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City Council reaffirms that vacation rentals are not allowed in residential areas

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:48pm

At the June 10 Grand Marais City Council meeting, Councilor Tim Kennedy said the Grand Marais Planning Commission had revisited the issue of permitting vacation rentals in residential zones, a use which is now prohibited, and decided to take no action, meaning they re-affirmed the zoning standards. Kennedy cited three factors that went into the decision: that vacation rental is incompatible with residential neighborhoods; zones already exist in the city that allow vacation rentals; and there has been no formal request from the public requesting the change.

Due to the planning commission’s decision, City Administrator Mike Roth said he would notify those people who are known to be unlawfully operating vacation rentals.


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Cook County Vikings preparing for nine-man football

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:46pm

It seems early in the year, but Cook County High School football players are already thinking of fall. With fewer students in school, and fewer student-athletes to draw from, the Cook County High School football team hasn’t had a lot of success the last couple of years.

But a change from 11-man to 9-man football should help, although there is bound to be a fairly steep learning curve in a game tends to have quite a bit more high-octane offense than 11-man football.

To help offset that change, the Vikings sent 17 players to the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) annual football team camp during the week of June 15.

Head Coach Mitch Dorr said, “We used the time to learn and practice new offensive and defensive schemes that they will be running as a 9-man football team.”

The majority of the time was spent scrimmaging against other 9-man teams said Dorr.

At the end of the camp the Viking coaching staff left feeling very optimistic about the team and the transition to 9-man, said Dorr.


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County approves improvements for Hovland Town Hall

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:45pm

Commissioner Frank Moe presented his colleagues with a list of renovations his constituents would like to see at the Hovland Town Hall, along with estimates for the work totaling $55,077.80. Moe noted that that figure included some items that had already been approved, such as the purchase and installation of playground equipment and the painting of the building. 

Moe said in particular there are concerns about the town hall foundation, which is deteriorating because of water damage. He said the building needs rain gutters and landscaping to drain the water away from the foundation.

Other items requested included painting, scraping and general maintenance of building, a picnic pavilion, picnic tables, benches and garbage cans.

Commissioner Ginny Storlie said the town hall and the Trinity Lutheran Church make a nice little community center. She said preserving the town hall building is important.

Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk noted that the county owns a lot of buildings and expressed concern that this would be adding to the county’s budget for building maintenance.

Moe agreed that there is a backlog of capital improvements. He said, “It’s hard not to be parochial, but there are other places in the county that have meeting places. There is nothing like that in the east end.”

Doo-Kirk spoke passionately about needs at the Cook County Airport, noting that the airport board worked hard to find funding for its needs.

Commissioner Jan Sivertson said she felt the Hovland community did get “left out” of the 1 percent recreation and infrastructure discussion. “I do think this is a fairness issue,” she said.

Noting that some money had already been earmarked for improvements at the Hovland Town Hall, the board voted to approve spending an additional $42,000 from its building fund. Commissioner Doo-Kirk cast a nay vote. 

Tofte celebrates July 4 with fireworks and festivities

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:28pm

Tofte has a full day and evening of festivities planned for July 4.  WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Tofte’s Jeannie Larson on North Shore Morning. 


Festival at the Tofte Town Park

Contact Dori Betts with Festival questions: 370-0518 or 387-1417

11:00 am -5:00 pm
Local arts and crafts, tasty food for sale

11:00 am – 4:00 pm Bingo in the Tofte Town Hall

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Beer garden with great live music

Parade at 2:00 pm, line up at 1:30 pm on the west end of Tofte Park Road.

3:00 pm Tofte Citizen of the Year award presentation

5:00 – 7:00 pm Spaghetti dinner at the Zoar Lutheran Church

Fireworks over the lake around 9:45 p.m.


Summer nature explorations offered by Sugarloaf Cove

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:18am

“There’s No Place Like Home” is a series of summer nature explorations offered through Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Sugarloaf Cove naturalist Margie Menzies on North Shore Morning.


There's No Place Like Home: Explore Cook County
1 pm, June 26- August 7, and August 21

Featuring an opportunity to have a more in-depth exploration of Cook County's special places with your neighbors. Each week will feature a new unique habitat or location which participants will explore with Sugarloaf's naturalist.

June 26 - The Bog/Black Spruce Tamarack forest

July 3 - The Boreal Forest/Spruce Fir forest

July 10 - The Maple Hardwood forest

July 17 - The Aspen/Birch North Shore forest

July 24 - The Pine forest

July 31 - Rock and Cliff Environment

August 7 - Inland Lakes

August 21 - Lake Superior


Full Moon Music Celebration features cellist Yvonne Caruthers, on July 1

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 2:55pm

Rain or shine, there will be a musical celebration of July’s Full Moon this Wednesday at Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with cellist Yvonne Caruthers on North Shore Morning. 

Cellist Yvonne Caruthers will perform Wednesday, July 1, at 8pm on the lakeshore at Drury Lane Books for a Full Moon Music Celebration.  More information at 387-3370.



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