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Grand Marais Apartments seeks citizens for senior housing board

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:18am

Housing, or especially affordable housing for seniors, is always a concern and hot topic for discussion in Cook County.

 One of the ways that pressing need is currently being addressed is by Grand Marais Apartments, Inc., (GMAI) which is now looking for additional advisory board members.

Ice bridge to Isle Royale? maybe this year

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:02am

Dr. Rolf Peterson has been studying the predator-prey ecosystem on Isle Royale since the 1970s. WTIP’s Veronica Weadock spoke with him before he left for Isle Royale about the news that an ice bridge may form this year.


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AEOA's Home Ownership Program

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:13pm
AEOA’s homeownership program includes education and counseling as well as assistance with down payment and closing costs.  
WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson spoke with Leah Hall of the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency on North Shore Morning.

The program is for first time home buyers but also those who have not owned in the last three years.

AEOA's Homeownership Program  ( designed to promote and encourage homeownership by providing down payment and closing cost loans to income-eligible, qualified buyers.

AEOA conducts a series of Homestretch Workshops, open to anyone interested in learning how to buy a home. It is designed to give prospective homebuyers an understanding and knowledge of:

  • How real estate transactions work
  • Qualifications of homebuyer financing
  • Responsibilities of homeownership

Potential buyer must attend the complete series of the Homestretch Workshops.
Buyer must complete the Homestretch Workshops and 1-on-1 counseling to qualify for AEOA financial assistance
Potential buyer must qualify for a mortgage. The Counselor will assist homebuyers in shopping for an appropriate mortgage.
Family income must be at or below 80% of the area median income in St. Louis, Cook, and Lake County (Please call if you are uncertain that you qualify).
Potential buyer must be a first-time homebuyer.

Sandy O'Fallon
(218) 999-0828




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Squash-a-thon! - this Thursday

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:21pm

Gardening, farming, eating… the Northwoods Food Project supports all that and more. 
This week?...A Squash-a-Thon.  WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan spoke with Joan Farnam of the Northwoods Food Project on North Shore Morning.

The annual Squash-a-Thon and Condiment Fiesta takes place  Thursday, January 16th at 5:30 pm at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais.  

{photo via Wikimedia Commons}


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Sons of American Legion donate to Cook County Food Shelf

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 2:44pm
Food Shelf donation

The American Legion Post 413 Sons of the Legion gave a donation of $700 to the Cook County Food Shelf last fall. However, knowing the need is great this time of year, the Sons decided to make another contribution. Sons’ representative David Johnson presented a check for $500 to food shelf volunteer Gwen Lenz on December 23, 2013.

If you would like to help the Cook County Food Shelf with a a financial contribution, you can do so at the food shelf at the First Congregational Church at Third Avenue and Second Street in Grand Marais. Checks may also be mailed to: Cook County Food Shelf, P.O. Box 95, Grand Marais, MN 55604.

Weather returns to "normal January"

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 10:34am

The weather won’t stay balmy, but it will return to normal January temps.  WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Mike Stewart.

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