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Two homes destroyed by fire on Devil Track Lake

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 11:16am

Cook County Law Enforcement received an emergency call from Devil Track Landing at about 5 p.m. last night, Wednesday, June 12, 2013 reporting a house fire on Firewood Lane. When Maple Hill and Grand Marais fire departments arrived on the scene the house was fully engulfed and flames were spreading to the soffit of the house next door.
The caller who reported the blaze was Tony Everson, another Devil Track Lake resident. Everson said he had taken his motorcycle out for a drive. He passed Fireweed Lane to go to the Devil Track General Store and saw nothing amiss. When he headed home a few minutes later, he saw flames coming out of the roof of the house. Everson told the Cook County News-Herald, “I was just riding by on my Harley and I saw the flames—they were about 60 feet high!” He went to Devil Track Landing and called 911.

The Maple Hill and Grand Marais Fire Departments responded called for mutual aid. With only a handful of firefighters, Cook County Sheriff Deputies were pressed into service manning hoses until backup from Lutsen, Tofte, Colvill, and Hovland fire departments arrived.  A U.S. Forest Service firefighting crew also responded to assist, batting down spot fires that sprang up around the roaring house fire, endangering yet another home at 221 Fireweed Lane.

As the 223 Fireweed Lane home crumbled, firefighters tried to save 225 Fireweed Lane. Firefighters attacked the fire from inside and out, from the ground and from the roof. As they did at the Bluefin Bay Resort fire, Cook County Ambulance stood by, keeping firefighters hydrated and ensuring they were not overcome by heat or smoke.

Firefighters were eventually able to knock the fire down and when the fire departments were cleared from the scene at around 11 p.m., the house was still standing, but with extensive damage. It is likely the house is a total loss.

Gunflint Trail Fire Department hosts grand opening at Fire Hall No. 1 tonight, June 12

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 1:06pm

The Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department invites the community to join them at their grand opening of the newly expanded Fire Hall No. 1, on Wednesday June 12 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.. Food and refreshments will be served from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  A program thanking the generous donors, supporting agencies, dignitaries and the volunteers whose efforts made this possible will begin at 6:30 p.m. 
The public is invited to tour the fire hall, the newly constructed A. Paul and Carol C. Schaap Mid-Trail Community Center, the new cold storage facility and many of our fire department vehicles.  The fire department will also display the improvements made to Fire Hall No. 2 on South Gunflint Lake road and unveil the plans for the next phase, the creation of a new Fire Hall/community center at Hall No. 3 on Seagull Lake.
Hall No. 1 is located at 7401 Gunflint Trail about 1 mile south of Trail Center.

Clearwater Lodge to dedicate totem pole June 13

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 1:00pm

In 1948 Billy Needham presented Laverne Schliep, then-owner of Clearwater Lodge, with a hand-carved totem pole featuring Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox, and other characters.  For six plus decades, thousands of people have admired the totem pole and many posed next to it for photos.  In 2011 it was discovered that the pole was deteriorating and its eagle’s wings fell off. Noticing the sad state of the once proud totem pole, Bob Olson, long time resident of Clearwater Lake and a friend of the historic lodge, decided to apply his talents as a craftsman to the totem pole's situation.  This spring, Olson presented Clearwater Lodge with a new, hand-carved totem pole to replace the aged original.  Current owners of the lodge, Kasey and Adam Van Tassell are happy to report that the new pole has been installed. “Hopefully many more thousands of people will enjoy gazing up at a wonderful piece of art for many more decades,” said Kasey.
An official unveiling of the new totem will be held on Thursday June 13 at 7 p.m. The community is invited.

Phyllis Parker named outstanding senior volunteer

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:05am

Phyllis Parker of Grand Marais has been chosen as Minnesota's 2013 outstanding senior volunteer.

Parker, 69, is the state's winner of Home Instead Senior Care's Salute to Senior Service Award. She is being recognized for her dedicated community service, including her work at the North Shore Care Center.

Through Care Partners she's formed deep relationships with patients and their families. She reads on a weekly basis to several seniors, including a 104-year-old lady whose family lives out of state. You can hear an interview with Phyllis Parker on WTIP’s Third Thursday Community Conversation program, airing June 20 at 7 p.m.

Parker is also the volunteer secretary of the Grand Marais Maple Hill Fire Department and is in charge of registration for the annual Mush for a Cure fundraiser. A $500 donation will be made to the non profit of her choice and she is in the running for national recognition.

 

AMPERS Annual Meeting in Grand Marais this week

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:02am

WTIP Community Radio will host the annual meeting of AMPERS (Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations) Thursday and Friday, June 11 & 12 in Grand Marais. Station Managers of 15 radio stations from around the state will meet over the 2-day period to discuss programming, station & financial management, governance and multimedia platforms.
 
Stations represented are Minneapolis stations KBEM, KMOJ & KFAI, University of Minnesota stations KUOM – Minneapolis, KQAL -Winona, KUMM – Morris, KUMD - Duluth, KVSC - St. Cloud & KMSU - Mankato,  community stations KAXE – Grand Rapids, KSRQ - Thief River Falls, & WTIP - Grand Marais and tribal stations  KBFT – Nett Lake, KOJB - Cass Lake and KKWE – White Earth.
 
AMPERS is an organization of 15 independent community radio stations across Minnesota who work together to share programming, business underwriting and management acumen to increase their value to their communities.

Progress on the Gitchi-Gami State Trail

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 4:17pm

Construction in progress, but plenty of miles open on the Gitchi Gami State Trail.  WTIP volunteerRandy Eastlund learns more in this interview with Kevin Johnson of DNR Parks and Trails.

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photo courtesy of the Gitchi-Gami Trail Association

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