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Bikers hitting the trail in Lutsen 99er this weekend

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:04am

Some 1,500 mountain bike enthusiasts will converge on Lutsen Mountains on June 27 to compete in one of three events, a 19-mile, 39-mile and 99-mile race. 

Entrants in the 99-mile race will experience about 7,000 feet of climbing. They will peddle on a variety of surfaces, 10 percent pavement, 7 percent single-track trails, 40 percent on ski/snowmobile trails, and 43 percent of the trek will be on forest service roads.

Racers in the 39-mile event and 19-mile events will also experience plenty of rolling scenery as they traverse the trails in and around Lutsen Mountains. And if it should rain, the mud will make it all that more interesting and challenging for riders.

Spectators will have a chance to watch riders in the 99er race at Devil Track campground as they come around there twice.

The first races were held in 2011 and the event has grown every year since. 

Top riders finish the 19-mile race in about 1:10, while first place in the 39-mile event is in around 2:07. Last year’s winner in the 99er crossed the line in 5:51:49.

Sponsored by Lifetime Fitness, the Chanhassen, Minnesota organization brings a lot of expertise and enthusiasm to the event. While quite a few locals participate, most of the elite riders hail from the Midwest and Thunder Bay, Ontario.


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State orders increased value for some Cook County property owners

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:03am

Although the Cook County Assessors Office attempted to hold off the increase, many Cook County residents will see a jump of 10 percent in the value of their property.

The increase, explained Assistant County Assessor Alison Plummer, will impact property owners from the Cascade Beach Road area to the Canadian border, including Birch and Pike lakes and more. Plummer told the county board at the Tuesday, June 23 board meeting that it would affect “residential and non-commercial seasonal residential recreational structures” in the unorganized Range 2W.

Plummer explained that the assessor’s office had appealed to the State Board of Equalization, arguing that market analysis should not reflect the same values for all of range 2W. Plus the change was based on only six property sales.

The assessor’s office received word from the Department of Revenue on June 15, 2015 that the appeal had been denied. Lloyd McCormick, property tax compliance supervisor, said the county would receive a copy of the orders to assess the 10 percent increase at the end of June. The change will not be implemented before the order from the Department of Revenue is received.

Plummer said it means a $5.3 million increase in taxable value in the unorganized 2W district. “So it’s pretty significant,” said Plummer.


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Opening night for Eleemosynary at Arrowhead Center for the Arts

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 1:39pm

It’s opening night for Eleemosynary! The Grand Marais Playhouse is pleased to present this sensitive and probing, masterful play examining the subtle and often perilous relationship between three remarkable women: a young girl, her mother, and her grandmother—all woven into the adventure of a national spelling bee.

Performances are at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts June 25- 28 and July 2-5.

The first Friday performance, on Friday, June 26 is “Food Shelf Friday.” Buy one ticket, get one ticket free with a donation of $5 or more of nonperishable food items or a $10 donation to the Cook County Food Shelf.

The first Sunday of each production is “Donation Day.” On Sunday, June 28, attendees may pay whatever they can. Donation Day is sponsored by North Shore Federal Credit Union.

The box office opens one hour before the play starts or advance tickets can be purchased online at

REMEMBER because of construction in the school parking lot, park behind the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at the top of First Avenue East.


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Full Moon Music Celebration features cellist, Yvonne Caruthers, on July 1

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 2:55pm

Rain or shine, there will be a musical celebration of July’s Full Moon this Wednesday at Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with cellist Yvonne Caruthers on North Shore Morning. 

Cellist Yvonne Caruthers will perform Wednesday, July 1, at 8pm on the lakeshore at Drury Lane Books for a Full Moon Music Celebration.  More information at 387-3370.


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Hovland Arts Festival showcases art created by local residents, July 3-4

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 2:20pm

This weekend in Hovland there’ll be two days of art, music and food. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with artist Hella Buchheim about the Hovland Arts Festival on North Shore Morning. 


Friday, July 3rd & Saturday, July 4th
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Hovland Town Hall

Photography, Wood Work, Ojibwe Beadwork, Jewelry, Wood Burning / Pyrography, Oil on Canvas



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Mixed weather this week with good chance of sun for Independence Day

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:40am

It looks like a mixed bag of weather this week but with a good chance for a sunny 4th. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson about holiday week weather.


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