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Easter fun north of the border at Gammondale Farms

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:27pm
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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 - 2:23pm

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 - 6:02pm

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.”

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"Impressionistic Watercolors" Course Offered At Art Colony

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:54pm

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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Great Decisions Discussion Group: Food and Climate

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:51pm

“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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Total Lunar Eclipse, Early Tuesday April 15

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 9:18am

If you're up late working on your taxes, there's an oppotunity to view a total lunar eclipse.

No special equipment is required.  Night owls can watch the full moon fade away and then turn red.  The main event is between 1 and 4:30am Tuesday April 15th.  WTIP’s Audrey Summers spoke with Sally Brummel of the Bell Museum of Natural History to learn more.  

Timing for the best viewing of the April 14-15, 2014 total lunar eclipse (all are CDT):
Start of easiest eclipse viewing: 12:58 a.m.
Start of total eclipse: 2:07 a.m.
Mid-eclipse: 2:46 a.m.
End of total eclipse: 3:35 a.m.
End of easiest eclipse viewing: 4:34 a.m.
During a total lunar eclipse our moon passes directly into Earth’s shadow, and viewers can see the Earth’s curved shadow pass over the moon. Near mid-eclipse, the moon often turns shades of red from sunlight refracting through the Earth’s atmosphere and reflecting off our moon. 


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