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End-of-summer celebration at Grand Marais Library Aug. 26

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:28pm

An end-of-summer celebration is planned for 10:30 a.m. Aug. 26 for those who participated in the library’s summer reading program.

Of course, said Grand Marais Library’s Patsy Ingebrigtsen, all are invited to the event on the library lawn which will include music, games, prizes and a picnic beginning with a “Musical Animals” children's program followed by a prize drawing and picnic for all families with young children.

The music program was created to celebrate and enhance the stories enjoyed by the youngsters, said Ingebrigtsen, and the selections in the 45-minute program were chosen with several animals in mind. “We’ll hear from a butterfly, a busy bee and the duck from Peter and the Wolf,” Ingebrigtsen said.

Yvonne Caruthers (cello), Philis Anderson (oboe) and Gina Macy (flute) will perform for the “Musical Animals” event and possibly during the picnic afterwards. The picnic will begin at noon and feature food donated by IGA, Johnson's Foods and the Whole Foods Co-op.

The day’s events will conclude with a grand prize drawing at 1 p.m. for the kids who participated in the “Read to the Rhythm” 50-day reading challenge, and a drawing for the teens who reached their goals.

“The kids have been so excited about the big drawing,” Ingebrigtsen said, explaining that program participants were given one chance for every 10 days of reading they did.

Options for prizes are tickets for a ride on the Hjördis, a YMCA birthday party, a YMCA youth session and a gift certificate at the Art Colony. There is also $250 in cash or gift certificate drawings for the teens, thanks to the generosity of Grand Marais State Bank. All of the prizes were donated.

Presentation on 'Neutrinos and Dark Matter' at Sugarloaf Cove on August 29

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:11pm

The Soudan Underground Physics Lab does research in two major areas, neutrinos and dark matter. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with education coordinator Allen Lipke of on North Shore Morning.

The Limits of the Universe: Neutrinos and Dark Matter!
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center on August 29 at 10:00 am
9096 Hwy 61
Schroeder, MN 55613
Phone: 218-663-7679 (summer only)




Bill Hansen announces candidacy for District 3A House seat

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:26am

Tofte businessman Bill Hansen has made it official by announcing he’ll run for the District 3A House seat vacated by the death of David Dill.

Hansen said, “I’m inspired by the success of progressive political leaders like Governor Mark Dayton and Duluth Mayor Don Ness. I’d strive to bring that style of leadership to the people of District 3A. I am a lifelong business owner and DFL activist. My civic work over the last 25 years has allowed me to be involved in economic and community development across northern Minnesota. My constituents will be the people of District 3A, not billionaires and multinational corporations.”

Hansen has been twice endorsed by the DFL for this seat, but lost to Dill twice in primary elections. He is the only candidate so far who has publicly stated that he’ll abide by the DFL endorsement process.

Hansen and his wife Cindy have run the Sawbill Canoe Outfitters, founded by his parents in 1958, for many years. Now his daughter and son-in-law are moving home to run the business, leaving time for Hansen to dedicate time exclusively to public service.

According to sources familiar with the situation, a special election will be called for December 8, with a primary on September 29. The announcement from the Governor is expected this week. The November 3 election day was not chosen to allow the candidates and parties more time.

As yet no Republican candidates have announced. Two other DFL’ers, Koochiching County Commissioner Rob Ecklund and Ely City Councilor Heidi Omerza have formally announced.


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Woodblock printmaking class offered at Grand Marais Art Colony, September 25-27

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 9:51am

Woodblock printmaking is an ancient art technique, and the Grand Marais Art Colony is offering a weekend class. WTIP volunteer Randy Eastlund spoke with woodblock printmaker Richard James Nelson.  


Woodblock Printmaking
Richard James Nelson
September 25–27
Day 1: 4 – 6pm
Days 2 & 3: 9am – 4pm

For more information contact:
Ruth Pszwaro
Program Coordinator
Grand Marais Art Colony

(Photo courtesy of Grand Marais Art Colony and Richard James Nelson)



Fall for now, summer for later

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 9:51am

Fall-like weather today and tomorrow, then summer slowly returns. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson.


Learn to properly install your child car seat at Birch Grove

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 2:25pm

Birch Grove Community School is hosting child and restraint systems CARS training at the school in Tofte on Monday August 24 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This is the class that is required for childcare providers prior to transporting children. It is also a great class for parents and grandparents. Come and learn proper seat installation and seat belt use. 

All children under 8 years or under 4 feet 9 inches are required to ride in a child seat. They will be in them for a while, come learn how to use all the seats properly! 

The cost of the class is $20. To register (appreciated but not required) contact Sara Silence at: or 218-370-1446.


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