Groomed Today Following the Recent Snowfall

New Snowfall: 
2-3 inches
Last Grooming Date: 
Base Depth: 
8-10 inches

Windy with blowing snow today, but Upper and Lower Snowmen, West Overlook and Pincushion Mountain trails were groomed for skate and classic tracked.  We'll be grooming more this week depending on wind and snow conditions.

Biomass District Heating Plan Update

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 3:12pm

The proposed Biomass District Heat Plan could change how heat is provided for a portion of Grand Marais. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with George Wilkes of the Cook County Local Energy Project, and Grand Marais mayor Jay Arrowsmith-DeCoux on North Shore Morning.

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Help Rob get to Grandma's Marathon!

Dear Cook County Residents,


I'm campaigning as part of the American Red Cross' marathon team for Grandma's Marathon in June.  I'm trying to raise $500 as my committment to the team.  A $10 donation is all that I'm asking, and it goes a long way to help me reach my goal.  If you can help please go to this page to donate  You can even choose how your donation will be used by the Red Cross.  It's a great charity and a great event.  All help is very much appreciated.  Thanks!

CONTACT: Rob Wells
PHONE: 387-2916
DATE: 02/24/2015 02:56pm

Cook County North Shore Hospital & Care Center - Peter Igoe's Retirement

Peter Igoe will be retiring from the Cook County North Shore Hospital & Care Center at the end of the month. Please join us for cake in the large classroom at the hospital on Friday 2/27 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

CONTACT: Jodi Johnson
PHONE: 218-387-3040
DATE: 02/24/2015 02:05pm

Harbor House Grille is Hiring!

Harbor House Grille, a fun, fast paced restaurant is seeking full and part-time servers, line cook, sous chef, dishwashers and host to join our team. Must be reliable, able to multi task and have great customer service skills. Experience a plus. Available to start immediately or for the busy summer season. Contact Cindy or Ed for an application. Located at 411 W Hwy 61 in Grand Marais

CONTACT: Chef Ed Straub
PHONE: (218) 387-1889
DATE: 02/24/2015 02:05pm

City Council to prioritize its priorities

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:03pm

In an effort to develop a long-term planning strategy and identify needs for consideration in future budgets, Grand Marais city councilors decided Feb. 11 to hold a day-long workshop sometime next month.

City Administrator Mike Roth broached the topic at council’s prior meeting and was asked to compile some information about the various options. Roth reiterated Feb. 11 that there are many different ways to go about the process–each with its own timeline and cost–and it is up to council to decide which process is most suitable, the scope of the undertaking and hoped-for results, and how much time and resources they are willing to invest.

The city administrator recommended the day-long planning workshop as a way to review past plans, projects and issues. “After this session…council will be in a better position to make decisions about strategic planning,” Roth said.

Councilor Tim Kennedy, who is the lone holdover from the previous board, agreed that an all-day session with the city’s department heads is the best way to go, rather than trying to incorporate a planning process into the agenda for a regular meeting. “This isn’t something we can do in an hour or two,” he said. “We want to accomplish something, and it will take some time.”

There was general agreement, with Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux observing that the new councilors (who took office at the beginning of the year) are still in the “getting up to speed phase” and reading about and reviewing planning efforts and strategies taken up by previous councils. Councilors also said they plan to meet individually with the department heads and tour the city’s facilities in order to familiarize themselves with the city’s holdings and needs.