Blue Water Cafe

Todays Cafe Classic

For Breakfast:  Guacamole and Eggs served on toast, served with sliced tomato , Sour Cream and Salsa

For Lunch:  Philly Steak Sandwich, Peppers, Onions, Swiss Cheese.  Served with choice of Fries, Fresh Strawberries, or Coleslaw.

We serve Pie Place Pies.  Baked fresh every day.  check out the selection

For Dinner:  All you can eat Fish Fry { Pollock or Walleye }

Hours:  7am to 8pm

8 piece Broasted Chicken $8.88

Prescribed burn near Ely now classified as wildfire

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 6:49pm

A prescribed burn started by the United States Forest Service just west of Ely has escaped and is now considered a wildfire.

The fire is heading north through a dry forest toward the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The fire escaped at approximately 2 p.m. today and firefighting crews, including aerial support, are presently fighting the blaze.

This is from a press release via the Forest Service sent late Thursday afternoon:

The Superior National Forest has a prescribed fire that escaped the containment lines this afternoon at 1400. The fire escaped to the north and west of Foss Lake. We have declared the prescribed fire a wildfire and have air tankers, helicopters, and additional ground fire fighters assisting with containing the escape.
We are also initiating aerial reconnaissance of the lakes to the north and east of the Crab lake entry point. We will notify visitors of the fire moving in the area. The fire is north of highway 169, north of the far western end of the Wolf Lake Road, west of South end of Burntside Lake.

According to reports from the area, the smoke column can be seen from many miles away and a number of 911 calls came in reporting the fire.

Stay tuned to WTIP in the coming days for more information on this fire burning near Ely and the BWCAW. 

For sale Two 8'x 12' Decks

Two 8' x 12' Decks.  Treated 2x 8 lumber.  Two foot on center joists.  Radius edge.  Triple coated screws.  No nails.    $400 each

Free delivery within 30 miles of Grand Marais

Call 663-9084           Do Not Respond by Email

CONTACT: Printha Moe
DATE: 05/19/2016 04:22pm

Full Time Summer Retail Position

Buck’s Hardware has a seasonal full time sales position available.  

We are seeking the following skillset:

Customer Service

Ability to lift 40 lbs; assist customers with soil and seed, etc.

Knowledgeable of the local community; fishing and hunting is a real plus!

Like to do a bit of everything; our small operation works with teamwork.

We are a general mercantile retailer open 7 days a week located in downtown Grand Marais. 

You may pick up an application at the store or email your resume:

Tracy Benson


On the corner of 1st Ave West and Hwy 61

Grand Marais, MN

CONTACT: Buck's Hardware Hank
PHONE: 218.387.2280
DATE: 05/19/2016 04:13pm

Flowers & Vegetables Starters Have Arrived

From right across the border, your first taste of spring has arrived;  the summer flowers and vegetables starters have arrived. 

Stop in an see all the color you can add to your garden.

Happy to Support WTIP's Northern Gardening Program

Buck's Hardware Hank

On the Corner of 1st Ave West & Highway 61

Grand Marais,  MN   55604




CONTACT: Buck's Hardware Hank
PHONE: 218.387.2280
DATE: 05/19/2016 04:04pm

Mesabi Academy set to close in wake of allegations

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 3:19pm

Mesabi Academy announced Thursday that it will close its program located on the Iron Range and transition youth at the facility back to their placing agency by the end of June, according to a release from officials at the facility.

A recent and ongoing investigative series from American Public Media into the Mesabi Academy, which is a juvenile corrections facility located in the tiny town of Buhl, has brought a string of reaction and emotion to the region and beyond. Allegations directed toward the facility focused on abuse, some of which were sexual in nature. 

According to Cook County officials, there were at least several boys housed at the facility as of May 11. However, Sue Futterer, the director of Cook County Human Services, said her department was in the process of removing those youth prior to the announcement of Mesabi Academy closing.

The decision to close the correctional and school facility follows in the footsteps of this month’s removal of youth placed by Hennepin and Ramsey counties, and the decision by Minnesota’s Department of Corrections to halt admissions at Mesabi.

“This has been a very difficult decision, because we know the allegations made or insinuated through the media reports are not true,” the statement said. “Mesabi Academy has provided excellent care and a safe environment for the youth placed there since its founding in 1998. It's completely unfair that the exceptional work of our staff has been called into question in these reports, and that they have been characterized as having any higher priority than the safety and well-being of the kids placed at Mesabi Academy.”

