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Highway 61 detour begins Aug. 26 near Little Marais, Illigen City in Lake County

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 11:09am

DULUTH, Minn. – Motorists traveling on Hwy 61 near Little Marais and Illigen City will encounter a detour from Monday, August 26 through Friday, August 30. The detour is thirteen-miles-long, on good-quality paved roads and adds approximately ten-minutes to normal travel-time. The detour is necessary as crews install culverts and construct a retaining wall.

·         Motorists traveling south on Highway 61 near Little Marais will be detoured on County Road 6 to Highway 1 and back to Highway 61.

·         Motorists traveling north on Highway 61 near Illigen City will be detoured on Highway 1 to County Road 6 and back to Highway 61.

All businesses will remain accessible. Signs will be posted to direct motorists these businesses. Through-traffic is prohibited.

This project will extend the pavement life of Hwy 61 and improve safety and accessibility.

For more information, visit the project’s website at

For updated travel information on all Minnesota roads, call 511 or click on

Summer takes shape on the Shore

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 12:02pm

Summer is late, but great. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Mike Stewart about warm weather and the promise of a mild fall.

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Grand Marais Playhouse offers "Dix Tableaux"

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 8:27am

Summer isn’t over yet and the Playhouse still has one more fantastic production to present!

Dix Tableaux by Mark Dunn will open August 22. According to publisher Samuel French, Inc. Dix Tableaux is the story of friendship between two women in their sixties, played out over 10 years, each year representing another reunion for Beverly Duggins and Addie Spool, participants in a series of annual "tableaux" sponsored by the Museum of Dix, in a small city in the south. Within human diorama settings as simple as a frontier cabin porch or the cow stall of a local dairy barn, and as elaborate as the "Spit and Curl" beauty salon (circa 1930) and the front seat of Thelma and Louise's plummeting convertible, Beverly, the lonely urban professional, and Addie, the down-home pharmacist's assistant, chart the course of each other's lives, while fending off incursions from the officiously bothersome fellow-poser Maureen.

Through the 10 scenes which comprise the play, the two women are forced to endure the constant interruptions of the museum's "promenaders" who "ooh and ah" at the lifelike presentations, offering up their comical comments, both kind and cruel. Though they see one another only one weekend a year, and in spite of their very different backgrounds, Beverly and Addie nurture a growing and abiding friendship. In the end, it becomes the strongest and most sustaining friendship of their lives.

Dix Tableaux is directed by Susan Kelnberger with the cast of Beth Farone, Marcia Hyatt, Janet Healey and the “promenaders” still being determined. Performances are August 22 – 25, 29 and Sept. 1. Thursday - Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Grand Portage Elder program seeking board member candidates

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 8:25am

It is time for the Grand Portage Elder Advisory Board elections. Current board members have been in office for several years. A nominating committee will be asked to contact potential candidates and the election will be held in late September.  Anyone interested in serving is asked to please contact Patty Winchell-Dahl or Marie Spry for more information at (218) 475-2655.

Weekend News Roundup for August 17

Sat, 08/17/2013 - 10:32am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. Emerald ash borers have been found in Superior, Wisconsin. An MPA review of preliminary PolyMet environmental documents is questioned. There’s a dead zone in Lake Michigan and underage drinkers are arrested in a local pit party raid…all in this week’s news.


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Host families wanted for AFS students

Fri, 08/16/2013 - 8:48pm

Families interested in expanding their horizons without leaving town may want to consider hosting an AFS student.  The team development specialist for this area, Lisa Boynton, recently notified Cook County Schools that host families are still being sought for the upcoming school year.

One match has already been made in Cook County.  Jay and Laura LaFavor will be welcoming a young woman from Germany named Teresa.  She will arrive in early August. 

Families interested in hosting a student can read biographies on students still needing homes, such as the following:

Elena, a girl from Italy, has a passion for the arts and enjoys music, painting, theater and dance.  She also is a leader in her local Girl Scout troop.  

Hendrick, a boy from Germany, loves sports – biking, swimming and going to the lake in the summer and skating and sledding in the winter.  He also enjoys spending time with his dog, George, and two rabbits.

Claudia, a girl from Austria, has a passion for music.  She enjoys skiing, running, swimming and hiking.  Her favorite subjects at school are math and history.

Rodrigo, a boy from Brazil, has a passion for music and plays both the guitar and keyboard.  He enjoys sports as well.  He has a strong academic focus and after high school wants to go on to college to be an engineer.