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Arts and Cultural Heritage Awards presented May 29 at Grand Marais Art Colony

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:46am

The 17th Annual Arts and Cultural Heritage Arrowhead Arts Awards celebration will be held in Cook County, at the Grand Marais Art Colony, where one of the recipients of a prestigious arts award works. The celebration at the Art Colony on May 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. will recognize Art Colony Director Amy Demmer for her significant contributions to the arts in the Arrowhead Region.

Demmer is the recipient of this year's Maddie Simons Advocate Award, in recognition of her work at the Grand Marais Art Colony since 2006. 

The award is presented by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, the largest funder of the arts in the seven counties of northeastern Minnesota.


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City ordinance change will allow Sunday growler sales in Grand Marais

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:44am

At the Grand Marais City Council meeting on Wednesday, May 13, the city council had a first reading of an amendment to a recently enacted ordinance allowing growler sales in Grand Marais. The revised language will allow off-sale of 64-ounce containers of beer or malt liquor on Sunday in accordance with a new law approved by the state Legislature.

A second reading of the city’s ordinance change will be held at council’s May 27 meeting. The amended ordinance will take effect upon approval of the second reading and its subsequent publication.


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Grand Marais Playhouse announces auditions for Eleemosynary

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 2:40pm

The Grand Marais Playhouse will be holding auditions for Eleemosynary May 27 at 7:30 p.m. There are roles for three women. Sensitive and probing, this masterful play examines the subtle and often perilous relationship between three remarkable women: a young girl, her mother, and her grandmother. Performances will be June 25- 28 and July 2-5.

A preliminary rehearsal schedule will be distributed at auditions. This production will be directed by Jackson Nickolay.

For more information, contact (218) 387-1284 ext. 2. 


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'Perennials In Your Garden' workshops offered on June 6

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 11:15am

If you’d like to learn more about the wonderful perennial flowers that will grow in Cook County, there are June workshops that can help. WTIP volunteer Randy Eastlund spoke with Diane Booth and Maxine Linehan on North Shore Morning. 

Saturday, June 6th
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. -- Pesticides & Perennials
10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. -- Designing with Perennials
11:30  a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- Perennials for Zones 3 & 4

Lunch is from 12:30  p.m. to 1:30 p.m.       (Pre-register by May 29th to reserve a lunch)
You can choose one afternoon session that runs from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.:
--Native Perennials in Your Landscape :  Learn about native perennials and start some to take home with you.   
--Make & Take a Container Planting Using Perennials:  Demonstration on incorporating perennials into your container.  Make and take 12 container with plantings. 
--Information and Demos on Splitting Tubers, Bulbs, Perennials: You will learn how to divide these perennials and take some home with you. 
These workshops are sponsored by the U of M Cook County Master Gardeners.  For more information or to reserve your place, call 218-387-3015.

(Photo by J. Michael Raby)


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new Cook County Youth Agency Coalition

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:27pm

The YMCA is the home of the new Cook County Youth Agency Coalition, or CCYAC (prounounced‘kayak’).  WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan spoke with Branch Executive Director Emily Marshall and new coalition director Jaye White on North Shore Morning


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Maximizing broadband's potential for the County: community meetings, June 2,3

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:27pm

The Blandin Foundation will be back in town to talk with residents about potential broadband projects.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with county broadband commission chair Bob Pranis about two up-coming public input meetings.

The Cook County Broadband Commission hosts two community input meetings to gather ideas regarding broadband applications that can have positive rural impacts.  Bill Coleman of the Blandin Foundation will facilitate the discussion.   Input from the meetings will be used to develop and submit a grant application with Blandin.  The first meeting is at Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte on Tuesday, June 2nd from 6:30 to 8:30pm; and the second is at the Cook County Community Center on Wednesday, June 3rd from 4 to 6pm.  To get the discussion going, the Broadband Commission will be present two ideas, 1) development of a co-working/co-location site and 2) multiple teleconferencing sites at public spaces around the community to reduce travel by having remote interaction by broadband.  Additional ideas are welcomed from the residents and visitors of the County.  More information from Broadband Commission Chair Bob Pranis at 387-2358.


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