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Tofte getting closer to getting cell phone tower

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:42pm

At the October 9 Tofte town board meeting, Tofte Town Clerk Barb Gervais said work is progressing on the Verizon cell tower on the upper side of the highway in Tofte, and should be completed soon. Gervais said, “The cell phone tower is supposed to be done in two weeks.”

The 190-foot Verizon communications and cell phone tower is expected to be a boon to emergency fire and rescue workers and First Responders in the area, as well as to home owners, local businesses and travelers coming through on Highway 61 who want to use their cell phones.

A cell phone tower for Tofte has been in the planning stages for five years.

YMCA offers new programs and instructors

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 2:15pm

The Cook County YMCA has new child care and dance offerings along with several new instructors. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Jaye White and Christine Curtis of the YMCA on North Shore Morning about these new programs.

More information about YMCA programs and classes is available at 387-3386 or at

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AEOA offers Energy Assistance during winter heating season

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:05pm

Energy Assistance through the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) helps low-income residents heat their homes throughout the winter by providing help and information needed to manage their fuel costs. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Anita Jeziah, the AEOA case manager/instructor in Grand Marais, about this program on North Shore Morning.

Anita can be reached at 218-387-4547 and to learn more about programs and services offered through the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, visit their website at

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Banadad Trail Work Day and Annual Meeting, Saturday, Oct. 25

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 9:49am

The Banadad Trail Association invites you to help get the Banadad Ski Trail ready for winter, starting at the Banadad’s eastern trailhead.

There are several large downed trees blocking the trail including a ten to twelve inch Aspen in a clump with several other trees it brought down. This section of the Banadad is all within the BWCAW where all maintenance must be done using hand tools.

Ted Young, maintenance administrator said, “If what we experienced on the eastern end of the trail holds for the rest of the Banadad, we have got a real job ahead of us.”

Volunteers meet for the Trail Work Day at 9 a.m. Saturday, at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B. Hand tools and lunches will be provided to all volunteers.

After the work session volunteers and friends of the Banadad are invited to return to Hestons Lodge for the Banadad Trail Association’s fifth Annual Meeting followed by a pizza dinner cooked in Heston’s wood fired-outdoor oven and social hour. Festivities begin a 6 p.m. RSVP 388-2243.

For more information on both activities contact 218-388-4487.


Design plans for Father Baraga Cross area to be presented at Schroeder Town Meeting tonight

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 9:48am

The Schroeder township meets Tuesday, October 14 at Schroeder Town Hall for its regularly scheduled meeting. During that meeting, supervisors and the public will hear a proposal for a final design for the park area around Father Baraga Cross.

Landscape architect C.J. Fernandez will present his drawings and proposals for the park at this meeting. Interested township members should attend to give their views and input. Fernandez, of LHB Engineers, made a presentation at Schroeder several months ago with architectural drawings and has incorporated suggestions and ideas discussed at that meeting into his newest plans.

"Creating Partnership" workshop to be offered at Cook County Higher Education

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 9:46am

Cook County Higher Education will partner with Hyatt Leadership Coaching to present Creating Partnership, an interactive workshop for leaders in government, nonprofits, and businesses on Oct. 23. 

The four-hour workshop at Higher Ed’s Grand Marais campus will explore what it takes to build partnerships within and across organizations, and includes an intense interactive learning activity created by Dr. Barry Oshry, a pioneer in systems thinking.

He will present simple frameworks to illustrate predictable patterns in human systems (families, churches, organizations, communities). This activity and the workshop will focus on patterns that inhibit partnership and what we can do to strengthen partnership.

Marcia Hyatt will serve as a presenter and leadership coach. She has worked in leadership development for over 30 years, has authored numerous articles, chapters and books on the subject of leadership, and co-founded the Center for Emerging Leadership and its Women's Leadership.

The workshop is designed to clarify participants' roles as leaders; to identify the issues and dilemmas all people face; to identify how systems become dysfunctional and to develop workable strategies for creating effective, powerful systems.

Pre-registration is required ($15 by Oct. 15, $20 after). The program is limited to 20 participants. The workshop is being offered at cost in honor of the international Worldwide Week of Partnership. The goal is to enhance the effectiveness of these organizations by increasing mutual understanding, respect, and cooperation both within these organizations and with the people they serve.

To register contact Cook County Higher Education at 387-3411 or see