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City supports IRRRB grant application for Superior Zip Line project

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 10:19am

On Wednesday, June 27,  Matt Geretschlaeger appeared before 
council to ask that the city apply to the IRRRB for a $300,000 Public 
Works Grant to pay for infrastructure to the Gunflint Trail site of 
his proposed Superior Zip Line project.
The request triggered some haggling over wording of a draft letter and
resolution Geretschlaeger presented and the propriety of the city 
becoming further involved with the project.
Geretschlaeger explained that the grant application is actually a two-
step process, and further details such as price breakdowns will be 
provided in the final request, which will be presented to council at a 
future meeting. All he wanted now, Geretschlaeger said, was permission 
to be the recipient of a grant based on information to be presented in 
two weeks.
Furthermore, he said, the grant has a limit of $300,000. “It’s very 
simple…you prove the cost, and that’s all you get.” Geretschlaeger 
went on to explain that the IRRRB grant under discussion was designed 
“just for this purpose,” and is “extremely common to run 
infrastructure.” He also pointed out that the zip line is a $1 million-
plus project that will bring jobs and an additional recreational 
attraction to the city, and one in which he has personally made a 
large financial investment. “I’m not here to say I’m gonna do this 
with smoke and mirrors. That’s not the case here…I’m all in.”
City Administrator Mike Roth assured council that the grant, if 
approved, was only pass-through money, and none of the city’s money 
would be involved. He agreed with Geretschlaeger that public works 

Grand Marais Masons close, rummage sale Friday, July 13

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 10:17am

It was the end of an era on June 7, 2012, when Masonic Lodge 
No. 322 of Grand Marais gathered at the Grand Marais Masonic Hall one 
last time to affirm its merger with Taconite Lodge No. 342 in Silver 
Bay. Taconite Lodge will complete the agreement at its next stated 
Present at the final ceremony for Masonic Lodge No.  322 were Senior 
Warden Neil Hansen, Treasurer Paul Coe, Master Marland Hansen, 
Secretary Tom Westby and Junior Warden Al Barry. The Blue Lodge has 
been in Grand Marais since 1925.
Master Marland Hansen said he and several other Masons had fought to 
keep the Grand Marais Lodge open, but he said it came to the point 
where there just weren’t enough members to keep it going. He said the 
Grand Marais Masons would now travel to the Taconite Lodge in Silver 
Bay twice a month for meetings.
The Grand Marais Masonic Hall, the blue building just north of North 
Shore Hospital, is being purchased by the hospital for $95,000. Hansen
said the money from the sale of the building would go to the new 
lodge. It will be allocated to a fund managed by two Masons from Cook 
County and one from Lake County. That money will continue to be used 
for scholarships for graduates and the other good works the Masons 
have done in Cook County.
Such efforts will continue. Hansen said Masons have been involved in 
the Child Find Program, have granted scholarships to local graduates 
and have helped the Boy Scouts. Boy Scouts were derived from the 
Masons, said Hansen, adding, “Masons is still one of the finest 
organizations ever.”
To learn more about the organization and becoming a member, speak to 
any Mason.

Weekend News Roundup for July 7

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 10:17am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Severe storms in our area, Jay Cooke Park is closed, the big lake’s water level is up, UP mining project is scrapped, two fishing reports are released by the Army Corps and they’re being sued to speed up carp control. Also, there will be a special flood damage legislative session…all in this week’s news.


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Minnesota's absentee voting period has opened

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 2:53pm

Minnesota’s absentee voting period for the State Primary Election has begun. Absentee voting ends August 13.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie reminds voters that they can use the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State’s online tool to check the status of their absentee ballots.
“We anticipate that almost 300,000 Minnesotans will vote by absentee ballot this election,” said Secretary Ritchie. “Having the option of casting an absentee ballot is important—especially for our military personnel who are serving overseas.”
Minnesota’s voters may only vote absentee for one of the following reasons: absence from the precinct; observance of religious discipline or holiday; illness or disability; serving as an election judge in another precinct; or when an emergency is declared by the governor or a quarantine is declared by the federal or state government.
In Cook County, voters may visit the county auditor’s office to vote in-person absentee. To get absentee voting forms or additional information visit: The absentee ballot lookup allows a voter to track where his or her ballot is in the process and when it has been successfully counted. The absentee ballot lookup can be accessed at Information for military and overseas voters is available on the Overseas Vote Foundation website at:

Get ready for Lake Superior Day, Sunday, July 15

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 2:52pm

In 2011, more than 50 groups and communities participated in some way, including special events such as dragon boat races, beach clean ups, musical concerts, library displays and church services.
The Lake Superior Binational Forum encourages residents of the Lake Superior basin and beyond to celebrate their connection to the world's largest freshwater lake.
What is Lake Superior Day?  Lake Superior Day was started in the early 1990s to highlight the importance of this great water body to the basin's environment and economy. The Lake Superior Binational Forum promotes this basin-wide event to highlight the special connections people have to this unique world treasure.
The Lake Superior Binational Program represents a partnership of federal, state, provincial, and First Nations/tribal governments working together with citizens to ensure the protection of the Lake Superior basin ecosystem. The Lake Superior Binational Forum is a citizen stakeholder group of Americans and Canadians who work together to provide input to governments about these efforts and to educate basin residents about ways to protect and restore the lake basin's natural resources.

WTIP's "North Shore Sights & Sounds" Membership Drive July 5th – 12th

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 11:08am

Listener support helps WTIP maintain and strengthen our services. 
Please support our efforts by becoming a member or renewing your membership!

During our "North Shore Sights & Sounds" Membership Drive, July 5th – 12th we’ll bring you all our regular services, and some special highlights and features, including:

Live music:
o Yvonne Mills & Amanda Hand Thursday, July 5th from 1-2
o Timmy Haus Thursday, July 5th from 4-5
o Jim & Michele Miller Friday, July 6th from 1-2
o Joe Paulik during The Roadhouse Friday, July 6th
o Al Hedstrom and Don Bauer Saturday, July 7th from 5-6
o Amy Schmidt during Women in Music Sunday, July 8th from 2-4
o Gary Morris during Polka Time Sunday, July 8th from 4-5
o Portage during Classic Country Sunday, July 8th starting at 5
o Gordon Thorne Monday, July 9th from 1-2
o Carnival Meltdown Tuesday, July 10th from 1-2
o Michael Monroe Wednesday, July 11th from 1-2
o D’Merritt Wednesday, July 11th from 4-5

Special Programming:
o First Thursday Community Conversation on the founding of WTIP
o Special "North Shore Sights & Sounds" themed Swing Session on Friday
o Special Roadhouse, Small Change, and Boomer Jam on Friday
o Special Blues program from 3-5 Saturday
o Radio Waves Music Special from 5-7 Saturday
o Celtic Music program 10-noon Sunday

Tune in:
90.7 FM North Shore
90.1 FM Grand Portage
91.7 FM Gunflint Trail

Call in:
387-1070; 1-800-473-9847

Pledge Online

Stop by: 1712 West Highway 61 in Grand Marais