Stormy weather ahead this week

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 10:17am

This past weekend’s beautiful weather could come at a price. It’ll turn wet for the next couple of days, even the possibility of some hazardous weather. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Mike Stewart about rainy days ahead.

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Mountain Stage Radio Show, Unplugged, and great classes at North House this week

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 9:04am

Good things come in threes! This year North House Folk School is celebrating three days of craft and three nights of music at Unplugged XII, Sept 12-15 in Grand Marais. For the third year in a row, the folks from West Virginia’s Mountain Stage Radio Show will be welcomed to campus.

For the last two years Mountain Stage Radio has been a dynamic addition to the Unplugged event. The radio show records two live shows on Thursday and Friday nights, which are broadcast nationally during the following year. Thanks to the support of the Cook County Visitor’s Bureau guests can again enjoy three inspiring nights of music.

Thursday and Friday nights feature 25- to 35-minute sets from each of the performers with a grand finale “everybody on stage” song to close the evening. By contrast, the classic Unplugged concert on Saturday night employs a more informal “songwriter in the round” format in which performers take turns sharing stories, music and bantering on stage.

Unplugged concert performers this year include Tom Paxton, The Pines, BoDeans, Dead Man Winter, Jill Sobule & Julia Sweeney, Jonathan Brown featuring Andrew Walesch, Lori McKenna, Matraca Berg and Jon Vezner. There are three opportunities to take music coursework with performers during the event: Jonathan Brown will host a half-day fingerstyle guitar workshop, Larry Groce offers a half-day listening session, and Tom Paxton, Matraca Berg and Jon Vezner are collaborating to offer a two-day songwriting workshop.

"Out of School Adventures" for kids grades 1 - 8

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 9:01am

Out of School Adventures, a free program that runs Mondays through Fridays from 3:35-5:15 p.m. for students in grades 1-8, starts Sept. 9.

A one-time registration is required; the September calendar and registration information was sent home with first- through fifth-grade students during the first week of school.  A current calendar and registration information can also be found on the Community Education website.at http://www.cookcountyschools.org/se3bin/clientgenie.cgi .

Participants meet in front of the school (eagle doors), then go to the planned activity at 3:45 p.m.  Activities are mostly for first- through fifth-graders but older students are welcome to join.  Activities include a variety of indoor, outdoor and community related activities.

Middle school students are also welcome and could be helpful with activities, homework help or just enjoy a fun and safe place to be after school.  The program will be based out of the Community Center Log Cabin this fall but will be transitioning to a new space soon.

Contact Melissa Wickwire at 387-2000 with questions.

The program is sponsored by Community Education, Cook County Extension, Kids Plus and Cook County Community YMCA.

New executive director at Cook County Visitors Bureau

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 9:32am
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Linda Jurek Kratt, recently hired to serve as the Cook County Visitors Bureau (CCVB) executive director, may be familiar to North Shore residents and visitors. It may be because she grew up in Grand Marais, graduating from Cook County High School in 1978. She still has a lot of friends here, but Kratt may seem familiar because her career has made her a well-known figure in the region’s tourism industry.

Kratt comes to the CCVB after six very successful years as the director of business retention and events with the Duluth Chamber of Commerce. If you think you may have seen her on Duluth television, you very well may have. She often represented the chamber on programs related to business in Duluth. She hosted the popular “Forum” series, which invited stakeholders in the economy of Duluth to discuss the important issues of the day. And she hosted events for up to 1,100 people.

Before working at the Duluth Chamber, she worked at Miller-Dwan Medical Center for 17 years, the last five years as the development specialist for the highly successful Miller-Dwan Foundation.

Although her work at Miller-Dwan kept her busy, Kratt found time to venture into business development. She was involved in the start-up of Diamond Willow Assisted Living, partnering with a family member and eventually selling her shares in the company. She is still involved in a family-run 80-site campground and resort on Island Lake outside of Duluth.

Kratt sees those business ventures as assets in her new role as CCVB executive director. “I’m not just looking at the marketing and tourism side of things. I can relate to the concerns of business owners as well,” she said.

Questions arise regarding possible hospital remodeling

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 9:27am

 The Cook County North Shore Hospital & Care Center board continues to pursue the possibility of remodeling and upgrading the facility.  On August 22, 2013, Administrator Kimber Wraalstad told the board about a study that showed that finances had improved for critical access hospitals after undergoing facility upgrades.  Revenue outpaced interest and depreciation, the number of staff per patient decreased, and quality outcomes were higher.

Wraalstad said she had been soliciting input and suggestions from department heads regarding the proposed remodeling of the hospital and care center. 

Wraalstad showed the board a slide of the general floor plan she was proposing.  It had a central entrance for visitors, outpatients, and emergency room patients facing the original hospital parking lot between the hospital and the care center.  It also included an operating room and the infrastructure necessary to provide chemotherapy.

