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AEOA reminds residents of energy assistance programs

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 1:51pm

At the January meeting of the Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA), Anita Jeziah of the Arrowhead Economic Development Authority (AEOA) gave a report on Cook County’s participation in the AEOA Energy Assistance program. At the time of the meeting, 161 applications had been approved for county residents for a benefit of $126,700. Eight families received financial assistance for “crisis events,” such as the need for propane while waiting for an AEOA application to be processed. Five families also received assistance for furnace repairs.

Jeziah said energy assistance funds are still available and she asked EDA board members to help spread the word. Anyone needing assistance can complete an application on line at or they can visit Jeziah at the AEOA office (next to the EDA office in Grand Marais City Hall). More information is available from Jeziah at (218) 387-4547.


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Local mushers finish strong in mid-distance Beargrease race

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 2:18pm

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs was up the Gunflint Trail on Monday morning to observe the scene at Trailcenter where the Beargrease marathon had a checkpoint and the mid-distance race came to an end. Here’s a recap of what Joe witnessed. 


Beginning cross country ski lessons offered at Britton Peak Feb. 5 and Feb. 12

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 1:48pm

Greg Fangel and Liz Wagner of Tofte have offered to teach beginning cross country ski lessons this winter. The first class was January 29 and there will be classes on February 5 and 12th at 1 p.m. Participants will meet at the Britton Peak Trailhead (three miles up the Sawbill Trail from Highway 61) at 1:00 p.m.

The course will cover classical style (not skating). Fangel and Wagner, longtime cross country skiers who have traveled the world cross country skiing for fun and enjoyment, will cover basic technique, uphill and downhill technique, and skiing for fun. They were trained by Twin Cities area cross county ski coaches.

Cross country ski equipment rental is available at W.E. Connect/Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte for $5 per person. Pre-registration and ski rental is required prior to the start of the lessons. To register or for more information, contact Brenda Melin, program director at W.E. Connect by calling 218-663-7977 or email


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Schouweiler wins second John Beargrease Mid-distance race

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 1:22pm

There is a great deal of excitement around this year’s John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon because the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Grand Portage Lodge are again major sponsors of the race—and because this year the race returns to its roots, making the trek to Grand Portage. The race started in Two Harbors on Sunday, January 31 and is currently making its way inland along the North Shore, with the Mid-Distance race finishing on Poplar Lake at Trail Center and the Marathon traveling all the way to Grand Portage’s Mineral Center trailhead, turning around and going back to Two Harbors.

The winner of the Mid-distance race is Martha Schouweiler who reached the finish at Trail Center this morning, February 1, at 6:27:09, claiming her second Mid-distance championship. She was followed by Frank Moe of Hovland at 7:25:04 and Dusty Klaven of Gheen/Togo, Minnesota in at 7:52:52. Klaven was the winner of the 2016 Gunflint Mail Run’s 9-dog race. Alex LaPlante of Esko came in just seconds later at 7:56:08 and fifth was Leanne Bergen of Sioux Lookout, Ontario at 8:03:17. Bergen was the winner of the 2015 Gunflint Mail Run.

To see all the results and to follow the Marathon racers as they head to Grand Portage, visit the website at To follow the race via GPS, visit

Mushing fans can also catch the action at the checkpoint off the Sawbill Trail, at Trail Center and in Grand Portage and at a number of road crossings and checkpoints on the route.

Live updates from 2016 Beargrease sled race

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 11:58am

Photos by Joe Friedrichs from the 2016 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Images taken on Feb. 1 at Trailcenter Restaurant along the Gunflint Trail.

To follow the race live, click here.

Top five finishers in the mid-distance run:

  1. Martha Schouweiler (19 hours, 29 minutes)
  2. Frank Moe (20 hours, 32 minutes)
  3. Dusty Klaven (21 hours)
  4. Alex LaPlante (21 hours, 1 minute)
  5. Leanne Bergen (21 hours, 5 minutes)


A Cooler Week Ahead

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 10:13am

After an end-of-January thaw, more seasonal temperatures return. North Shore Morning host Mark Abrahamson talks with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson.