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Sign-up now for Winter Arts Festival Retreat

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 1:07pm

The Grand Marais Art Colony invites photographers and painters to the Winter Arts Festival
Retreat - Jan. 26 - Feb 1, 2013. The festival includes an exhibit at the Art Colony from Feb. 1 - 24.
Art Colony Executive Director Amy Demmer issued the invitation. She said, “Join other photographers and painters on a northern retreat to capture the glory of winter in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Get your creative juices flowing as you are inspired by the serene winter landscape and community of artists.”
Participants in the winter retreat will stay at Camp Menogyn ($40/night which includes three hot meals each day as well as unlimited coffee and tea) for as many days as fits your schedule.
Activities are up to the participant—skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, sauna, ping-pong, art critique are all optional. Days are generally spent taking pictures or painting; evenings around the wood stove playing games and connecting with other artists.
The retreat culminates in an exhibit of artwork at the Grand Marais Art Colony in February.
For more information, contact the Art Colony at (218) 387-2737 or e-mail: events@grandmaraisartcolony.org.
Another component of the festival is a snow carving symposium, contact the Art Colony for information about that as well.

American Legion gets reprieve

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:26pm

At the beginning of January, it looked as if American Legion Post 413 might be shutting the doors of its lounge in downtown Grand Marais after 28 years of operation. A letter from the Post House Committee, which oversees legion operations, went out to the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Auxiliary on January 1, announcing that the committee had decided to list the building and its contents for sale. However, contacted this week, Post Commander Don Wilson said the lounge had received a reprieve.
 In the January 1 letter, the committee said the legion was no longer financially able to sustain continued operations.
 In a phone conversation this week, Commander Wilson said since the letter was issued, the committee has been “exploring possibilities” to keep the lounge open. Wilson said, the committee will continue operations while enacting some cost-cutting measures. “This is kind of our fiscal cliff,” said Commander Wilson.
 Wilson noted that like many other local businesses, winter is the most difficult time to stay afloat. The legion, which used to be open on Sunday and Monday, began closing on those days last fall.

Hospital board discusses care center and future plans

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 1:17pm

The hospital board met last week in special session. They’ve decided to look ahead to changes in their facility and program improvements. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with hospital administrator Kimber Wraalstad about keeping the care center viable..

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Artist Initiative Grants go to Michael Monroe, Jo Wood

Sun, 01/20/2013 - 10:23pm

For decades, musician Michael Monroe has performed on  stages large and small; on the North Shore, the East Coast and beyond. But one of his favorite venues is right here in Cook County  at the home he shares with his life and business partner, Deb Mueller.
 For several years, Monroe and Mueller have opened their home on Pike Lake Road in Grand Marais for log cabin concerts. Thanks to an Artist Initiative Grant announced last week, those intimate evenings 
 of music will be showcased in a new DVD, Michael Monroe Live at the Log Cabin Concert.
 Michael Monroe is one of 171 Minnesota artists to receive the grant funding which is intended to support artists working in the discipline of dance, media arts, music, photography, poetry, prose,  theater and visual arts. Monroe will receive $10,000 to produce a  log cabin concert DVD, weaving together the music and memories of 
 five live concerts.
 More information about the log cabin concert series and about Michael Monroe’s music may be found at www.michaelmonroe.info, by e-mailing mm@michaelmonroe.info or by calling (218) 387-2919.

Vikings' boys, girls lose two games; Storm loses one

Sun, 01/20/2013 - 6:15pm

The Cook County Vikings had a rough weekend, dropping boys' and girls' games to Ely and Moose Lake-Willow River.

The North Shore Storm boys' hockey team also lost Saturday night in Two Harbors.

The  Vikings travelled to Ely for a pair of games on Saturday afternoon after hosting Moose Lake-Willow River on Friday night.

The girls dropped to 5-11 for the season as the Ely Timberwolves took a 47-38 win. That followed a 59-42 loss at home Friday night against the Rebels.

The boys lost to Ely 47-31 Saturday afternoon. On Friday night, Moose Lake-Willow  River took a 57-47 win from Cook County. The Vikings are now 7-4 for the season.

The Vikings host Northeast Range on Thursday night for both boys' and girls' games. On Friday night, both crews travel to Carlton where they face the Bulldogs. The Friday night games will be broadcast on WTIP starting at 4:45.

In boys' hockey, the North Shore Storm fell to 10-7 for the season as Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin won 5-3 on the Storm's ice in Two Harbors.

The Storm, made up of players from Cook and Lake counties, travel to Eveleth-Gilbert on Tuesday night.

Forest Service introducing North Shore Restoration Project

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 12:57pm

The Gunflint and Tofte Ranger Districts have developed a  proposal to restore the forest along the North Shore of Lake Superior. The public is invited to comment on the proposal and become involved in the project. Comments are needed by Monday, Jan.  21, 2013.
  Anyone who has driven Highway 61 knows the birch trees along the
  North Shore are dying. It is not just the birch trees along the
  highway that are dying; almost 80 percent of the birch forest on
  National Forest System land along the ridgeline by the shore is old
  and declining. According to the U.S. Forest Service, typically we
  would expect to see conifer trees (balsam fir, spruce, cedar and
  white pine) filling in the understory through succession.
  While succession is happening in some areas, in many areas
  regeneration is not occurring. The lack of regeneration is a result