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Chris Goettl running as write-in candidate for school board

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:29am

School District 166 Superintendent Beth Schwarz announced that local business owner and parent Chris Goettl has announced his interest in running as a write-in candidate for the school board in School District 166 District 3. The district consists of the western part of Grand Marais to the Pike Lake and Cascade area. No candidates had filed to run for the position which is up for election in November. The spot is currently held by Ann Sullivan who will not be seeking re-election due to residency requirements. Sullivan was appointed to replace Mary Sanders who retired from the board last year.

 

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County hires crime victim witness coordinator

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:21am

At the Tuesday, September 23 county board meeting, commissioners moved to accept a grant of $30,000 from the State of Minnesota to support the county’s crime victim witness coordinator position. That position has been vacant since Jeanne Monson was moved from that job to the position of assistant county attorney in October 2013.

After acceptance of the grant, acting County Attorney Molly Hicken requested authorization to hire Carla Hill to for 35 hours per week at $19.86 an hour. Hill would also serve as a paralegal for the county attorney’s office. Hicken said Hill’s extensive education as well as career experience make her qualified for the job. Hill’s starting date would be December 1, 2014.

Commissioner Garry Gamble noted that with 35 hours per week, the county was looking at approximately $40,000 for the position in the 2015 budget. He asked where the money over the grant of $30,000 would come from. Auditor Braidy Powers said the grant is lower than it has been in previous years. 

Hicken said Monson had been paid at a higher rate, but acknowledged that her department may have to make up the difference in funding somewhere. Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk noted that the pay for the new hire will still be less than what was being paid.

The board voted unanimously to extend an employment offer to Carla Hill.

 

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City Council to consider adding public restrooms at city hall

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:19am

At the urging of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce, Grand Marais city councilors directed City Administrator Mike Roth to find out what it would cost to convert unused space in City Hall into more public restroom facilities at their meeting Sept. 24.

The discussion was prompted by a letter written to council by Chamber Director Jim Boyd after the Chamber’s board passed a motion at its September meeting to support “construction and maintenance of more public bathrooms in Grand Marais.”

The topic has been an ongoing issue over the years, particularly during events such as the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival and Fisherman’s Picnic.

Councilor Bill Lenz noted that the city had an opportunity to consider this now that the large section of City Hall now occupied by the Grand Marais Visitor’s Bureau will be vacated soon.

Mayor Larry Carlson said the creation of more public restrooms was on the city’s list of priorities, and agreed with Lenz that regardless of whether the city has the funds to pursue the project now, council can at least start the process by getting a quote and finding out what the cost is likely to be.

Concerns were raised about the expense of building bathrooms and City Administrator Mike Roth also said that coming up with an accurate estimate may itself be an expense.

Linda Kratt of the Cook County Visitors Bureau, whose agency is in the process of relocating into a renovated building (the former Gunflint Realty), encouraged the council to seek a quote on the work, noting that she paid only $500 for an estimate on her project. She said the bid was “spot-on.”

Kratt also spoke of the need for public restrooms, saying the waiting lines at existing stalls at City Hall on days such as July 4 are an “embarrassment” to the city. “We definitely need to do something,” she said.

Art opening of Seven Grandfather Teachings at Grand Portage Community Center: October 10

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 3:12pm

 The Grand Portage Summer Youth Program is presenting an exhibition of paintings of The Seven Grandfather Teachings. These paintings will be featured at an art opening at the Grand Portage Community Center this Friday, October 10. WTIP volunteer Randy Eastlund spoke with art therapist Belle Janicek on North Shore Morning. 
 
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The opening for the Seven Grandfather Teachings is Friday October 10th from 3:30 to 5:30pm at the Grand Portage Community Center.  More information from Belle at Oshki Ogimaag at 475-2112.

These paintings are a collection of the Seven Grandfather Teachings and will hang as an installation at the center. Paintings were facilitated by Art Therapist, Belle Janicek, who worked with the children to design their ideas on paper and then transfer and paint images on to canvas.

Among the Anishinaabe people the Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers is a set of teachings on human conduct towards others. The exhibit will display seven canvases, titled as follows: Love, Respect, Wisdom, Truth, Courage, Humility, Honesty.

The Opening will take place on October 10, from 3:30-5:30pm at the Grand Portage Community Center. Refreshments will be served.

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Scholastic Book Fair comes to Sawtooth Mountain Elementary on October 6-9

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:01pm

“Sir Readalot's Castle and The Kingdom of Books" is the theme of this year’s Scholastic Book Fair. WTIP host Will Moore spoke with Melissa Dressley of the Cook County PTA on North Shore Morning.   

More information from Sawtooth Mountain Elementary at 387-2271 ext 609.

(Photo by Futundbeldl on Flickr)
 
 

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Cool weather continues as fall settles in

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 9:56am

Fall is definitely in the air. Expect sun later in the week, but cool temps. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with NWS meteorologist Carol Christenson.

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