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Walk, run or roll in 2Bright2Bully 5K in Grand Portage Oct. 4

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:48pm

In recognition of bullying prevention month in October, Grand Portage Human Services is planning its first-ever 5k walk/run on Oct. 4, starting at 10 a.m. at the Grand Portage Community Building.

Organizer Brittany Deschampe, Youth Prevention Program Coordinator at Grand Portage Human Services said everyone is encouraged to participate. Orange is the national Unite Against Bullying color, so don some orange and come walk, run or roll in the 5k or a one-mile walk to say no to bullying.

Whether online or in person, bullying hurts. However, Deschampe said, people may not even realize their behavior is bullying. “All of us at some point in our lives have said things about another human being and we didn’t realize that we were being a bully,” she said. “These things stay with a person forever. No matter if the comment is small, it still makes a difference.”

She said there are five different types of bullies, with “physical” bullying the most common. A physical bully is a person who uses physical actions to gain power or control over others. According to Deschampe, a “verbal” bully is one who uses words to undermine their targets.

A third type of bully is a “relational aggressor” who uses manipulation to hurt peers or to sabotage a peer’s social standing. “Some people call these bullies “mean girls.” Deschampe said.  “Usually, teen girl cliques use this kind of bullying to gain higher social standing.”

The fourth type is “cyber bullying” which Deschampe says unfortunately is becoming more widespread. “Social networks are everywhere you look,” she says. “Adults, teens, and some younger kids are using sites such as Facebook and Twitter. These sites are very popular for cyber bullying.”

Phone service returned to Gunflint Trail

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 7:43pm

The phone outage that began at about 5 p.m. today is over, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Everyone in the 388 phone exchange should once again have telephone service. .

During the outage, volunteers from the Gunflint Trail Fire Department were standing by at Gunflint Fire Hall 1.  Anyone who has an emergency was asked to  go to the Gunflint Fire Department at Hall 1 - 7401 Gunflint Trail. 


This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald

Gunflint Trail exchange 388 is out of service

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:18pm

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office issued a notice at 5 p.m. announcing that the county is currently experiencing a problem with the Gunflint Trail area telephone system. Phone numbers using the 388 exchange are not working.

The Sheriff’s Office informed residents in the 388 telephone exchange area, that their telephone likely does not work.  Anyone who has an emergency, is asked to please go to the Gunflint Fire Department at Hall 1 – 7401 Gunflint Trail. 

The Gunflint Trail Fire Department will be manned until telephone service has been restored.


This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald

Sign up now for Master Gardener training

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 4:08pm

 If you have an interest in plants and gardening and would enjoy sharing that interest with others, apply now to become a University of Minnesota Extension County Master Gardener.  Applications are being accepted for the Master Gardener program in each county now until October 1.

Individuals selected for the program need to complete a 48-hour Master Gardener Horticulture Core Course.  The core course can be taken online between January and May.  A new topic is added weekly.  Individuals can also attend in-person classes held on Fridays and Saturdays at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum between Jan. 9 and Feb. 7.  Instructors are University of Minnesota Extension educators and faculty.

Following the course, interns will complete 50 hours of volunteer time in the first year working with local Master Gardeners on a variety of projects that educate the public about gardening and horticulture.  You might answer plant questions by phone or in an information booth, submit information to the local newspaper, or make a presentation to a community group.  Examples of Master Gardener projects include:  Horticulture Day, Community Garden, Plant Sale, County Fair Booth, Farmers’ Market Booth, and many others.  For an application packet and more information, please call Diane Booth at 218-387-3015 or email: 

You may also stop by the office located in the Cook County Community Center building at 317 West 5th Street, Grand Marais.



This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald


Sivertson Gallery hosts "Do You Raku? We Do!" on October 4

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:18pm

Sivertson Gallery is hosting ‘Do You Raku? We Do!’ on Saturday October 4th from 10am to 3pm.  WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with C.J. Heithoff of the Gallery on North Shore Morning.


Do You Raku? We Do!
Saturday 4th of October, 2014
Learn the secrets of a raku glaze and fire with ceramic artists Richard Gruchella and Carrin Rosetti. Buy a bowl to glaze yourself and Richard will fire it on the spot! This annual event takes place in Grand Marais on Saturday, October 4th from 10 am to 3 pm!
“Do you Raku” takes place during the North Shore’s “Crossing Borders Studio Tour.” This event offers a unique opportunity for folks to learn about artists’ processes and how their environment influences their aesthetic decisions.
Sivertson Gallery - Grand Marais
14 West Wisconsin Street
P.O. Box 178
Grand Marais, MN 55604, USA
Toll-free 888-880-4369
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Community joins forces to stock "The Cupboard" to help local youth

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:41am

What would it be like to be a middle school or high school kid whose family couldn’t afford to buy your basic hygiene items?  The Cupboard (based on a national movement called Cody’s Closet) functions there in Cook County to meet this need.  

Members of the outreach team at Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church brought the idea to Principal Adam Nelson at School 166, and it was decided that a hygiene presentation for middle and high school students would be helpful.

A group of Spirit of the Wilderness folks (ably led by Kathy Sullivan and Beth Kennedy) packed 300 bags of hygiene items to be given to all students at the presentation. 

For these bags, Arrowhead Pharmacy donated over $600 worth of combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deodorant, Solbakken Resort  donated soap, lotion, and shampoo.  North Shore Health Care Foundation gave a grant of $500 and Grand Marais Family Dentistry donated toothpaste and dental floss picks at cost.

The Cupboard will continue to have hygiene items and healthy snacks for students to pick up when they need them.  The Cupboard will  be in the office of School District 166 Student Success Coordinator Anna Sandstrom. Actual cupboards to store the hygiene supplies were donated by Tim Kennedy and Gunflint Realty.

If you have hygiene items to donate, please contact Kathy Sullivan or Beth Kennedy or bring to worship at Spirit of the Wilderness at Maple Hill Church on County Road 54 on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.