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Grand Marais Playhouse seeking student summer interns

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:59pm

The Grand Marais Playhouse is currently taking applications for the student summer intern program. High school age students interested in learning about the production elements of theater including set construction, scenic painting, properties, costumes, lighting, sound and stage management are encouraged to apply. Interns are paid hourly. Hours vary and may include afternoon and evening times, dependent upon job and production schedule.  Applications can be picked up outside the Playhouse office.


For more information, contact (218) 387-1284 ext. 2. 



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Great Expectations hosts plant sale and pancake breakfast on May 16

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:51am

The annual Great Expectations School greenhouse sale features a wide variety of hardy perennials, flowering annuals, vegetables and herbs. WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan spoke with Karina Roth, Great Expectations School greenhouse coordinator, on North Shore Morning. 

Greenhouse Plant Sale & Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, May 16
8 am - 1 pm
Located at Great Expectations School, 550 E. 5th Street, Grand Marais

(Photo by Chiot's Run on Flickr)



First Ruby's Pantry event is Thursday, May 14

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 6:40pm

After months of planning, the group organizing a Ruby’s Pantry food distribution is happy to announce that its first-ever event will take place Thursday, May 14 in the cafeteria at Cook County Schools from 4 – 6 p.m.

Future distributions will be on the first Tuesday of the month, but there was a conflict with a school band concert for this first event.

There has been a Ruby’s Pantry in Silver Bay for over a year, but a local group decided it was also needed in Cook County. Many Cook County residents have been traveling there to take part.

For those who don’t know what the organization does, Mary Ellen Ashcroft of Spirit of the Wilderness Church, which is the local sponsor of Ruby’s Pantry explained:

Ruby’s Pantry was developed with a twofold purpose: to help people in rural Minnesota stretch their food dollars and to lessen food waste. Around 40 percent of food in the USA is thrown out. 

Ruby’s Pantry accepts food near expiration at its warehouse in North Branch, Minnesota.

From there it is trucked to various distribution sites in small towns. People gather once a month and give a $20 donation for a share—which entitles them to an abundance of food. People go through the distribution line with a box or other container and have food handed to them.  (If a shareholder is given a food item they don’t want, they’re encouraged to pass it on to someone who would.)

People can purchase multiple shares.  Donations help cover shipping and supplies.

North Shore Federal Credit Union and Thrivent Financial have offered financial support for some start up necessities, and an anonymous donor has also made some money available.   

For more information on Ruby’s Pantry, visit:

Cook County Food Shelf receives donation from Whole Foods Co-op shoppers

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 6:38pm

The Cook County Food Shelf received a welcome donation on Monday, April 27 from the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op. Accepting the donation, Food shelf volunteer Gwen Lenz said, “Summer jobs haven’t started yet and it’s still too early to garden. Although heating needs are gone, many people who donate to the Cook County Food Shelf stop giving during this time of year.

So the check for $2,202.74 was greatly appreciated.

The money came from the co-op’s participation in the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. The round-up program allows customers to donate change that would be coming back to them to the food shelf, as well as make direct donations.

The Cook County Food Shelf is located in the basement of the First Congregational Church in Grand Marais, 300 West Second Street. It opens every Monday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is open the first Wednesday night of each month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


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Duluth convention features Minnesota climate change topics on May 18

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:28pm

'Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions'…is a new two-year project that hopes to increase climate literacy and promote sustainable behavior change among Minnesotans. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Kristen Poppleton of Climate Generation on North Shore Morning.


The Duluth convening for ‘Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions’ is Monday evening May 18th at the Duluth Depot.  More information online here.

MAY 18, 2015


6:15 pm -  RESOURCE FAIR

6:45 pm to 9:15 pm  - CONVENING

Duluth Depot

506 West Michigan Street,

Duluth, MN 55802


With special guests:

Mark Seeley, Climatologist

Mayor Don Ness


Commissioners Reverse and Reappoint County Engineer

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 9:31am

As the final agenda item at Tuesday’s meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Cook County Attorney Molly Hicken recommended the board make a motion reversing the action taken at a special session May 5.

At that time the board voted to reconsider an earlier decision and not to reappoint county engineer David Betts to another four-year term.
Citing threatened litigation and attorney-client privilege, Hicken recommended the discussion pertaining to Betts be continued in closed session.

Forty minutes later, the commissioners reconvened in public to consider a motion by Commissioner Jan Sivertson to void the decision of May 5, reinstate the original decision, and reappoint Betts as county engineer for a four-year term.

In the discussion which followed, Commissioner Frank Moe conceded he was in the minority, but stated his belief in the legality and correctness of the May 5 decision not to reappoint.

He also asked his fellow commissioners for their help in developing a plan to repair County Road 17 and sections of the Arrowhead Trail to a condition they would find acceptable for their own constituents.

The board voted 3-2 in favor of reinstating the original decision and reappointing Betts, with Moe and Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk opposing.