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Grand Marais Lioness Club social gathering to recruit new members

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:59am

The Grand Marais Lioness Club is having a social and recruitment gathering on the evening of May 20 at Sven and Ole’s on Broadway at 6:30 p.m. Free food and beverages will be offered and a chance to learn more about this “can do” organization.

Lioness members are urged to bring guests, but you don’t need an invitation other than this one.

The Grand Marais Lioness Club is an important asset to the community, donating to many worthy causes from the club’s fundraisers and dues. The Lioness Club meets monthly and hears from a guest speaker, many from our own community.  The Lioness Club joins in projects with the Grand Marais Lions Club and enjoys joint gatherings with them twice a year.

Find out more about this vibrant group on Tuesday, May 20.  Come and join the fun. Lioness Judy Siegle says, “We’ll keep the light on for you.”

Open school policy adopted -- with reservations

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 8:17am

ISD166 has a new weapons policy, a new open campus policy and a teacher contract. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Superintendent Beth Schwarz about the recent board meeting.


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Healthy Community: Newspaper focus group, Tuesday May 20

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 7:14am

Rhonda Silence, editor of the Cook County News Herald,  is participating in the Editors and Publishers Leadership Program offered through the Minnesota Newspaper Association and the Blandin Foundation.  Tuesday May 20th, she will host a ‘Healthy Community:  Newspaper Focus Group’ from 6:30 to 8pm at Higher Ed in Grand Marais. 

Questions and RSVPs to Higher Ed at 387-3411.

WTIP volunteers Julie Carlson and Sherrie Lindskog spoke with Rhonda on North Shore Morning to learn more about the event.

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Weekend News Roundup for May 17

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 9:41am

Each week the WTIP news team puts together a roundup of the week's news. It’s early retirement for the sheriff, Red Lake elects a new tribal chair, the Poplar River pipeline survives the bonding bill …all this and more in this week’s news.


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City and union nearing agreement on position for former lifeguard

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 12:43pm

A long-running dispute between the city of Grand Marais and its labor union came a step closer to resolution May 14 when city councilors approved a memorandum of understanding and a grievance settlement that will allow former head lifeguard Charles Christiansen to resume his employment with the city – albeit in a different position.

However, the actions do not necessarily mean an end to the sometimes-contentious situation – union members still have to approve the agreements in an as-yet unscheduled meeting.

Christiansen, who worked for the city for 20 years before being laid off when the municipal swimming pool was closed in January, invoked his union right to continue employment with the city in another position. Since then, the city and representatives of AFSCME Local 66 have been talking back and forth about possible solutions, including Christiansen’s right to bump another employee with less seniority, award him a vacant position, or create a new job tailored to his abilities.

It was the latter option that council decided on.

The memorandum of understanding spells out the duties and job description of a property maintenance laborer, and adds that position to the streets department. The union approved the terms of the new job only the night before council’s approval. Councilor Bill Lenz, who was a member of the city’s negotiating team, said the job was created with Christiansen in mind. “It’s an area in which we can use someone 12 months of the year,” he said. “It just made sense.”

Mayor Larry Carlson said the union was not interested in such a position a month or two ago, but members have since changed their thinking. At council’s prior meeting, union representatives appeared before council to ask that Christiansen be given the vacant parks facilities manager.

Plants and pancakes at Great Expectations School Saturday

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 9:37am

Are you looking to stock up on locally grown annuals, perennials, vegetables, and herbs for your garden this year?

It is likely Great Expectations School (GES) has what you are looking for! The annual greenhouse sale and pancake breakfast will be on Saturday, May 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school, on the corner of the new Gunflint Trail and East Fifth Street.

Some of the annuals offered for sale are ageratum, alyssum, aster, bacopa, bee balm, begonia, coleus, cosmos and geranium.

In the herb category, there are basil, chives, cilantro, dill, marjoram, mint and oregano. There are also vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, tomatoes and cauliflower.

Also available are perennials such as blazing stars, carpet bugle, columbine, delphinium and hollyhock.

For more information contact the school at (218) 387-9322.