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Area youths invited to leadership training

Sat, 03/16/2013 - 11:35am

On March 22, youth are invited to join together for a free leadership training filled with fun, friends and food.

Leadership is about standing up, inspiring others and being responsible even when it may not be convenient or pleasant.  In this two-hour session, young people in grades 6-8 will explore a variety of leadership models, begin to analyze their personal style and work together in teams experimenting with a shared leadership model.  The workshop facilitators are Pat Campanaro, Dr. Kathy Ogle and Dr. Val Ulstad.  Each one of these women brings years of leadership experience and an interest in sharing her knowledge on the topic of leadership.

After the workshop, all of the participants are invited to stay for pizza and a movie on the big screen at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.  The event will last until 8:15 p.m.  Students are to meet at the Cook County Community Center at 3:45 and be picked up by 8:15 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. 

Weekend News Roundup for March 16

Sat, 03/16/2013 - 9:17am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. The senate acts on a wolf hunt moratorium, Rep. Nolan petitions the EPA, protests and petitions seek action against the county attorney, Iron Range cancer report was released, Chisholm musher takes the Beargrease and the railroad wants to fill in part of Twin Ports harbor…all in this week’s news

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Caregiver support group begins Tuesday, March 19

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 9:26pm

The first meeting of a monthly caregiver support group is Tuesday, March 19, noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room of the First Congregational Church in Grand Marais.  Care Partners, the group sponsor, is providing facilitators and refreshments. Participation is free.

Care Partners will also provide a trained volunteer, at no cost, to stay at home with the loved one in need of care or supervision so that the caregiver can attend the group.

Roberta Olin, Grand Marais, and Vicki Biggs-Anderson, Colvill, will facilitate. Both have been caregivers to family members. 

Grand Marais Library presents harp and flute performance Saturday

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 9:21pm

"The Timeless Beauty of Harp and Flute" will be presented at the Grand Marais Public Library at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16.

The free program will be presented by Betty Braunstein, flute and Janell Lemire, harp, members of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.

Betty and Janell play two of the world’s most beloved instruments; the ancestors of these two instruments are amongst the oldest in the world. Using their modern flute and harp, images from the past, actual instruments from other times and places, and music for flute and harp, these musicians will explore the question of why human beings have been music-makers since the beginning of time.

The program is suitable for audiences of all ages, and is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Senate panel passes wolf hunt moratorium 7-6

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 7:05am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Opponents of wolf hunting won a victory as a Minnesota Senate panel votes 7-6 for a five-year moratorium on future wolf seasons.

Wolf hunting opponents argued before the Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Thursday that the state acted too hastily when it decided to resume sport hunting and trapping after the region's wolves came off the endangered list early last year. Hunters and trappers then killed 413 wolves during the state's inaugural wolf season, which ended in January.

Supporters of the wolf hunt told the committee the state's wolf population has recovered enough to allow for properly managed hunting and trapping, and that the decision was made after years of study and court battles.
The bill now goes to a Senate environment budget committee, where its prospects are uncertain.

Join the Senior Center for an overnight stay at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 9:38am

The Cook County Senior Center has planned an overnight trip to the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino is planned for Monday, March 18. Guests will receive $15 in free slot play and seniors receive two-for-one drink coupons from the Players Club. Spend the evening and the next day; enjoy $5 off your breakfast. The cost for double occupancy is only $12 per person; single occupancy, $24.
For more information or for registration of any of these upcoming trips, stop in or call the Senior Center at 387-2660.

Free tree seedlings offered

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:17pm
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Hedstrom Lumber Company is once again offering to give away free tree seedlings. White Spruce, White Pine and Norway Pine seedlings are available, and can be mixed and matched in any combination, up to a total of 200 seedlings per person. Anyone interested is asked to send an email to missy@hedstromlumber.com, specifying the number of seedlings and species desired, by April 15. The pick-up date will be May 3, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Everyone is asked to bring their own buckets to haul the seedlings. No seedlings will be held after May 3.

