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Grand Marais considers seeking "Dark Sky" city designation

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:09am

At the Wednesday, March 11 Grand Marais City Council meeting, Counselor David Mills and Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux spoke of the possibility of Grand Marais pursuing a designation as a “Dark Sky” city, a name which is bestowed on cities that have very low light pollution and thus allow better-than-average viewing of the nighttime heavens.

Arrowsmith DeCoux said he believes the city already meets many of the requirements of the International Dark Sky Association and is about three-quarters of the way there.

But City Administrator Mike Roth said he disagreed and noted that there is no street light policy in town, and only those newly-installed lights in the downtown district are designed to direct their light downward. More research will be done on the topic.


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Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award seeking applicants

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 2:56pm

The Grand Marais Art Colony recently announced the Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award.  Youth Radio Project hosts Sean MacDonnell and Lynden Blomberg spoke with Art Colony Director Amy Demmer, ISD 166 Art Teacher Mary MacDonald and selection committee member Michael McHugh.

The Grand Marais Art Colony and Leah Thomas are excited to announce the creation of the Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award, in memory of Leah’s brother Eric (1956 - 2013).  This annual scholarship will provide full tuition and cost of materials for a young Cook County artist to attend a Grand Marais Art Colony class of their choice.
This scholarship is open to youth who are currently a sophomore or junior in highschool.

Application can be found here and is due April 23.

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Winter hangs on, snow in forecast

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:01pm

Sunny, then snowy, but temps generally below average for the coming week. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson.

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Auditions scheduled for "Moon Over Buffalo" March 26

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:04am

The comedy for the summer festival will be "Moon Over Buffalo" by Ken Ludwig.

According to an excerpt from Samuel French, Inc., "Moon Over Buffalo" centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. In this play within a play, they’re performing in Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of "The Scarlet Pimpernel."

Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.

Auditions will be March 26 at 7 p.m. at the ACA. No preparation required. Readings will be handed out at auditions. Please bring conflict schedule for May – August.

Cast is needed to play:

George Hay: male, 60s, central character, physical comedy involved. 

Charlotte Hay: female, George's wife, late 50s to 60s, larger than life. 

Ethel: female, Charlotte's mother (must play old enough to be believable, a grumpy old lady, sort of a trouble maker), comedic skills are really important for this role. 

 Rosalind Hay: female, the daughter, 20s or early 30s, actress turned advertising executive. 

 Paul: male, resident actor, late 20s or 30s, leading man type.

 Howard: male, late 20s or 30s, Rosalind's fiancé, nerdy, preferably small in stature.

10th Annual Theater Sports Competition: March 23

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:51am

It’s a blend of theater performance with elements of a sports competition – and it can be very exciting. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Richie Furlong, Carrie Palmer, Jamie Sjogren, and Elizabeth O'Phelan, Cook County High School seniors, on North Shore Morning. 


The 10th annual Theater Sports competition is Tuesday March 24th at 7pm at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. This activity raises money for a Twin Cities theater weekend for the UMD College in the Schools Literature students. Students from the class will share their improvisation skills in this once a year event.    

(Photo by Bahman Farzad via Flickr)

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What makes people in "Blue Zones" live longer and healthier?

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 3:35pm

What do the citizens of Ikaria, Greece; Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, California and Nicoya, Costa Rica have in common? What is it about their daily routine that makes them live longer—healthily? Why are the people in these community reaching 100 years of age at rates 10 times greater than in the United States? Find out the answers to these questions and more at a special presentation by Tony Buettner, a member of the National Geographic Blue Zones team, at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Monday, March 23 at 6 p.m.

Come hear this intriguing and entertaining presentation about the work that began in 2004 when Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people lived measurably better.

After identifying the world’s Blue Zones, Dan Buettner and National Geographic took teams of scientists to each location to identify lifestyle characteristics that might explain longevity. They found that the lifestyles of all Blue Zones residents shared nine specific characteristics. They call these characteristics the “Power 9.”

Dan Buettner’s subsequent book The Blue Zones hit the New York Times best-seller list and took Buettner everywhere from Oprah to TED visit to Bill Clinton’s Health Matters Initiative. The success prompted a new challenge: could a Blue Zone be built in the US?

In 2009 Blue Zones partnered with AARP and the United Health Foundation to apply the Power 9 principles to Albert Lea, Minnesota. After just one year, Blue Zones reported that participants added an estimated 2.9 years to their average lifespan while healthcare claims for city worker dropped 49 percent. Harvard’s Walter Willett called the results “stunning.”