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Weather relief around the corner

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:02am

Cold weather for another day or two, then a warm-up to welcome above zero temps WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Mike Stewart about warmth at the end of the tunnel.

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Gichigami Express dog sled teams on final stage -- Awards Banquet at Grand Portage Lodge tonight

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 10:32am

The hardy mushers and dogs of the Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race are back on the trail today, January 6, taking off from The Landing at Devil Track at 9 a.m. on their last stage of the three-day race, returning to the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino. Mushers took off in -29 degree temperatures.

Fourteen teams started this year’s Gichigami Express and there are now 10 teams in the race. Local musher Frank Moe, of Moetown Kennels, ended the race after finishing yesterday. Another local musher, Odin Jorgenson, as well as Erin Redington and Amanda Vogel scratched at the end of the first day. Trails are slow with all the recent snow and temperatures are brutal.

The first stage of the race was 60 miles through the wilderness from Grand Portage to Hungry Jack Lodge on the Gunflint Trail. The second stage was from Poplar Lake to Devil Track Lake. The final stage today takes teams back to Grand Portage where they could arrive as soon as 12:30 p.m. Although if the race times follow previous days, it will be slower.

Birthdays to be celebrated at North Shore Care Center Wednesday

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 10:30am

The monthly birthday party at the North Shore Care Center will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 8 to honor Irma Larsen and Bud Hennessey. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. with piano music and a sing-a-long by Sherrie Lindskog and Nora Bockovich.

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

Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race continues in subzero temperatures

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 3:22pm

Despite sub-zero temperatures, the Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race continues today, Sunday, January 5 at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino.  Mushers are nearing Devil Track Lake on their way to The Landing at Devil Track for the end of the second stage of the race. Eleven teams left Poplar Lake at 9 a.m. this morning in - 25 degree temperatures. Mushers are competing for a guaranteed $25,000 race purse.

The first stage of the race was 60 miles through the wilderness from Grand Portage to Hungry Jack Lodge on the Gunflint Trail. Racing fans and handlers are anxiously standing by at The Landing at Devil Track to see dogs and mushers come across the lake.

This evening a banquet will be hosted by the American Legion Post 413 downtown Grand Marais at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Gresczyk rink victorious in first half of curling season

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 8:12pm

There has been some exciting action at the Cook County Curling Club in the first half of the curling season. The Pete Gresczyk rink concluded an undefeated first half season with an 8-5 victory over the Brian Smith rink in the first half playdowns. 

Gresczyk made an awesome triple split that gave him a 3-point lead in the seventh end. Local curler Ron Gervais Sr. said in his 40-plus years of curling this is only the second time he has witnessed such a shot.

Gresczyk, with Vice Ron Gervais Sr. skipping (calling the strategy), second Carline Gresczyk and alternate leads Greg Gresczyk or Marshall Pedersen completed an undefeated regular season with a 6-0 record.  On the way they defeated the Andrew Smith and Rory Smith rinks prior to defeating Brian Smith (Skip) Bruce (Baggers) Johnson (Third) Mike Littfin (Second) and Mark Homerding (Lead) in the finals.  

The Gresczyk rink will play for the 2013-2014 club Open League Championship in March against the winner of the second half schedule with begins play on January 6, 2014.

The club also has two Bonspiels in 2014, a Mixed Bonspiel February 21 - 23 and the Charles J. Futterer Memorial Open to be played March 7 -9.  Spectators are always welcome to come watch the curlers and see what its all about. 

Gitchigami Express Sled Dog Race under way

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 12:14pm

And they’re off! The Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race started this morning, Saturday, January 4 at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino.  Fourteen mushers are on their way to Hungry Jack Lake for the end of the first stage of the race. Teams are expected to arrive starting at 1 p.m. Mushers are competing for a guaranteed $25,000 race purse.

 The Gichigami Express is a three-day stage race. The first stage is 60 miles through the wilderness from Grand Portage to Hungry Jack Lodge on the Gunflint Trail. This evening there will be a banquet at Gunflint Lodge with stories of the history of mushing on the Gunflint Trail.

 The second stage will start Sunday morning at 9 a.m. at Trail Center Lodge where a hearty breakfast will be available to everyone. Teams will travel approximately 60 miles following a trail that will end at The Landing at Devil Track. Teams are expected in around 1 p.m. That evening a banquet will be hosted by the American Legion Post 413 downtown Grand Marais at 6 p.m.. Everyone is welcome.