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Sons of American Legion donate to Cook County Food Shelf

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:44pm
Food Shelf donation

The American Legion Post 413 Sons of the Legion gave a donation of $700 to the Cook County Food Shelf last fall. However, knowing the need is great this time of year, the Sons decided to make another contribution. Sons’ representative David Johnson presented a check for $500 to food shelf volunteer Gwen Lenz on December 23, 2013.

If you would like to help the Cook County Food Shelf with a a financial contribution, you can do so at the food shelf at the First Congregational Church at Third Avenue and Second Street in Grand Marais. Checks may also be mailed to: Cook County Food Shelf, P.O. Box 95, Grand Marais, MN 55604.

Weather returns to "normal January"

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 11:34am

The weather won’t stay balmy, but it will return to normal January temps.  WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Mike Stewart.

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Heading out to ski? Remember to get the Great Minnesota Ski Pass

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 3:44pm

Now that winter has officially arrived along with lots of fresh snow, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds people to purchase the Great Minnesota Ski Pass. The ski pass is a ticket to more than 2,000 miles of grant-in-aid and state-designated cross-country ski trails. Many of these trails are in state parks and state forests.

"Skiing is a great way to experience nature and the outdoors during the winter," said Andrew Korsberg, state trail coordinator for the DNR. "The money collected from the ski pass goes directly to support grooming and maintenance of ski trails statewide."

State law requires skiers 16 years of age and older to purchase and possess a daily ($6), annual ($20) or three-year ($55) ski pass before using any grant-in-aid or state-designated cross-country ski trails. A map of locations where the Great Minnesota Ski Pass can be used and a statewide snow depth map (updated every Thursday) are available on the DNR website at

Skiers may purchase passes at any one of about 1,500 electronic licensing agents throughout Minnesota and at most state parks that have ski trails. Annual and three-year passes may also be bought online or by calling 888-665-4236.

Weekend News Roundup for January 11

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 11:02am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. This week WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk about the 2014 Legislative session…all in this week’s news.


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Duluth meeting provides opportunities for public comment on PolyMet Mining's proposed copper-nickel mine Jan. 16

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 11:52pm

The first of three public meetings on PolyMet Mining's proposed copper-nickel mine will be held at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC) at 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 5 - 10 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

Onsite parking in the DECC parking lot is available for $5. Additional parking information is posted at

The three meetings are designed for the public to learn more about the environmental effects of the proposed PolyMet Inc.'s NorthMet mine project in northeastern Minnesota near Hoyt Lakes and Babbitt. Attendees will also have an opportunity to offer comments regarding the adequacy and completeness of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS).

Youth program to offer sleigh rides and snowshoeing in February

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 6:31pm

Join in the winter fun with two events planned through ISD 166’s youth program.

Horse-drawn sleigh rides will be held Feb. 14; registration deadline is Feb. 10. Participants will leave the school at noon and return at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $15 each, or $20 including transportation. Parents are welcome.  Children must be in kindergarten or older to attend without a parent.