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Interstate 35 and ore dock bridges temporarily affected

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 8:17am

DULUTH, Minn. —Interstate 35, just south of Duluth will close temporarily for emergency road repairs, Tuesday, June 26, from 5:30 a.m. to approximately 8:30 a.m. The closed area will be from the southbound I-35 on-ramp at Highway 61 to Scanlon.

Highway 61 and Highway 45 will be used as an alternate route.

The emergency road patching repairs are needed as a result of the torrential rain associated with the June 19 storm that passed through northeastern Minnesota.

Traffic on the Ore Dock Bridges, located south of 27th Avenue West in Duluth, will be restricted to a single lane in each direction until Tuesday, June 26 to complete a bridge painting project.


Search ends for plane missing in NE Minn.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 8:04am

The Air Force and Civil Air Patrol are suspending the search for a Twin Cities pilot and his plane that went missing two weeks ago over northeastern Minnesota.

Mike Bratlie of Lakeville left a South St. Paul airport in his Piper PA-31 Navajo on June 8 bound for Duluth. He made his last radar contact in the Silver Bay area, and since then search crews on the ground, from the air and on Lake Superior looked in vain for evidence of a crash.

Civil Air Patrol spokesman, Lt. Col. Paul Hertel, says Saturday the search is ending after 13 days without success. He says searchers covered over 2,000 square miles and that likely crash areas were searched multiple times.

Improvements and events at Father Baraga Cross

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 12:10am

Schroeder resident Jim Norvell told the Schroeder Town Board that the 
park landscape design was nearly completed at the June 12 town 
meeting. The next step is to get the plants, set a date and recruit 
planters, said Norvell, who added that he will need help transporting 
mulch and water and suggested buying lunch for the workers.
Due to an injury to Kyle Martinson, the Eagle Scout project he was 
working on will be on hold until he heals. Martinson and other scouts 
will cut brush and eliminate the Tansey weeds after he has recuperated
“The goal is to have the plantings in and the Eagle Scout project 
completed by the 5th of August,” said Norvell.
Bishop Sirba will rededicate the Father Baraga memorial site on August
5. The last time the site was dedicated was 1932 when the ceremony was 
performed Bishop Welch, then the Bishop of the Diocese of Duluth. 
Norvell said Bishop Sirba would like to publicly thank the community 
for their help and support. Rededication will be held at 3 p.m., said 
On September 15 a birthday commemoration for Father Baraga’s birth 
will be held at the cross. Yul Yost, a Father Baraga historian from 
Roseville, Minnesota, will host the event. The time will be determined 
at a later date.

Retro Rock Revue at Grand Portage Lodge starts June 29

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 12:08am

Clear your schedule to celebrate two days of the very best of 
’70s, ’80s and ’90s rock at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino’s 2nd
annual Retro Rock Revue Festival, Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30.
On June 29, rock out under the big tent on Lake Superior’s shore with 
Thunder Bay’s The Hoolies, playing classic rock from 5 p.m. to 8:30 
p.m., and followed at 9 p.m. by Kiss tribute Kiss Army. With identical 
makeup, outrageous outfits, classic instruments and top-notch 
musicianship, Kiss Army rules.
On Saturday, June 30, get down to the smooth sounds of Boogie 
Wonderland, Minnesota’s number one ’70s disco dance band at 2 p.m. 
Then, turn up the rock with Led Zeppelin tribute, the Zep Show, from 6 
p.m. to 9 p.m. when headliners Smash Mouth take to the stage with 
their very own brand of ’60s-influenced garage band pop.
Since being formed in 1994, Smash Mouth has sold more than 10 million 
albums worldwide. Along with their number one hits—Walkin' on the Sun 
and All Star—they have consistently impacted radio with other 
recognizable hits like Then the Morning Comes, Can't Get Enough Of You 
Baby, and a cover of The Monkees classic I'm a Believer, which was 
prominently featured on the Shrek soundtrack. Having long since 
established itself as the ultimate true-to-life California party-band 
the vibe surrounding Smash Mouth is indeed—at its core—about having 
Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Bar-B-Q will also be on hand all weekend.
Tickets are available at the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino front desk 
or by calling 1-800-543-1384. This is an all-ages event, but those 16 

Weekend News Roundup for June 23

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 10:32am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Invasive species, a hunting bill that could affect the BWCA, Chippewa tribe funds passed the House, cell towers OK’s at Ely and of course flood damage in the Arrowhead…all in this week’s news.


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North House Folk School Wooden Boat Show kicks off Friday

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 1:56pm

The 15th North House Folk School Wooden Boat Show gets underway today, Friday, June 22 This event, to many will be the unveiling of the new look of the waterfront campus—the outdoor student commons.
The combination of paving stones and pavement, of etched cement and stone make a more user-friendly walking and working surface while retaining the charm of the folk school. Sturdy benches and wooden planters with flowers, perfect for an outdoor classroom session, surround the compass in the middle of the commons.
The circle seating area is all moveable, says North House Director Greg Wright, so never fear, there will be space for all the wooden boats and the Summer Solstice Pageant. There are also anchors hidden on the commons for the big tent that is raised for the Unplugged/Mountain Stage event in September.
“The goal of the commons is to have maximum flexibility,” said Wright. “We have to have a space that does a lot of things, because the folk school does a lot of things!”
Stop by on June 22 – 24 and see the changes. But plan to spend some time there, because as Director Wright said, there is a lot going on! Check out the beautiful boats, sample chowder or barbecue on the bay, sign up for a workshop, enjoy the music and puppets at the Summer Solstice Pageant, watch the many crafters offering demonstrations, or just sit and watch the water.
There is something for everyone at North House!