Do You Have an Idea for a Great Place?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:57am
What makes a Great Place? -- A place that is inviting, beautiful, and catches the eye.  A Great Place encourages people to slow down and spend time there. A Great Place reflects the unique character and identity of the community. To help enhance and create these great places, Moving Matters and the Cook County Chamber of Commerce will give out seed grants of $250-$1,000 to folks in Cook County or Grand Portage.

The Great Place Race is a friendly, local competition for mini-grants to use high impact, low cost ideas to create great places in our communities.

Projects need to be completed by July 31, 2014 and be put in place by the applicant.  The mini-grant can cover the cost of items like planters, plants, paint, signs, chairs, public art, community gardens, bike racks, and much more.
The short, simple application is available online at or paper copies available at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic front desk.

WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Kristin DeArruda Wharton of Moving Matters and Jim Boyd of the Chamber of Commerce to learn more.

(Photo by Jeremy Lopez on Flickr)


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"Impressionistic Watercolors" Course Offered At Art Colony

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 1:54pm

An "Impressionistic Watercolors" course will be offered at the Grand Marais Art Colony on May 5, 6 and 7.  The course will be taught by Andy Evansen of Vermillion, Minnesota, who has traveled and painted in many places around the world, including an Art Colony trip to Isle Royale.  WTIP's Veronica Weadock spoke with Andy to learn more. 

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Easter fun north of the border at Gammondale Farms

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 1:27pm
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Gammondale Farms invites the public to a special springtime event on Saturday, April 19. The farm, about 20 miles north of the U.S. - Canadian border, is hosting an Easter Festival and Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to an egg hunt there will be draft horse rides, face painting, a bake sale and snacks, duck races, a tire swing and a chance to see farm animals—including bunnies, of course!

The cost is $10 per child and includes some Easter “loot.”

For directions or more information, call (807) 475-5615 or visit 

Spring brings music to North Shore Care Center

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 1:23pm

Music abounds at the North Shore Care Center this spring. The Grand Marais Lioness Club will host their monthly social for residents with special desserts on Saturday, April 19 at 3 p.m., along with favorite piano tunes by Irene Thompson.

Additional live music in April will include Myron Bursheim on Sundays, Irene Thompson on Mondays, Al Fuller on Tuesdays, and Susan Scherer on Wednesdays. The classic country band Portage will perform for a dance on April 26 at 6:30 p.m. Families, friends, and community members are always welcome to attend.

There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at North Shore Care Center. For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or visit the website: 

Cook County to host 25th Emergency Services Conference

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:02pm

For 25 years, Cook County has been hosting an emergency services conference in Grand Marais on the last weekend of April. For 25 years, First Responders, firefighters, sheriff deputies, law enforcement dispatchers, Border Patrol agents, EMTs and other medical workers, members of search and rescue and others involved in emergency situations have gathered to learn from one another. Emergency workers from around the region and across the border have participated. They will be gathering once again this year for the 2014 Cook County Emergency Services Conference on April 25- 26.

 Conference Coordinator, Emergency Management Director Jim Wiinanen issued the invitation to this year’s conference, stating, “With most Cook County responder entities migrating to ARMER in the last year to six months, we felt it appropriate to focus on communications. ‘If communications is the key, what does it unlock?’” asked Wiinanen.

 All of the conference information us available online at Anyone with questions may call Wiinanen at (218) 387-3059.

 EMS Director Wiinanen encouraged emergency workers to register soon to help with planning.  A $10 suggested registration is payable at the door when you sign in at the conference.

 Wiinanen added, “ Twenty-five years of Emergency Services Conferences may be a milestone.  But that pales compared to the evolution of emergency service in the county.  I hear that the first ambulance in the county came in 1948 and if you attend the conference you will learn about that vehicle and the changes in emergency service through the years.”

Great Decisions Discussion Group: Food and Climate

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:51pm

“Food and Climate” will be the topic at this month’s Great Decisions Discussion Group, scheduled for Thursday, April 17 from noon to 1:30 pm at the Cook County Community Center, 317 West 5th Street, Grand Marais.  Eric and Virginia Reiner will lead the discussion dealing with the global political concerns of climate change and food security.  WTIP's Mark Abrahamson spoke with Eric and Virginia to learn more.  

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