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Memorization Made Easy, April 22 & 23

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:49am

Rose Arrowsmith Decoux and Jackson Nickolay share the details of their upcoming class with North Shore Morning host Matthew Brown.  
More information and registration with Sue at 387-1284, extension 2 on online.


Botany and photography workshops offered on Isle Royale

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:52pm

Workshops in botany and photography are offered starting in June on Isle Royale. WTIP volunteer Joey Detrick spoke with instructor and botanist, Janet Marr, along with Kristine Bradof, Executive Director of Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association, on North Shore Morning.

Photography workshops: June 12-17 and October 2-4
Botany workshop: September 8-13

More information available at Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association, or contact Kristine Bradof at 906-482-7860, email


James and the Giant Peach opens April 17

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:14am

The Grand Marais Playhouse is proud to present James and the Giant Peach, the tale of a magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape.

Roald Dahl's story comes hilariously to life in this delightful dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with crises. You will see James (as he cleverly gets the Peach out of danger), the wise Old-Green-Grasshopper and the pessimistic Earthworm.

Cast includes: Anna Ahonen, Sylvia Berka, Grace Blomberg, Amy Carpenter, Elsa Garry, Ella Hedstrom, Liv Hedstrom, Robin Henrikson, Shaelyn Hingos, Luke Johnson, Savanna Merritt Olivia Nesgoda-Works, Amery Oberg, Hazel Oberholtzer, Katie Peck, Louise Ramberg, Aurora Schelmeske, Sarah Sivinski, Izy Sparks, Abbey Stoddard, Rio Tersteeg, Kylie Viren, Charlet Waver, Hailey Weile, and Dominic Wilson.

This Richard R. George adaptation is directed by Sue Hennessy.

Shows are at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts April 17-18 at 7 p.m., April 19 at 2 p.m. April 24-25 at 7 p.m. and April 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 students. Advance tickets are available on-line at The box office opens one hour before each performance.


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E.R. Perry Signs & Engraving nominated for Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Award

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:13am

A local sign company with a national footprint is in line for a regional entrepreneurial award, and win or lose, business owner Elizabeth “Betsy” Perry said, “I feel like it’s an honor just to be nominated.”

E.R. Perry Signs & Engraving is one of 44 Northeast Minnesota companies selected to compete for one of five Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards given out by the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Center for Economic Development and the Small Business Development Center for Northeast Minnesota.

Fifteen companies are contending with E.R. Perry Signs for the top spot in the “Mature Entrepreneur” category.

E.R. Perry Signs has been in operation since 1995 and although they still make signs for local businesses, their primary business is online. The company specializes in engraved plastic tags.

Their clients include the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and many corporations.

Award recipients will be announced at a luncheon and awards ceremony on April 22 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Harbor side Ballroom.

Win or lose, said Betsy, “It is nice to be recognized for our efforts and success.”


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Lake service provider training at Schaap Community Center on April 30

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:11pm

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer lake service provider training at the Schaap Community Center on the Gunflint Trail on April 30 from 1 - 4 p.m.

The training is being given in an effort to help stop the spread of invasive species. Minnesota laws require lake service providers to attend a training session and obtain a permit prior to working in state waters. Lake service providers are persons or entities that install, repair, decontaminate, lease, rent or remove water-related equipment in or from public waters for compensation.

This training is for commercial lake service providers such as dock and lift companies, marinas, resorts, boat hauling and storage companies, outfitters and irrigators – not the public.

A separate online education program is also being worked on for the public and may or may not include a new AIS trailer decal requirement.

"Preventing the spread of invasive species is everyone's responsibility," said Richard Rezanka, DNR invasive species specialist. "Lake service providers can play a critical role in the prevention effort because they frequently move from one lake to another. They can also be some of the first to alert us to a potential problem."

Before a permit is issued, a lake service provider must apply, pay the application fee, attend a training session and pass a written exam. The permit is valid for three years and service providers must have the permit in their possession while providing services. Employees working under the supervision of a permitted lake service provider only need to complete a free, online lake service provider employee training course.

Thirty additional trainings will be offered statewide through May.

For more information on lake service provider training, permits and scheduled training sessions throughout the state, visit the DNR lake service provider website at

"Hot Potato Topics" offers informal discussion about raising adolescents, April 30

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:04am

The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic is hosting a “Hot Potato” discussion group in addition to a hot potato bar on Thursday, April 30.
WTIP volunteer Sherrie Lindskog spoke with Amy Marie Schmidt of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic on North Shore Morning.


HOT POTATO TOPICS: Informal discussions about raising our kids led by Dr. Sandra Stover & Dr. Jennifer Delfs.
If you have a question or topic you would like to see discussed, please email before April 25th.
Sawtooth Mountain Clinic Lower Level Classroom
5:30 PM, April 30th, 2015
There will be a hot potato bar with all the fixin's before the discussion begins.