Some services, such as cataract surgery, could be offered quarterly, Wraalstad said.  A general surgeon had called her, offering to work at the hospital part-time, she said, but she could not take him up on his offer because the present facility does not have a required scrub room next to what could be an operating room. 

Board member Tom Spence said the proposed floor plan, which makes use of the current building footprint while also including an addition, looked “chopped up” like the facility is already.  He said he thinks they are dealing with “a dinosaur.”   He suggested that an architect be employed to start them in the right direction. 

Weekend News Roundup for September 7

Sat, 09/07/2013 - 10:17am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. New Tofte Ranger, new wolf pups on Isle Royale, new public land restrictions around Wisconsin mine site, new lake named for invasive species, and much more…all in this week’s news.

Program: 

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Grand Marais Art Colony to offer "Tour d'Art--the Home Collection

Sat, 09/07/2013 - 10:05am

Amy Demmer, director of the Grand Marais Art Colony is pleased to announce that the Art Colony will be presenting Tour d’Art: The Home Collection, an exclusive art and home tour fundraiser on Saturday, September 28.

This is a rare opportunity to view some of the North Shore’s most impressive art collections and architecture and includes a look at a home designed by the late Bruce Abrahamson, an award winning architect, as well as the home of the late Paul Granlund, the sculptor’s whose work The Swimmers adorns the Johnson Heritage Post lawn.

A third home, owned by Joan Drury, features artistically designed elements by regional artists woven into every facet of the house. The fourth home has a collection so vast and so eclectic that the homeowners rotate what is displayed.  This retired art history and architecture professor has a phenomenal collection of rare prints, some dating back to the 15th century.  

The tour culminates at the Art Colony with a reception, a lecture with the director of the Tweed Art Museum of the University of Minnesota-Duluth and special exhibit curated by acclaimed artist Hazel Belvo.

Limited tickets are available at $125 per person, reserve your spot in advance by contacting the Art Colony at 218-387-2737 or info@grandmaraisartcolony.org         

 

MPCA seeking comments on ballast water permitting process

Sat, 09/07/2013 - 10:03am

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking public comment from now through Sept. 11 on its draft ballast water general permit. This state permit would continue the MPCA's regulatory role in helping protect Minnesota waters of Lake Superior from potential environmental and economic harm caused by aquatic invasive species carried in the ballast water of ships.

The draft five-year state permit would affect 55 to 65 U.S.-flagged lakers (a "laker" is a vessel that transits only the Great Lakes), 60 to 65 Canadian-flagged lakers, and 225 to 275 ocean-going ships that transit through, and discharge to, Minnesota waters of Lake Superior.

The MPCA's draft requirements focus on lakers' treatment systems that, when installed, will minimize the introduction of new or spread of aquatic invasive species and submission of a Ballast Water/Sediment Management Plan. Once a ship's plan is approved, the agency would issue a Notice of Coverage for the vessel.

MPCA staff began working on the ballast water discharge program in early 2007 and issued a permit in September 2008. International efforts on this issue, federal court decisions, new requirements contained in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency permit, new U.S. Coast Guard rules, and past state legislation helped shape the MPCA staff's permit-development efforts.

A copy of the draft permit, fact sheet, and public notice are available for review at the MPCA offices in St. Paul and Duluth and online on the MPCA's Public Notices webpage.

Radio Waves Music Festival starts today with Community Band at 4 p.m.

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 11:59am

The 6th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival starts today! It features a diverse line-up of North Shore musicians playing back to back over three days at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Recreation Area, from Friday - Sunday, Sept. 6 - 8. It’s the perfect setting for sharing the weekend with friends and family, while enjoying a wide variety of music. There will be a dance floor, free children’s activities from noon - 4:00 p.m. both days, and on-site food vendors providing snacks, meals, kid-friendly options, and a special Sunday morning breakfast. Don't worry about the weather, there's a big tent to protect the musicians and audience!

This year’s line-up reflects the incredible talent and diversity of North Shore musicians.  “It was really important to us to be inclusive and to build a line-up that explores the talent of the area,” says WTIP’s Music Director Cathy Quinn.  The line-up offers a variety of genres, from rock to folk, jazz, swing, and country. See the complete line-up below.

This year, the Radio Waves Music Festival is celebrating its sixth year. It takes place annually the weekend after Labor Day under a big tent in an outdoor venue, with on-site food, children’s activities, and on-site camping. Admission is only $5 per day or $10 for the weekend. For more information, check out WTIP’s website: www.wtip.org or call (218) 387-1070.

Bid accepted for Superior National at Lutsen improvements

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 11:56am

At the August 13, 2013 meeting of the Cook County - Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA), the EDA board was disappointed to hear from golf course consultant Jeff Brauer of Golfscapes, Inc. that the bids received for renovations at Superior National at Lutsen golf course had come in too high, with a $727,133.42 difference between the lowest bidder and the proposed budget of $3,897,982.50. However, Brauer reassured the EDA that “value engineering” could put the project back in line with the EDA’s project budget and could allow work to still begin this fall.

