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DNR offers "Take-A-Kid Fishing Weekend" Jan. 18 - 20

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 8:21am

Minnesotans age 16 or older can try ice fishing or spear fishing without purchasing an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing during Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing Weekend Saturday, Jan. 18 through Monday, Jan. 20.

“Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity for family and friends to get those special kids in their life outdoors enjoying the fun and beauty of a Minnesota winter,” said Roland Sigurdson, DNR aquatic education supervisor. “What better way to celebrate our winter heritage than by passing on the tradition of ice fishing.”

Ice fishing presents some unique challenges, but with basic equipment, a few skills, and good planning, ice fishing can be easy, enjoyable and exciting.

Here are key ice fishing tips from DNR’s MinnAqua program, which provides resources to teach fishing skills, aquatic ecology and conservation stewardship of our lakes and rivers:

 • Dressing in layers is the best way to deal with winter’s icy chill. Layers keep you warm in cold conditions by creating pockets of warm air and helping moisture evaporate.

 • Portable ice shelters can increase the enjoyment of the experience by keeping kids warmer.

 • Plan for a shorter, quality experience that will make a happier memory. Cold, bored kids don’t ask to go again.

Grand Marais Lioness Club hosts monthly dessert social at North Shore Care Center Saturday

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:19pm

The Grand Marais Lioness Club will host their monthly social for North Shore Care Center residents with special desserts on Saturday, January 18 at 3 p.m., along with favorite piano tunes by Irene Thompson. 

Grand Marais Apartments seeks citizens for senior housing board

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:18pm

Housing, or especially affordable housing for seniors, is always a concern and hot topic for discussion in Cook County.

 One of the ways that pressing need is currently being addressed is by Grand Marais Apartments, Inc., (GMAI) which is now looking for additional advisory board members.

Ice bridge to Isle Royale? maybe this year

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:02am

Dr. Rolf Peterson has been studying the predator-prey ecosystem on Isle Royale since the 1970s. WTIP’s Veronica Weadock spoke with him before he left for Isle Royale about the news that an ice bridge may form this year.


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AEOA's Home Ownership Program

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 2:13pm
AEOA’s homeownership program includes education and counseling as well as assistance with down payment and closing costs.  
WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson spoke with Leah Hall of the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency on North Shore Morning.

The program is for first time home buyers but also those who have not owned in the last three years.

AEOA's Homeownership Program  ( designed to promote and encourage homeownership by providing down payment and closing cost loans to income-eligible, qualified buyers.

AEOA conducts a series of Homestretch Workshops, open to anyone interested in learning how to buy a home. It is designed to give prospective homebuyers an understanding and knowledge of:

  • How real estate transactions work
  • Qualifications of homebuyer financing
  • Responsibilities of homeownership

Potential buyer must attend the complete series of the Homestretch Workshops.
Buyer must complete the Homestretch Workshops and 1-on-1 counseling to qualify for AEOA financial assistance
Potential buyer must qualify for a mortgage. The Counselor will assist homebuyers in shopping for an appropriate mortgage.
Family income must be at or below 80% of the area median income in St. Louis, Cook, and Lake County (Please call if you are uncertain that you qualify).
Potential buyer must be a first-time homebuyer.

Sandy O'Fallon
(218) 999-0828




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Squash-a-thon! - this Thursday

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 4:21pm

Gardening, farming, eating… the Northwoods Food Project supports all that and more. 
This week?...A Squash-a-Thon.  WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan spoke with Joan Farnam of the Northwoods Food Project on North Shore Morning.

The annual Squash-a-Thon and Condiment Fiesta takes place  Thursday, January 16th at 5:30 pm at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais.  

{photo via Wikimedia Commons}


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