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Make-a-Bowl to benefit the Food Shelf at Empty Bowls

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 10:06am

The Grand Marais Art Colony invites the community to participate in this year’s Empty Bowls event by signing up for a Make-a-Bowl session, which began Sept. 20.

Participants will learn to make one wheel-thrown and one hand-built bowl that will be donated to Empty Bowls. Sessions run through Monday, Oct. 19. Sunday sessions begin at 2 p.m. and Monday sessions are at 7 p.m.

The annual Empty Bowls fundraiser strives to bring awareness to the pervasiveness of hunger in Cook County while actively working to solve this community problem.

One in 10 Cook County residents struggle with hunger, and 4.4 percent of Minnesotans have “very low food security,” meaning they not only worry about or struggle to get enough food, but they actually eat less or skip meals because there isn’t enough.

Empty Bowls in Cook County began in 2006 as a project of the Cook County High School Art Club. Today, Empty Bowls is organized by community volunteers and bowls for the event are made by local potters at the Art Colony.

Approximately 75 volunteers are needed on the day of the event to assist with setting up, serving, and assorted other tasks. If interested in volunteering or registering to make a bowl, contact the Art Colony at (218) 387-2737.

This year’s Empty Bowls and silent auction will take place Nov. 12 at St. John’s Catholic Church.


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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for September 19

Sat, 09/19/2015 - 10:51am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Pipeline setback, swimming across the border, new Sea Grant head and cross border emergency training from FEMA…all this and more in the week’s news.


Cook County Community Fund annual awards reception, September 22

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 1:53pm

Non-profits in our region are crucial to the strength of our community; and our community also keeps them strong. 
WTIP volunteer Randy Eastlund spoke with Woody Gilk of the Cook County Community Fund on North Shore Morning.

This year's reception is at the Johnson Heritage Post, Tuesday September 22 from 5-7pm, with the current Plein Aire exhibit as a back drop and music from the CCHS Girl's Choir with Director Erica Ternes.   All are welcome to the celebration.


Cook County/Grand Marais EDA to hold public hearing on Cedar Grove Business Park lot sale

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 2:17pm

Jack McHugh, the realtor working with the Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) to sell lots in the Cedar Grove Business Park (CGBP), brought news of several business inquiries to the September 8 EDA meeting.

McHugh said he has heard from two parties interested in establishing a business with the owner-occupied housing option.

McHugh said George Carlson, who lives on the Gunflint Trail and operates a successful wildfire sprinkler installation company, is still interested in a lot in CGBP for his new enterprise, Wildfire Solutions, a company that designs, manufactures and distributes ultraviolet flame detectors.

He has also received inquiries from a pallet production company; from a contractor who wants to build a shop and storage facility; from a heavy equipment operator who needs a place to store equipment; and from a sled dog business.

Realtor Tim Kennedy joined the discussion for his client, N&L Samari, LLC. He and McHugh presented a draft purchase agreement for CGBP Lot 3, Block 5. Kennedy said the lot would be used to build and operate a veterinary clinic and hospital. EDA Board Member Anton Moody, who said he would have to recuse himself from a vote on the lot sale because he had bid on the project as a contractor, told the board that the plan calls for a 970-square foot clinic and a 800-square foot residence.

EDA board members expressed excitement about such a business in the CGBP, but balked at the $22,500 offered. The lot is currently listed at $44,000.

Kennedy pointed out what he believed were “limitations” on the lot in question. EDA Board Member Heidi Doo-Kirk said, “Truthfully, $22,500 is hard to swallow.”

Golf Scramble fundraiser for North Shore Health Care Foundation set for September 27

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 1:25pm

This is the 20th year that the North Shore Health Care Foundation has sponsored a Golf Scramble. WTIP volunteer Julie Carlson spoke with Golf Scramble coordinators Barb Heideman and Brooke Youngdahl on North Shore Morning.
This event is scheduled for September 27 at the Superior National Golf Course in Lutsen. Registration begins at 8:30 with a continental breakfast and shotgun start at 10 am. To learn more about the event call 218-387-9076.


US and Canada come together for cross-border emergency training

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:22am

Emergency services providers and officials from the United States and Ontario are participating in a four-day Integrated Emergency Management Course with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Training Institute to train in the event of a cross-border emergency.

“This is a first-of-its kind coordinated effort for Minnesota and Ontario and we are extremely pleased with the level of commitment and interest from the various jurisdictions to work together to protect our people,” said Jim Wiinanen, Cook County Emergency Management Director.

Nearly 100 participants from five U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions including Tribal, Municipal, County, State, Provincial and Federal representatives from over 20 agencies in both countries are gathered in Grand Portage to better coordinate response to an international catastrophe.

Course instructors include experts from FEMA’s National Emergency Training Center Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsberg, Maryland.