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North Shore Music Association awarded $5,000 grant

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 3:02pm


Staff report

The North Shore Music Association has been awarded a $5,000 Art Project grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

The grant funding will be used to host a performance and master class by world-renowned German pianist Andreas Klein on April 22, 2017. Mr. Klein will perform a themed solo concert entitled Unleashing Musical Architecture and the following day will offer a piano master class.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is a regional nonprofit that has been encouraging local arts development in northeastern Minnesota through arts funding and services for over 35 years.

For the complete list of those awarded in the Arrowhead Region, visit

Grand Marais State Bank donates to Cook County Food Shelf

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 4:05pm

On Tuesday, October 4, the Cook County Food Shelf received a generous check of $1,000 from the Grand Marais State Bank. Presenting the gift to Food Shelf volunteer coordinator Gwen Lenz was Bank President Mike LaVigne

In giving thanks, Lenz said, "We distribute food to 125 families each month, and we are not supported by the state or city or any government whatsoever. We are supported entirely by gifts from individuals and from businesses that have a strong sense of community, so we appreciate this gift.”

"This donation is part of the way we are celebrating the bank's 100th anniversary," LaVigne said.

This gift wasn't the only money the bank gave out during its recent festivities. A drawing was held, and the following people each won $100: Marsha Hansen, Grace Floe, Jana Berka, Jim Larsen, Val Groth, Carol Miller, Stan Nelson Jr., Paul Smith, Linda Walker, Aaron Davies, Elizabeth Martinez and Ashley Ross.

"It should be noted that Stan Nelson Jr. donated his winning check to the food shelf," said LaVigne.

Currently, the food shelf, which is located in the basement of the First Congregational Church in Grand Marais at 300 West Second Street, is well stocked, said Lenz.

"But with winter coming on people's heating bills go up and they have less money for food, and that's when we can use more donations," she added.

The food shelf could always use some more help, Lenz said. More volunteers are needed to assist with packing bags and boxes, and picking up groceries or helping with the distribution of food, she said, adding, "We will be happy to train anyone who wants to help out."

In addition to distributing food, the food shelf also serves as a NAPS program for elders and a WIC small bag distribution site.

The food shelf is open every Monday (holidays included) from 3 to 5 p.m. and the first Wednesday night of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. Donations of food for people and pets are accepted at the shelter.

To volunteer, please call Jean Perkins at 387-2138 or Gwen Lenz at 387-9860.


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Fall weather slowly moves in

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 4:07pm

The weather will feel a lot like fall this weekend. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Stewart about chilly lows and highs in the upper 40’s.


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Grand Portage biologist discusses 2016 moose hunt

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:02pm

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa will take a combined total of 10 bull moose in northeastern Minnesota this year. The hunt is expected to begin as soon as Oct. 22.

Members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa took 25 bull moose in the same region this fall, plus three additional moose for community needs. The Fond du Lac hunt ended on Oct. 14 when the bull moose quota was met. 

Seth Moore, director of biology and environment for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, talks with WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs about the 2016 moose hunt. 


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Commissioners to host town hall meetings focusing on levy, tax dollars

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:59am

A majority of the Cook County Commissioners are hosting town hall meetings before Nov. 2.

Commissioner and Board Chair Heidi Doo-Kirk is sponsoring a town hall meeting October 19th from 6 to 8 p.m. in the commissioners’ room at the courthouse to talk with about county services.

Commissioner Frank Moe is sponsoring a town hall meeting at the Hovland Town hall on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. to discuss the county budget and county services. Moe has also invited the EDA to talk about their initiatives in Cook County.

In addition, Commissioner Garry Gamble is hosting a town hall event on Thursday, Oct. 27 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Cook County Community Center.

And on Tuesday, Nov. 1, Commissioner Ginny Storlie is hosting a town hall meeting in the west end of Cook County.
WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with County Administrator Jeff Cadwell about the town hall events. 


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Special deer hunt permits now required at Cascade River and Judge Magney state parks

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 10:31am

There are changes to requirements for hunting in two North Shore parks this fall. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs spoke with the DNR about these changes. (Audio posted below)

Cascade River and Judge C. R. Magney state parks will again hold a special firearms deer hunt this fall during regular firearms season Nov. 5-20. New for the 2016 season, hunters wishing to participate in the special hunt will need to obtain a free special deer hunt permit.

Special deer hunt permits will be available starting Friday Oct. 14, on a first come, first served basis, at the Cascade State Park office. The park office will be open Monday thru Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Friday thru Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hunters wishing to obtain a special hunt permit must choose whether they want to participate in the Cascade River State Park or the Judge C. R. Magney State Park hunt. Participants must have a valid Minnesota deer license before obtaining a special hunt permit at the park.

Deer hunters with a special deer hunt permit for Cascade River or Judge C. R. Magney State Park will be able to harvest one deer of either sex within the selected park. Hunters that wish to also hunt another area outside the park may tag a deer with their regular license, and purchase one bonus permit specific to the special park hunt. Statewide bag limits still apply, so a hunter may tag one legal buck per year, without exception. Deer taken in the park’s special hunt must be registered to the special hunt number for the park hunted (900 or 911). It is unlawful to register a deer taken outside the park boundary under the park special hunt number.

Portable deer stands are allowed for this special state park hunt, but must be removed within a day after the hunt. Permanent deer stands, screw-in steps or other devices that damage trees are not permitted. See for further information.

The goal of these state park hunts is to ensure healthy natural communities. High concentrations of deer in one area can negatively impact the native plants and other animals. Numerous hunts are scheduled to take place at Minnesota state parks this fall, as a way to help control the deer population in parks.


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Members of WTIP staff attend Vikings game at US Bank Stadium

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 12:23pm

WTIP was given two press passes for the Vikings game on Oct. 9. WTIP’s Program Director Matthew Brown and Joe Friedrichs shared the duties of snapping photos, shooting video, recording interviews and, perhaps, simply embracing the moment.

Joe Friedrichs has this report on the new stadium and the experience at a Vikings game.


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City to host series of meetings focusing on future of Grand Marais

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 8:18am

Local residents and anyone with interest is invited to help shape the future of Grand Marais during a series of public meetings this week.

The Grand Marais Community Visioning and Comprehensive Plan Update will take the form of workshops and other formats for discussion and feedback. A Kick-off Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Cook County Courthouse. Supplemental pop-up workshops will be held at several community events following the kick-off.

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence has more on the city’s outreach to help plan the future of Grand Marais. 


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