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Weekend News Roundup for April 20

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 9:02am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. An endangered river warning was issued this week by a waters watchdog group. The Legislature managed to avoid dealing with wolf trapping and the long winter may help shorten the wildfire season.…all in this week’s news.


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North House prepares for Northern Sustainability Symposium

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 9:28am

Dmitry Orlov, author of the award-winning book Reinventing 
Collapse is visiting Minnesota for North House Folk School's fourth 
annual Northern Sustainability Symposium, May 3-5. Coursework and 
programs at the Sustainability Symposium revolve around changes that
can be made by individuals for a more sustainable future: learning to
repair and repurpose, simplify and reclaim the everyday skills of self-
reliance from the not-so-distant past.
Orlov will give a presentation on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Born in 
Russia, he moved to the U.S. while a teenager, and has traveled back 
repeatedly to observe the Soviet collapse during the late eighties and 
mid-nineties. He is an engineer who has worked in many fields, 
including high-energy physics research, e-commerce and Internet 
He is the author of the award-winning book Reinventing Collapse: The 
Soviet Example and American Prospects and of the forthcoming The Five 
Stages of Collapse: Survivors' Toolkit.
Orlov will also teach two half-day workshops – one on sail-based 
transport and one on building lasting communities.
Additional event coursework includes 14 courses ranging in length from 
a half day to 4.5 days. The coursework nurtures the do-it-yourself 
spirit by teaching skills that are integral to sustainable future. 
Courses include hand sewing, knife and tool sharpening, canning food, 
starting a root cellar, soap making, installing solar panels and more. 
Registration is required for coursework.
Programming during the event also features a tour of Cook County's 
greenhouses, a screening of the film In Transition 2.0, and a wood-

Strong winds, temperatures hamper ice removal on highways across Minnesota

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 8:27am
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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) reports that heavy snow compaction and ice from Thursday’s extensive snowfall are making travel difficult to hazardous from the southwest corner to the northeast corner of Minnesota. Roads in the Twin Cities Metro area are in fair condition.  

MnDOT urges drivers to be patient, plan for trips to take additional time and if possible, avoid travel. Plow crews are currently working to remove the ice and compacted snow, but are inhibited by strong winds, drifting snow and cold temperatures in rural areas.

MnDOT maintenance personnel say Friday’s primary concern is the wind. Drifting snow can cover a highway again immediately after a plow has just passed. The wind may blow salt off the road, and the salt becomes less effective in colder temperatures.

Officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur.

Crews expect road conditions to slowly improve throughout the day, as precipitation ends across the state Friday morning.


Motorists should remember to:

  • Check road conditions at or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud. Snowplow operators will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow traffic build-up to pass.
  • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

Stone Bridge Singers bring back Basket Social

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 9:26am

The Stone Bridge Singers, the talented young drum group from Grand Portage, have been invited to drum at the “Pow-Wow for Hope,” organized by the American Indian Cancer Foundation on Saturday, May 4 in Minneapolis.
The drum group is hosting an “Old Time Basket Social Fundraiser” at the Grand Portage Community Center on Saturday, April 20from 4 – 8 p.m. to raise money for travel expenses and for their “Pow-Wow for Hope” team. Monies raised will help address the cancer burdens faced by many American Indian families throughout Indian Country.
Years ago in Grand Portage, a basket social was a common event. A basket social was a dance with decorated box lunches/dinners that are auctioned off. Someone from the audience would be the volunteer and the crowd would compete to “win” their favorite basket. Usually, the winning bidder would then eat dinner with the person who donated the basket. Eventually, the basket socials contained items other than food and became decorated quite elaborately. The winning bidder would generally take their basket of goodies home with them.
The auctioneer the April 20 event will be Garret Swader. Everyone is encouraged to come out and bid on a basket of fabulous items. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, silent auctions, food, music by “Portage” and more family fun.

Business luncheon features E.R. Perry Signs & Engraving

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 8:19am

Elizabeth Perry, owner of E.R. Perry Signs & Engraving LLC  
in Grand Marais, may be Cook County's least-known business success.
 From her shop and production facility, Perry and her employees 
prepare a wide array of printed and engraved tags, signs and other 
products for clients across the country. They sell those products 
online, primarily, and ship via UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service 
– all from Grand Marais!
Perry will tell her story and talk about how she accomplishes all of 
this at Cook County Higher Education's April Business Networking 
Luncheon. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude by 1 p.m. 
on Wednesday, April 24, at The Pie Place Restaurant, 207 Wisconsin St. 
in Grand Marais.
Perry describes her talk as “a presentation by a local small cottage 
industry that brings in money from across North America utilizing the 
Internet and UPS shipping. No tourists or good weather required. A 
brief tale of the trials and tribulations of making a small job shop 
big. Elizabeth Perry will speak about her 39 years in the sign 
business and how her experience with the Internet can work for many 
small businesses located as far out as Cook County.”
To register for this presentation (formerly known as the Women’s 
Business Network Luncheon) by one of Cook County's outstanding 
business leaders, e-mail or call 
218-387-3411. Cost for the luncheon is $15.

Dancers to perform at Betsy Bowen Studio April 19 - 21

Wed, 04/17/2013 - 11:30am

Members of Lenna Stever’s dance class will be presenting three dance recitals at Betsy Bowen’s studio on April 19, 20, and 21. The performance will start at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. 
Dancers have been practicing all winter at the Grand Marais Art Colony under Stever’s direction. The show will feature ballet and jazz dancing.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 18 and under.