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Plan ahead for severe weather

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:35am

Emergency Management officials remind North Shore residents that emergencies due to severe weather could happen at anytime.

Here are some things residents should think about:

 • Stay informed: Check out the Department of Public Safety weather page at Each day it will focus on a different subject such as weather warnings, lightning and hail, floods, tornados, etc.

• Make a kit: Build a basic survival kit for when the electricity fails. It should include food and water for three days, a radio and flashlight, first aid, and personal items like toilet paper. A smaller “grab and go” evacuation kit should contain emergency contact information, medications, spare eyewear and documentation of pets, medical information, insurance, etc.

• Have a plan: What if you’re delayed or stranded by severe weather, or need to leave your home due to a storm-related power failure? Do you have an emergency kit in your vehicle? Do you know how to reach your friends and family, or where you could go for shelter? Do your friends know where to look for you?

More information is available at

Visit now, before the weather hits.


This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald

MidTrail auction, flea market and quilt raffle is Thursday, August 7

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 10:11am

If you are looking for a unique collectable, a beautifully crafted piece of hand-stitchery, or that perfect treasure to remind you of the Gunflint Trail, chances are you will find it at the annual Mid-Trail auction, flea market, boutique, and quilt raffle to be held at the Schaap Community Center from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 7.

This year’s quilt, crafted by the many talented hands of the Mid-Trail quilters, is a scrappy multi-colored collection of vintage fabrics and is titled Vintage Triangles. Tickets for the raffle are $2 and may be purchased at local businesses as well as at the event.  Drawing for the quilt will be at the conclusion of the auction, and you need not be present to win this lovely queen/king coverlet.

Unusual bric-a-brac, household, and one-of-a-kind items will be located in the flea market, while the boutique offers many artfully hand-crafted pieces, along with great finds donated by local businesses and outfitters.

Hosted by auctioneer Phil Serrin, bidding on goods ranging from arts and crafts, to antiques, to Gunflint Trail experiences is always lively, spirited, and fun, keeping in mind that proceeds from this event benefit the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.

Homemade cakes along with coffee and lemonade will be available during the fundraiser.

So get out your shopping list, drive 26 miles up the Gunflint Trail to the Schaap Community Center located next to Fire Hall # 1 for an afternoon of fun and treasures, all for a great cause.


This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald


Justin Mueller earns hospital certification

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 10:07am

Five hospital trustees from across the state were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders.   

Participating from Cook County North Shore Hospital in Grand Marais was Justin Mueller.

Hospital trustees received training on current health care trends, governance best practices, ethics, government regulations, patient safety, and quality. Participants underwent 35 hours of coursework, making Minnesota’s initiative the most comprehensive in the nation.

“In Minnesota, more and more hospital trustees are formally preparing themselves to address the often-complicated issues facing hospitals and health systems today,” said Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO.

“With so many changes in health care policy and practice — especially under federal and state health care reform — hospital trustees want this kind of support to be strong leaders in their organizations,” he added. “And earning this certification demonstrates a trustee’s commitment to the patients and communities the hospital serves.”



This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald


Volunteers Needed at Devil Track Wildflower Sanctuary

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 10:31am

The Wildflower Sanctuary along the Devil Track River is in the process of being restored and maintained. Anne and Chris Hegg spoke with WTIP volunteer Joey Detrick on North Shore Morning. 

Volunteers are needed to keep it maintained, with regular workdays on the 3rd Sunday of each month from April to October, at 10:00 am.  All are welcome and appreciated. Work will focus on identifying, signing, weeding and maintaining the flowers. Some tools will be available, but bring your own if you have them.  A mosquito jacket and gloves are recommended. 
The sanctuary is located 5 1/2 miles from town, just off the Gunflint trail on County Road 60.  Parking is at the new entrance just before the Devil's Track River Bridge. 

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Carl Gawboy exhibit opens at Cross River Heritage Center August 5

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 10:17am

On Aug. 5 the opportunity to see a constellation of Carl Gawboy’s migration to a seasoned world of artistic expression begins at Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder. The exhibition at Cross River Heritage Center includes watercolor pieces from Bois Forte Heritage Center in Tower, Minnesota as well as other private collections.

Gallery pieces for sale include the Voyageurs Bench Gawboy created with fabricator Jay Newcomb.  The Voyageurs Bench is painted on plywood and acrylic and attached to the Jay Newcomb bench. The bench has been on permanent display at the Duluth Pack Store in Canal Park and returned to Newcomb for restorative touches.  It now sits prominently in the main gallery at Cross River Heritage Center.

Ink Drawings from Morton and Gawboy’s Talking Sky will be exhibited at Cross River Heritage Center. On Sunday, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. Gawboy and Morton will be at Cross River Heritage Center for a Talking Sky book signing.

2 clinics get $250K grants for mental health

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:15am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two Minnesota clinics have each received federal grants of $250,000 to improve and increase their mental-health services.

The clinics are the Open Door Health Center of Mankato and the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais.

Rita Plourde, executive director of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, says family physicians at her clinic are treating an increasing number of patients with mental-health needs.

She hopes to use the money to hire in-house behavioral health specialists. That could include clinical psychologists and mental-health counselors.

The grant money is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was awarded through the Affordable Care Act.