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Assistant County Engineer resigns for new post

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 8:03am

 Cook County Board of Commissioners accepted with regrets the resignation of County Highway Department Assistant Engineer Sam Muntean. Muntean, who worked for Cook County for 2½ years, accepted the position of county engineer for Lac Qui Parle County in southwestern Minnesota.

County Engineer David Betts said Muntean had been with highway department since October 2012.  “He has proven to be an indispensable member of our staff and will been extremely difficult to replace,” said Betts.

Betts requested authorization to advertise to fill Muntean’s position, which was granted. Muntean’s last day will be April 21.


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Dessert social and Portage at North Shore Care Center

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 8:00am

The Grand Marais Lioness Club will host their monthly social for residents on Saturday, April 18 at 3 p.m. with delicious desserts for everyone. Irene Thompson will play old tunes on the piano. Later that day at 6:30 p.m., the band Portage will perform their classic country music dance. As always, families, friends, and community members are welcome to join in the fun.

Additional live music this month features Myron Bursheim on Sundays, Irene Thompson on Mondays, Al Fuller on Tuesdays, and Susan Scherer on Wednesdays.

There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information about our volunteer program, upcoming activities, and 50th Anniversary events, please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or visit the website:  


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"Down Under" fundraiser at Grand Marais Art Colony tomorrow

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:33am

Just a sophomore, Molly Thomas has already made her mark as a very fast 400-meter dash runner for Cook County High School. In ninth grade the smooth striding Thomas nearly qualified for the state meet, and in the process almost broke the school record.

For her efforts Thomas was selected to compete in the “Down Under Sports Tournament” in Australia that will be held in July 2015.

But Thomas needs a little help to get there.

Toward that end her aunt, Leah Thomas and several individuals in the county are sponsoring a fundraiser that will be held April 18 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

“Everyone is invited to attend an evening of live music with Cook County’s Most Wanted,” said Thomas, adding that there will also be sweet treats for sale and a silent auction. Molly’s aunt, Carah Thomas is one of the talented members of Cook County’s Most Wanted.

Molly will represent the Central Conference track and field team in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Bring your dancing shoes. It should be a great time for all. Cost is $5 for students and $10 for adults with all proceeds going to fund Molly’s trip. 


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Memorization Made Easy, April 22 & 23

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:49am

Rose Arrowsmith Decoux and Jackson Nickolay share the details of their upcoming class with North Shore Morning host Matthew Brown.  
More information and registration with Sue at 387-1284, extension 2 on online.


Botany and photography workshops offered on Isle Royale

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:52pm

Workshops in botany and photography are offered starting in June on Isle Royale. WTIP volunteer Joey Detrick spoke with instructor and botanist, Janet Marr, along with Kristine Bradof, Executive Director of Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association, on North Shore Morning.

Photography workshops: June 12-17 and October 2-4
Botany workshop: September 8-13

More information available at Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association, or contact Kristine Bradof at 906-482-7860, email


James and the Giant Peach opens April 17

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:14am

The Grand Marais Playhouse is proud to present James and the Giant Peach, the tale of a magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape.

Roald Dahl's story comes hilariously to life in this delightful dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with crises. You will see James (as he cleverly gets the Peach out of danger), the wise Old-Green-Grasshopper and the pessimistic Earthworm.

Cast includes: Anna Ahonen, Sylvia Berka, Grace Blomberg, Amy Carpenter, Elsa Garry, Ella Hedstrom, Liv Hedstrom, Robin Henrikson, Shaelyn Hingos, Luke Johnson, Savanna Merritt Olivia Nesgoda-Works, Amery Oberg, Hazel Oberholtzer, Katie Peck, Louise Ramberg, Aurora Schelmeske, Sarah Sivinski, Izy Sparks, Abbey Stoddard, Rio Tersteeg, Kylie Viren, Charlet Waver, Hailey Weile, and Dominic Wilson.

This Richard R. George adaptation is directed by Sue Hennessy.

Shows are at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts April 17-18 at 7 p.m., April 19 at 2 p.m. April 24-25 at 7 p.m. and April 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 students. Advance tickets are available on-line at The box office opens one hour before each performance.


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