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Wednesday is a busy day for active agers at Birch Grove Community Center

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:14am

West End Lifelong Learners (W.E.L.L.) and Seniors Connect West are having a fantastic fall. Their first outing was a bus tour of the Lake Superior South Shore which happened the last week of September.  Everyone took amazing photos and the adventure will be shared in large digital slide shows over the next few weeks during the 55 & better lunches at Birch Grove Community Center.

Wednesday continues to be the primary day for active agers programming which includes 10:30 a.m. fitness, 11:30 a.m. lunch, 12:30 p.m. social or classes.  General admission is $5 suggested donation. If anyone would like more information on WELL or Seniors Connect West may call Caroline at (218) 663-7977.


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Bluegrass Masters Weekend returns to Lutsen Resort

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:09am

Each year the North Shore Music Association sponsors a dynamic weekend for bluegrass musicians and fans at Lutsen Resort. Friday is check-in, registration, and jamming. Saturday is workshops, more jamming, and an evening concert by our featured group. And Sunday is... more jamming before check-out. It's a pickin' weekend in a relaxed setting—a wonderful opportunity to connect with your bluegrass friends.

This year's event is scheduled for Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 and features the mandolin. Featured instructor is Emory Lester, who will be joined by guitarist Marc Roy and bassist Kene Hyatt in concert.

Lester is one of the day’s foremost exponents of the acoustic mandolin. The power and attack of his playing are unmatched, and his sound is infectious. He has inspired and influenced many of today’s current wave of mandolinists, pointing the way with his clean, clear, fast, and efficient mandolin techniques.

He is currently touring with Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, performing shows across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the U.K. His 14-year friendship and musical collaboration with clawgrass banjoist Mark Johnson has yielded four creative recording projects.

For more about Bluegrass Masters Weekend and Emory Lester, call the North Shore Music Association at (218) 387-2916.


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Library expands large print selection

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 1:08pm

Grand Marais Public Library anticipates increasing numbers of users who are retired baby boomers in the coming years. In preparation for “the wave” the library is purchasing more large print titles for the collection.

Nearly 50 titles have been added this summer, some from the library budget, and some via memorial gift funds. Big name authors such as Stephen King, Janet Evanovich, Louise Penny, Alexander McCall-Smith, David Housewright, Tom Clancy, and William Kent Krueger can, or will soon, be found on the large print shelves.

Whereas large print was formerly the province of romance novels, today the market covers a much broader spectrum of reading interests, with broader appeal to both men and women. Anyone who may experience eye strain trying to read print that seems ever smaller is encouraged to visit the library to check out the selection.

If the selection on the shelf doesn’t suit your reading interest, don’t hesitate to ask the library staff if they can find a book for you from another library. They invariably can, and delivery often takes less than a week. For those who are unfamiliar with where the large print materials are shelved, they are just to the left of the door to the quiet reading room.

Contact the library at (218) 387-1140 for more information.

Cook County Whole Foods Co-op annual meeting Tuesday

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 1:04pm

Fifteen months ago the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op moved into its new, larger more efficient grocery store with high hopes its members and the public would support the multi-million dollar expansion and redesign.

Not to worry. In the co-op’s most recent newsletter Jennifer Stoltz, general manager stated, “I am happy to report that we exceeded projections and had a very successful year. Sales grew by 44 percent and topped $3.2 million. We even managed to end the year in the black, which wasn’t expected until 2016.”

Goals for the upcoming year include lowering the price for some organic staples, planning wage increases for employees, and looking at ways to purchase more locally grown organic crops.

Because of the early success, a garden was added outside of the storefront and picnic tables were put on the beach. A new fan system was also installed that has helped keep people warmer (and cooler) when needed.

 “Making a net profit was a huge step after one year of operation in the new space,” said Stoltz, “but there was not enough profit to offer a dividend to owners. However, we will continue to give back to our owners and to the community over the coming years.”

The Co-op is holding its 2014 Owners’ Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 28, with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. with beverages and light appetizers, followed by a membership meeting at 7 p.m.

The guest speaker is Cindy Hale, PhD presenting Can Local Food Production be Profitable, One Farmer’s Story.



Winter is around the corner

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 9:48am

Snow, wet and heavy but not much of it. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Mike Stewart about winter around the corner.


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Birch Grove School hosts Halloween Carnival today, 2-4 p.m.

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 11:03am

Once again the Birch Grove Community School is hosting a day of Halloween fun for all ages. Everyone is invited to Birch Grove in Tofte on Sunday, October 26 from 2 - 4 p.m.

There will be kids’ games, bingo, and an always popular cake walk. Bring your little ghosts and goblins for lunch and stay to decorate some Halloween cookies.

Wear a costume or come as you are. Birch Grove School Director Diane Blanchette said, “Everyone is welcome!”

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