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Trivia fun at Grandma Ray's

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 3:24pm

On Tuesday night in Grand Marais friends and family gather at Grandma Ray’s (formerly the American Legion) for a Trivia Contest hosted by “Big B” and his sidekick Kristi.

The trivia competition is open to all. Join the fun at 7 p.m. at Grandma Ray’s on 1st Avenue in Grand Marais. 

To make this lively event a bit more interesting, the Cook County News-Herald has agreed to publish the weekly "winners" when they are available.

Grandma Ray’s July 12 Trivia Night top teams and their prizes are:

1st        Broke Down Hippies $50     

2nd       Dunkin’ the Monkey  $25  

3rd        Bobbbleheads $10

4th        Water under the Fridge           T-shirt

Last     The GMOs     a Butterfingers candy bar

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

Catch the Senior Bus to Grand Portage Casino

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 3:21pm

The Cook County Senior Center will be traveling to the Grand Portage Casino on July 20. The senior center bus will leave Grand Marais at 4:15 p.m. and will return at 9:30 p.m. Transportation from the Senior Center is free and in-town pickups are available for $1.

Everyone that rides the “Casino Express” will receive $5 in free slot play and $5 off any meal in the dining room. You can register for this by stopping in or call the Senior Center at 218-387-2660. Come join the fun!

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

 

Agate festival a gem for North Shore residents and beyond

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 1:47pm
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The 47th Annual Agate Days Festival in Moose Lake was held over the weekend. The event features more than 80 vendors and an estimated 3,000 people attended this year.  

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs visited the festival and has this report. 
 

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Gunflint Trail Canoe Races coming up Wednesday, July 20

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 9:52pm

Since 1976, friends and neighbors on the upper Gunflint Trail have held the Gunflint Trail Canoe Races to raise money for worthy causes. This year’s event again will be at the Gunflint Lodge on the south shore of Gunflint Lake on Wednesday, July 20, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The goal is to raise more than $20,000 to support the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department.

There’s something for everyone at the Gunflint Trail Canoe Races:

* Sixteen (16) canoe races for multiple ages and agilities and plenty of space to cheer on your favorites from Trail resorts and campsites.

* A food tent with the traditional canoe races sloppy joes, plus hot dogs, veggies and home made desserts. Food service starts at 4:30 p.m.

* More than 200 raffle items donated by folks up and down the Trail and in town. Tickets just $2 on site or at local resorts.

* Auctions – both silent and live. All for fun and lots of hand-made treasures along with bigger-ticket items.

* A commemorative T-shirt by local fashion designer Addie Gecas is available for just $15 on site and at Trail Center on weekends before the races. Adult and kids sizes available.

* All-in-fun activities for children and adults who are not racing.

* Last but not least a lucky $5 raffle ticket holder will win a red Current Designs Kestrel 120 kayak, worth $2,100! Winner will be announced just after the amazing fun-to-watch gunnel canoe race.

The kayak will be on display at Trail Center for several weekends prior to the races. Raffle tickets are available at numerous resorts and volunteers.

Flute Reed River named to MPCA Impaired Waters List

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 9:49pm

Every two years Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) creates a list of waters that do not meet water quality standards and submits that list to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

According to Miranda Nichols, MPCA Impaired Waters List Coordinator, water quality standards are defined by how much bacteria, nutrients, turbidity, mercury, etc. can be in the water before it is no longer drinkable, swimmable, or useable in other, designated ways.

Out of the 318 bodies of water the MPCA added to the state’s 2016 Impaired Waters List, Cook County only has one addition, the Flute Reed River, which Nichols says was listed because it has too much sediment.

Once a river, stream, or lake is added to the inventory of Impaired Waters, a plan is created to monitor it and fix the problem if it can be fixed. Such a plan is under way at the Poplar River in Lutsen to reduce turbidity.

Work has also been done on the Flute Reed. Cook County Soil and Water, working in collaboration with Karen Evens, Watershed Project Manager for the MPCA based in Duluth have taken corrective action to replace culverts and restore the banks of the Flute Reed River in an effort to reduce its turbidity.

Evens said the collaboration between the county and local citizens living near Flute Reed has been tremendous.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

 

WTIP Weekend News Roundup for July 16

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 10:31am
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Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. A new Human Services director is hired by the county. Cliffs vows to buy Essar Steel. A listening session is held on the Twin Metals copper mine issue…all this and more in the week’s news.

 

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American Pickers looking for local relics

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 3:58pm

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team are planning to return to Minnesota to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout the region this August.

American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

The show is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-old-rust.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

 

Stone Harbor hosts North Shore Water Festival July 16-17

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 2:37pm

The third annual North Shore Water Festival (NSWF) in Grand Marais offers visitors a chance to get wet and participate in water activities on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17 in Stone Harbor. 

The NSWF will have experts on hand offering fishing, touring kayak and canoe demonstrations, stand-up paddle board demo activities in the harbor, including stand-up yoga, plus a display of new water gear and equipment. Most activities are free to the public, and only require signing a waiver and/or registering in advance for stand-up board yoga.

The North Shore Water Festival is hosted by Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, 22 E. First St., with the support of local Grand Marais businesses. A variety of vendors will be on hand to show and offer demos of their gear and equipment.

