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The New Standards Holiday Show at Papa Charlie's Friday

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:51pm

It’s become a holiday tradition. Papa Charlie’s Tavern & Stage in Lutsen is hosting The New Standards 8th Seasonal Holiday Show on Friday, Nov. 28.  “It’s a treat to preview the show before it debuts in Minneapolis and Lincoln Center in New York,” said Jim Vick, marketing director at Lutsen Mountains.  “With more than a dozen musicians, it is quite an extravaganza for our stage.”

The New Standards (TNS) is a trio of friends that’s been performing together since 2005 and continues to put on a great show for all age groups.  “Each year, TNS friends and their family head to Lutsen for some fun in the snow, and to share their new annual show in the intimate setting of Papa Charlie’s.  

Started in 2005 as an off-shoot between Minneapolis-based musicians and friends Chan Poling (piano), Steve Roehm (vibes) and John Munson (bass), TNS now performs around the world, and has generated CDs, videos, cartoons, and other projects.

TNS will perform their holiday show in Minneapolis Dec. 5-6 at the State Theatre, but only a few tickets remain. Vick recommends heading to Lutsen to ski and to take in The New Standard’s first show of the 2014 holiday season at Papa Charlie’s


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Library sculpture to be created by Tom Christiansen

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:49pm

Local artist Tom Christiansen has been selected from a large pool of artists by the Grand Marais Library Board to create a piece of public artwork for the library. Christiansen, who is best known for working with metal in his sculptures, will be awarded a $10,000 grant from the Arrowhead Library System which used Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage money from the sales tax approved by Minnesota voters several years ago.

The announcement came at the November 3 meeting where the board ratified the Public Art Committee’s decision to select Christiansen.

Other local artists who were finalists for the project were Sharon Frykman, Nancy Seaton and Ann Klefstad of Duluth.

In the coming weeks Christiansen, who owns the Last Chance Fabricating Studio in Lutsen, will discuss further with the board the final design for his project.

The goal of this public artwork is to create art that honors the community and reinforces the perception of the library as a place to experience arts, culture and history through a variety of art formats. The competition was open to artists 18 and older who live in one of the seven counties located within the Arrowhead Regional Library system.

It is hoped that the project will be completed by June 30, 2015.


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City accepts Blandin Foundation grant to continue study of biomass project

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:47pm

The Grand Marais City Council voted to accept a $50,000 grant from the Blandin Foundation to use toward planning for a proposed biomass district heating facility. The terms of the grant stipulate that the money is to be used only to finalize bidding, secure customer agreements and finalize financing options for construction and operation of the facility.

Councilor Kennedy, also a member of the Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) that is working to advance the biomass project, said another $50,000 is still needed in order to re-bid the project, and a lot of details are still up in the air.

However, Kennedy said those details will be needed before state bonding can be taken up by late spring or early June. Once such things as securing customer contracts and financing plans are learned, “then we’ll know if we have a project,” Kennedy said.

At the November 12 city council meeting, Mayor Larry Carlson stressed that the acceptance of the grant “in no way obligates the city” to pursue the project, and Kennedy concurred. “We’ve said that all along…if the project is not in the city’s best interest, we won’t do it,” he said.


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"Light Up a Life" in memory of a loved one: December 4

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:11pm

Community members have the opportunity to celebrate the life of a loved one during the holiday season. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Kay Grindland of Care Partners on North Shore Morning.


The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at East Bay Suites in their Stone Throw Room on Thursday, December 4th at 6 pm.  Pastor Beth Benson will assist with a short ceremony of reflection and connection. Music will be provided by Yvonne Mills. The event is sponsored by Care Partners to support end of life services in Cook County.
For more information contact Kay Grindland, Care Partners Director, at 387-3788 or

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All are welcome at Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:06am

All are invited to a Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the First Congregational Church in Grand Marais. WTIP host Jana Berka spoke with Mary Igoe about this annual event on North Shore Morning .

The Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is Thursday at 1 pm at the First Congregational Church in Grand Marais.  More information is available from the church office at 387-2113.


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Comment deadline extended for citizen input on Highway 61 corridor through Grand Marais

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 1:38pm

The City of Grand Marais has been working with the community on a potential redesign of the Highway 61 corridor through Grand Marais. Your feedback is needed and to receive a broad base of input, the deadline for comments has been extended to Wednesday, November 26.

In May 2014, engineers and planners from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) held a “complete streets” workshop in Grand Marais to educate city, county, business and citizens on MnDOT’s policy supporting streets that are safe for bikes, pedestrians and automobiles as well as their interest and role in the Grand Marais Highway 61 redesign process. There have been several other public meetings that asked:

1) How do you use the corridor project area? How often?  By what means of transportation?

2) Have you walked of biked along this corridor? Why?

3) How does the corridor change with the seasons?

4) What do you believe are the greatest health concerns in our community?

View the concept designs and provide feedback at or stop by Grand Marais City Hall (Monday –Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).

For more information contact Mike Roth, city administrator, at (218) 387-1848.


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