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Learn to properly install your child car seat at Birch Grove

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 2:25pm

Birch Grove Community School is hosting child and restraint systems CARS training at the school in Tofte on Monday August 24 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This is the class that is required for childcare providers prior to transporting children. It is also a great class for parents and grandparents. Come and learn proper seat installation and seat belt use. 

All children under 8 years or under 4 feet 9 inches are required to ride in a child seat. They will be in them for a while, come learn how to use all the seats properly! 

The cost of the class is $20. To register (appreciated but not required) contact Sara Silence at: or 218-370-1446.


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Cook County Invasives Team to host informational meeting on gypsy moths Sept. 24

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 2:23pm

Since coming to the North Shore this spring, Laurel Wilson has been busy with her duties and events as the Cook County Invasives Team (CCIT) coordinator. She hit the ground running with events in conjunction with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Play-Clean-Go programs and hasn’t stopped, leading wildflower hikes at least once a month and more.

Wilson, who is originally from St. Paul, came to Cook County after earning her degree in conservation biology at the University of Wisconsin and completing graduate school at South Illinois University in Carbondale.

While in college and after, Wilson enjoyed working in a variety of positions—in restoration and management with the Department of Transportation in Illinois and at the Chicago Botanical Gardens.

“My interest has always been in the natural area,” Wilson told the Cook County News-Herald, “and I’ve been looking for ways to get back to Minnesota.”

She had enjoyed many visits to the North Shore so she was delighted to come on board with the CCIT.

The CCIT was formed in 2011 and its members include representation from the Cook County Soil& Water Conservation District, the county highway department, the U.S. Forest Service, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, the Grand Portage National Monument, Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and the 1854 Treaty Authority.

CCIT and Wilson’s position are funded through a federal grant through the U.S. Forest Service. Her time is divided 75 percent in Cook County and 25 percent in Lake County.

Wilson has been following up on projects initiated by her predecessors such as the removal of Siberian pea shrub at Sawtooth Elementary School and an area that had been treated for spotted knapweed.

Grand Portage renovation and expansion under way

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 2:17pm

There is some very exciting news from Grand Portage—the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has begun a complete renovation and expansion of the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino.

Brian Mayotte, Lodge& Casino Enterprise Administrator said, “It’s time. More than 20 years have passed since the original casino was built and we can’t tell you how excited we are to have a newly renovated facility. The improvements we make to the air quality, and the opportunity to offer bigger and better centrally located amenities will definitely impress.”

The three-phased renovation plan designed by DSGW Architects of Duluth, includes remodeled guest rooms, a revitalization of the restaurant and lounge, with a new casino, lobby, swimming pool, and event center.

Phase one, which is nearing completion, offers resort guests 90 newly renovated rooms and five suites. The new rooms are comfortable and fresh, featuring new furniture, carpet, draperies, light fixtures, and 42-inch flat screen televisions.

The second phase includes building the grand entrance and Grand Portage Lodge & Casino shared some of the concept photos with us. There will be a 3-story atrium lobby featuring views of Lake Superior; a remodeled restaurant and lounge, new pool and fitness area as well as an outdoor patio. The casino floor, adjacent to the lobby, will double in size.

And, Grand Portage Marketing Director Frank Vecchio stresses that the renovation was carefully planned to happen in phases so the Casino and Lodge can remain in operation throughout the duration of construction.

It’s fascinating to watch the work in progress and to see how the lodge is working to still accommodate guests. The entire project will be completed in spring of 2017.

WTIP Weekend News Roundup for August 22

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 10:40am

Some Chippewa bands are defying the DNR over wild rice rights. County commissioners spend and save some money. Two candidates announce for the late David Dill’s House seat. Mine waste, kidnapping and a missing body found…all this and more in the week’s news.


Celebrating reading at 'Read to the Rhythm', August 26

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 2:17pm

Reading, rhythm and more at the Grand Marais Public Library; and the picture book collection is organized for easier access.  WTIP volunteer Randy Eastlund spoke with Patsy Ingebrigtsen of the Grand Marais Public Library on North Shore Morning.

“Read to the Rhythm” end of summer event and picnic
 Wednesday, August 26, 2015  
10:30 a.m. Musical Animals Event with Yvonne Caruthers, Gina Macy, and Phylis Anderson
12:00 p.m. Picnic Lunch & Games on the Library lawn
1:00 p.m. Grand Prize Drawings for readers!



Property owners can receive assistance in shoreline erosion reduction

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 1:21pm

Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is now accepting shoreline erosion reduction applications from private and public landowners in Cook County.

With the help of Clean Water Land & Legacy Funds, SWCD has financial and technical assistance available to assist interested landowners in completing shoreline erosion reduction Best Management Practices that will reduce sediment and improve water quality of the lake and/or stream adjacent to their property.

For information and an application form visit or contact the SWCD office at (218) 387-3649. Applications are due to Cook SWCD by 4 p.m. Aug. 28.


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