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Bill & Kate Isles at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts Saturday

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 10:08am
Bill & Kate Isles are making a stop at the ACA

Bill and Kate Isles will appear in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 27, offering their original acoustic songs and zany comedy at the North Shore Music Association’s annual silent auction event.
Bill and Kate Isles, based in Duluth, use a wide variety of musical styles so their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories and to comedy. Consummate performers, they are known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs. Words like “mesmerizing,” "transcendent,” and even, “hysterical” are common descriptions from audience reviews and audiences members feel that they are listening to stories of their own lives, told by two of their best friends.
The two have toured nationally as a duo, full-time, since early 2007, performing about 150 shows per year, for audiences large and small, from house concerts to festival stages and everything in between. They 
have been main-stage performances at Big Top Chautaqua and Chicago’s FolkStage.
The doors open at the ACA at 6 p.m. for the silent auction, with an array of unique high-quality items all generously donated by local organizations and businesses. Proceeds from the auction benefit NSMA.  
Bidding will continue at intermission, and winning bids will be announced after the show.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $18 adults, $12 students (age 18 & under) Tickets are available at or at the door.

Weekend News Roundup for October 27

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 10:02am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. The state minerals exploration leases continues, Cook County has a new Chamber of Commerce, there was an explosion at Tac Harbor, the moose hunt was down this year, and much more…all in this week’s news.


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Surplus wolf hunt licenses available Monday, Oct. 29

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 2:50pm

Applicants not selected in this year’s early or late season wolf license lottery can purchase a surplus license on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at noon on Monday, Oct. 29, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

There are 614 surplus licenses available for the early season, which begins Saturday, Nov. 3, and coincides firearms deer season in each of Minnesota’s three wolf hunting zones.

Any eligible hunter, regardless of whether he or she entered the wolf season lottery, may purchase a remaining early season license at noon on Thursday, Nov. 1.

The DNR allocated 3,600 wolf licenses for the early hunting season. The remaining 2,400 licenses are for the late season, which begins Saturday, Nov. 24, and concludes Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Trappers were allocated 600 of the late season licenses.

Surplus wolf licenses are available from any DNR license agent, online at or by telephone at 888-665-4236. Complete wolf hunting regulations are available online at

Hunters and trappers selected by lottery for the late season must buy their licenses by Thursday, Nov. 15.

Unsold Minn. wolf hunting licenses to go on sale

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 8:47am

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Hunters will have another chance if they didn't win a lottery for Minnesota's early season wolf hunting licenses.
More than 600 wolf hunting licenses go on sale next week after going unsold to winners of a lottery.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials say 2,985 lottery winners purchased wolf licenses by the midnight Wednesday deadline.

The remaining 615 will go on sale at noon Monday for people who applied for this fall's lottery but were not selected. If any wolf hunt licenses are left after that, they'll be made available to the public on November 1st.

Minnesota's first managed wolf hunt begins November 3rd, the same day as deer hunting season.

Halloween Party Fundraiser at Betsy Bowen's upstairs Friday

Thu, 10/25/2012 - 1:00pm

There will be a Halloween Party fundraiser for the co-op mural project on Friday, October 26 at the Old Playhouse (over Betsy Bowen’s Studio) from 6:00-11:00 p.m. Dancing for grown-ups after 9:00 p.m.
Admission by donation.
Join friends and neighbors for a fun Halloween evening with a dress-up corner, prizes for costumes, a Halloween cookie walk, Scary Storytelling (with prizes!), ghoulish fish pond, face painting, artist’s corner, snacks and beverages.

The Cook County Whole Foods Co-op Mosaic Mural was created by local elementary students, artists and volunteers over several years. The Co-op is being renovated and an effort is being waged by the community to raise the funds necessary to save the mural by carefully removing and replacing the art. The mural is a phenomenal educational example of connecting the young people to their community and has encouraged student ownership and pride in the place they call home. Grand Marais and Cook County are unique in that there is an outstanding celebration of the arts. The mural has become an iconic piece of Grand Marais scenery and there are high hopes of preserving this wonderful creation.

The Cook County Whole Foods Co-Op Mural Committee is Ann Mershon, Virginia Reiner, Jeff Kern, Mike Carlson, Kathleen Johnson, Betsy Bowen, Kathy Hellner, Kelly Dupre.

Cook County Chamber Launched

Thu, 10/25/2012 - 9:47am

Grand Marais, MN – The new Cook County Chamber of Commerce has been launched. According to spokesman Howard Hedstom, the organization will create a single voice representing all county businesses from all sectors.

In its initial statement, Chamber organizers say concerns with an aging population, shrinking workforce, chronic housing shortage, inability of businesses to invest and inadequate public investment have been building for decades.  The new chamber is in response to these issues and a desire to move the county forward and improve economic conditions for all residents.

The organizing committee is comprised of more than 20 community leaders from across the county and has worked for the past ten months outlining the organization’s mission, putting the organizational structure together and developing an operating budget.