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EDA updates job description, begins search for director

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 12:32pm

At the October 8, meeting of the Cook County - Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA), board members discussed the need to have a director to oversee economic development activities.

EDA board members Scott Harrison, Heidi Doo-Kirk and EDA Chair Mark Sandbo said they had met and discussed the EDA director job description.

Birthdays to be celebrated at the Care Center Wednesday, Nov. 13

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 12:31pm

The monthly birthday party will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 13 for Larry Smith, Elaine Rouser, Dorothe Vaughn, and Irma Toftey. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. along with piano music and a sing-a-long with Sherrie Lindskog.

For more information about the activity programs and volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or check out the website

Isle Royale to Hold Public Meetings on Cultural Resources Plan

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 10:02am

HOUGHTON, Mich. - Officials are kicking off a series of public meetings this week to discuss a plan for dealing with cultural resources at Isle Royale National Park. 

The first public meeting is Tuesday, November 12 in Houghton, Michigan.  Others will be held in Chelsea, Michigan on Thursday, November 14,  in St. Paul on Tuesday, November 19, and Duluth on Wednesday, November 20.

Isle Royale is an island chain in northwestern Lake Superior. Its cultural features range from prehistoric Native American mining remnants to lighthouses, shipwrecks and fishery sites. Officials say they illustrate how people shaped the landscape over thousands of years.

During the meetings, the planning team will present information about preliminary draft alternative concepts of the Cultural Resources Management Plan (CRMP), currently under development, that provide a range of options for the management, treatment, and interpretation of cultural resources. The presentation will be followed by an opportunity for the public to discuss the alternative concepts, as well as other ideas about the plan and planning process with the planning team. 

“Isle Royale has such interesting and varied cultural resources and associated compelling stories. We are very excited to be working on this plan,” commented Park Superintendent, Phyllis Green.  “I hope the public takes this opportunity to engage with the planning team and let us know how they would like see cultural resources managed in the future.”

Park staffers produced the plan in consultation with tribal and state governments and other interested parties. It deals with general management, preservation, public use and interpretation of cultural resources.  It's accompanied by an environmental impact statement.

Veterans Day events Monday, Nov. 11

Sun, 11/10/2013 - 8:45am

The public is invited to join veterans for ceremonies and remembrances on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.

In Grand Portage, the flag will be raised at daylight at the Veterans Monument at the log school. At 10:30 a.m., a drum ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Grand Portage Bay American Legion Post 2009 followed by a moment of silence at 11 a.m. At 11:05 a.m., Melvin Gagnon will give a brief speech.

Refreshments will follow, provided by the Grand Portage American Legion Auxiliary. A raffle drawing will also be held. The new post is located at mile marker 146.

In Grand Marais, a Veterans Day concert will be held at 2 p.m. in the Cook County High School Varsity Gym. The program will feature the CCHS band and American Legion Post 413. All veterans and community members are welcome to attend this free concert.

Student Councils will be collecting “Cookies for Troops” donations that will be sent to service men and women on active duty. Packages of cookies or cash donations may be dropped off on your way into the concert.

Finally, a Veterans Day dinner will be held Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 413 on First Avenue West. The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and all the fixin’s. The meal is free for veterans, and $7 for non-vets.

Thank you veterans!

Calling Science Educators: Real Stories in Research: The Lake Superior Edition

Sat, 11/09/2013 - 5:17pm

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center near Finland is hosting two workshop for educators on Friday, November 15.  The workshops are part the Science Institute for Educators’ series.  WTIP spoke with Minnesota Sea Grant education specialist Marte Kitson about the series.

(Click on link to North Shore Morning, below, to hear the interview.)

The workshop series is also being offered at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth.  

More information and registration available at

Weekend News Roundup for November 9

Sat, 11/09/2013 - 11:32am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. Wolves on Isle Royale, Carp in the Great Lakes, Mines in Minnesota and Wisconsin, gypsy moths in the Arrowhead and good news on 1% tax collections…all in this week’s news.


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