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Missing Grand Marais man found deceased

Sun, 08/11/2013 - 10:44pm

The search for Paul Brandt, 82, Grand Marais, is over. Searchers who determinedly continued searching for the man who went missing while berry picking on Thursday, August 1 discovered his body today. Nor’Wester Lodge & Outfitters posted the sad news on its facebook page at about 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 11.

The search began at 9:40 p.m. on August 1. Assisting in the search efforts were personnel from search and rescue teams from Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties as well as Central Lakes Search & Rescue in Minnesota and Sawyer County Search & Rescue of Wisconsin; Minnesota State Patrol; Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; U.S. Forest Service; U.S. Border Patrol; and the Gunflint, Hovland, Colvill, Maple Hill, Lutsen, and Grand Marais fire departments. Numerous civilians assisted in the search as well.

When official ground search efforts were suspended on August 6, volunteers continued the search, something that Cook County Law Enforcement endorsed. Cook County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Leif Lunde explained that the ground search had been suspended because “all reasonable locations have been searched without success.”

Weekend News Roundup for August 10

Sat, 08/10/2013 - 10:02am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. A missing Gunflint Trail man, drowning on the Temperance River, a rash of car break-ins in Duluth and more…all in this week’s news.

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New Restrictions on Plastics at Recycling Center

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 2:24pm

Due to a shift in the markets the Cook County Recycling program will not be able to accept mixed plastics until further notice.  This according to Cook County Planning and Zoning director Tim Nelson.

Only plastic containers with the numbers 1 and 2 will be accepted.  

Nelson announced the change Friday, August 9th.

Number 1 and 2 plastics are typically the milk and beverage containers.

For more information, contact the Recycling Center, or the Cook County Solid Waste Department at 387-3630.

Great events offered at Grand Portage Rendezvous Days

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 3:48pm

It’s almost Rendezvous time in Grand Portage! There is something for everyone in Grand Portage this weekend!
At the Grand Portage National Monument, visitors can walk through history at the stockade and the encampment just outside the gate. There is lots to do—catch the 18th century puppet show; watch the voyageur contests; listen—or join in—during the 18th century music jam; watch lacrosse or take a workshop. There are courses such as finger weaving, basic blacksmithing, tinsmithing, haggis making and more.
In the Grand Portage Heritage Center, visitors can see history come to life in the film produced entirely in Grand Portage by the National Park Service and Great Divide Pictures, :Rendezvous with History: A Grand Portage Story."

They can also learn about the connection between the rugged North West Company territory and the city streets of London in an exhibit Furs to Fashion.

In a wonderful melding of past and present, the Rendezvous events at the Grand Portage National Monument will begin with the Grand Portage Stonebridge Singers at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9. The stockade and historic encampment are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by the Grand Portage Heritage Center for a full schedule of events for the national monument. The Heritage Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Family continues search for Paul Brandt

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 11:38am

Although Cook County Law Enforcement has suspended its ground search for a missing Grand Marais man, his family continues its efforts to find some sign of him. Paul Brandt, 82, went missing while blueberry picking up the Gunflint Trail on Thursday afternoon, August 1.
According to the first public notification from Cook County Law Enforcement, Brandt is 6’1, 190 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes. He wears glasses. It is not known what he is wearing.
At the time he went missing, his family described Brandt as in good health and “pretty fit.” Brandt lives at the lodge operated by his family, Nor’Wester on the Gunflint Trail and it is unusual for him not to return home.
 Gunflint Trail residents are taking part in a continued search of the area. The Brandt family is spearheading the efforts. They ask anyone who would like to assist with the search to contact Karyn at Nor’Wester Lodge at (218) 388-2252. Search parties begin at Nor’Wester each morning at 9 a.m.

Ground search for missing Grand Marais man suspended

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 3:42pm

The ground search for a missing Grand Marais man, Paul Brandt, 82, has been suspended, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Leif Lunde said the ground search had suspended because “all reasonable locations have been searched without success.” Search efforts began at 9:40 p.m. on Thursday, August 1.
Several items of personal property in the search area, but no credible evidence indicating his location, said Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk on August 6.
The Sheriff’s Office will continue patrol and aircraft efforts.  They will also continue to post public notices regarding Brandt’s disappearance. The Sheriff’s Office will post a map of the geographic area that was searched on the Cook County internet website at: http://www.co.cook.mn.us/ . The area of the Gunflint helipad where the search was under way is again open to the public.   
Brandt went blueberry picking up the Gunflint Trail on Thursday afternoon, August 1 and did not return home. He was picking blueberries in the area south of the U.S. Forest Service Seagull Guard Station. His vehicle was found in that vicinity.
According to the first public notification from Cook County Law Enforcement, Brandt is 6’1, 190 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes. He wears glasses. It is not known what he is wearing.
At the time he went missing, his family described Brandt as in good health and “pretty fit.” Brandt lives on the Gunflint Trail and it is unusual for him not to return home.
The search involved the use of helicopter, fixed wing aircraft, four search dogs and according to Sheriff Falk, "Many, many people."
The following agencies assisted with the search efforts: