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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.

Musicians Showcase set for April 14

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 10:43am

Celebrate spring on the North Shore with NSMA’s annual community celebration of the outstanding musical talent in Cook County. This year’s Local Musicians Showcase features a wide variety of musical styles, from jazz to folk, classical to bluegrass. Performers include Briand Morrison, the Flute Reed River Band, Erika Haglund and Bill Beckstrand, SkyBlue, Myron Bursheim, and Svoh.

The showcase begins at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at the ACA. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 ages 12 and under, and are available in advance at, or night of performance at the door.

Community Center listening session recounted

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 10:17am

Tuesday night, April 10, a public meeting was held to get more input on the proposed new community center. Steering Committee Chair Paul Sporn spoke with WTIP’s Jay Andersen about the status of that project .

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Public forum on Northeastern Minnesota's clean energy future

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 8:47am

(Click on audio mp3 above to hear an interview with J. Drake Hamilton of Fresh Energy.)

On Wednesday, April 11, there will be an open public forum to discuss the future of clean energy in northeastern Minnesota.  Speakers will include Al Rudeck, Vice President of Strategy and Planning, Minnesota Power; Bishop Tom Aitken, Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director, Fresh Energy; Jill Doberstein, Program Manager, American Lung Association of Minnesota; and Michael LeBeau, Owner, Conservation Technologies. The panel discussion and question-and-answer period will be moderated by the League of Women Voters of Duluth.

Minnesota is at a crossroads on energy.  The state can continue to invest in clean energy and efficiency or choose to continue burning coal and polluting the air and water while sending billions of dollars out of state. Smart policies have made Minnesota a clean energy leader, but northeastern Minnesota still gets almost 95 percent of its electricity from burning coal.

Minnesota Power has been required by the state Public Utilities Commission to study near-term plans for transitioning from its oldest coal plants and replacing that power with cheaper, cleaner energy such as energy efficiency, wind, and solar power.

This forum will provide information about Minnesota Power’s report on the future of their oldest coal plants, and panelists will discuss plans for diversifying the state's electricity supply to clean, efficient sources of energy that will create and sustain good paying jobs in northeastern Minnesota.

Forum sponsors include the League of Women Voters of Duluth, Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Fresh Energy, Izaak Walton League of America—McCabe Chapter, Minnesota Environmental Partnership, Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) and the Sierra Club

The forum is free and open to the public.  

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
7:00-9:00 PM
University of Minnesota, Duluth
Labovitz School of Business and Economics, Room 125
1318 Kirby Drive, Duluth, MN 55812

More information is available from J. Drake Hamilton,, 651.726.7562

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