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West End shows support for Birch Grove Community School

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 12:43pm

The Birch Grove Community School (BGCS) was the perhaps the biggest issue for the three West End townships at annual meetings on Tuesday, March 10. At each township meeting, Birch Grove Community School parents and board members made a case for funding the school, requesting that a $20,000 line item be added to town budgets for the next five years.

 In Tofte, parent and BGCS board member Jessica Cameron spoke about how proud she was of the elementary school and listed the awards and successful test results the school has seen. Cameron said, “I think we can all agree that for any community to experience growth, and for families to want to relocate to this area, we need to provide jobs, housing and schools. If Birch Grove School were to cease to exist, the equation for our ‘growing community’ suddenly becomes skewed.”

 Several people spoke in favor of funding the school, such as Tofte resident Lisa Nelson , who said, “I’m the proud grandma of soon-to-be six. Five of them will be attending this school!”

In Schroeder, Bluefin Bay Resort owner Dennis Rysdahl spoke in behalf of supporting the school. He said the county was losing 25 to 40 year olds at an alarming rate and it was getting harder for him to find people to hire at his resort. He said, “If the exodus continues we will be a county of retirees and second home owners. We have to try to keep young residents here.”

However, before the vote was called in Tofte, Tofte Supervisor Paul James explained the problem with the funding request. He said it isn’t a question of whether or not the community wants the school. James said concerns were raised when a state audit raised the question of whether or not it was legal for the township to donate to a charter school through its levy.

 But, James said, “We can figure out a way to do this. It’s not millions of dollars.”

WTIP Weekend News Roundup for March 14

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:45am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the week’s top news stories. A dairy dispute, tall radio towers and copper mine concerns…all this and more in the week’s news.



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Tofte Township Board Annual Meeting and Election Results

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:27am

The Tofte Township Board recently held their annual meeting and elections on March 11. WTIP volunteer Julie Carlson spoke with Tofte Township Supervisor Jeanne Larson on North Shore Morning. 

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"India Changes Course" will be Great Decisions Discussion Group topic on March 19

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:27am

­­­­­­­­­Great Decisions is a discussion program on world affairs and this month’s meeting will discuss recent political changes in India. WTIP volunteer Julie Carlson spoke with this month’s discussion group leader, Mary McCormick, on North Shore Morning. 


Great Decisions Discussion Group: "India Changes Course"
Thursday, March 19
Cook County Community Center at 317 5th Avenue West

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Dr. Stover nominated for 2015 Minnesota Family Physician of the Year

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 2:21pm

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) announced last week that Sandra Stover, M.D., a family physician who practices at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais is one of three finalists for the 2015 Minnesota Family Physician of the Year Award. 

 Family physicians were nominated for the award by patients and colleagues.  The MAFP Board of Directors will select a winner after reviewing each finalist’s qualifications and reading nomination letters received on their behalf.  MAFP stresses that the decision will be based on letters already received—no new letters will be accepted.

The 2015 Family Physician of the Year will be recognized at the MAFP Annual Meeting on April 16.  The other finalists are Dr. Gregory McNamara, Little Falls; and Dr. Thomas Bracken, Onamia


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Grand Marais Playhouse presents "September Bears" on March 13

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 2:29pm

“September Bears” is a one-act play set in New York City around the time of the 9/11 attacks. It will be presented at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts this Friday, March 13. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Jack Nickolay and Beth Faraone of the Grand Marais Playhouse on North Shore Morning. 

“September Bears”
Arrowhead Center for the Arts
Friday, March 13 at 8 pm

In addition, the troupe will travel to Cokato, Minnesota to participate in the Minnesota Association of Community Theater’s MACT FEST March 19-22. 


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