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Live updates from 2016 Beargrease sled race

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 11:58am

Photos by Joe Friedrichs from the 2016 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Images taken on Feb. 1 at Trailcenter Restaurant along the Gunflint Trail.

To follow the race live, click here.

Top five finishers in the mid-distance run:

  1. Martha Schouweiler (19 hours, 29 minutes)
  2. Frank Moe (20 hours, 32 minutes)
  3. Dusty Klaven (21 hours)
  4. Alex LaPlante (21 hours, 1 minute)
  5. Leanne Bergen (21 hours, 5 minutes)


A Cooler Week Ahead

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 10:13am

After an end-of-January thaw, more seasonal temperatures return. North Shore Morning host Mark Abrahamson talks with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson.


Community group to form to support Arrowhead Center for the Arts

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 10:20pm

Community member Doug Sanders, speaking on behalf of former school board member Mary Sanders who was home ill, opened the community comments portion of the January 21 meeting of the Cook County Schools – ISD 166 school board. He gave a brief report on a meeting of interested parties who want to see the continuation of programing at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts (ACA). 

Over a dozen community members gathered at the Sanders home on January 17 to discuss ideas to aid in keeping the ACA operating in light of looming budget cuts.  

According to Sanders, an unofficial board operated the center when it first opened in 1998 and handled such things as paying the salary of the ACA manager. When the board disbanded in 2002, community education assumed the manager’s $19,000 per year contract. The school board budgets the total annual cost of the operation at $75,000. 

The creation of the ACA was mainly funded through a grant from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. Current tenants of the arts center space are the Grand Marais Playhouse which pays $10,000 per year and the North Shore Music Association with a rent of $140 per month. Other groups originally involved in funding the center eventually withdrew their support. 

There is consideration of reviving the ACA board for the purpose of pursuing other grant possibilities to assist with the cost. Those interested in attending future meetings to discuss this should contact Mary Sanders. 

***This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at



WTIP Weekend News Roundup for January 30, 2016

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 10:27am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Cook County adopts a new land use plan and still hasn’t gotten rid of its garage-sized culverts. Big animals like elk and moose are in the news and the steel business is still in a slump…all this and more in the week’s news.


Dollar General coming to Grand Marais?

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 7:57pm

A rumor that began circulating last summer appears to be coming true. Dollar General, the nation’s largest retail chain (by number of stores) is looking at building on property zoned for retail sales adjacent to the former Harbor Light Restaurant in Grand Marais.

Richard J. Knight, an attorney living in Appleton, Wisconsin registered the DGI-Grand Marais LLC trademark name on December 7, 2015.

Additionally, the land next to Harbor Light has been has been surveyed to see if a 7,000- to 10,000-square foot store would fit.

To date however, Dollar General or Richard Knight has not applied for a building permit for the property. Grand Marais City Administrator Mike Roth said he has talked with representatives of the company but hasn’t heard back from them.

A move to Grand Marais would appear to follow the company’s plan. Dollar General is opening a store in Silver Bay near AmericInn and planning another store in Floodwood.  It also has locations in Ely, Aurora, Duluth, across the Iron Range and throughout Minnesota.

With national retail sales of $18 to $19 billion, Dollar General is a giant in the bargain retail market, selling a range of household goods, beauty products, groceries, over-the-counter medicines and more. As of October 30, 2015, Dollar General operated 12,396 stores in 43 states, a growth of 900 stores (and three more states) over what it had January 1, 2015.

Neither Richard Knight nor officials from Dollar General returned phone calls to respond to News-Herald questions at press time.

****This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at


The goals of a North Shore hockey captain

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 7:39am

The season is winding down for the North Shore Storm girls’ hockey team this year. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs has this story about the team’s captain, Madison Roy.