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Grand Marais parks were "Picnic" busy

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 10:20am

The Rec Park was full, Harbor Park was busy, all in all the city’s park department was in high gear. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with park manager Dave Tersteeg about Fisherman’s Picnic.


'Dance ‘til there is No More' fundraiser for Violence Prevention Center, September 12

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 2:32pm

The Violence Prevention Center of Cook County is sponsoring a 2015 Dance Party Fundraiser: "Dance 'till There is No More!" North Shore Morning host Yvonne Mills spoke with the Center's Jodi Yuhassey and Marybeth Wilkes on North Shore Morning.

‘Dance ‘til there is No More’ is Saturday, September 12, at WTIP’s Radio Waves Music Festival. To learn more, contact the Violence Prevention Center at 387-1262.


Invasive Plants Workshop and 'Weed Pull' offered on August 9

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:12pm

If you’d like to learn more about identifying and controlling our local invasive plants, there will be a workshop and weed pull this weekend. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with invasive species coordinator Laurel Wilson on North Shore Morning. 

Date: Sunday, August 9, 2 pm – 4 pm
Location: Seagull Lake Fire Hall and Blankenburg Public Landing

Learn identification and control options for regional invasive plant species that invade our forests, in addition to hands-on experience helping to control invasive plants at Blankenburg Public Landing. Please bring gloves and wear a long sleeve shirt.

More information from Laurel at 387-3772.



Wood, Winds and Strings at Poplar Lake Fire Hall on August 9

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 11:58am

Plan a drive up the Gunflint Trail on Sunday afternoon, August 9, to enjoy music performed by local and guest musicians.  The Wood, Winds and Strings concert, a blend of contemporary and early music, will be held at the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department Station on Poplar Lake (Station 1) with a reception following, in the adjacent Schaap Community Center.  The concert starts at 4:00 p.m.

Featured this year is music by Bill Beckstrand, local composer and musician, who is widely known for his vocal and instrumental compositions.  His works are now performed throughout the country. You will also hear other delightful vocal and instrumental pieces, as well as music transcribed by Paul Jacobson for small chamber music ensembles.

This is an event for the whole family.  Tickets are $20/adult, $5/child ages 5-18.  Because of limited seating, tickets should be purchased in advance by contacting Susan Scherer ( or call 218-388-9494 to reserve seats.  

The concert is a benefit for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department and the Gunflint Trail Historical Society.


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County makes changes to ATV ordinance

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 11:56am

Following a packed public hearing held in the Cook County Commissioner’s room on July 28, commissioners voted 4-1 to allow Class 1 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to be driven on approximately four miles of the Gunflint Trail.

Voting for the amended ATV ordinance were Commissioners Frank Moe, Heidi Doo-Kirk, Garry Gamble and Ginny Storlie with Jan Sivertson voting against the change to the 2009 ATV ordinance.

Commissioners listened to about two dozen people—with each speaker given two minutes to state his or her case—and then debated the decision themselves in the public hearing that lasted almost two hours. 

The ordinance change allows ATVs on the shoulder and far right side of the road from the Gunflint Trail intersection with Pine Mountain Road to South Brule and then again from the Gunflint Trail intersection with Lima Grade to the east end of County Road 92. The area where Class 1 ATVs will now be driven on the Gunflint Trail will be posted to warn motorists of possible ATV traffic.

There is one caveat—the ordinance will be reviewed in a year. At that time commissioners will decide whether to revoke the right to ride on these sections; whether to keep the ordinance and continue to review it annually; or make the change permanent. The county board, working in conjunction with Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen, is going to work on establishing some sort of criteria for this evaluation.

Because the ordinance passed, ATVs can now be driven on the two sections of the Gunflint Trail, however, Cook County attorney Molly Hicken advised, “For your own safety, we highly recommend ATV users wait to use these parts of the Gunflint Trail until signage is posted by the county.”


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'Rendezvous Days' and Powwow at Grand Portage National Monument, August 7-9

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:14pm

There will be a recreation of an 18th century voyageur Rendezvous at Grand Portage National Monument this weekend. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Park Ranger Karl Koster on North Shore Morning. 

More information on Rendezvous Days and Powwow is available 475-0123 or on the National Park Service website.