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Girl Scouts invite all girls to a pajama party Thursday, Feb. 6

Sat, 02/01/2014 - 8:37am

Girl Scout Troop 4077 is hosting an All Girls K-5 Pajama Party on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Evangelical Free Church in Grand Marais.

Anyone can participate, even those not in Girl Scouts. The admission fee is one pair of unused pajamas, size 5-year-old to adult, boys’ or girls’.

Spaghetti and garlic bread will be provided, and there will also be Rice Krispie bars, popcorn, cutie Clementines and cheese sticks with a choice of milk or water.

There will be games such as Twister and limbo, crafting and face painting. The event will be held from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

The girls are welcome to wear their PJs to school. The donated pajamas will be taken to the Damiano Center in Duluth. Learn more about the Damiano Center at

For more information or to make a donation, call Christine Kunze at  (218) 370-8338 .

Local artists invited to take part in A'RT fundraiser

Sat, 02/01/2014 - 8:34am

Karen Neal of Hovland is encouraging local artists to participate in a fundraiser to benefit public art projects such as creation of a new wall mural in Grand Marais.

“I recently finished a 12-inch by 12-inch mosaic for the A’RT (Art ‘Round Town) fundraiser which will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post in Grand Marais from Feb. 14 through 17,” said Neal. “Proceeds will go to local public art projects, with emphasis this year on a fresh new mosaic on the west wall of Johnson’s grocery store created by students.”

Anyone with any artistic flair or mind set should consider making his or her own 12-inch by 12-inch piece to donate, said Neal. Each item will be sold for a $100 donation. All mediums are requested.

Artists may drop off their work at the Johnson Heritage Post between noon and 4 p.m. Feb. 8-10, or contact Ann Mershon by e-mail ( to make other arrangements. “If you enjoy making art or craft, give it a try. You don’t have to be a professional to participate in this,” Neal said.

Emerging Leaders Group brewing...

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:34am

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 - 8:46am

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 - 8:26pm

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 - 1:24pm

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.