“So we’re not dead in the water?” asked EDA Chair Mark Sandbo. Brauer said no and asked for authorization to work with the low bidders and Superior National staff to see what changes could be made to get the project within budget.  The EDA asked him to proceed and a special meeting was held on August 21 to hear another proposal, closer, but still $262,032.92 higher than what the EDA had earmarked for the project.

Value engineering to bring down costs

Mid-America Golf and Landscape of Kansas City, Missouri, remained the company with the lowest bid after value engineering at $4,160,015.42. To reach that reduced bid, Brauer and Superior National staff agreed to eliminate the driving range, to reuse nearly all the existing cart paths and to eliminate some greens protective material as it was already being provided in the stormwater management plan.

Other “minor reductions” could be made, wrote Brauer in his bid summary, but it was noted that he and Golf Course Manager Bob Fenwick believed further reductions would take the course below “resort-level,” which the EDA is seeking per its business plan put together by Sirius Golf Advisors.

Join WTIP for the 6th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 10:23am

Join WTIP Community Radio for the 6th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival September 6th to 8th.  It features live music throughout the day, a dance floor, children’s activities, and on-site food vendors.  It’s a rain or shine event under a big-top tent in the Grand Marais Recreation Area. Check out the music line-up and details. 
 

Cromwell vs. Cook County Girls Volleyball

Date: 
09/05/2013
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Cromwell defeats Cook County 3 games to 2 -Click for details

Cromwell defeats Cook County 3 games to 2.

Game scores:
14-25, 25-20, 25-13, 17-25 , 15-7

Stats for Cromwell
Rachel Hutar: 15D
Andrea Hakamaki: 11D
Kiiera Anderson: 10D
Allie Cahoon: 10SA

Stats for Cook County
Jessica Berg-Collman: 22SA, 12D
Sarah Deschampe: 18D
Linden Sutton: 17K, 5SB, 14D
Madison Roy: 13SA, 13D

Grand Portage Band cancels moose hunt

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 6:32am

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has announced it will not hold its planned moose hunt this fall, avoiding an arbitration process with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that the band in August had announced it would issue 21 permits for a bulls-only moose hunt Oct. 5-20 on lands in the ceded territory covered by an 1854 treaty.

The DNR opposed the band’s plans for the hunt based on an agreement between the state and the 1854 Treaty Authority, which represents both the Grand Portage and Bois Forte bands.

As a result, the DNR had begun a formal arbitration process with the Grand Portage Band, but no arbitration hearings had yet been held when the band canceled its hunt.

Under a court-approved agreement between the DNR and the treaty authority, the bands may not hold a big-game hunting season for which no corresponding state hunting season is being held.

The state pays the Grand Portage and Bois Forte bands each year to limit their exercise of some treaty rights. During fiscal year 2013, which ended June 30, the DNR paid $2.68 million each to the two bands.

In February, the DNR decided to cancel its moose hunting season because of conservation concerns about the moose population. The population has dropped from an estimated 8,800 moose in 2006 to an estimated 2,760 in this past winter’s survey. The population suffered a 35 percent drop from 2012 to 2013.

Norman Deschampe, chairman of the Grand Portage Tribal Council, said that a tribal subsistence hunt “is fundamentally different than a sports hunt and should be considered differently.”

Deschampe also said the band was disappointed that the DNR ignored its obligation to consult with the band before cancelling the state moose hunt.

The Bois Forte band earlier opted not to hold a moose season.

Maria Nickolay offers "Ireland's Call" concert at Hovland Town Hall

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 10:58pm

Justice and reconciliation are the themes of a Youth With A Mission (YWAM) trip that Maria Nickolay of Hovland will be taking this fall. Nickolay leaves October 1 for Rostrevor, Northern Ireland.

To raise funds for her mission trip, Nickolay is performing Irish music at the Hovland Town Hall on Friday, September 6 at 7 p.m Hall.

Nickolay has been working hard to raise the $12,000 required to take part in this mission opportunity, This concert is the latest effort to reach her fundraising goal. It is also an opportunity to hear an amazing young musician perform.

There is no cover charge at the door, but donations will be happily accepted toward her YWAM trip.

New District Ranger at Tofte

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 6:02pm
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Kurt Steele is the new District Ranger for the Tofte District. Steele brings a broad background in natural resource management, including forest ecosystems, fisheries and wildlife, fire operations and silviculture.

He has held positions on several national forests in Oregon and Georgia prior to coming to the Tofte Ranger District.
Steele and his wife, Melissa, a teacher, have already been in the area for some time. His official start date is Monday, September 9th.