Realtor Steve Bragg receives recognition

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:15pm

Congratulations to Steve Bragg of Lutsen for receiving the “Big Hitter Award” at the Calhoun Companies’ award breakfast celebration in Minneapolis on Feb. 13.
This award was given to the three most productive of 21 Calhoun agents servicing the five state area and Steve Bragg came in second.
Calhoun Companies sells only businesses and commercial properties and has been doing this since 1908 and Steve operates the Arrowhead Office working from Ashland WI to Lake of the Woods, MN.

Playhouse practice under way for next play, "First Baptist of Ivy Gap"

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:12pm

The Grand Marais Playhouse has begun its 43rd season with rehearsals for First Baptist of Ivy Gap, a poignant comedy by Ron Osborne. The cast includes Adrianna Berglund, Brenna Hay, Cailin Carpenter, Sarah Larsen, Mara MacDonell, and Michaela Peterson. The play is directed by Sue Hennessy with Cy Fortunato as stage manager and Emma Bradley is creating the costumes.
The play is described by Samuel French publishers: “During WWII, six women gather at the church to roll bandages and plan the church's 75th anniversary. Overseeing things is Edith, the pastor's wise-cracking wife who dispenses Red Cross smocks and witty repartee to Luby, whose son is fighting in the Pacific; Mae Ellen, the church's rebellious organist who wants to quit but hasn't the courage; Olene, who dreams of a career in Hollywood; Sammy, a shy newcomer with a secret; and Vera, an influential Baptist with a secret of her own. When Luby learns her son has been wounded, she confounds the others by blaming the vulnerable Sammy.
“Twenty-five years later, our "First Baptist Six" reunite. Back to reconcile with Luby—whose son died of his wounds— is Sammy, whose own son is now in Vietnam; and Olene, whose flashy show business career will set the town on its ear. There to welcome them are Vera, her secret still safe; Mae Ellen, still rebellious and still looking for an escape; and Edith, whose biggest challenge isn't the church's upcoming centennial but revelations that shake relationships formed over a quarter of a century. With humor and pathos, these six very different women find comfort, forgiveness and redemption in each other.”
Performance dates for First Baptist of Ivy Gap are April 25, 26 and 28 and May 2-5, Thursday - Saturday 7 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m.

Join WTIP for our "15 Reasons" Membership Drive March 13 - 18

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:07am

Listener support helps WTIP maintain and strengthen our services. 
Please support our efforts by becoming a member or renewing your membership!

During our "15 Reasons" Membership Drive, March 13th – 18th we’re celebrating 15 years of community service! In addition to providing all our regular services, we’ll be featuring some special programs and highlights, including:

Live music:
o Timmy Haus Wednesday, March 13 from noon – 1:00 p.m.
o Pete Kavanaugh Thursday, March 14 from noon – 1:00 p.m.
o The Joe Paulik Band Friday, March 15 from noon – 1:00 p.m.
o The Si!vertones during The Roadhouse Friday, March 15
o Mysterious Ways Saturday, March 16 from 3-4
o Pushing Chain Saturday, March 16 from 4-5
o Eric Frost & Bill Hansen Saturday, March 16 from 5-6
o Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund Saturday, March 16 from 6-7
o Gordon Thorne during the Gospel Truth Sunday, March 17
o Yvonne Mills during Women in Music Sunday, March 17
o Chastity Brown during Women in Music Sunday, March 17
o Portage during Classic Country Sunday, March 17 starting at 6

Special Programming:
o Special Youth Radio Project show on Thursday from 5-6
o Special Northern Gardening on Thursday from 7-8
o Special Roadhouse, Small Change, and Boomer Jam on Friday
o Special “15 up-and-coming female musicians” edition of Women in Music
o Special "15 Reasons" themed Swing Session on Sunday

Tune in:
90.7 FM North Shore
90.1 FM Grand Portage
89.1 FM Gunflint Trail
 

Call in:
387-1070; 1-800-473-9847
 

Pledge Online

 

Stop by: 1712 West Highway 61 in Grand Marais
 

Petitions and protests continue over county attorney

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:17am
Protesters at Cook County Courthouse in Grand Marais - photo by Carah Thomas

It's been three months since Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell became the subject of a restraining order. Since then a petition for a removal election is in the works and protesters have been picketing the courthouse.

