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Tofte supervisor Jim King appointed to Governor's Coastal Program

Sun, 08/25/2013 - 9:44am

Governor Mark Dayton recently appointed Tofte resident Jim King to the Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal Program (MLSCP).

King, a Tofte Township supervisor, joins Cook County resident Keck Melby on the 15-person council which was set up to make recommendations to the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on grant priorities, projects to receive grant funding, and the program’s annual administrative budget. 

Membership is made up of three Governor appointed representatives from Carlton, Cook, Lake, and St. Louis County as well three at-large members.

Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program offers annual grants for projects that address coastal issues in five basic interest areas including: coastal habitat protection and restoration; public access, historic preservation, community and natural resource planning and coastal education and training.

Funds for these grants come from the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA), and Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.

Grant applicants include local municipalities, townships, and counties within the coastal boundary, as well as tribal governments, colleges, and coastal community schools, joint powers boards, sanitary sewer boards and nonprofit organizations.

Movie night at Betsy Bowen's What's Upstairs hosted by WaterLegacy

Sat, 08/24/2013 - 10:21am

Two films will be presented at WaterLegacy movie night Aug. 24 at Betsy Bowen’s What’s Upstairs Grand Marais studio. The public is invited to come for one or both films. There is no charge, and popcorn and soft drinks will be served.

WaterLegacy is a citizens’ group formed in response to concerns about the first nonferrous (sulfide) mine proposed in Minnesota. They work to protect water quality and stand up for environmental justice.

At 6 p.m., Sled Dogs to St. Paul (43 minutes), a locally-produced film that follows the dogsled run of former State Rep. Frank Moe, as he mushed his team of 10 sled dogs from Grand Marais to the Capitol in St. Paul will be shown. Moe carried nearly 13,000 Internet petition signatures opposing sulfide mining.

As they follow Moe’s journey, the filmmakers take a closer look at nonferrous mining through the lens of many people who have a stake in the proposed expansion of mining in northeastern Minnesota. Those interviewed include business owners, property owners, legislators, wild ricers, tribal officials, community activists and many of the people who helped Moe along the way. It’s a fast-paced, artfully presented examination of local economics, environmental activism, corporate might, Minnesota’s mining legacy and the role that clean water resources play in the future health and wealth of the state.

Limited plastics being accepted at Cook County Recycling Center

Sat, 08/24/2013 - 10:18am

Remember to watch what kinds of plastics you bring to the Cook County Recycling Center – Cook County has stopped accepting mixed plastics after its plastic recyclables broker stopped accepting mixed plastics about a month ago.  Several large bundles of mixed plastics are sitting outside the Recycling Center waiting for a place to go.

Cook County Planning & Zoning Director Tim Nelson, in charge of waste management and recycling, said that Cook and Lake counties were two of the last counties to accept mixed plastics, which contain plastics numbered all the way from 1 to 7.  Cook County is now accepting only Nos. 1 (polyethylene terephthalate or “PET”) and 2 (high-density polyethylene or “HDPE”).

The good news is that Nos. 1 and 2 account for 80 percent of the plastics Cook County citizens have been bringing to the Recycling Center.

Nelson said, “Numbers 1 and 2 plastics are typically all of the beverage and liquid containers, including soda and juice bottles, milk jugs and the heavier-duty laundry and bleach jugs,” Nelson said.  “The easiest way to identify what number any particular container may be is to look for the number inside of the ‘chasing arrows’ triangle recycling symbol on the package.”  This is usually on the outside bottom of the container.

GM Playhouse production of "Dix Tableau" on now

Fri, 08/23/2013 - 3:32pm
Marcia Hyatt and Beth Faraone in "Dix Tableau."

The Grand Marais Playhouse production of "Dix Tableau," directed by Susan Kelnberger, opened on Thursday, August 22, and will run through September 1.  (Click on link to North Shore Morning below to hear a short feature about the production.)

"Dix Tableau" is the story of a friendship between two women in their sixties, played out over the course of ten years, with each year representing another reunion for Beverly Duggins and Addie Spool, two participants in a series of annual "tableaux" sponsored by the Museum of Dix, in a small city in the South.
Dix Tableaux was commissioned by the Community Theatre League in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, as part of  author Mark Dunn's long association with the theatre through his playwright's residency there.  It premiered on January 21, 2005.

  • Directed by Susan Kelnberger
  • Beth Faraone as Beverly Duggins
  • Marcia Hyatt as Addie Spool
  • Promenaders are Bob Carter, Tom Christiansen, Julie Fredlund, Jane Gellner, Aurora Schelmeske and Sam Seitsema.

Tickets for this production available in advance at or at the door one hour before the performance.
Performances are August 22- 25 & 29 - Sept. 1. Thursday - Saturday at 7:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Friday August 23 is Food Shelf Friday. Buy one ticket and get the second ticket of equal or lesser value for free when you bring 5 useable items or make a $10.00 donation for the food shelf.  Sunday, August 25 is Donation Day. Pay any amount for your ticket to this matinee.

WTIP's Radio Waves is in two weeks! Help needed!

Fri, 08/23/2013 - 12:28pm
Radio Waves Music Festival (Photo by Gary Siesennop)








WTIP's Radio Waves Music Festival will take place Friday, September 6th through Sunday, September 8th at Sweetheart's Bluff Sledding Hill in the Grand Marais Rec Park and Campground.  The festival boasts nearly 30 bands over the course of three days as well as kids activities and on-site food vendors and camping.

We will need a cadre of volunteers to make the festival a success!

1. Ticket Booth/greeter
2. Kids tent helper
3. General assistance

If you'd like to volunteer, please visit:

or call 387-1070 to talk to Mel, Jana or Deb and learn more about how you can help out.

General festival information is available on our website at

Hope to see you at this year's festival!

Civil War presentation at Cook County Historical Society museum

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 10:47pm

Many residents may know that the tiny hamlet of Colvill was named after a Civil War soldier, Col. William Colvill. However, they may not know that he was commander of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Regiment.

Learn more about Col. Colvill and many other Minnesotans who fought and died in the Civil War at the Cook County Historical Society Museum on Saturday, Aug. 24. A t
10 a.m. Wayne Jorgenson, author of Every Man Did His Duty: Pictures and Stories of the Men of the 1st Minnesota will share what he learned while researching his book. He will be followed by a discussion with Bill Dalin, a Civil War re-enactor, at 11 a.m.

After a break for lunch, community members will have the opportunity to visit with John D. Cox, author of Gettysburg: A History for the People at 1 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.