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Limited plastics being accepted at Cook County Recycling Center

Sat, 08/24/2013 - 9:18am

Remember to watch what kinds of plastics you bring to the Cook County Recycling Center – Cook County has stopped accepting mixed plastics after its plastic recyclables broker stopped accepting mixed plastics about a month ago.  Several large bundles of mixed plastics are sitting outside the Recycling Center waiting for a place to go.

Cook County Planning & Zoning Director Tim Nelson, in charge of waste management and recycling, said that Cook and Lake counties were two of the last counties to accept mixed plastics, which contain plastics numbered all the way from 1 to 7.  Cook County is now accepting only Nos. 1 (polyethylene terephthalate or “PET”) and 2 (high-density polyethylene or “HDPE”).

The good news is that Nos. 1 and 2 account for 80 percent of the plastics Cook County citizens have been bringing to the Recycling Center.

Nelson said, “Numbers 1 and 2 plastics are typically all of the beverage and liquid containers, including soda and juice bottles, milk jugs and the heavier-duty laundry and bleach jugs,” Nelson said.  “The easiest way to identify what number any particular container may be is to look for the number inside of the ‘chasing arrows’ triangle recycling symbol on the package.”  This is usually on the outside bottom of the container.

GM Playhouse production of "Dix Tableau" on now

Fri, 08/23/2013 - 2:32pm
Marcia Hyatt and Beth Faraone in "Dix Tableau."

The Grand Marais Playhouse production of "Dix Tableau," directed by Susan Kelnberger, opened on Thursday, August 22, and will run through September 1.  (Click on link to North Shore Morning below to hear a short feature about the production.)

"Dix Tableau" is the story of a friendship between two women in their sixties, played out over the course of ten years, with each year representing another reunion for Beverly Duggins and Addie Spool, two participants in a series of annual "tableaux" sponsored by the Museum of Dix, in a small city in the South.
Dix Tableaux was commissioned by the Community Theatre League in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, as part of  author Mark Dunn's long association with the theatre through his playwright's residency there.  It premiered on January 21, 2005.

  • Directed by Susan Kelnberger
  • Beth Faraone as Beverly Duggins
  • Marcia Hyatt as Addie Spool
  • Promenaders are Bob Carter, Tom Christiansen, Julie Fredlund, Jane Gellner, Aurora Schelmeske and Sam Seitsema.

Tickets for this production available in advance at or at the door one hour before the performance.
Performances are August 22- 25 & 29 - Sept. 1. Thursday - Saturday at 7:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Friday August 23 is Food Shelf Friday. Buy one ticket and get the second ticket of equal or lesser value for free when you bring 5 useable items or make a $10.00 donation for the food shelf.  Sunday, August 25 is Donation Day. Pay any amount for your ticket to this matinee.

WTIP's Radio Waves is in two weeks! Help needed!

Fri, 08/23/2013 - 11:28am
Radio Waves Music Festival (Photo by Gary Siesennop)








WTIP's Radio Waves Music Festival will take place Friday, September 6th through Sunday, September 8th at Sweetheart's Bluff Sledding Hill in the Grand Marais Rec Park and Campground.  The festival boasts nearly 30 bands over the course of three days as well as kids activities and on-site food vendors and camping.

We will need a cadre of volunteers to make the festival a success!

1. Ticket Booth/greeter
2. Kids tent helper
3. General assistance

If you'd like to volunteer, please visit:

or call 387-1070 to talk to Mel, Jana or Deb and learn more about how you can help out.

General festival information is available on our website at

Hope to see you at this year's festival!

Civil War presentation at Cook County Historical Society museum

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 9:47pm

Many residents may know that the tiny hamlet of Colvill was named after a Civil War soldier, Col. William Colvill. However, they may not know that he was commander of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Regiment.

Learn more about Col. Colvill and many other Minnesotans who fought and died in the Civil War at the Cook County Historical Society Museum on Saturday, Aug. 24. A t
10 a.m. Wayne Jorgenson, author of Every Man Did His Duty: Pictures and Stories of the Men of the 1st Minnesota will share what he learned while researching his book. He will be followed by a discussion with Bill Dalin, a Civil War re-enactor, at 11 a.m.

After a break for lunch, community members will have the opportunity to visit with John D. Cox, author of Gettysburg: A History for the People at 1 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

Cook County Sheriff Department activity increasing

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 1:13pm

Sheriff Mark Falk presented his 2014 budget requests to the county board on August 13, 2013, and they reflect some increases in activity at the Cook County Law Enforcement Center.
The sheriff’s budget includes several different departments—sheriff, county jail, Search & Rescue, coroner, dispatch, radio communications, and emergency management.  Sheriff Falk actually anticipated a decrease in his Sheriff’s Department budget—from $1,872,892 to $1,825,579.  He requested an increase in the county jail budget, however.
Some of the cost increases reflect technological upgrades, such as professional services related to electronic traffic tickets in which data from a squad car is transmitted directly to the state.  Sheriff Falk pointed out that ticket fees do not provide direct revenue to the department—some of the money goes to the state.  “We don’t have quotas,” he said.  Writing more tickets “is not the direction we want to go.”
Some money is being budgeted for equipment and training for the Search & Rescue Department.  Sheriff Falk said he wanted to purchase two canoes so that Search and Rescue volunteers would not have to use their own.  He said he put some training money into next year’s budget to help them get more organized and become more self-sufficient.
The coroner’s budget varies from year to year.  Expenses could be $5,000 one year and $17,000 the next, Sheriff Falk said. 

All invited to the celebration at the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 1:11pm

The Tofte Historical Society has a lot to celebrate – 20 years as a historical society, the return of a historic boat, and a new shelter to house it.  The public is invited to a celebration at the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum at 2:00 p.m. on August 24.
The Viking fishing boat will receive a warm welcome as it is returned after being restored by the Sve family, who used it for commercial fishing near Split Rock many years ago.  It will be housed outside the museum in a timber-framed “grindbygg” shelter built at North House Folk School. 
“The grindbygg is a unique style of timber frame that is used in areas of Norway and would be recognized by the early settlers of the North Shore,” Museum Manager Don Hammer told the Cook County News-Herald.
Hammer is enthusiastic about the upcoming celebration.  “We’ll have food and refreshments,” he said.  “All are welcome!”
The museum is located in Tofte at the junction of Highway 61 and the Sawbill Trail.  For further information, call the museum at (218) 663-7050.08-23-13