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Magnus Theater in Thunder Bay offers "Storm Warning"

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 4:02pm

"Storm Warning" is the latest play at Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay, and it’s worth the trip across the border. 
The setting is two remote lakeside cabins that were previously next to two others, one that burned down due to faulty wiring and the other that slid into the lake during a rainstorm. 
Emma Currie is a feisty composer who rents a cabin in order to get some work done on deadline.  She meets the reserved caretaker, Jack Forrester, whose mysterious background piques her curiosity.
Both characters struggle with mental health problems – Currie has a propensity for popping pills to help her cope with life and Forrester is in a deep depression after his wife left him – with their child – when he was hospitalized for war-related trauma.
Their interactions are funny, poignant, and thought-provoking.  Both have distanced themselves from others but find that they might each be in need of something the other can offer.
Currie is played by Debra Hale, who masterfully played multiple characters, switching from one to the another with mere changes in posture, in"Freedom 85!," a show she wrote that played at Magnus earlier in the season.  Forrester is played by Scott Maudsley, who get so much into character that when taking his bows, his demeanor and facial expressions demonstrate that he, the actor, is a very different person from the character he has just portrayed.
The show’s creator is playwright Norm Foster, the most produced playwright in the history of Canada.
The show runs through April 20. 

More information can be found online at or by calling the box office at (807)345-5552.

Learn about volunteering at WTIP Open House

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 2:43pm

WTIP invites community members to stop by the radio station for a new volunteer open house on Wednesday, April 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The new volunteer open house is an opportunity to learn more about current volunteer openings at the station, including AM and PM Calendar show hosts, Small Change trivia show hosts, and various music program hosts. WTIP staff will be on hand to discuss the opportunities, learn more about volunteer interests, and explain the process of becoming a trained host or co-host.
Volunteers are the backbone of WTIP and have helped make the station’s 15 years of service possible. Volunteering at WTIP is an important and rewarding experience, through which community members can learn new skills, connect with others, and contribute to an essential community resource.
One of WTIP’s current volunteers, Sherrie Lindskog, says, “Volunteering at WTIP is fun and exciting. It has opened up a whole new world for me, and I’m enjoying every minute of it.” 
For more information call the station at 387-1070 or email Deb Benedict at:

Grandma's to examine security after Boston blast

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 8:52am

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Officials of Grandma's Marathon in Minnesota say they will examine their security in the wake of the deadly Boston Marathon explosions.

In a statement, Grandma's said the safety of its runners, volunteers and spectators has always been the race's main priority.

The annual Grandma's Marathon is held along the North Shore of Lake Superior, ending in Duluth. This year's Grandma's is scheduled June 22 and has a limit of 10,000 runners.

National Library Week events planned at Grand Marais Library

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 3:16pm

Celebrate your library in April with events and a prize drawing! Sign up for the drawing Monday – Saturday of National Library Week beginning April 15. 
On Tuesday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m., a “Poems & Rhymes Storytime” will focus on nursery rhymes and poems for kids.  Reading a poem for the group will grant you up to three extra chances for the drawing.
Finally, on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m.  the library will host an “Open Mic Poetry Night.”
Bring your favorite poem to share or pick one of ours for extra entries into the drawing.
Prizes include embroidered book bags for kids, Hohner recorder and music book, “I Love Books” reusable shopping bags, Chocolove premium chocolate bars (inside each wrapper is a classic romantic poem), gift certificates from Lake Superior Trading Post, Birchbark Books & Gifts and Beth’s Fudge, and Drury Lane Books.
For more information call Patsy Ingebrigtsen at the library, 218-387-1140.

Caregiver Support Group to meet again, Tuesday, April 16

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 3:15pm

Caregiver Support Group April 16 The second meeting of a monthly caregiver support group is Tuesday, April 16, noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room of the Congregational Church in Grand Marais.  Care Partners, the group sponsor, is providing faciilitators and refreshments. Participation is free.
Care Partners will also provide a trained volunteer, at no cost, to stay at home with the loved one in need of care or supervision so that the caregiver can attend the group.
Roberta Olin, Grand Marais, and Vicki Biggs-Anderson, Colvill, will facilitate. Both have been caregivers to family members.
For more information about the new group and to get a volunteer to stay with a loved one needing care, call Care Partners at 387-3787, Biggs-Anderson at 387-1913 or Olin at 387-9233.
Care Partners was established in 2010 as a collaborative of the Cook County North Shore Hospital, North Shore Health Care Foundation and the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. Care Partners volunteers provide companionship services to individuals in their home, in the hospital and Care Center. They also provide respite for caregivers and presence at end of life.

County facing potential litigation in community center project

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 3:13pm

JLG Architects, the Cook County Family YMCA construction project’s architectural and engineering firm, is considering litigation against the county related to reimbursement issues. 
Commissioner Bruce Martinson told the Cook County News-Herald that he and Commissioner Sue Hakes had been part of a meeting that included Dan Miller of JLG Architects before the county board meeting on April 9, but he was not free to disclose what they discussed with Miller. 
Budget figures presented to the board that day by Project Manager Wade Cole of ORB Management show that the original amount budgeted for JLG’s services, not including expenses, was $705,558.96, but that figure was lowered to $580,232.77 when the project cost was reduced from $11,885,134.68 to $9,484,757.58.
In the process of reducing the scope of the project to bring costs down, JLG was involved in producing new design specifications, but since it would be reimbursed according to a percentage of the costs, the amount of its compensation was reduced.
The county board tabled a discussion of the potential litigation by JLG.
ORB Management’s compensation for the community center project was also reduced—from $557,835.18 to $421,000.08 (not including expenses)—when the scope of the project was reduced.