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MN trapping season underway

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 8:47am
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Minnesota's trapping season got underway Saturday, October 19.  WTIP's Carah Thomas spoke with trapper and dog owner John Reynolds about the loss of his dog "Penny" in a 220 bodygrip trap in 2011, and his ensuing efforts to protect other dogs. Reynolds is the founder and president of the Minnesota-based non-profit Dog Lovers 4 Safe Trapping MN.

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

Photo courtesy www.doglovers4safetrappingmn.org

 

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Weekend News Roundup for October 19

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 10:32am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. No Beargrease in 2014. Wolves in Wisconsin. More on mining…all in this week’s news.

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County negotiating contract with new county administrator

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:23am

Cook County commissioners have asked Jay Kieft to come on board as the county’s first county administrator. The county is in the process of negotiating a contract with Kieft.  At the October 15, 2013 county board meeting, Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers handed out a proposed contract that had been drawn up by the county’s consultant, David Unmacht.

The proposed contract did not mention placing the county administrator on a job grid that relates pay to level of experience and years with the county like all other employees and elected officials are on. 

Moose Madness coming to Cook County

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 10:55am

Whether you travel from Minneapolis, Minnesota or Missoula, Montana or from the Gunflint, Sawbill, Caribou or Arrowhead trails or from Fifth Avenue or Fifth Street in Grand Marais, you will find fun at the end of your journey at the Moose Madness Festival on October 18-20, 2013.

The festival grows every year with interesting and enjoyable events being added as Cook County celebrates one of its favorite—and largest—creatures, the magnificent moose!

New this year is the Moose Madness Family Fun Run/Walk, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 at Pincushion Mountain Trails on the Gunflint Trail above Grand Marais. Get there between 7:30 – 8:50 a.m. to register for kids’ races or the 5K run/walk.

Oktoberfest at the North Shore Care Center

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 3:45pm

The North Shore Care Center is celebrating Oktoberfest all month long, using the time to bake pretzels, to watch The Sound of Music movie and more. On Friday, October 18 there will be a special brat and sauerkraut dinner followed by a polka dance at 6 p.m. with Jim and Mary Schliep.

City of Grand Marais named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 9:09am
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Grand Marais, MN – Congratulations are in order for the City of Grand Marais after being named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. After a rigorous application process, Grand Marais joins a select group of communities committed to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. The City of Grand Marais will now be one of ten Bicycle Friendly Communities in Minnesota and the second smallest Bicycle Friendly Community in the nation.

"Grand Marais is playing a critical part in creating a truly Bicycle Friendly America," said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. "We know Grand Marais’ investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, and quality of life benefits of a thriving community.”