The parents of a 17-year-old girl filed paperwork last December claiming Scannell and their daughter had a romantic relationship. The court document states that Scannell harassed the girl, prompting the two-year restraining order.

During a public comment period held prior to a county board meeting last December, county resident Jason Zimmer asked that commissioners call a special session to request Scannell’s resignation. 

According to County Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers, the avenue for removing an elected county official is through a petition of registered voters prompting a removal election. The number required for a removal election in this case is just under 600 names.

Zimmer has initiated a petition, and last week he said it was in the hands of a Twin Cities attorney to get the wording right. The petition must allege specific malfeasance or nonfeasance in the performance of official duties. Only examples of wrongdoing, misconduct or failure to perform a legal duty would apply.

Zimmer said he does not have any names yet because he was advised to make sure the wording is right so that citizens know the reasoning behind the petition. He added, he does “have a huge list of citizens to contact when the petition is ready to be launched.”

As for the protesters, they’ve been gathering at least once a week by the courthouse parking lot with signs calling for Scannell to step down and soliciting “honks” of support.

Schroeder wins Beargrease

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 5:09am

Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm has won the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Keith Aili of Ray has finished 2nd.

We're still waiting for results  for 3rd place. Grand Marais musher Odin Jorgenson had been in that position leaving the last check point.

The field has now narrowed to 5 teams. Hovland musher Frank Moe scratched at Hwy 2. 

Amanda Vogel of Ray was in 4th place and Colleen Wallin of Two Harbors was in 5th at last report.

Cook County mushers battle for 3rd

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 3:31am

Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm was in 1st place when he left the Finland check point last night, as the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon continues into its final day.  Keith Aili of Ray was in 2nd.

Holding on for 3rd place is Grand Marais musher Odin Jorgenson with Frank Moe of Hovland right behind in 4th.

The field has narrowed to six teams with Amanda Vogel of Ray in  5th place and Colleen Wallin of Two Harbors in 6th.

 

Care Center celebrates birthdays Wednesday, March 13

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 12:44pm

A monthly birthday party will be celebrated at the North Shore Care Center on Wednesday, March 13 to honor Gert Scott and Audrey Haring. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. along with piano classics by Doug Sanders. Everyone is welcome to come celebrate.

There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at North Shore Care Center. For more information about the activity programs or to volunteer, please contact the Activity Dept. at 218.387.3518 or visit our website www.nshorehospital.com.

Township elections and town meetings tonight

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 12:38pm

Township annual meetings and elections are on Tuesday, March 12. The polls will be open at all three townships from 5 – 8 p.m. and the annual meeting is at 8 p.m.
In Lutsen, the voting and annual meeting will take place in the new Lutsen town hall. Incumbent treasurer John Groth is running for reelection. Supervisor Joe Buttweiler has decided not to run again and Tim Goettl is running for the vacant seat. Both are unopposed.
In Tofte, voting and the annual meeting takes place at the Birch Grove Community Center.
On the ballot is incumbent Supervisor Jim King, who is running for reelection.
Tofte Treasurer Mary Jane Huggins is not running for reelection, but her husband, Bill Huggins is on the ballot. Both are unopposed.
In Schroeder, voting and the annual meeting will take place at the Schroeder Town Hall. Both incumbent Supervisor Tina McKeever and Treasurer Alicia Kangas are running for re-election. They are also unopposed.