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Emerging Leaders Group brewing...

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:34am

Cook County Higher Education is hosting an ‘Emerging Leaders Group’ Coffee on Tuesday February 4th from 7:30 to 9am.  It's an informal gathering for anyone who wants to make a positive impact on the future of Cook County.  The first session will be lead by Tim and Beth Kennedy.  Tim is a participant in the Blandin Leadership Program.  Higher Ed is at 300 West 3rd Street in Grand Marais.   More information from 387-3411.  

WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan spoke about the Emerging Leaders Group with Pat Campanero of the Small Business Development Center and Paula Sundet Wolf of Cook County Higher Education on North Shore Morning.



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Propane assistance information at a glance

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 9:46am

Minnesota officials have set up a public hotline to help residents deal with propane issues during this recent shortage.

The State Emergency Operations Center says the hotline will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Residents who have questions about the propane situation or who are in danger of running out of heating fuel can call (651) 297-1304 in the metro area or (800) 657-3504 in greater Minnesota.

Also you can call AEOA for heating/fuel assistance information 1-800-662-5711.

Fuel Assistance applications can be picked up at the Community Center in Grand Marais, at the Courthouse main lobby and Public Health and Human Services office as well as from the Grand Marais Public Utilities Commission at City Hall.

Additional information and resources on the Cook County website. For additional resources, see Stay Warm Minnesota, a state website.

WTIP is planning a propane crisis information broadcast on First Thursday Community Conversation, Feb. 6 at 7pm. Questions or comments? 387-1070 or before or during the program. In the meantime, hear what MN Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman had to say about the situation on Jan. 31's Roadhouse.



Community invited to fundraiser dance party to benefit Jennifer Schulz

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:26pm

The community is invited to a fundraiser and dance party for Jennifer Schulz of Grand Marais on Saturday, February 1 from 7 – 10:30 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Last summer Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing an intensive treatment program. Her friends decided to throw a dance party to lift her spirits and to raise some money to help with medical and living expenses.

There will be live dance music with the Pete K Group, The Splinters, Cook County’s Most Wanted and Joe Paulik. Organizers invite all to join the fun. All are welcome.

If you would like to help but can’t make it to the dance party, an account has been set up at the North Shore Federal Credit Union to accept donations for the Jennifer Schulz Fundraiser.

School District 166 considers changes to school calendar in light of weather cancellations

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 2:24pm

In the wake of unusually brutal cold temperatures and frequent snowfalls, the superintendent of Cook County Schools told the board Jan. 9, 2014 that there may be some changes made in the school calendar. A special meeting will be held Friday, January 31 in the Arrowhead Center for the Arts meeting room at 8:30 a.m. to discuss potential changes to the school calendar.

Art Colony seeks applicants for "Artist-in-Residence" program

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 2:22pm

The Grand Marais Art Colony is seeking artists in the visual arts, dance, literary arts, etc. to apply for the 2014 Artist-in-Residence Program at the Grand Marais Art Colony.  The 2013 Artist-in-Residence was Hazel Belvo who created a large-scale visual piece and offered lectures on visual literacy and art critiquing.

County to update Comprehensive Land Use Guide Plan

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:46pm

There have been a number of contentious issues facing the Cook County Planning & Zoning Commission in recent years—use of recreational vehicles for living quarters, establishment of dog sled kennels, placement of communication towers and more—and the planning commission relies on the Cook County Comprehensive Land Use Guide Plan for direction. At the January 21, 2014 meeting of the Cook County Commissioners it was decided that it is time to update that guidebook.