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North Shore Care Center celebrates birthdays today .

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:13pm

The monthly birthday party will be celebrated at the North Shore Care Center on Wednesday, September 10 to honor Bernice LeGarde, Sweeney Croft, and Deb Berry. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. with piano classics by Doug Sanders.

For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities at the North Shore Care Center, please contact the Activity Department at (218)387-3518 or visit the website:

Three days of craft, 3 nights of music at North House Folk School's Unplugged

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:12pm

During the 13th anniversary of Unplugged, North House Folk School will present three days of craft making, three nights of music, and more than 12 performers on North House's harbor-side Lake Superior campus in Grand Marais.  Unplugged XIII takes place from Sept. 11 – 14. Tickets are going fast!

For the fourth year, West Virginia Public Radio’s Mountain Stage Radio Show, which is broadcast nationally, will feature live concerts on Thursday and Friday nights. During the weekend, Unplugged will feature these artists and more: David Wax Museum, Dan Wilson, Chris Smither, Tony Trischka’s Great Big World, The Don Juans (featuring Don Henry and Jon Vezner), David Lindley, Pert Near Sandstone, Carrie Newcomer, Jeff Gilkinson, Judith Owen, and Bill Miller. Saturday evening’s show will be hosted by Minnesota native, founder, 
and Grammy award-winner, Jon Vezner, whose songs have been recorded by John Mellencamp and Martina McBride.

Weekend events include more than a dozen course offerings from North House Folk School ranging in length from two hours to multiple days. On Saturday, swing your partners to live music during a called contra/square dance. Saturday also features the chance to join fellow musicians on the commons.

No need to worry about getting thirsty. Fulton Beer, a Minneapolis craft brewery with direct ties to the North Shore, will be on campus to teach and taste. You can also learn about craft and music with expert public speakers at this year’s event.

For more information about Unplugged XIII or ticket availability, call the North House at (888) 387-9762.

Thirteenth Annual 'Unplugged' Fall Gathering: September 11-13

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 3:08pm

This year’s annual event, “Unplugged Thirteen: The Northern Harvest” starts Thursday at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais. North Shore Morning host Mark Abrahamson spoke with Greg Wright, executive director at North House Folk School, on North Shore Morning. 

North House Folk School
500 Highway 61 West
Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604
218-387-9762 or 888-387-9762

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County to receive aquatic invasive species prevention aid--if a plan is developed

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:58am

Cook County will be receiving aquatic invasive species prevention aid in the amount of $81,121 for 2014 and $180,269 in 2015—if the county develops a plan to prevent the spread of aquatic invasives. A plan must be in place by December 31, 2014.

District Manager of the Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) Kerri Berg appeared before Cook County Commissioners on Tuesday, August 19, along with a concerned citizen Biz Clark, to explain the requirements that come along with the grant.

Berg said she had recruited Biz Clark to look at the guidelines because she is “very knowledgeable” about water issues.

Berg explained that the money distributed depends on the number of boat launches in a county. She said the funds could be spent on anything that helps prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS.) She said the money could be used for education, meetings, signage or inspectors, but the county had to set some guidelines

“So, the one thing our county has to do by December 31 is to provide a resolution and guidelines and the website has examples,” said Berg, adding that she and Clark felt confident about accepting the funds after studying the guidelines and watching a webinar. “Its totally something we can do,” said Berg.

Berg said what she envisioned was a lead person and a group of people like those currently serving on the Cook County Invasives Species Team, which tackles terrestrial pests, working together to develop guidelines for controlling AIS.

“Ultimately, what I think we would be seeing here is a training program for inspectors. That can be done with the assistance of the DNR and it would not cost the county a penny,” said Clark.

Funding needs to be found for Parkside Public Access project

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:56am

Three officials, Kent Skaar, Larry Killien, and Joe Russell from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource (DNR) Trails and Waterways Division met with the Grand Marais Park Board on Tuesday, September 2 to discuss proposed improvements to the Lake Superior public water access in the southwest corner of the harbor and city land within the recreation area.

Killien said that as of now it would cost $500,000 to add 100 feet onto the current break wall, leaving it at the same height but also leaving it hard for people to walk out onto the large boulders. It would also cost another $400,000 to fix the parking lot and boat access so larger boats up to 35-feet long could be trailered into the water. Included in this cost would be a kayak/canoe launch, separate parking for smaller craft and a handicap accessible bathroom. All told, Killien said the budget would be $1.1 to $1.3 million for this job when all of the plans and fees were added up.

Because upgrades suggested to date aren’t in the DNR budget and exceed current funds set aside for boater accessible improvements, Russell said any work proposed for the Grand Marais inner rubble mound break wall, parking area, and nearby beach is years away.

The park board and DNR officials went over a list of seven attributes and amenities the park board wants the DNR to consider for a final build-out.

Russell asked if the DNR should carry on with the work based on the suggestions from the park board, and the board said yes. Planning will continue as funding allows.



This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald

7th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival enjoys beautiful weather, strong turnout, and a great time for all!

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:09am

Area residents and visitors of all ages came together for three days of music this past weekend at Sweetheart’s Bluff in Grand Marais as part of the 7th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival, sponsored by WTIP North Shore Community Radio. 

The festival took place over three days, Friday, September 5th through Sunday, September 7th. It featured a full line-up of musicians that offered a variety of genres, from rock to folk, jazz, swing and country.

More than 1,700 people came through the gates over the weekend.  The modest $5 admission per adult (or $10 for the weekend) helped offset the cost of putting the festival on; the rest was funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and supported by funds from the Grand Marais Area Tourism Association.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came together to make the festival possible,” says Deb Benedict, WTIP’s executive director.  “To everyone who volunteered their time, to the restaurants and food vendors who set up to provide food  on-site, and to the amazing musicians who provided great entertainment – thank you!   All these efforts helped make the festival a huge success.” 

WTIP would also like to thank the Grand Marais Recreation Area and its crew, and the City of Grand Marais, who were strong supportive partners that offered up the perfect location for the festival.  “Mostly,” says Benedict, “we’d like to thank our fabulous community for their support.  It was wonderful to bring together over 1700 people to enjoy the extraordinary talent and diversity of the area.” 

Mark your calendars for the next Radio Waves Music Festival, which will take place the weekend after Labor Day, 2015.