Events run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

For more information contact Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply at (218) 387-3136.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

 

North Shore residents attend mining permit 'listening session' in Duluth

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 11:56am
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A collection of Cook County residents were among the estimated 600 people who attended a public meeting held by the U.S. Forest Service in Duluth Wednesday, July 13 focusing on mining leases near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Among the North Shore residents in attendance was Cook County Commissioner Jan Sivertson. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Sivertson about the meeting and has this report. 

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A partly sunny weekend is forecast, warmer and more like summer -- later

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:46am
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The low pressure swirling above us in Canada will bring rain on and off later this weekend. In the meantime, things are gearing up for warmer clear weather into the week. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Carol Christenson.

 

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City to begin live streaming meetings

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:10am
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The Grand Marais City Council is considering zoning for so-called “Granny Pods” and they’ll also begin live streaming their meetings on a trial basis. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.

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"No water contact" advisory lifted for Grand Marais beach

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:15pm

The “no water contact” advisory from the Minnesota Department of Health for the Grand Marais downtown beach has been removed. Water samples collected at the Grand Marais downtown beach on July 11 indicated possible fecal contamination. However, the water at the beach was tested again on July 12 and according to MDH, fecal indicator bacteria levels and averages have returned to acceptable levels.

Also receiving “no water contact” advisories on July 11 were Agate Bay and Burlington Bay beaches in Two Harbors and Minnesota Point/15th Street beach and Sky Harbor beach in Duluth. The “no water contact” advisory for Burlington Bay beach has been removed, but the advisories for the other beaches remain in place. Several other North Shore beaches—outside of Cook County—have been added to the “no water contact” advisory list.

Beach monitoring is conducted at the following beaches in Cook County:  Chicago Bay boat launch in Hovland; Paradise Beach, Kadunce Creek, Durfee Creek in Colvill; Old Shore Road, Harbor Park in Grand Marais, Recreation Park campground in Grand Marais, Cutface Creek Wayside Rest; Temperance River State Park, Schroeder Town Park and Sugarloaf Cove Beach in Schroeder. At press time, all had “water contact acceptable” ratings.

A number of factors, such as dog, geese and other wildlife feces, dirty diapers, failing septic systems and sewer line breaks and overflows, can contribute to higher levels of illness-causing bacteria.

New Cook County PHHS director has family ties to former Minnesota governor

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 12:03pm
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During a meeting of the Cook County Commissioners Tuesday morning, the board approved the hiring of Joshua Beck as the director of the county’s Public Health and Human Services Department.

The board unanimously approved the hiring of Beck as the new director. Beck is 39 years old. He is leaving a similar position in human services in Globe, Arizona. Beck will arrive to Cook County later this month his family, including his wife Priscilla and their six children. Beck says when they are age appropriate, all of the children will be enrolled in the Cook County School District.

Priscilla Beck is the great granddaughter of Jacob (J.A.O.) Preus, who served as the governor of Minnesota from 1921 to 1925. Beck says former Gov. Preus fell in love with Gunflint Lake nearly 100 years ago and purchased the property that the Beck family visits annually.

Beck’s first day of employment with Cook County will be Aug. 1. After one year on the job, Beck will qualify to make approximately $74,000 as the director of the Health and Human Services Department.

Beck replaces outgoing Director Sue Futterer, who retired last month from her position with the county. 

WTIP's Joe Friedrichs spoke with Beck about his new role with Cook County. 
 

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Water contact advisory posted for Grand Marais downtown beach

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:02am

A Cook County beach received a “no water contact” advisory from the Minnesota Department of Health today. Water samples collected at the Grand Marais downtown beach on July 11 indicate possible fecal contamination. The water at the beach was tested again on July 12 and results should be available tomorrow.  

Also receiving “no water contact” advisories were Agate Bay and Burlington Bay beaches in Two Harbors and Minnesota Point/15th Street beach and Sky Harbor beach in Duluth.

Beach monitoring is conducted at the following beaches in Cook County:  Chicago Bay boat launch in Hovland; Paradise Beach, Kadunce Creek, Durfee Creek in Colvill; Old Shore Road, Harbor Park in Grand Marais, Recreation Park campground in Grand Marais, Cutface Creek Wayside Rest; Temperance River State Park, Schroeder Town Park and Sugarloaf Cove Beach in Schroeder. At press time, all had “water contact acceptable” ratings.

A number of factors, such as dog, geese and other wildlife feces, dirty diapers, failing septic systems and sewer line breaks and overflows, can contribute to higher levels of illness-causing bacteria.

The Minnesota Lake Superior Beach Monitoring Program offers the following tips to minimize risks associated with potential water contamination. Its website recommends waiting 24 hours before going swimming after a heavy rainfall and showering after swimming or recreating at the beach. It also advises that beach goers do not swallow water and that they try to keep face and head out of the water. If possible, the website says to wear earplugs and goggles. Finally, it advises people with weakened immune systems not to swim.

Anyone who becomes ill after contacting beach water is asked to contact the Minnesota Department of Health at (877) 366-3455.

To find the latest results of beach monitoring for North Shore beaches, visit www.MNBeaches.org.

County and Forest Service close in on land exchange

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:53am
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The county and Forest Service are closing in on their land exchange. The courthouse needs some major repairs and the county has a new Public Health and Human Services Director. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with County Board Chair Heidi Doo-Kirk.

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