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Weekend News Roundup for March 16

Sat, 03/16/2013 - 10:17am

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 - 10:26pm

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 - 10:21pm

"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 - 8:05am

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 - 10:38am

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 - 1:17pm
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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.