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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.

Seminar on keeping the family cabin Sept. 21

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 11:32pm

If you have a family cabin, cottage or vacation home, have you and your family given any thought to whether the property should be retained by the next generation and if so, how to best accomplish that result? If your goal is to transfer the cabin property to the next generation, advance planning is essential.

Local attorney Ruthanne Hedstrom Vos will address the advantages and disadvantages of various options for transferring ownership of the family cabin and will provide handouts to help facilitate your family’s discussion and planning during a 90-minute seminar Sept. 21 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Jane Mianowski Conference Center at the high school.

There is a $5 fee, and registration is necessary through Community Education at (218) 387-2000, ext. 616.


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'Empty Bowls' fundraiser offers Make-A-Bowl sessions through October 19

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 12:24pm

The Grand Marais Art Colony invites the community to participate in the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser by signing up for a Make-a-Bowl session. WTIP host Jana Berka spoke with artist Joan Farnam on North Shore Morning.


Sessions are Sundays at 2 pm or Mondays at 7 pm through October 19 in the clay studio, and October 27 and 28 at 6:30 pm in the glass studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony. More information and registration are available by phone at 387-2737.



Mountain Stage comes to Grand Marais September 17&18

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 11:14am

Mountain Stage is a two hour live radio program that features a variety of musical styles…and they will be doing two shows in Grand Marais this week. WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson spoke with Larry Groce and Adam Harris of Mountain Stage Radio Show on North Shore Morning.
​Thursday, Sept 17 at 7 pm
Martha Scanlan | Charlie Parr | Tift Merritt
Haley Bonar | Pieta Brown
Friday, Sept 18 at 7 pm
Ron Sexsmith |Serena Ryder | Mandolin Orange
John Mark Nelson | Jimmy LaFave

For more information and tickets go to


Walking School Bus heads to schools tomorrow!

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 2:56pm

Students are returning for another school year. Many will be getting there on foot or bike, and the Safe Routes to School Committee has been working to make it safer and easier for children to walk and bike to and from school.

Studies have found that physical activity, such as walking or biking to school, allows students to concentrate better during the school day. And while many students in our county do not live in Grand Marais, many walk or bike to an afterschool destination in Grand Marais.

Sept. 16 will be the first “Walk to School Day,” with three routes of Walking School Buses in Grand Marais.

Walking School Buses are groups of students and adult volunteers walking to school together. Students participating in the first monthly event will be accompanied by members of the Grand Marais City Council, the mayor of Grand Marais, and officers from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Each Walking School Bus stops at ISD 166 and Great Expectations School on time for school to begin.

Students who normally get a ride to school should come in a little early and walk or bike with the Walking School Bus from one of the starting locations: the Cook County courthouse (7:30 a.m. departure), Birchwood Apartments (7:40 a.m. departure), or County Road 7 and Seventh Avenue East (7:40 a.m. departure). Students may join along the route or meet at the starting location.

The next Walking School Buses will be on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

For more information about Safe Routes to School, to volunteer, or for a “Slow Down lawn sign, contact SRTS Coordinator Maren Webb at (218) 387-2330 or


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'Russia and the Near Abroad' will be topic of September 17 Great Discussions Group

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 2:51pm

The Great Decisions discussion group covers topics related to world affairs. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with September's discussion leader, Bill Davnie, on North Shore Morning. 


This month's Great Decisions Meeting is from 12:00 to 1:30 on Thursday, September 17. Meetings are held at the Cook County Community Center at 317 5th Avenue West.  Copies of the Great Decisions Briefing Books are available at the Grand Marais Public Library.  For more information contact Randy Czeswik or Diane Booth at 218-387-3015.

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