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WTIP Weekend NewsRoundup for April 14

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 10:02am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Primary results and a recount in Grand Portage, Tea Partiers in Duluth this weekend, redistricting and the community center as well as an update on the Jeep Fire…all in this week’s news.


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Conservation Corps Minnesota has summer work program

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 1:06pm

High school youth may apply until April 20 for one of 130 
positions available with the Conservation Corps Minnesota summer 
conservation work program.

“Participants can expect to work hard on projects such as trail 
construction, erosion control, bridge and boardwalk building, and
invasive exotic plant removal,” said Eric Antonson, youth programs
director for Conservation Corps Minnesota.
Youth ages 15-18 will be based for four weeks at a residential program 
site in central Minnesota. They will travel in crews led by staff 
members to various state and federal lands to camp out and work on 
conservation projects. The majority of projects occur in conjunction 
with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The outdoor residential nature of the Summer Youth Corps provides a 
unique opportunity for youth to develop and strengthen leadership 
skills, work ethic, camping skills, and an understanding and 
appreciation for the natural environment, Antonson said.

Weekend activities include canoe trips, wilderness hikes and high-
adventure challenges.
The first four-week session runs June 16 through July 14. The second 
session runs July 21 through Aug. 17. Participants earn a stipend of 
$185 per week, with room and board provided.

Applicants should enjoy working and living in a rustic outdoor 
environment. The Summer Youth Corps, which hires an equal number of 
males and females, encourages minority youth to apply. Up to 20 deaf 
and hard-of-hearing youth, who will work with deaf staff and trained 
sign language interpreters, will also be hired.

ARAC awards three arts grants to local organizations

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 10:02am

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council has awarded Art Project Grants to three Cook County organizations.
The Grand Marais Playhouse will receive $5,000 to hire a fight choreographer for its production of "The Beaux' Stratagem," a Restoration comedy adapted by Ken Ludwig and Thorton Wilder from a play by George Farquahar. The grant will also be used to stage a combat workshop for the community.
The North Shore Music Association also received a $5,000 to present "The Crown Prince of Zydeco," C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band, in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on June 9.
WTIP North Shore Community Radio received $5,000 to help produce its two-day music festival, “Radio Waves.” Dates are September 8 and 9, at the Grand Marais Recreation Park.
The funding for these grants is made available by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund and an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Coast Guard rescues ill crewman from Lake vessel near Isle Royale

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 5:02am

ISLE ROYALE,  MI (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says one of its helicopters rescued up a sick crewmember from a freighter in Lake Superior near Isle Royale.

The Coast Guard says a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from its Traverse City station made the rescue Tuesday afternoon from the Sam Laud, a 634-foot bulk freighter.

Watchstanders ar Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., received notification of the ill crewmember aboard the motor vessel Sam Laud from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, Ontario, at about 1 p.m., EDT.

“It was determined that a U.S. Coast Guard crew was best suited to respond,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Wilcox, a search and rescue controller with Sector Sault Ste. Marie. “This is the kind of case that shows how well we work with our Canadian counterparts; it’s a partnership that enables us to get help to people in trouble on the Great Lakes as fast as we can.”

The Coast Guard says the helicopter took the ill crew member to emergency medical personnel, who transported him to Portage Health hospital in Hancock. There’s no word on his condition.

Commissioner discusses redistricting and community center

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 11:32am

Redistricting of county commissioner turf and the community center listening session were two of the topics covered after this week’s county board meeting. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Commissioner Sue Hakes.

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"A Tribute to Prince" at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino April 14

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 10:44am

Grand Portage Lodge & Casino will be presenting another amazing show 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14—A Tribute to Prince by Chase + Ovation. Ovation brings the music of the 1984 film Purple Rain to life. The sound track from Purple Rain is one of the top-selling albums of all time and the members of Ovation all love the music. They enjoy sharing the innovative sounds of the 80s from Prince, as well as Morris Day and The Time and Apollonia 6 who also shine on the Purple Rain soundtrack.

On the band’s colorful website—purple of course—performers list quirky connections to the Minneapolis superstar. Front man Chase was a stand-in for Prince on the set of Graffiti Bridge, the not so well known sequel to Purple Rain. And when he was young, Prince’s mother was his babysitter!

Drummer Lakestar has performed with Brown Mark, the bassist from Prince & The Revolution. Dancers Kitty and Jenna were been background dancers in the Paisley Park video. And percussionist Cory Eischen has perhaps the most convoluted connection—he was an usher at Prince’s cousin’s retirement party and chauffeured Prince’s cousin’s friend’s bachelor party. And guitarist Johnny Holiday jokes, “There’s a movie? Is it cool?”

The teasing on the website aside, the band takes the music seriously; noting that they do not rely on gimmicks such as costumes and wigs to get the musical point across. To Ovation the music is paramount.

Head up to Grand Portage Lodge & Casino on Saturday, April 14 to hear all your favorites—Let's Go Crazy, The Bird (The Time), Take Me With U, Sex Shooter, (Apollonia 6), Always In My Hair, When Doves Cry, I Would Die 4 U, (The Time), and much more, including of course, Purple Rain.