To listen to a recent story on WTIP about Mesabi Academy and the allegations, click here. 

SOLD - Twin Bed With Storage Drawers

SOLD - Twin Bed with Storage Drawers $250

In very good condition, has three storage drawers, and headboard with shelves.

Mattress in excellent condition.

Call or text 370-5932

PHONE: 387-1708
DATE: 05/19/2016 01:38pm

SOLD - Four Drawer Dresser

SOLD - Four Drawer Dresser For Sale $100

33"w x 44"h x 18"d

Call or text 370-5932

PHONE: 387-1708
DATE: 05/19/2016 01:36pm

County administrator talks rights of way, School House Road issue

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 12:24pm

An issue involving road access and use along the School House Road off of the Gunflint Trail has led to discussion amongst Cook County Staff and the Board of Commissioners regarding policy for rights of ways. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs spoke with Cook County Administrator Jeff Cadwell about this topic. 


Fourth Monday Meal at UCC 5/23

Please join us for a free community meal: cook together, eat together, take some home!

This month we are collaborating with Moving Matters for a full evening:


3-5pm:     Fourth Monday Meal preparation

3-5pm:     “Cheap & Easy: Delicious Meals with Dried Beans”

                 Dietician Mary Zaboracki and

                 Kristin DeArruda Wharton teach bean recipes

5-7pm:      Community Meal

6pm:         Peace Path Walk/Bike starting at the church

3-7pm:       WOW Bike program information

CONTACT: First Congregational UCC
PHONE: 2183872113
DATE: 05/19/2016 11:55am

Cook County YMCA Aquatic Supervisor




The aquatic supervisor will oversee all aquatic staff including lifeguards and swim instructors.  The will also oversee creating staff schedules and training, maintaining supply inventory and special events.


Recruits, hires, trains, develops, schedules and directs personnel and volunteers as needed.
Reviews and evaluates staff performance.
Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
Ensures records of staff certifications, drills, and skills are up to date. (pool chemicals)
Secures staff for special events
Conducts lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR trainings.
Develops and conducts in-service trainings.
Ensure safe conditions of the pool facilities and equipment. Conduct monthly safety inspections and re-stock first aid supplies and other aquatic equipment.
Maintain safety procedures and update manuals as needed.
Research, train in, and use current best practices for aquatic safety and assessment.
Assist leadership team with Staff on Duty shifts which includes weekends.
Responsible for staff and shift coverage in aquatic area.
Completes Certified Pool and Spa Operator course in the first 3 months of employment.  Assists with inspection and maintenance of pool operating systems.


Has at least one year of experience as a lifeguard.
Minimum age of 21
Maintain current certifications as a Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor and/or YMCA Aquatics Management certification.
Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.


CONTACT: Heather Klingsporn
PHONE: 2187224745
DATE: 05/19/2016 11:44am

Cook County Whole Foods CO-OP

Soups Of The Day

Mulligatawny, Potato Chowder, Tomato Leek. Enjoy!

SOLD - 2002 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab 4WD

SOLD - 2002 Dodge Dakota SLT Quad Cab 4WD for sale. 

$1,400 OBO

5-Speed Manual, AC, Cruise Control, AM/FM Cassette & CD, Engine Block Heater, Heavy Duty Battery,  and Towing Pkg. 214,700 miles. Interior is in good condition. Exterior has some rust, especially the box. Starts & runs well. Decent gas mileage at 17 mpg. Has been a great truck, but as with most older trucks has some quirks. Kelly Blue Book "fair condition" value is $2,764. I am asking $1,400 OBO because it needs brake work and some engine reconditioning.  

Leave a message or text 370-5932

PHONE: 387-1708
DATE: 05/19/2016 10:59am

Cascade Restaurant and Pub

Irish Fish n' Chips! Fried Shrimp Dinner! Clam Chowder! Happy Hour 3-6pm!

Happy Friday!  Fish n' chips, fried shrimp dinner, and clam chowder!  

Happy Hour every day from 3-6pm with 1/2 price appetizers and drink specials.

3719 W. Highway 61, Lutsen


It's beginning to look a lot like Spring

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:39am

A beautiful spring weekend is in store, with a little rain leading into what looks like a nice week ahead. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Linda Engebretson.