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Fisherman's Picnic Softball Tournament--always a home run!

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:23pm

In baseball speak, it’s fair to say that as far events go at the Fisherman’s Picnic, the softball tournament has been a “Home Run.”

At its peak the tournament drew at least 28 teams, and while that number is down, the competition isn’t. Some of the best amateur teams from throughout the state come here to play for pride and some cash. First place takes home $500, said this year’s tourney coordinator is Mike Christiansen.

When asked how many teams have entered, Christiansen said he is still receiving entries.

“So far we have a team from Eden Prairie, some from Duluth and one from Canada,” said Christiansen. “A lot of teams wait until the last week to sign up, so I really don’t know how many we will end up with.”

This year the tourney starts at 8 a.m. at the Grand Marais Recreation Park with games played all day long. The action will be fast and furious through Sunday afternoon and culminate in a championship game that will start at 4 p.m.

While many of the titles have gone to teams from out of the area, last year the team sponsored by Donek Trucking managed to take top honors. Christiansen said that Donek Trucking is back and ready to defend its title. Now all they lead is a crowd to come out and cheer them on. 

To sign up for the softball tournament for the team, contact Christiansen at (218) 475-2450.


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A great breakfast tradition continues

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:21pm

Another longstanding Fisherman’s Picnic tradition is the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser hosted by Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) at the Cook County Community Center. It has been the way to start the day at Fisherman’s Picnic for 11 years now.

And it is for a great cause. ECFE is an early childhood program for children from birth to age five and their parents. 

Funds from the pancake breakfast are used by ECFE for programming and for Open Gym, to replace equipment like the riding toys that children greatly enjoy.

ECFE Pancake Breakfast

Cook County Community Center

317 West 5th Street

Saturday, August 1

7 – 11 a.m.

$6 adults/$4 child (12 & under)


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Blacksmith demonstrations at Bally Blacksmith Shop this weekend

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 2:38pm

The historic Bally Blacksmith Shop in Grand Marais is hosting the First Annual Bally Blacksmithing Demonstrations this summer on July 31-Aug. 1. These demonstrations are free and open to the public, and will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic 1911 building. Visitors will also have the chance to walk inside the original building.

Blacksmithing is fascinating to watch. Skilled workers will heat metal to extreme temperatures and shape objects by banging and twisting them right before your eyes. They will produce functional and decorative items – some of which will be for sale.

Local metal workers will demonstrate their talents on the designated Fridays, and the Duluth organization Forging Community will lead the Saturday demonstrations—thanks to a grant from the Grand Marais Area Tourism Association.

Cook County Historical Society representatives will be on hand each day to talk about the history of the Bally site, share the future site plans, record stories and testimonies, and provide a sneak peek inside the 1911 Bally Blacksmith Shop, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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How to see in the Dark: Monitoring Bats on the Superior National Forest

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:55am

"How to see in the Dark: Monitoring Bats on the Superior National Forest," is the theme of the August 1st Saturday Speaker Series event at Sugarloaf Cover Nature Center near Schroeder. Wildlife biologist (and event speaker) Peg Robertson spoke to WTIP on North Shore Morning about her love for bats and the upcoming event.

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The North Shore Rollers host the Minnesota State Logrolling Championships

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:20am

The Minnesota State Logrolling Championships will take place in downtown Grand Marais on Saturday, August 1. North Shore Rollers coach Andrea Everson, and one of the rollers Paige Everson, came into the studio to talk about the sport and the competition taking place over Fisherman's Picnic.  A chance to try log rolling for yourself is Friday 10am-5pm.


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State Rep. David Dill battles cancer

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:30am

State Rep. David Dill, DFL-District 3A, is battling for his life against cancer. According to the Ely Timberjay newspaper, the 60-year-old Dill, who took ill after the 2015 session, is currently undergoing chemotherapy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

District 3 Senator, and Majority Leader, Tom Bakk told WTIP he had visited Dill Tuesday in Rochester. He said Dill was “conversant” but the family was hesitant to release details of his illness at that time.

It’s the latest in a long string of illnesses that have plagued the state representative, who has struggled with diabetes and a heart condition.

According to the Timberjay, in 2010, Dill received a kidney transplant and later underwent surgery to install a pacemaker to treat an irregular heartbeat that had sapped his energy.

The newspaper further states that Dill’s cancer battle has fueled speculation that the state representative may not run for re-election in 2016. There has been no official announcement by Dill or his family on his plans.

Dill chairs the House Lands Subcommittee and is the DFL leader on the Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy Committee. He also serves on the House Agriculture Finance Committee, the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee and the Greater Minnesota Economic and Workforce Development Policy Committee.

He’s played an influential role in legislation on mining and outdoor issues, and has been a strong advocate for education.