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Cook County Whole Foods Co-op invites shoppers to take part in MN FoodShare 2015

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 9:42am

Cook County Whole Foods Co-op is participating in the MN FoodShare 2015 campaign through March 31, and encourages local residents to take part in the following ways:

Monetary donation: The co-op matches your donation, dollar for dollar, if you make a monetary contribution by check. That donation will be used toward the purchase of healthy, organic foods. Checks made out directly to the Food Shelf are welcome, but the co-op is not able to match these funds.

Non-perishable food donation: The co-op provides a basket located at the far end of its seating area available for any donations. These items are transported to the Food Shelf on a monthly basis.

Round-Up: Cook County Whole Foods Co-op will offer customers an opportunity to “round up” their grocery purchases to the nearest dollar with the change automatically donated to the Cook County Food Shelf with distribution throughout Cook County.

For more information or to help in other ways, contact the co-op at (218) 387-2503.


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DNR to host deer population goals meeting in Grand Marais Feb. 19

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 9:40am

Opportunities for the public to participate in deer population goal setting for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota begin Feb. 2 in Monticello.

"Working with citizens to achieve conservation and management goals is integral to the mission of the Minnesota Department of Natural

Resources," said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. "To make sure that goals are based on the broad range of public interest in deer, we use a public process to help determine how many deer to manage for in

a given area."

Each meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. After a short presentation on deer populations and management, meeting participants may comment verbally, ask DNR staff questions and complete a written questionnaire.

Deer population goals will be set for 40 of Minnesota's 128 deer permit areas in 2015. Local meetings are set for Feb. 11 at Two Harbors High School; and Feb. 19 at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais.

For a complete list of meetings, see


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Beargrease Marathon finish line report from Jason Rice

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:25am

The 31st annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon has a winner. Board president Jason Rice spoke with WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson on North Shore Morning to provide an update live from the finish line.

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'Snowarama' at Grand Portage benefits children with disabilities: February 7

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:30am

The Grand Portage Lodge and Casino Snowarama provides financial assistance for children with physical disabilities. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Rhonda Harrison of Easter Seals Ontario on North Shore Morning. 

The Grand Portage Lodge & Casino will host the ‘Snowarama’ for Easter Seals Kids on Saturday, February 7th.

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North Shore Forest Collaborative hosts meeting to discuss conifer forest restoration Wednesday at Gunflint Ranger District

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 2:37pm

Learn about the efforts to restore the conifer forest along the North Shore of Lake Superior and take an active role in making that restoration happen at two public meetings hosted by the North Shore Forest Collaborative (NSFC). Attendees will be able to review and discuss key goals and projects proposed by the Collaborative as well as learn how they can help accomplish those projects.

The first meeting is at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 in Grand Marais at the Gunflint Ranger District Office on Highway 61.  The second meeting is the next day, Jan. 29 in Two Harbors at the County Courthouse, Law Enforcement Conference Room. 

The mission of the North Shore Forest Collaborative (NSFC) is to revitalize and maintain a healthy and functioning ecosystem along the North Shore of Lake Superior with emphasis on restoring and maintaining native trees and associated forest communities.  The Collaborative was formed in 2011 and its members include natural resource professionals, nonprofits, local units of government and agencies, and perhaps most importantly, private landowners and interested citizens.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to work with both private and public landowners on restoration efforts. We believe the restoration effort will be contagious and spread throughout the North Shore as neighbors share information with each other, and work together on tree planting and other restoration activities.  These meetings are a good opportunity for landowners to learn how they can begin the restoration process and have a say in how they can help” said Duane Lula, coordinator for the NSFC.  

City to evaluate energy efficiency and use of space at City Hall

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 2:35pm

The Grand Marais City Council talked about ongoing efforts to make better use of the space in City Hall at the Wednesday, January 14 council meeting. The council accepted a bid from Building Performance Specialists to perform an energy and asset assessment at a cost not to exceed $6,120.

City Administrator Mike Roth said the analysis will incorporate more than just energy efficiency and will help determine “what is it really costing us to use this building?”

The result may be development of a long-range plan for the building or a recommendation to ultimately abandon it and relocate the city’s administrative offices.


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