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"Bhutan - A View from the Top of the World" at Grand Marais Library Friday

Tue, 10/09/2012 - 10:05am

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present "Bhutan - A View from the Top of the World," a free program being offered at the public libraries in Grand Marais, Two Harbors and Silver Bay.
Through amazing photos, professional photographer Cal Rice will share his experiences from a recent trip to the Himalayan country of Bhutan. After being almost completely cut off for centuries, the government of Bhutan began allowing outside influences including television and the Internet only a few years ago, while still preserving its ancient traditions. Besides the beauty of the land, its architecture and its people, this program will highlight the contrasts between centuries-old customs and the impact of modern society.
Of his work, Bemidji resident Rice says, "What I am trying to do…is visit and photograph countries that are in the midst of cultural change. Then come back to northern Minnesota and share my experience. This is more a documentary and cultural exchange rather than just a travelogue."
Rice will present his program at the Grand Marais Library at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12; at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at Silver Bay Library; and at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Two Harbors Library.

Public input meeting on proposed Cook County Family YMCA Wednesday

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 3:12pm

There will be a public input meeting on the proposed Cook County Family YMCA on Wednesday, October 10 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Jane Mianowski Conference Room at School District 166.
The latest conceptual drawings and floor plans, along with information on the agreements between the governmental entities and the Duluth YMCA will be available.
The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the community center and to give input on the plans.
The next meeting of the Cook County YMCA Steering Committee is Thursday, October 11 from 8:30 a.m. until noon in the Jane Mianowski Conference Room at School District 166. While not a meeting to accept public input, the public is welcome to attend to listen in.

Make-A-Bowl" workshops at Grand Marais Art Colony

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 3:10pm

The Grand Marais Art Colony will present a great opportunity to learn how to make bowls, all for a good cause, at the “Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls” event which began on Sept. 30 and runs through Oct. 22. Proceeds benefit the Cook County Food Shelf.
The sessions will be held every Sunday at 2 p.m., and Mondays at 7 p.m. Cost is $5 per session (pre-register). Contact the Art Colony to pre-register at (218) 387-2737. 
Twelve percent of Cook County residents are hungry every month. Therefore, each year the Art Colony organizes the Empty Bowls dinner (on Nov. 8), a community art fundraiser for the local food shelf. The bowls made at the event will be used during the dinner.
Participants will learn to make two different kinds of bowls: a hand-built and a wheel-thrown.  Make-a-Bowl is open to all levels and ages. Get muddy, learn new skills, and have fun, all for a good cause.

Auditor still uncertain how Voter ID amendment would play out here

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 11:47am

Cook County Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers is still not convinced how the “substantially equivalent” proviso in the proposed voter ID amendment will play out. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with powers on “Daybreak.”

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Canoeists perish on Alton Lake - bodies recovered

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 11:34am

At approximately 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2012, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a capsized canoe and two bodies floating in the water on Alton Lake.  Alton Lake is located in the BWCAW northwest of Sawbill Lake, and north of Tofte, MN.  The Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Cook County Search and Rescue, Minnesota State Patrol, United States Forest Service, and Sawbill Outfitters assisted in the response.

The capsized canoe and two bodies were discovered by two passing canoeists who reported what they had discovered to the Sawbill Outfitters.  It is believed that the bodies were in the water for 24 hours or longer.

The two bodies were recovered with assistance of the United States Forest Service and Cook County Search and Rescue.  The bodies were sent to UMD for autopsies.  They have been identified as Thomas Pineault, 55 and Cynthia Pineault, 51 both of Forest Lake, and their family has been notified.  Both parties were wearing lifejackets.  Foul play is not suspected.

This area of Cook County and the BWCAW was subject to high winds and much cooler temperatures late last week, creating difficult conditions for canoeing.


Weekend News Roundup for October 6

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:17am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. EPA funding for reducing mercury in fish risk, low Lake Superior levels, the roadless rule stands for the Superior National Forest, more on the pending wolf hunt and Postal Service reduction meetings are scheduled…all in this week’s news.


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