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Weekend News Roundup for April 20

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 10:02am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. An endangered river warning was issued this week by a waters watchdog group. The Legislature managed to avoid dealing with wolf trapping and the long winter may help shorten the wildfire season.…all in this week’s news.


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North House prepares for Northern Sustainability Symposium

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 10:28am

Dmitry Orlov, author of the award-winning book Reinventing 
Collapse is visiting Minnesota for North House Folk School's fourth 
annual Northern Sustainability Symposium, May 3-5. Coursework and 
programs at the Sustainability Symposium revolve around changes that
can be made by individuals for a more sustainable future: learning to
repair and repurpose, simplify and reclaim the everyday skills of self-
reliance from the not-so-distant past.
Orlov will give a presentation on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Born in 
Russia, he moved to the U.S. while a teenager, and has traveled back 
repeatedly to observe the Soviet collapse during the late eighties and 
mid-nineties. He is an engineer who has worked in many fields, 
including high-energy physics research, e-commerce and Internet 
He is the author of the award-winning book Reinventing Collapse: The 
Soviet Example and American Prospects and of the forthcoming The Five 
Stages of Collapse: Survivors' Toolkit.
Orlov will also teach two half-day workshops – one on sail-based 
transport and one on building lasting communities.
Additional event coursework includes 14 courses ranging in length from 
a half day to 4.5 days. The coursework nurtures the do-it-yourself 
spirit by teaching skills that are integral to sustainable future. 
Courses include hand sewing, knife and tool sharpening, canning food, 
starting a root cellar, soap making, installing solar panels and more. 
Registration is required for coursework.
Programming during the event also features a tour of Cook County's 
greenhouses, a screening of the film In Transition 2.0, and a wood-

Strong winds, temperatures hamper ice removal on highways across Minnesota

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 9:27am
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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) reports that heavy snow compaction and ice from Thursday’s extensive snowfall are making travel difficult to hazardous from the southwest corner to the northeast corner of Minnesota. Roads in the Twin Cities Metro area are in fair condition.  

MnDOT urges drivers to be patient, plan for trips to take additional time and if possible, avoid travel. Plow crews are currently working to remove the ice and compacted snow, but are inhibited by strong winds, drifting snow and cold temperatures in rural areas.

MnDOT maintenance personnel say Friday’s primary concern is the wind. Drifting snow can cover a highway again immediately after a plow has just passed. The wind may blow salt off the road, and the salt becomes less effective in colder temperatures.

Officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur.

Crews expect road conditions to slowly improve throughout the day, as precipitation ends across the state Friday morning.


Motorists should remember to:

  • Check road conditions at or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud. Snowplow operators will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow traffic build-up to pass.
  • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

Stone Bridge Singers bring back Basket Social

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 10:26am

The Stone Bridge Singers, the talented young drum group from Grand Portage, have been invited to drum at the “Pow-Wow for Hope,” organized by the American Indian Cancer Foundation on Saturday, May 4 in Minneapolis.
The drum group is hosting an “Old Time Basket Social Fundraiser” at the Grand Portage Community Center on Saturday, April 20from 4 – 8 p.m. to raise money for travel expenses and for their “Pow-Wow for Hope” team. Monies raised will help address the cancer burdens faced by many American Indian families throughout Indian Country.
Years ago in Grand Portage, a basket social was a common event. A basket social was a dance with decorated box lunches/dinners that are auctioned off. Someone from the audience would be the volunteer and the crowd would compete to “win” their favorite basket. Usually, the winning bidder would then eat dinner with the person who donated the basket. Eventually, the basket socials contained items other than food and became decorated quite elaborately. The winning bidder would generally take their basket of goodies home with them.
The auctioneer the April 20 event will be Garret Swader. Everyone is encouraged to come out and bid on a basket of fabulous items. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, silent auctions, food, music by “Portage” and more family fun.

Business luncheon features E.R. Perry Signs & Engraving

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 9:19am

Elizabeth Perry, owner of E.R. Perry Signs & Engraving LLC  
in Grand Marais, may be Cook County's least-known business success.
 From her shop and production facility, Perry and her employees 
prepare a wide array of printed and engraved tags, signs and other 
products for clients across the country. They sell those products 
online, primarily, and ship via UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service 
– all from Grand Marais!
Perry will tell her story and talk about how she accomplishes all of 
this at Cook County Higher Education's April Business Networking 
Luncheon. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude by 1 p.m. 
on Wednesday, April 24, at The Pie Place Restaurant, 207 Wisconsin St. 
in Grand Marais.
Perry describes her talk as “a presentation by a local small cottage 
industry that brings in money from across North America utilizing the 
Internet and UPS shipping. No tourists or good weather required. A 
brief tale of the trials and tribulations of making a small job shop 
big. Elizabeth Perry will speak about her 39 years in the sign 
business and how her experience with the Internet can work for many 
small businesses located as far out as Cook County.”
To register for this presentation (formerly known as the Women’s 
Business Network Luncheon) by one of Cook County's outstanding 
business leaders, e-mail or call 
218-387-3411. Cost for the luncheon is $15.

