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Gitchi-Gami Trail Association 14th Annual North Shore Bike Ride

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 1:01pm

Every year, the Gitchi-Gami Trail Association hosts a bike ride on the Gitchi-Gami Trail along Lake Superior. Race director Bill Blank spoke to WTIP about the event, which will take place Saturday, August 16.

More information is available at the GGTA's website.


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Election filing deadline tomorrow--candidate still needed for School District 166

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:41am

The deadline to file as a candidate for office on the Grand Marais City Council, North Shore Hospital board and School District 166, is tomorrow, August 12. Citizens have come forward for all offices except School District 3, representing West Grand Marais and Cascade.

In Grand Marais there are three seats on the ballot, for mayor and two council seats. Those seats are currently held by Mayor Larry Carlson and Councilors Bob Spry and Bill Lenz. All three of the incumbents have stated that they are not running for re-election.

Several citizens have filed to run for city council seats—Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux and Lawrence Scully have filed for the mayoral race.

As of 11:30 a.m. today, two people have filed for two city council seats, David Mills and Vance Benedix. The two candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected.

For School District 166, there are also three terms expiring this year. The seats are District 1, District 3 and District 5. District 1 includes Colvill, Hovland and Grand Portage. District 5 serves Lutsen, the Pike Lake area, Tofte and Schroeder. Deb White holds the District 1 seat and Jeanne Anderson currently holds the District 5 seat. They have both announced that they are running for re-election.

The other seat, District 3, is currently held by Leslie Ann Sullivan. She was appointed to fulfill the term when Mary Sanders retired from the board in December 2013. The News-Herald reached Sullivan on July 30 and she said unfortunately she cannot run. She has moved out of the district.

As reported by the News-Herald last week, Sharon Bloomquist in District 1, Howard Abrahamson in District 3 and Thomas Spence in District 5 have all filed to be on the November ballot. All three are unopposed.

North Shore Care Center celebrates birthdays Wednesday July 13

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:23am

The monthly party at the North Shore Care Center will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 13 to honor Phyllis Anderson, Marie Jacobson, and Marigold Linnell. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. with music and a sing-a-long by Sherrie Lindskog and Nora Bockovich,

There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information about volunteering or about any of the activities going on, please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or visit the website:  


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Fine weather returns for the week

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 10:06am

The rain clears and pleasant dry weather becomes the norm through the rest of the week. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson.

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North Shore Hospital Board hires construction manager

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 1:21pm

The Cook County North Shore Hospital Board held a special meeting on July 31 to meet with two representatives of Boldt Construction of Cloquet, Kirk Ilenda, director of business development, and Shelly Peterson, vice president and general manager of Minnesota operations, to ask some final questions before making a decision on what firm to hire to serve as construction manager of the proposed $20 million renovation of the North Shore Hospital and Care Center.

Rebecca Lewis and John Geisler of DSGW architects will work with Boldt on the remodel of the 16-bed critical access hospital and 37-bed skilled nursing center.

Boldt will pick a project manager to oversee the project, and the hospital board was very concerned that any project manager selected would come with a lot of experience. The project manager will work to set up the preconstruction phase with Rory Smith, the hospital/care center maintenance facilities manager. Once construction begins he or she will be on site one to two days per week.

AgStar Financial Services representative Bob Madsen was also at the meeting. AgStar has been assisting the board and administration in finding bonding for this project.  When asked by Hospital/Care Center Administrator Kimber Wraalstad if his company had any experience working with Boldt, Madsen responded, “We have had a lot of experience working with them, and every experience we have had with Boldt has been good.”

Hospital board members Sharon Bloomquist, Justin Mueller, Howard Abrahamson, Kay Olson and Tom Spence Sr. voted to hire Boldt.

Cook County Senior Center to take trip to Chik Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 9:53pm

The Senior Center will be taking a trip to Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center on Thursday, August 13. We’ll leave the Senior Center at 9:00 a.m. Cost is $15 which includes transportation and museum tour. In town pickups are available for a $1 fee. Enjoy stories with Harriet Boostrom (formerly of Clearwater Lodge) and Bill Boissenin (owned Forest Lodge on Clearwater in the 1940s).

Lunch will be at Trail Center at 12:45 p.m., at your own expense.

You may register for any of the senior center events by stopping by or calling the center at (218) 387-2660.