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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
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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

 

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Gypsy moth workshop offered on August 24

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 8:56am
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The gypsy moth affects many of the trees that make our northeastern Minnesota forests so appealing. WTIP host Mark Abrahamson spoke with invasive species coordinator Laurel Wilson on North Shore Morning.
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European Gypsy Moth: Identification and Quarantine Details
Monday, August 24 at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais from 5 pm to 6 pm.

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Tip of the Trail property to be auctioned again

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 1:56pm

The convoluted process to get the Tip of the Trail property on the Cook County tax rolls continued on Tuesday, August 11 when Assessor Betty Schulz brought forward an appraisal for the end of the Gunflint Trail parcel. The property, appraised by John M. Vigen, SRA of Ramsland & Vigen, Inc., was found to be worth $335,000 and that will be the minimum bid allowed. In June 2015, the county estimated the value of the property at $476,000.

The former resort property was managed by the U.S. Forest Service as a leased lot until the county took possession in a land exchange in 1996. A 2006 contract for deed purchase ended with the county taking the land back because of a lengthy title dispute. The property was again sold under contract for deed in 2013, with the purchaser making the $35,000 down payment, but then defaulting.  

At the Tuesday meeting, the county board directed Schultz to offer the property through auction, with a deadline of 10 a.m. on October 8 to receive final bids. Details of the auction will be announced as soon as possible.

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This local news is provided by Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com

Grand Marais Library requests budget increase

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 1:55pm

Library Director Steve Harsin and Library Board President Audrey Stattelman presented the library’s proposed 2016 budget, which asks for operating expenses of $313,193, or a 16 percent increase ($44,129) over the current year.

Because of a joint powers operating agreement between the city and Cook County, each entity is responsible for half of the library’s budget. However, if the increase is less than 5 percent and the city approves, the county is automatically obligated to match the contribution.

In this case, with the increase exceeding the 5 percent threshold for the first time in many years, City Administrator Roth said the draft would go to the county board upon city council approval, and if the commissioners do not go along with the 16 percent increase, negotiations would have to be held.

At the July 29 meeting, Harsin said the increase is needed to address longstanding staffing problems, which have become more pressing due to the significant increase in library patronage. Other factors contributing to the increase are the management of additional space, increased maintenance, and a desire to expand outreach programs and services to better serve residents on the east and west ends of the county.

The council approved the library increase and the draft budget will now go before the county board.

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This local news is provided by Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com

Rain returns to the forecast

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 9:38am
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The oppressive heat appears to be over and cooler temps and precipitation returns to the forecast. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Stewart.

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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for August 15

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 10:27am
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Some area schools don’t get passing grades. The wolf population remains stable and wild rice looks good ahead of harvest. The EDA studies housing and Rep. David Dill passes away…all this and more in the week’s news.

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