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Tornado drills part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 15 - 19

Wed, 04/17/2013 - 9:51am

Because severe weather can threaten the lives and property of 
Minnesotans at any time, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed April 15-19 
as Severe Weather Awareness Week.
On Thursday, April 18, Cook County will join with the National Weather 
Service in statewide tornado drills at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Plan to 
participate with your colleagues in the afternoon and with your family 
at home in the evening.
A NOAA weather radio set to “Alert” will automatically notify you of 
tornado drills and real weather and other emergencies. They can also 
provide lights, radio and cell phone chargers during power outages, 
and can be recharged themselves by solar panels or hand cranks. Many 
models are available at retail outlets or online.
Subscribe to get free community alerts from Cook County Dispatch. This 
system, combined with other emergency alert methods, is designed to 
get emergency messages to the public quickly and effectively. This 
does not preclude you from calling 911 if you need emergency 
information; it simply provides an opportunity for the county to 
disseminate critical information if and when the need arises.
Go to click on Outbound 9-1-1 Emergency 
Notification System and provide the information requested on the form. 
As of Dec. 18, 2012 there are 5,556 land lines and 153 cell phones 
registered for this service. The Emergency Notification System will be 
tested during the tornado drill on April 18.
Residents can also build a basic home survival kit that includes food 

National river conservation group issues BWCAW warning

Wed, 04/17/2013 - 5:46am

The non-profit American Rivers organization today called upon President Obama, Congress and Gov. Dayton to block a proposed copper nickel mine near the South Kawishiwi River by Ely.

In its statement, American Rivers contends the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is threatened by a proposed copper nickel mine near a popular entry point to the wilderness. Further, they said the mine would threaten a source of drinking water for area residents and visitors.

The proposed mine lies within the Superior National Forest just outside the BWCAW. American Rivers spokesperson Jessie Thomas-Blate said the mine would produce large quantities of waste rock, sulfuric acid and a variety of toxic metals. Thomas-Blate said “Polluted runoff from the mine poses a public health concern because of fish and drinking water contamination and threatens the Boundary Waters ecosystem.”

American Rivers since 1973 has issued an annual report on what it considers the country’s most endangered rivers.

Buck and Bob will be talking with Amy Kober from American Rivers in depth about the report this Friday on the Roadhouse.

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Magnus Theater in Thunder Bay offers "Storm Warning"

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 3:02pm

"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 - 1:43pm

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 - 7:52am

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 - 2:16pm

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.