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Committee to recommend changes to ATV use on parts of Gunflint Trail

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:16am

A study committee will recommend new ATV uses for parts of the Gunflint Trail.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Sheriff Pat Eliasen about recommendations for the next county board meeting.


Rep. David Dill recaps the Legislature's main and special sessions

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:16am

Rep. David Dill (DFL--District 3A looks back on the full legislative session and the special session. Dill answers critics by claiming the legislators did their jobs and passed all the bills they needed to, but the governor exercised his veto power, resulting in a special session. In addition to the budget, he talks about energy legislation and the lack of a transportation bill.


Variety of summer activities offered at North House Folk School

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 3:38pm

The next few months will offer lots of events and activites at North House Folk School. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with the Folk School's Matt Nesheim on North Shore Morning. 


"Ales for ALS" at Voyageur Brewing Company in Grand Marais

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 1:37pm

Voyageur Brewing Company is one of fewer than 80 breweries in the nation to participate in “Ales for ALS,” a special opportunity that allows breweries to donate $1 per pint of ale sold to the ALS Therapy Development Institute.

Each participant was given a special blend of experimental hops donated by B.T. Loftus Ranches and Hopunion. Using those hops Voyageur brewer Jason Baumgarth created a summer ale with notes of citrus, tropical fruit and pine.

 “Ales for ALS” is a unique craft brewery-based fundraising initiative created to accelerate drug development for people living with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

One of the owners of Voyageur Brewing Company had an aunt pass away from ALS. Cara Sporn said, “We’re proud to be participating in this fundraiser. I lost my Aunt Ruth to this debilitating disease in 2011 and whatever we can do to help find a cure for ALS is an honor.”

 Participating brewers release their limited edition beer sometime during June or July. Voyageur is releasing its in the taproom on June 23. The special blend will only be available for a short time due to the limited amount of hops provided.

 Voyageur Brewing Company is a production brewery in Grand Marais that opened in February 2015.


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Grand Marais Music Collaborative forms

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 1:32pm

It’s taken some years, more than 10 by one estimate, but a music collaborative has been formed in Grand Marais and the hope, said its organizer John Mianowski,“is to make Grand Marais an honest to goodness draw to the community and create a thriving music scene.”

Grand Marais Music Collaborative is now a not-for-profit corporation, organized to serve the needs of those who produce, perform, or enjoy music in the Grand Marais area, said Mianowski.

"We look forward to working with other local non-profits, businesses, governments, and venues to help build and strengthen our music community," said Todd Miller, chairman of the board of director, which includes Secretary/Treasurer John Mianowski and board members Grant Adams and Betsy Bowen.

"Our first major accomplishment has been to arrange with the City of Grand Marais to allow live performers in the downtown Harbor Park during the summer under a blanket peddler’s permit that we have purchased for them which allows musicians to offer items for sale or ask for tips during their performance. This is available to our members at no cost. Residents and visitors alike will soon be able to enjoy the festive atmosphere that live music creates as they shop, stroll, or just relax and enjoy the downtown Grand Marais area. Individual musicians and groups who want to take advantage of this great opportunity, as well as anybody else who would like to help strengthen and promote our local music scene, should contact the Grand Marais Music Collaborative," Mianowski said.

For more information please contact: Grand Marais Music Collaborative, c/o John Mianowski, secretary,, PO Box 123, Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604 or call (218) 370-9216.


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Senior Center welcomes new program coordinator, Jes Rodne

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 10:58am

In addition to a busy summer schedule, the Senior Center in Grand Marais has a new programs and services coordinator, Jes Rodne. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning talked with Jes and director, Bev Green, on North Shore Morning about what's new at the Center.