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Grand Marais area fisheries announces survey work

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:07pm

Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several Cook County lakes and streams during the next few months.

The following lakes will be assessed in July:

July 6 - continue Tait River survey; survey Round and Holly lakes.

July 13 - complete Round Lake and Tait River surveys; survey Marsh Lake.

July 20 - assess walleye reproduction in Devil Track Lake; survey Trout Lake.

July 27 - survey Caribou (near Poplar), North and Tait lakes, Mississippi, Little Mississippi and Mark creeks

These survey plans are tentative. Lakes and streams may be added or dropped and timing may change. Questions can be addressed to the DNR’s Grand Marais area fisheries office at 1356 Highway 61 E., Grand Marais, MN 55604. Questions also can be submitted
by calling 218-387-3056 or emailing

Final reports on 2015 surveys will be available in the spring of 2016, but preliminary results for many lakes should be available in the fall of 2015. Final lake survey results will be available online at or from the Grand Marais area fisheries office. Contact the office if interested in stream survey results or preliminary lake survey results.

4th of July at North House Folk School

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 12:00pm

To celebrate the 4th of July, North House Folk School will be putting on a range of classes and demonstrations for kids and adults. WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan spoke with Jessa Frost and Erin Swenson-Klatt of North House about the upcoming events on North Shore Morning.

More information is available at or 218-387-9762


July 4th weather promises sunshine

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:50am

It looks like a good chance for a sunny 4th weekend. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson about great holiday weather.


Sen. Franken releases rural health care report

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:05am

This week Minnesota's U.S. Sen. Al Franken released a rural health care report, including information he received at roundtable meetings with providers in Grand Marais and Silver Bay. WTIP's Jay Andersen spoke with Sen. Franken about the major findings in his report.


Gently used shoes sought for children in Haiti

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:38pm

As the result of a mission trip to Haiti earlier this year, local residents are being asked to donate their gently used shoes to those in need.

“The children would say, ‘I need a shoe,’ meaning they needed shoes,” recalled Gloria Johnson, who went on the trip and visited the Fountain of Christ School in Pignon.

Johnson further explained: “They have to wear shoes and socks to school so their moms make them take off their good things, and so most of the time they are barefooted.”

So, said Johnson, she decided to conduct a shoe drive when she arrived back home.

Gently used shoes for boys and girls – tennis shoes, dress shoes, sandals, etc. – from age 3 up to sixth grade are being collected at drop-off sites at IGA, the North Shore Federal Credit Union and Cornerstone Church until July 11.

For more information contact Johnson at (218) 388-9454.


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Healthy Shorelands and Aquatic Vegetation

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:46am

The Cook County Invasives Team and Soil and Water Conservation District are teaming up to host two workshops on healthy water and vegetation. WTIP spoke to Laurel Wilson of the CCIT and Kerrie Berg of the SWCD about the skills and knowledge the workshops will provide.

More information is available at 387-3648