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Learn to "Lighten Up" on the Trail with dried foods

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:21am

‘Lighten Up:  Eating Well on the Trail’ will be offered at North House Folk School on November 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson spoke with North House instructor Lindsay Lee on North Shore Morning about this class.

More information and registration is available online at



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Join friends and family at Empty Bowls, Thursday, Nov. 13

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:03am

For many in Cook County, November is the time to make sure the pantry and freezer are stocked before the snow flies in earnest. Yet one in 10 Cook County residents struggles with hunger.

Four percent of Minnesotans have “very low food security,” meaning they not only worry about or struggle to get enough food, but they actually eat less or skip meals because there isn't enough. The annual Empty Bowls fundraiser event strives to bring awareness to the pervasiveness of hunger in Cook County while actively working to solve this community problem.

At Empty Bowls 2014, enjoy a simple soup dinner provided by local restaurants for $5 and continue the conversation about hunger in Cook County with fellow community members. Take home a beautiful handcrafted bowl made at a Grand Marais Art Colony Make-A-Bowl workshop or by Cook County schoolchildren for $10, $20 or $35.

Shop the silent auction, featuring a large selection of gift certificates perfect to give as holiday gifts, donated by local businesses. Consider purchasing a lovely Grand Marais Art Colony bowl necklace for $15.

For those with a sweet tooth, pick up goodies at the bake sale.

This year’s event will be held Nov. 13 at St. John’s Catholic Church. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 7 p.m.

Empty Bowls in Cook County began in 2006 as a project of the Cook County High School Art Club. Today, Empty Bowls is organized by community volunteers. Approximately 75 volunteers are needed on the day of the event to assist with setting up, serving, and assorted other tasks. If interested in volunteering, contact Pat Campanaro at 651-336-2964.

Grand Marais pool building demolition to begin soon

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:59am

With an end-of-the-year deadline looming, Grand Marais city councilors awarded a bid Oct. 29 for demolition of the municipal swimming pool building, which closed in January when the facilities moved to the new YMCA at the school campus.

City Administrator Mike Roth said only one bid was received for the demolition job, and that was from Edwin E. Thoreson Inc. of Grand Marais at a cost of $64,726. Under a cooperative agreement with Cook County, each entity will pay half of the cost of removal, which is to be done by the end of 2014.

Roth said the bid appeared to be a bit high, but was within the range of what was anticipated. He acknowledged that demolition and removal of the building at the Rec Park would be a “complicated job,” partly because the materials will have to be hauled to a landfill that is certified to handle asbestos. In their letter to council, Thoreson’s said they expect to have the job completed by Dec. 19.

Highway 61 is being revisited by Moving Matters team

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:18am

The Moving Matters team has been putting together public input on the redesign of Hwy 61. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with Grand Marais City Administrator Mike Roth.

The City of Grand Marais invites you to view the concept designs and provide feedback at until November 20, 2014.

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Construction of "Minnesota Military Family Tribute" planned for St. Paul

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 3:05pm

Minnesota is creating a permanent thank you to military families with the construction of a ‘Minnesota Military Family Tribute’ located at the State Capitol Mall in St. Paul, Minnesota. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Teri Popp of the Minnesota Military Family Tribute on North Shore Morning. 


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Thank you, veterans

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:54am

From all of us at the Cook County News-Herald, thank you to all the men and women who are serving or have served our country.