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Grand Marais Playhouse to hold town meeting March 18

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 6:28pm

The Grand Marais Playhouse Town Meeting has been re-scheduled for March 18 at 7 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

This is a very important meeting about the upcoming season and future seasons of the Grand Marais Playhouse. Anyone interested in the Playhouse, whether audience, actor, crew, parent, community member should come participate in the discussion. Survey results will be shared and discussed as well! Please go to to complete the survey if you have not done so.

Playhouse Artistic Director Sue Hennessy said, “We need to hear from you.”

Commissioner Sue Hakes receives Bush Foundation Fellowship

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 6:26pm

Cook County Commissioner and former Grand Marais Mayor Sue Hakes received some exciting news on March 4. The Bush Foundation announced a list of 24 regional leaders who would be receiving Bush Fellowships—and Hakes is on that prestigious list.

Nearly 400 people applied for the 2014 Bush Fellowship. Applicants were asked to describe their vision for strengthening or contributing to the common good of the region and to explain how they would use a Bush Fellowship to achieve that vision. From the initial pool of applicants, 60 semi-finalists were selected to provide additional details about their vision. From there 36 finalists were selected and invited to travel to the Bush Foundation’s headquarters in Saint Paul, Minn. for a half-day of interviews with the Fellowship Selection committee, which was composed of community leaders and Bush Fellowship alumni from across the region.

Hakes said, “I'm honored, humbled, and thrilled beyond belief to have been selected.”

Weekend News Roundup for March 15

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 10:09am

Each week the WTIP news team puts together a roundup of the week's news. A new oil pipeline is proposed. The public, the EPA and DNR all weighed in on a couple of different mining projects. And Minnesota’s wolves get a slight reprieve. This and much more…all in this week’s news.


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Another amazing Mush for a Cure success!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:20pm

Everyone has been touched by cancer in his or her life in some way and the silliness at the Mush for a Cure is a great way to celebrate its survivors—and to raise money to find a cure for breast cancer. This year’s event, held March 7-8, raised about $36,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

A large part of the money came from the Bald, Brave and Beautiful (BBB) head-shaving competition. In 2014, Mush for a Cure had its first ever woman in the Bald, Brave and Beautiful competition, Ana Genz. Ana is a 16-year breast cancer survivor and was the 2012 Mush for a Cure Honoree.

She bravely sat in the barber chair and had her lovely black hair cut—and shaved off. First her pretty pigtails were chopped off by friends (and saved to send to Locks of Love) and then she was shaved completely bald, her reward for raising over $5,000.

The other contestants in the BBB competition were Cory Christianson, fishing guide and Cook County News-Herald outdoors columnist, who raised over $1,500.

Joining Cory in the challenge was Craig Horak, owner of Tire and Auto Lodge in Grand Marais, who increased his earnings by $550 when he told the crowd if they raised that much to make his total $2,500, he would also shave off his beard—and shave his chest. A man of his word, after the hat was passed and the money collected, he let himself be shorn.

The BBB was the culmination of the Friday festivities that started with a fabulous pasta dinner and Trail Center and ended with a Pink Zombie party at Windigo Lodge.

"Mapping Mystery" at Johnson Heritage Post begins March 28

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:12pm

Johnson Heritage Post will host Mapping Mystery beginning March 28 through April 13.

Mapping Mystery— some have been mystified by the topic of this exhibit and have asked for ways to think about it.  Here’s one option: think about a time when an outdoor adventure met with the unexpected. 

So many of our best stories about trips into the woods (or the world) recount surprises, challenges, even calamities.  Stories from folks in the BWCAW on July 4, 1999 are collected into a book; stories of people who were there a week earlier are not! 

Reflecting on the topic, what problem did you have to solve?  What did you learn about the world and yourself from that experience?  How might you express that artistically? 

Or, relate Mapping Mystery to your artistic endeavors.  Think of a time when you’ve been creating—in words, paint or clay—and you’ve run out of materials and been forced to try something new.

Mapping Mystery could also be taken more symbolically.  We want our life journeys to be smooth, but most of us have hit bumps: a frightening diagnosis, a relationship break-up, or a loss. We don’t choose these disruptions; we wish they would go away. Yet when we look back later, we see that those experiences have been formative. What have you experienced that has re-shaped or strengthened you?  How might you express this artistically? 

This show encourages artists to consider the intersection of creativity and spirituality.

All artists are invited to express this in clay, paint, film, words, music, glass, fabric, etc. All work must be original and made for this show. For more information, visit and RSVP your participation by March 14 to

For more information contact Mary Ellen Ashcroft at (218) 387-1536.

"Powerful Tools" Provided for Caregivers

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 6:09pm

It's important for caregivers to develop coping strategies and learn about tools available to take care of themselves.  Care Partners of Cook County will offer "Powerful Tools for Caregivers," a class designed to provide valuable self-care for all caregivers.  Trained instructors, Jeannette Lindgren, Debi LaMusga and Tyler Howell, will teach six classes beginning Thursday, March 20 at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.

WTIP volunteer Barb Heideman spoke with Caregiver Coach, Debi LaMusga, about Care Partners of Cook County and the upcoming caregiver training classes.    

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