Dancers to perform at Betsy Bowen Studio April 19 - 21

Wed, 04/17/2013 - 12:30pm

Members of Lenna Stever’s dance class will be presenting three dance recitals at Betsy Bowen’s studio on April 19, 20, and 21. The performance will start at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. 
Dancers have been practicing all winter at the Grand Marais Art Colony under Stever’s direction. The show will feature ballet and jazz dancing.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 18 and under.

"Living with Grief" program offered by Care Partners

Wed, 04/17/2013 - 12:24pm

The Hospice Foundation of America's 2013 Living With Grief program, Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death, will be held April 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Corcoran Classroom, lower level of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.
The presentation will help end-of-life care providers and health and human service professionals enhance their sensitivities and understanding of veterans and provide new interventions to better serve dying veterans and their families.  Attention is placed on veteran generations now aging and most likely to be seen in end-of-life care (World War II, Korea, Vietnam). The program also explores the traditions and sensitivities of grieving families and resources that can assist them.
Continuing education hours are available. No registration is required. For more information, contact Kay Grindland at Care Partners, 387-3788 or

Tornado drills part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 15 - 19

Wed, 04/17/2013 - 10:51am

Because severe weather can threaten the lives and property of 
Minnesotans at any time, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed April 15-19 
as Severe Weather Awareness Week.
On Thursday, April 18, Cook County will join with the National Weather 
Service in statewide tornado drills at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Plan to 
participate with your colleagues in the afternoon and with your family 
at home in the evening.
A NOAA weather radio set to “Alert” will automatically notify you of 
tornado drills and real weather and other emergencies. They can also 
provide lights, radio and cell phone chargers during power outages, 
and can be recharged themselves by solar panels or hand cranks. Many 
models are available at retail outlets or online.
Subscribe to get free community alerts from Cook County Dispatch. This 
system, combined with other emergency alert methods, is designed to 
get emergency messages to the public quickly and effectively. This 
does not preclude you from calling 911 if you need emergency 
information; it simply provides an opportunity for the county to 
disseminate critical information if and when the need arises.
Go to click on Outbound 9-1-1 Emergency 
Notification System and provide the information requested on the form. 
As of Dec. 18, 2012 there are 5,556 land lines and 153 cell phones 
registered for this service. The Emergency Notification System will be 
tested during the tornado drill on April 18.
Residents can also build a basic home survival kit that includes food 

National river conservation group issues BWCAW warning

Wed, 04/17/2013 - 6:46am

The non-profit American Rivers organization today called upon President Obama, Congress and Gov. Dayton to block a proposed copper nickel mine near the South Kawishiwi River by Ely.

In its statement, American Rivers contends the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is threatened by a proposed copper nickel mine near a popular entry point to the wilderness. Further, they said the mine would threaten a source of drinking water for area residents and visitors.

The proposed mine lies within the Superior National Forest just outside the BWCAW. American Rivers spokesperson Jessie Thomas-Blate said the mine would produce large quantities of waste rock, sulfuric acid and a variety of toxic metals. Thomas-Blate said “Polluted runoff from the mine poses a public health concern because of fish and drinking water contamination and threatens the Boundary Waters ecosystem.”

American Rivers since 1973 has issued an annual report on what it considers the country’s most endangered rivers.

Buck and Bob will be talking with Amy Kober from American Rivers in depth about the report this Friday on the Roadhouse.

View more news from WTIP

Magnus Theater in Thunder Bay offers "Storm Warning"

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 4:02pm

"Storm Warning" is the latest play at Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay, and it’s worth the trip across the border. 
The setting is two remote lakeside cabins that were previously next to two others, one that burned down due to faulty wiring and the other that slid into the lake during a rainstorm. 
Emma Currie is a feisty composer who rents a cabin in order to get some work done on deadline.  She meets the reserved caretaker, Jack Forrester, whose mysterious background piques her curiosity.
Both characters struggle with mental health problems – Currie has a propensity for popping pills to help her cope with life and Forrester is in a deep depression after his wife left him – with their child – when he was hospitalized for war-related trauma.
Their interactions are funny, poignant, and thought-provoking.  Both have distanced themselves from others but find that they might each be in need of something the other can offer.
Currie is played by Debra Hale, who masterfully played multiple characters, switching from one to the another with mere changes in posture, in"Freedom 85!," a show she wrote that played at Magnus earlier in the season.  Forrester is played by Scott Maudsley, who get so much into character that when taking his bows, his demeanor and facial expressions demonstrate that he, the actor, is a very different person from the character he has just portrayed.
The show’s creator is playwright Norm Foster, the most produced playwright in the history of Canada.
The show runs through April 20. 

