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Blacksmith demonstrations at Bally Blacksmith Shop this weekend

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 2:43pm

The historic Bally Blacksmith Shop in Grand Marais is hosting the First Annual Bally Blacksmithing Demonstrations two weekends this summer: July 24-25 and July 31-Aug. 1. These demonstrations are free and open to the public, and will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic 1911 building. Visitors will also have the chance to walk inside the original building.

Blacksmithing is fascinating to watch. Skilled workers will heat metal to extreme temperatures and shape objects by banging and twisting them right before your eyes. They will produce functional and decorative items – some of which will be for sale.

Local metal workers will demonstrate their talents on the designated Fridays, and the Duluth organization Forging Community will lead the Saturday demonstrations—thanks to a grant from the Grand Marais Area Tourism Association.

Cook County Historical Society representatives will be on hand each day to talk about the history of the Bally site, share the future site plans, record stories and testimonies, and provide a sneak peek inside the 1911 Bally Blacksmith Shop, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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This local news is provided by Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com

Nice weekend weather is forecast

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:42am
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Maybe a little rain on Friday, but otherwise a nice sunny weekend is in store for the Shore. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson.
 

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County engineer discusses summer road work

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 11:59am
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Gravel, dust suppression and mowing the county roads. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with County Engineer David Betts about highway department projects this summer.
 
 

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Sunscreen and melanoma discussed

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 11:59am
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Wearing sunscreen is an important guard against developing melanoma. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with nurse Amy Marie Schmidt about the summer sun’s UV rays.

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Commissioner Doo-Kirk discusses most recent board meeting

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 11:59am
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ATV’s on the Gunflint Trail, discretionary funding, new security cameras and much more. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with County Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk.

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"Surrounding Water" concert in Harbor Park July 24

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 11:00am

Superior North Outdoor Center and Grand Marais Music Collaborative team up to present musician Ben Weaver performing live at Harbor Park in downtown Grand Marais at 7 p.m. July 24.

"Surrounding Water" is a three-week circumnavigation of Lake Superior by Ben Weaver by bicycle, with a vision to unify communities through song, poetry, discussion, and storytelling.

Weaver will act as a charter bearer to the Great Lakes Commons, using their visionary Commons Charter in his performances as an invitation to engage communities along the route in broad and inclusive conversations about the state of our fresh water.

Born in Eugene, Oregon, Weaver now lives in St. Paul with his three kids. He's been compared to songwriters and vocalists like Greg Brown, Tom Waits, and Leonard Cohen. Despite similarities in vocal style and a catalog of finely-crafted songs, Weaver's work stands on its own.

Weaver is a songwriter, poet, father, letterpress printer and adventure advocate. He has released eight studio albums of original music and four books of poetry.  The bicycle is his chosen mode of transport for all activities, in all types of weather. Given his choice he will side with the animals, mountains, trees, lakes and rivers.

Great Lakes Commons (GLC) is a growing and open network of people, organizations and institutions from the Great Lakes bioregion who care passionately about these remarkable bodies of water. GLC members are united in a desire to insure that they have a vibrant future and share a commitment to the long term transformation of the care and governance of the Great Lakes.

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This local news is provided by Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com