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Grand Marais ordinance revision will allow brewer taprooms in city limits

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 1:45pm

Grand Marais city councilors approved the first reading of an ordinance May 28 designed to allow brewer taprooms within the city limits.

City Administrator Mike Roth said the amendment is similar to provisions on the books in other cities, and is in response to requests to allow taprooms and off-sale of beer in “growlers.” The changes will allow licensing of and permit a brewery to serve their products on premises, and also for consumption off premises directly from the brewery.

To date, one brewery is under construction in the downtown business district, with another possible in the near future. Council has already made provisions for the new businesses by approving earlier this year an amendment to the downtown zoning ordinance. That amendment added a definition for retail uses to allow light manufacturing in combination with retail, specifically for such enterprises as a winery, brewery or coffee roaster. Those changes were necessary because of requests to the city for such types of businesses that didn’t mesh with the downtown zoning regulations, but rather best fit into the “light industrial manufacturing and processing” category in the Commercial-Industrial zone (or with a conditional use permit in the business park).

The current changes add language to chapter 6 of the City Code, “Alcoholic beverages.” Among other provisions, the amendment states that a brewer may hold only one brewer taproom license; the only alcoholic beverages sold or consumed on the premises of the taproom will be malt liquor produced by the brewer upon the brewery premises; and no taproom shall be located across a public right of way (such as a street or alley) from the brewery location.

Honoring Choices Health Care Directive Workshop, June 14

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 2:13pm

On Saturday, June 14, The North Shore Health Care Foundation will host a workshop to assist people with completing their health care directives. WTIP talked to NSHCF board members Jerry Lilja and Katie Anderson about what the Honoring Choices Health Care Directive is, and why it's important to complete.

Honoring Choices:  Completing your health care directive
Saturday June 14, 2014 , 9:30am to noon –  at the Arrowhead Center in Grand Marais
A program of the North Shore Healthcare Foundation designed to help you get started on your Health Care Directive.
The morning include a panel discussion featuring medical, legal, family and spiritual resource people from our community;
followed by  small focused groups for additional information and assistance. 
No registration is necessary.
More information from the North Shore Health Care Foundation at 387-9076.


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Cook County has many who inspire others to "Move It!"

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 2:02pm

During the month of May, nominations were sought for the Move It! award. The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, the Cook County Senior Center and the Cook County News-Herald joined forces to get community members thinking about the people that inspire others to move. The response was great, with some very motivating stories shared.

The nominees selected as winners received a $40 gift certificate to a local business. The person who nominated them is also a winner, receiving a $20 gift certificate.

Selected from the entries to receive prizes in the youth category was Rusty Day, nominated by his friend Ben Hackett. Ben’s nomination explained that he nominated Rusty because “He is very active and runs a lot and plays other sports. And he is very nice and is my best friend.”

In the adult category, the winner was Yvonne Mills, who received kudos from Deb Benedict. In the senior’s category, Gene Glader was nominated by Frankie Jarchow. The Cook County News-Herald will will share more about those Move It! nominations in upcoming issues.

The Move It! award judges were incredibly impressed by the number of determined people in our community and the enthusiastic nominations submitted. There were 21 nominations—some individuals, some couples and some families! All of them were so touching or funny or inspiring, the judges decided we should share the names of everyone who was nominated along with a little bit of information from the nomination form.

Congratulations to all of the nominees for making all of us want to get moving!

First Congregational Church - United Church of Christ to hold Installation service for Reverend Beth Benson

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 1:59pm

In December 2013, the congregation of the First Congregational Church - United Church of Christ voted overwhelmingly to accept Reverend Beth Benson as its pastor. A covenant was signed and Reverend Benson, or “Pastor Beth” as she has become known, began her pastoral duties on January 20, 2014. On Sunday, June 8, the congregation finalizes the process of accepting Pastor Beth as its called pastor with an installation service. 

Before coming to Grand Marais, Reverend Benson served as the senior pastor for Zion United Church of Christ in Le Sueur, MN, as pastor at Prescott United Church of Christ in Prescott, WI and pastor at Peace United Church of Christ in St. Paul. Before becoming ordained, she worked as a social worker.

The community is invited to the service and a light luncheon will follow the service.

The First Congregational Church, which meets weekly at 10:30 a.m. at the church at 300 West 2nd Street in Grand Marais, is a Just Peace Church. The church declares, “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here.”

Take a Hike on National Trails Day: June 7

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 2:26pm

The Superior Hiking Trail Association is planning a hike celebration and trail project for National Trails Day, on Saturday, June 7th, 2014


Each June, trail groups across the country celebrate National Trails Day. The day is organized by the American Hiking Society to highlight the importance of trails. 

The SHTA is planning to host two hikes in

Cook County. The long and short route options will offer hiking for almost everyone! Separate from the hikes they will complete a maintenance project to provide an opportunity to volunteer to improve the Superior Hiking Trail.


On Saturday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m. -- Both hikes meet at the Cook Co. Rd. 1 trailhead parking lot. At Hwy. 61 milepost 78.8, turn left on Cook Co. Rd. 1 (Cramer Rd.) and go 3.6 miles to parking lot on right.


--Long Hike 8.0 miles, Temperance River State Park to Cook County Road 1. Hike along the beautiful Temperance and Cross Rivers for several miles with many climbs and descents. The trail then comes to marshy Boney’s Meadow area and then climbs to Tower Overlook for one last view. Meet at the Cook Co. Rd. 1 parking lot.


--Short Hike 2.2 miles, Cook County Road 1 to Dyers Creek campsite and back. This out-and-back hike has an abundance of wildflowers as it winds through mixed conifers toward the confluence of the Two Island River and Dyer’s Creek.


No pre-registration is required for hikes.


More information is available at the Superior Hiking Trail website, or call: 218-834-2700; email:


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"I Can Climb" program offered by the MN DNR at Tettegouche State Park June 14

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:31am

The popular “I Can Climb!” program will once again be offered by the DNR this summer in partnership with Vertical Endeavors.

The program offers opportunities to learn basic climbing skills. Youth and other beginners ascend real rocks at Minnesota’s state parks for rock climbing. Helmets, harnesses and other climbing and safety gear are provided. Advance registration is required.

Locally, “I Can Climb! On the North Shore,” a 90-minute program ($5 per climber) for participants age 10 or older, takes place at Tettegouche State Park in Silver Bay starting Saturday, June 14. Climbers are slowly lowered from the top of a cliff above Lake Superior and then climb back up. No experience is necessary.

To register for the climbing program visit or call 866-857-2757 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, except holidays).