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City Council to consider adding public restrooms at city hall

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:19am

At the urging of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce, Grand Marais city councilors directed City Administrator Mike Roth to find out what it would cost to convert unused space in City Hall into more public restroom facilities at their meeting Sept. 24.

The discussion was prompted by a letter written to council by Chamber Director Jim Boyd after the Chamber’s board passed a motion at its September meeting to support “construction and maintenance of more public bathrooms in Grand Marais.”

The topic has been an ongoing issue over the years, particularly during events such as the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival and Fisherman’s Picnic.

Councilor Bill Lenz noted that the city had an opportunity to consider this now that the large section of City Hall now occupied by the Grand Marais Visitor’s Bureau will be vacated soon.

Mayor Larry Carlson said the creation of more public restrooms was on the city’s list of priorities, and agreed with Lenz that regardless of whether the city has the funds to pursue the project now, council can at least start the process by getting a quote and finding out what the cost is likely to be.

Concerns were raised about the expense of building bathrooms and City Administrator Mike Roth also said that coming up with an accurate estimate may itself be an expense.

Linda Kratt of the Cook County Visitors Bureau, whose agency is in the process of relocating into a renovated building (the former Gunflint Realty), encouraged the council to seek a quote on the work, noting that she paid only $500 for an estimate on her project. She said the bid was “spot-on.”

Kratt also spoke of the need for public restrooms, saying the waiting lines at existing stalls at City Hall on days such as July 4 are an “embarrassment” to the city. “We definitely need to do something,” she said.

Art opening of Seven Grandfather Teachings at Grand Portage Community Center: October 10

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 3:12pm

 The Grand Portage Summer Youth Program is presenting an exhibition of paintings of The Seven Grandfather Teachings. These paintings will be featured at an art opening at the Grand Portage Community Center this Friday, October 10. WTIP volunteer Randy Eastlund spoke with art therapist Belle Janicek on North Shore Morning. 

The opening for the Seven Grandfather Teachings is Friday October 10th from 3:30 to 5:30pm at the Grand Portage Community Center.  More information from Belle at Oshki Ogimaag at 475-2112.

These paintings are a collection of the Seven Grandfather Teachings and will hang as an installation at the center. Paintings were facilitated by Art Therapist, Belle Janicek, who worked with the children to design their ideas on paper and then transfer and paint images on to canvas.

Among the Anishinaabe people the Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers is a set of teachings on human conduct towards others. The exhibit will display seven canvases, titled as follows: Love, Respect, Wisdom, Truth, Courage, Humility, Honesty.

The Opening will take place on October 10, from 3:30-5:30pm at the Grand Portage Community Center. Refreshments will be served.

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Scholastic Book Fair comes to Sawtooth Mountain Elementary on October 6-9

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:01pm

“Sir Readalot's Castle and The Kingdom of Books" is the theme of this year’s Scholastic Book Fair. WTIP host Will Moore spoke with Melissa Dressley of the Cook County PTA on North Shore Morning.   

More information from Sawtooth Mountain Elementary at 387-2271 ext 609.

(Photo by Futundbeldl on Flickr)

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Cool weather continues as fall settles in

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 9:56am

Fall is definitely in the air. Expect sun later in the week, but cool temps. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with NWS meteorologist Carol Christenson.

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Gunflint Trail fatality identified

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 9:15am

The Cook County Sheriffs Office Friday reported a fatal accident occurred on the Gunflint Trail that morning.

The accident happened about a quarter mile south of Lullaby Creek Road. The driver, Katherine Mariseth Pourraid Ordonez, 24, from Argentina, was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her vehicle was travelling south on the Trail when it went off the road and struck a tree.

Cook County Sheriff Deputies, Gunflint Fire Department, Grand Marais First Responders and Cook County Ambulance responded.


Make-A-Bowl sessions at the Art Colony

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 12:23pm

Artist Joan Farnam shares the scoop on how to Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls, with North Shore Morning host Randy Eastlund.
There is still space available in the Make-a-Bowl Sessions at the Art Colony and this year you have your choice between working in the clay studio or the glass studio.

Sessions are:

Sunday, October 4 | Clay | 2pm - 3pm

Monday, October 5 | Clay | 7pm - 8pm

Sunday, October 12 | Clay | 2pm - 3pm

Monday, October 13 | Clay | 7pm - 8pm

Wednesday, October 22 | Glass | 7pm - 8pm

Thursday, October 23 | Glass | 7pm - 8pm

Registration with the Grand Marais Art Colony, 218-387-2737


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