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Cook County-Mesabi East football game will be broadcast at 7 PM, Wednesday

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 4:40pm

The Cook County Vikings' football game at  Mesabi East originally scheduled for 5 o'clock Wednesday evening  in Aurora has been pushed back to 7 o'clock.\

At 5 PM, you will hear a "Best Of" program produced by the WTIP Youth Radio Project followed by "As It Happens" at its usual time of 6.

You will hear all the action of the Viking-Giant contest called by WTIP's Norman Moe and Dick Dorr starting with the pre-game discussion about 6:45. The kickoff is at 7.

Norman and Dick report they and the team all arrived in Aurora expecting the 5 o'clock kickoff when they were told the game would be at 7.



Contractor workshop offers discount for early signup

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 2:01pm

A residential energy workshop for area contractors, builders and anyone interested in residential energy issues will take place at 300 W. St., Grand Marais, on Saturday, Oct. 27. Sign-in and registration is from 7:30 – 8 a.m. with the workshop from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. There is a discounted workshop fee is $95 through Sunday, Oct. 21.  After October 22 the fee will be $110. Lunch will be served.
Presenter Don Sivigny will cover residential energy issues that include ventilation and building science strategies, building durability, radon gas and an introduction to the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
The workshop is part of the educational component of the Residential Energy Efficiency Program, REEP. REEP is designed to help homeowners make informed choices about energy improvements to their home with the use of a blower door and infrared camera imaging and resource consultations. More information on this pilot program is at or email
This project is made possible in part from a grant from Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT) and support from Cook County/Grand Marais EDA, Buck’s Hardware Hank, Isak Hansen Inc., Superior Lumber and Sports, and Sawtooth Lumber. CCLEP accepts donations for REEP and other energy programs. Contact
Cook County Higher Education (CCHE) and Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) are hosting a residential energy workshop.

Art Colony Plein Air featured on "The Playlist"

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 2:00pm

Duluth Public Television’s WDSE-WRPT's showcase for the arts has been recognized with a 2012 Midwest Regional Emmy Award for “The Brush Off,” created by “The Playlist” TV show.
The show highlights the annual quick paint competition hosted by the Grand Marais Art Colony on the shore of Lake Superior.
The special about this popular North Shore event was produced and edited by Steven Ash and Karen Sunderman, with WDSE-WRPT photographers Judy Morrissey and Ted Pellman, and production support from Nick Clingman and Jacob LeBeau.
See the Emmy winning episode at

County Board opposes Voter ID amendment

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 10:37am

The Cook County Board of Commissioners Tuesday went on record opposing the proposed Voter ID amendment to the state constitution.

Commissioner Jim Johnson made the motion to oppose the Voter ID Constitutional Amendment based on the extra cost to the taxpayers that it would have if passed.

The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sue Hakes and the vote was unanimous.

8th District debate features environment and BWCAW

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 6:32am

CAMBRIDGE, Minn. (AP) - Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack and DFL challenger Rick Nolan are at odds over the best ways to create jobs and provide health care in their latest 8th District debate.
Cravaack and Nolan debated for a third time yesterday before an overflow crowd at Anoka Ramsey Community College in Cambridge.

On environmental issues, Nolan said environmentalists are not hurting economic development in Northeastern Minnesota. Cravaack criticized Nolan for opposing logging, snowmobiling and motor-boating when he voted to create the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildness in the late 1970s.

Cravaack said “Congressman Nolan sided essentially with the Twin City environmentalists and was actually in opposition of pro-growth, pro-economic reforms that we needed in the Northland to create jobs.”

Nolan said he remains proud of his BWCAW vote, which he suggested has created tourism jobs in the district. “It’s one of the 10 best destination-oriented vacations in the entire world,” he said. “People fly in from all over America, all over the world to take advantage of that great experience.”

Outside groups have spent nearly $4.5 million on the race in the 8th District, a key seat as the parties fight for control of the House.

Cravaack and Nolan will meet for their fourth and final debate Oct. 31 in Virginia.

Doo-Wop Wed Widing Hood hoppin' and boppin' in rehearsals

Tue, 10/16/2012 - 11:51am

The Grand Marais Playhouse is rehearsing for Doo-Wop Wed Widing Hood, a 1950s take on the classic fairy tale. The cast has students from grade one to adults. It’s very funny and for adults there are memorable references to the ‘50s in music, song and TV shows! This zany adventure is guaranteed to end in happily-ever-after laughter for audiences and performers of all ages!
Performances are November 3, 4 10, and 11 on Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. November 4 is admission is “donation at the door”—pay what you can.
For the Opening Night performance on the first Saturday, bring five or more items or make a $10 donation for the food shelf and get one ticket free when you buy another.

There's a huge cast list in this whimsical production! The are: 

Mrs. Hood    Lucy Callender
Mr. Hood    Cedric Rock
Little Red Riding Hood   Hazel Oberholtzer
Narrator #1    Sam Kern
Narrator #2    Amelia Roth
Medium Purple Riding Hood  Aurora Schelmeske
Big Green Riding Hood  Jaymie Kirk
King     Andy Kern
Queen     Alyssa Fenstad-Lashinski
Wise Prince Jason   Luke Johnson
Strong Prince Justin   Leif Anderson
Loud Prince Frank    Sam Sietsema
Sophie     Bianca Zimmer
Emma     Louise Ramberg
Fairy Godmother    Dianne Stoddard
Grandmother     Janet Healy
Louise the UPS Girl   Sylvia Berka
Evil Queen     Leah Carpenter
Big Bad Wolf    Gary Nesgoda
Gerlad     Dominic Wilson
Oswald    Ryan Bilben