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Cook County Senior Center collecting school supplies

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:23am

During the month of August donations of school supplies are being collected at the Senior Center in Grand Marais.

According to Jes Rodne, programs and services coordinator at the Senior Center, “We want to have children prepared to be successful students, and to be successful they need to have the right tools!”

Rodne points out that each year the cost of supplies creeps up as the list of learning necessities for each student grows even longer. “This can be a real hardship for a lot of families and more often than not, the child goes without or the cost of supplies falls upon our teachers. Let’s join together as a community to ensure that each student starts the school year with the supplies they need,” Rodne said.

Supplies needed include crayons, washable markers, wide ruled notebooks, dry erase markers, watercolor paint, bottle or sticks of glue, erasers, pencils, colored pencils, scissors and markers.

The Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or special arrangements can be made for pick-up.

For more information contact the Senior Center at (218) 387-2660.


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North Shore Music Association celebrates birthday with gospel and roots concert

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:27pm

The community is invited to a birthday party for the North Shore Music Association as it celebrates 30 years of hosting musical performances, community dances, and educational programs and classes for people of all ages in Cook County.

The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais.

There will be a birthday cake and a whole lot of boogying—in your seat or on the dance floor — with one of the best African American gospel and roots groups on the circuit today: Rev. R.L. Bush and the Revived Sons.

Bush was born into a legacy of great gospel music. His grandfather, Louis Johnson, was one of the longtime lead singers for The Swan Silvertones, one of the greatest gospel quartets of all time. Watching and learning from his grandfather, Bush grew into a one-man powerhouse of gospel music.
Bush’s first jobs included playing drums for Clarence Fountain and The Five Blind Boys of Alabama and performing with the Lumzy Sisters and Pilgrim Jubilees. But it was while playing with Doc McKenzie and The Hi-Lights that Bush’s talent came to fruition. He then went on to play with Spencer Taylor and The Highway QC's, The Flint Cavaliers (with whom he won a Soul Train Award for “Best New Artist”), and The Jackson Southernaires.
After all of the original Swan Silvertones passed away, Bush formed a new group, The New Swan Silvertones, to pay tribute to his grandfather’s legacy by performing the Swans’ most popular tunes.

A key component of the nonprofit arts scene on the North Shore for the past three decades, NSMA tailors its programming to serve the needs of local music lovers and learners, as well as the many visitors who seek out the North Shore as an arts destination. For more information about the program or other upcoming events, contact the Music Association at (218) 387-1272.


North House offers 3-day class on Nordic stacked handle flatware, August 28-30

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:14pm

North House Folk School is offering a course on making Nordic stacked handle flatware by combining traditional materials with stainless steel. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with North House instructor Mike Schelmeske on North Shore Morning.


Nordic Stacked Handle Flatware with instructors Mike Schelmeske and Harley Refsal - Friday, August 28 through Sunday, August 30
More information at


WTIP to broadcast live from the Minnesota State Fair on September 2

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 2:11pm

WTIP will be doing a live one-day broadcast from the Education Building at the Minnesota State Fair on Wednesday, September 2. WTIP volunteer LeAnn Zunker spoke with Deb Benedict and Jana Berka about this special programming on North Shore Morning.



School District 166 levy referendum vote will be by mail-in ballots

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:40am

The School District 166 school board narrowly agreed at their August 4, 2015 meeting to do a district wide mail-in ballot for the upcoming vote on the operating referendum in November.

School Board Chair Jeanne Anderson said that she personally liked the idea of holding the election in the same manner as all other elections rather than a full mail in ballot. She was joined by board member Sissy Lunde in opposing the all mail-in ballot option. The option passed with a vote of three to two.

The cost of the all mail-in election is estimated to be $13,044. An election using only polling places and no mail-in ballots would be $9,560 for three hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. That amount would increase however if the polling hours were extended.

The cost for an election run in the same manner as a general election with a combination of polling places and mail-in ballots for different voting district would be somewhere in between.

The referendum, if approved, will replace a current property tax levy of approximately $400,000 that will expire this year. The new levy would yield an approximate $600,000.

The general election will be November 3.

The next school board meeting will be Thursday, August 20 at the Jane Mianowski Conference Center in the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 5 p.m. Public comments and/or questions will be accepted at the start of the meeting.


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North Shore Music Association hosts Rev. R.L. Bush & the Revived Sons on August 22

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 8:56am

The Association is celebrating their 30th birthday with a performance by Rev. R.L. Bush and the Revived Sons on Saturday, August 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Kate Fitzgerald of the North Shore Music Association on North Shore Morning.

Tickets will be available at the door, or in advance at tix dot com. More information available from the North Shore Music Association at 218-387-1272