More information can be found online at or by calling the box office at (807)345-5552.

Learn about volunteering at WTIP Open House

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 2:43pm

WTIP invites community members to stop by the radio station for a new volunteer open house on Wednesday, April 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The new volunteer open house is an opportunity to learn more about current volunteer openings at the station, including AM and PM Calendar show hosts, Small Change trivia show hosts, and various music program hosts. WTIP staff will be on hand to discuss the opportunities, learn more about volunteer interests, and explain the process of becoming a trained host or co-host.
Volunteers are the backbone of WTIP and have helped make the station’s 15 years of service possible. Volunteering at WTIP is an important and rewarding experience, through which community members can learn new skills, connect with others, and contribute to an essential community resource.
One of WTIP’s current volunteers, Sherrie Lindskog, says, “Volunteering at WTIP is fun and exciting. It has opened up a whole new world for me, and I’m enjoying every minute of it.” 
For more information call the station at 387-1070 or email Deb Benedict at:

Grandma's to examine security after Boston blast

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 8:52am

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Officials of Grandma's Marathon in Minnesota say they will examine their security in the wake of the deadly Boston Marathon explosions.

In a statement, Grandma's said the safety of its runners, volunteers and spectators has always been the race's main priority.

The annual Grandma's Marathon is held along the North Shore of Lake Superior, ending in Duluth. This year's Grandma's is scheduled June 22 and has a limit of 10,000 runners.

National Library Week events planned at Grand Marais Library

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 3:16pm

Celebrate your library in April with events and a prize drawing! Sign up for the drawing Monday – Saturday of National Library Week beginning April 15. 
On Tuesday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m., a “Poems & Rhymes Storytime” will focus on nursery rhymes and poems for kids.  Reading a poem for the group will grant you up to three extra chances for the drawing.
Finally, on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m.  the library will host an “Open Mic Poetry Night.”
Bring your favorite poem to share or pick one of ours for extra entries into the drawing.
Prizes include embroidered book bags for kids, Hohner recorder and music book, “I Love Books” reusable shopping bags, Chocolove premium chocolate bars (inside each wrapper is a classic romantic poem), gift certificates from Lake Superior Trading Post, Birchbark Books & Gifts and Beth’s Fudge, and Drury Lane Books.
For more information call Patsy Ingebrigtsen at the library, 218-387-1140.

Caregiver Support Group to meet again, Tuesday, April 16

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 3:15pm

Caregiver Support Group April 16 The second meeting of a monthly caregiver support group is Tuesday, April 16, noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room of the Congregational Church in Grand Marais.  Care Partners, the group sponsor, is providing faciilitators and refreshments. Participation is free.
Care Partners will also provide a trained volunteer, at no cost, to stay at home with the loved one in need of care or supervision so that the caregiver can attend the group.
Roberta Olin, Grand Marais, and Vicki Biggs-Anderson, Colvill, will facilitate. Both have been caregivers to family members.
For more information about the new group and to get a volunteer to stay with a loved one needing care, call Care Partners at 387-3787, Biggs-Anderson at 387-1913 or Olin at 387-9233.
Care Partners was established in 2010 as a collaborative of the Cook County North Shore Hospital, North Shore Health Care Foundation and the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. Care Partners volunteers provide companionship services to individuals in their home, in the hospital and Care Center. They also provide respite for caregivers and presence at end of life.

County facing potential litigation in community center project

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 3:13pm

JLG Architects, the Cook County Family YMCA construction project’s architectural and engineering firm, is considering litigation against the county related to reimbursement issues. 
Commissioner Bruce Martinson told the Cook County News-Herald that he and Commissioner Sue Hakes had been part of a meeting that included Dan Miller of JLG Architects before the county board meeting on April 9, but he was not free to disclose what they discussed with Miller. 
Budget figures presented to the board that day by Project Manager Wade Cole of ORB Management show that the original amount budgeted for JLG’s services, not including expenses, was $705,558.96, but that figure was lowered to $580,232.77 when the project cost was reduced from $11,885,134.68 to $9,484,757.58.
In the process of reducing the scope of the project to bring costs down, JLG was involved in producing new design specifications, but since it would be reimbursed according to a percentage of the costs, the amount of its compensation was reduced.
The county board tabled a discussion of the potential litigation by JLG.
ORB Management’s compensation for the community center project was also reduced—from $557,835.18 to $421,000.08 (not including expenses)—when the scope of the project was reduced.