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Bluegrass Masters Weekend--workshops and concert

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 9:40am

Celebrate, make music, learn, and listen at the North Shore Music Association’s 25th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend Nov. 6-8 at Lutsen Resort.

A quarter-decade of this popular event has been satisfying appetites of bluegrass musicians and fans from all over the region and the U.S., who come to listen to and learn with the nation's best bluegrass players and instructors. Three days of jamming, a day of instrumental workshops, and an evening concert by the featured group make for a pickin' weekend in a relaxed setting—a great opportunity to connect with your bluegrass friends.

This year's featured instrument is resonator guitar (dobro). Featured instructor is Mike Witcher, who will be joined in concert by his handpicked bluegrass supergroup: Jordan Tice on guitar, Samson Grisman on bass, and Dominick Leslie on mandolin.
A much-in-demand session player in L.A. and Nashville, Witcher has worked with artists including  Dwight Yoakam, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, Peter Rowan, Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Laurie Lewis, John Paul Jones (of Led Zeppelin), Joan Osborn, The Gibson Brothers, Willie Watson (Old Crow Medicine Show), and Fernando Ortega. He has played the Grand Ole Opry and A Prairie Home Companion many times.

Witcher is a gifted and caring teacher. Over the last 15 years, he’s developed an effective method of teaching the resonator guitar—one that allows his students to integrate complex concepts quickly into their playing. He teaches at the top acoustic music camps around the world, including Rob Ickes’ Reso Summit.

Cook County Senior Center hosts fall food drive

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 9:38am

Do you have items to donate to the food shelf?

The Cook County Senior Center will help you get your donation there. Jes Rodne, programs and services coordinator at the Cook County Senior Center has asked everyone to take part in the “Thanks for Giving” fall food drive.

In addition to helping community members, anyone who donates will be entered into a raffle to win some great prizes donated by local business. Prizes so far include gift cards, T-shirts, water bottles, a bird feeder, a Thanksgiving turkey and a Weber grill.

Rodne said, “The need is huge so now is the time to drop donations off at the Senior Center or 1st & 2nd Thrift Shop to enter a raffle for a chance to win one of many prizes!”

Drop boxes are available at the Senior Center and the thrift shop in the Cobblestone building on Highway 61.

For more information contact the Senior Center at (218) 387-2660.


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Grand Marais continues to learn place and value of vacation rentals

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 12:56pm

The issue of vacation-rental properties in Grand Marais has been a hot topic of discussion this year. WTIP News Reporter Joe Friedrichs takes a closer look at this issue. 


Temperature fluctuations on tap

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 12:56pm

Is it El Nino?  Definitely warmer than normal temperatures.  Fluctuations expected. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Stewart.


County forms Highway Department Advisory Committee

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 11:48am

The Cook County commissioners have established a Highway Advisory Committee, to enhance two-way communication between the county highway department and the public.

The committee will consist of County David Engineer Betts, Commissioner Ginny Storlie, one citizen representative from each of the commissioner districts, the city of Grand Marais and the Grand Portage Reservation and one at-large representative. The county will advertise for citizens to serve on the committee, which Board Chair Heidi Doo-Kirk said is intended to support the county engineer in his work with the general public.


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Cook County celebrates the Gales of November

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 11:46am

Storm lovers will gather in Cook County Nov. 6 to 8 for the Lake Superior Storm Festival to enjoy cool weather events, including a history lesson on transit on the Big Lake, a fashion show, wave dash, musical performances and more.

“Treat yourself to a storm-season retreat before the bedlam of the holidays begins,” said Linda Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County. “This event honors the power and wild beauty of the Big Lake.”

Watch as a few brave souls shed their fall clothes before the annual “Wave Dash,” which takes place at noon Nov. 7 at Lutsen Resort.  This quick and chilly dash into Lake Superior supports the Cook County Community YMCA member scholarship fund and rewards its participants with bragging rights, and a logo fleece beanie. Participants in “Wave Dash” can often be seen at a roaring fire, sipping warm cocoa after this bone-chilling event.

Those who have visited the North Shore during the fall months know that it requires weather-appropriate clothing, as the North Shore’s storm season can get a bit chilly.  Stone Harbor in Grand Marais is hosting “Taking Fashion by Storm,” featuring the latest fall-inspired outdoor and lifestyle fashion trends at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the shipwreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior, and Split Rock Lighthouse near Two Harbors will commemorate the loss of the ship during the 40th anniversary beacon lighting ceremony on Nov. 10 from noon to 6 p.m.

To learn more about the shipwreck, join historian Jim Shinners at the East Bay Suites Community Room in Grand Marais at 3 p.m. Nov. 7 as he speaks about the Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of its 29 crew members during the big storm that took it down.