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All invited to Gunflint Mid-Trail auction Wednesday, August 12

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 3:01pm

It’s time for the annual Gunflint Mid-Trail auction and fundraiser to be held at the Schaap Community Center on Wednesday, August 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.

You’ll find hundreds of one-of-a-kind treasures at the flea market, boutique, quilt raffle, and auction.

This year’s raffle quilt and matching pillow shams, crafted by the many talented hands of the Mid-Trail Quilters reflects a passion many Gunflint Trail travelers share at this time of year.  “Blueberry Zig-Zag,” which features blueberry and leaf-green fabric is sure to remind the lucky winner of the Trail’s summer bounty. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 and may be purchased at local businesses as well as at the event. Drawing for the quilt will be at the conclusion of the auction, and you need not be present to win this lovely queen-size coverlet and shams.

Unusual bric-a-brac, household and unique items, along with books will be located in the flea market, while the boutique will offer many artfully handcrafted pieces, along with great items donated by local businesses and outfitters.

Hosted by auctioneer and volunteer fire fighter, Michael Valentini, bidding on goods ranging from arts and crafts to antiques, to Gunflint Trail experiences, and even a ride in a fire truck, will be lively, spirited and fun. Keep in mind that proceeds from this event benefit the Gunflint Trail Fire and Rescue Department.

Homemade cakes, along with coffee and lemonade will be available during the fundraiser.

So get out your Christmas and wish lists, and drive 26 miles up the Trail to the Schaap Community Center at Fire Hall No. 1 for an afternoon of fun and treasures, all for a great cause.


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"The Rest is Silence" at Grand Marais Playhouse August 11 - 12

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 2:59pm

On August 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Jackson Nickolay and Jacob Christiansen will present The Rest is Silence, a review of some of Shakespeare's most well known and loved plays.

Arranged by Nickolay and Christensen, this collection of short scenes and monologues provides a sampling of all the genres of Shakespeare's brilliance with scenes ranging from the dark tragedies like Hamlet to comedies like Taming of the Shrew and even covering some the histories such as Richard III.

Come ready to be engrossed in the literature and genius that is Shakespeare. Tickets are $10 for adults and free to students 18 and under.

For more information on this performance or any Playhouse events, visit


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Gitchi-Gami Trail Association sponsors 'North Shore Bike Ride' on August 15

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:39pm

The 15th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Association's North Shore Bike Ride will be held Saturday, August 15, starting at Gooseberry Falls State Park at 9 am. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Bike Ride director Bill Blank on North Shore Morning.

Ride options are 28, 37, and 55-mile loops. Day-of-ride registrants are welcome. More information and registration are available online at, and included in ride brochures available at businesses along the shore.


Time for an August weather mix

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 10:19am

The weather will be pretty normal for August, with a mix of sun rain. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Tentinger.


Obit: Rep. David Dill

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 3:19am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State Rep. David Dill, who represented northeastern Minnesota, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 60 years old.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Dill died Saturday night. He said Sunday his friend was diagnosed only about a month ago.

Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, represented Koochiching, northern St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties, since 2002. He was re-elected in November with more than 65 percent of the vote.

Dill was chairman of the House Lands Subcommittee. He focused on mining, outdoor recreation, agriculture finance, the environment, natural resources and economic development.

Dill is survived by his wife, Tucky, and their son, Drake.

Gov. Mark Dayton released a statement Sunday, saying Dill advocated tirelessly for the best interests of his district and the welfare of Minnesota.

WTIP Weekend News Roundup for August 8

Sat, 08/08/2015 - 10:34am

Each week the WTIP News Department reviews the major   stories of the past five days. Fire fighting cost sap USFS budget. Shoeless citizen held in Canada. Oberstar airport name advances, and more…all this and more in the week’s news.