers’ performing and recording credits cover the gamut of styles, including appearances with Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Devon Evans (Bob Marley and the Wailers), The Afrodisiacs, The Spazmatics, and Tim Ries (saxophonist for The Rolling Stones). He has opened for The Radiators, Buckwheat Zydeco, Junior Brown, Brave Combo, Pat Benatar, and many others.

Red Flag Warning posted for Cook County

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 11:17am

Red Flag Warning is in effect from noon today to 9 p.m. this evening for Lake and Cook counties.

The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued the warning due to low relative humidity and gusty winds.
Northwest winds will clock at 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Erratic winds with higher gusts will be possible in the late afternoon.

No rainfall is expected and any that might happen will evaporate before reaching the ground.

Relative humidity will dip as low as 18 percent. Temperatures will be 65 degrees along the higher terrain inland to 75 along the shore of Lake Superior.

The Minnesota Incident Command System reports and wildfire that ignites could become fast moving in a short time.

No burning permits are being issued at this time in Northern Minnesota.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.



Cook County added to state’s burning restrictions list

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 1:24pm

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is placing burning restrictions on four additional counties, including Cook County, in northern Minnesota because receding snow cover has created conditions conducive to wildfire.
The restrictions took effect at 8 a.m., Monday, May 13, for Cook, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis counties.
Here are the counties now under burning restrictions: Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota, Douglas, Hennepin, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pope, Ramsey, Roseau, Sherburne, Stearns, St. Louis, Todd, Wadena, Washington, Wright  and the part of Polk County that is south and east of County Road 6 from the Manhomen County line to state Highway 92 east to the Clearwater County line.
Minnesota has had numerous wildfires so far this spring, but most have been small.
While debris burning will be curtailed, the use of campfires, if smaller than 3 feet in diameter and 3 feet in height, are allowed.
Fire conditions may change quickly. If conditions warrant, DNR foresters may restrict local burning on short notice. For more information and maps, and to check fire conditions, see

Care Partners training begins May 21

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 1:21pm

The gift of friendship can mean a lot for those on the journey of aging or serious illness—just someone to hear their stories, be with them or remind them of their significance.
Care Partners volunteers provide companionship in the client’s home, at the Care Center, or the hospital. Volunteers provide ongoing friendly visits, a compassionate presence at end-of-life, phone check-ins, or caregiver respite—each volunteer finds his own niche.
The 2013 Spring Care Partners volunteer training will be held for three Tuesdays, May 21, 28, and June 4 from 1-4 p.m. Contact Kay Grindland at 387-3788 for more information. Pre-registration is required.

DNR adds burning restrictions for 4 additional counties

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 8:22am

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is placing burning restrictions on four additional counties in northern Minnesota because receding snow cover has created conditions conducive to wildfire.

The restrictions took effect at 8 a.m., Monday, for Cook, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis counties.

Minnesota has had numerous wildfires so far this spring, but most have been small.  While debris burning will be curtailed, the use of campfires, if smaller than 3 feet in diameter and 3 feet in height, are allowed.


Spring creeps in slowly

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:02am

Looks like the snow squalls may be over and warmer weather is on the way. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson about spring creeping into the Northland.

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