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Alzheimer's and other Dementias open forum on Tuesday, April 28

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:13pm

Care Partners and the North Shore Health Care Foundation are presenting a community open forum on Alzheimer’s and other Dementias.  It will be held on April 28, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Corcoran Classroom, lower level of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais.  It is free and open to all who are interested.

The program will feature Dr. Terry Barclay, PhD, LP.  There will also be a panel discussion with local resource professionals who work with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Dr. Barclay is director of neuropsychology at HealthPartners and Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He is also adjunct associate professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Barclay serves as clinical director of Minnesota’s statewide program for dementia caregivers called Family Memory Care. 

He is a frequent speaker on timely detection of cognitive impairment in the geriatric population. 

For more information contact Care Partners at 218-387-3788 or


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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for April 25

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 10:28am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a    roundup of the week’s top news stories. A hiking tragedy on the Sioux Hustler Trail, bird flu emergency, Granlund sculpture stolen and ice caves make money…all this and more in the week’s news.


Tools for increasing "financial literacy" offered through PHHS

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 11:45am

Cook County Public Health and Human Services has tools to help with increasing our “financial literacy.” WTIP volunteer Sherrie Lindskog spoke with Beth Faraone of Cook County Public Health and Human Services on North Shore Morning. 

For more information call Health and Human Services at 218-387-3620.



"Poetry Rocks!" event at Grand Marais Library on April 29

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 11:26am

Poetry Rocks! a workshop with Minnesota Book Award winner Laura Purdie Salas, will be the highlight of an April 29 event at the Grand Marais Public Library.

The evening includes readings of the author’s works and an opportunity for creative writing as participants work together to write a few poems. Purdie Salas will also talk about her writing style and the publishing process in Minnesota.

Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens, including Bookspeak! Poems about books, Stampede! Poems to celebrate the wild side of school and A leaf can be...

She loves to introduce kids to poetry and help them find poems they can relate to, no matter what their age, mood, and personality. She has also written numerous nonfiction books. See more about Laura and her work at

The Grand Marais program begins at 6 p.m., and is sponsored by Arrowhead Library System and funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Call (218) 387-1140 for more information.


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WTIP Wins Prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:22pm

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the 2015 regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards. The awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.  This year, RTDNA awarded 673 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 14 journalism areas.

In the small market radio category WTIP won for best News Series, “Trafficking and Lake Superior.” by Kelly Schoenfelder. WTIP competes in Region 4, which includes small stations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota.

"When newsrooms do outstanding work to inform their audience and serve their community, it should be celebrated," said RTDNA Chair Amy Tardif. "Being recognized with one of journalism's most prestigious awards is one way to showcase their commitment to excellence."

WTIP Station Manager Deb Benedict said, “We are very excited and honored to receive this national recognition for the work we do here on a local level. Huge kudos to Kelly for her work and for raising the bar on the feature production that our staff, volunteers, and community journalists engage in.”

RTDNA received more than 4,200 entries during the 2015 awards season, setting an all-time record for the third year in a row.
Regional winners automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged in May. National awards, including those for network news organizations, will be presented at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City on October 12.

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School District 166 to proceed with parking lot improvements

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:22am

In March, the School District 166 school board accepted the low base bid from Edwin E. Thoreson, Inc. for the school parking lot expansion of $134,293. At that time the board asked Superintendent Schwarz to ask for bids for other alternatives in addition to the base bid, such as paving the increased lot and adding some parallel parking spots. Thoreson, Inc. was again the low bidder for the additional work totaling $52,377, which the board approved unanimously.

The board also directed Superintendent Schwarz to seek bids for phase 2 of the parking lot expansion, noting that it would be more cost effective to have all of the work completed at the same time. Board Member Deb White said the school grounds are public property and needs to be taken care of. She pointed out that all taxpayers pay the abatement bonds, so it is the best source of funding for such projects. “It’s cheap, cheap, money,” she said.

White added, “I don’t want to wait until someone gets hurt out there to say, ‘Gee, I wish we had…”

The board passed a resolution to move forward with an abatement bond of $236,000 to be repaid over four years. A public hearing will be held to share the abatement bond information with the public on Thursday, May 21 in the Jane Mianowski Conference Center at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Board Member Terry Collins asked that drawings of the parking lot expansion be available to the public at that meeting.

Board Member Sissy Lunde said the parking lot project was discussed at the latest Safe Routes to School (SRTS) meeting. Lunde said the group feels there will be a need for parent and community education about the new parking area. She said she and other members of the SRTS group would be willing to be on hand to help direct traffic and explain the changes, if needed.