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Sen. Franken on more Iron Range layoffs

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:27am

The Iron Range has been hit again, this time it’s Cliffs Natural Resources idling a plant in Eveleth. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Minnesota’s U.S. Senator Al Franken about his concerns for laid off workers.


Library Friends of Cook County hosts annual book sale Thursday - Saturday

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:59pm

The annual used book sale sponsored by the Library Friends of Cook County will be held Thursday, July 30 through Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Community Center in Grand Marais.

Thursday night is for Library Friends members only between 5 and 7 p.m.  Memberships will be sold at the Community Center one hour prior to the sale on Thursday afternoon. Friday the book sale hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday hours are 8 a.m. til noon, when there will once again be a bag sale with discounted prices of $4 per bag in the main sale and half-price in Better Books.

The Library Friends of Cook County is an all-volunteer nonprofit service organization which conducts the sale each year to raise funds in support of the library mission for the Grand Marais Public Library and all of the school libraries in Cook County.  In addition to contributing funds for books, materials and programming, the Library Friends has contributed monies for special projects in all of the libraries.

The success of the sale depends on donations of books and other materials throughout the year and many volunteers who spend hundreds of hours sorting and boxing books in preparation for the sale as well as working during the sale.

The sale will include books, DVDs CDs and video tapes.  Books will be placed on tables by categories of interest. Most categories remain the same as in the past years, but there will be a new sale system this year.

A free will donation for books from the main sale area will be accepted, rather than having the items individually priced. Customers will be hearing comments from the cashiers about the value of books and how they enhance our lives, and they will emphasize how donations will be used for the good of the entire county.   

An August Afternoon of Chamber Music

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:44am

"The Gunflint Woods, Winds and Strings Benefit Concert" will take place at Fire Hall #1 and the Schaap Community Center on Saturday, August 9. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson interviewed two of the musicians, Paul Jacobson and Yvonne Caruthers, about the upcoming concert. They discussed the theme, "An August Afternoon of Chamber Music," special performances, and how the concert benefits the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department.

Seats are limited. Ticket reservations can be made at 218-388-9494.


Predicting Climate Change Impacts on Northern Minnesota

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:09am

Cook County Higher Education will be hosting a guest lecture on Thursday, July 30, at 7 pm. The lecture will be led by Dr. Lucinda Johnson, an aquatic and landscape ecologist, and will cover the effects that climate change could have on our aquatic ecosystems. WTIP interviewed her to learn more about the upcoming discussion. 

More information on this lecture is available at 218-387-3411.


Community Meeting to consider presidential candidate Bernie Sanders July 29

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:35pm

Anyone interested in learning more about presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is encouraged to attend an organizational meeting for the senator, Wednesday, July 29, from 6-8 p.m. at 975 West 4th Street in Grand Marais. There will be a simulcast from Bernie Sanders and information on how you can become involved in his campaign if you wish.

For more information, contact John at 218-251-6381.


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Isle Royale National Park hosting public meeting on moose and wolf populations

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:33pm

The public is invited to comment on the moose and wolf populations on Isle Royale at a public meeting on Wednesday, July 29. Isle Royale National Park personnel will be at the Grand Portage National Monument Visitor’s Center from 6 – 8 p.m. with a brief presentation and informal discussion about the proposed management moose-wolf-vegetation management plan.

Other meetings are scheduled for June 27 in Houghton, Michigan; at Isle Royale National Park at the Rock Harbor Auditorium on July 28 and the last meeting will again be held on the island at the Windigo Visitor Center on July 30.

The public comment period will end August 29, 2015.


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