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"The Pie Place Cafe Cookbook: Food & Stories Seasoned by the North Shore" receives regional book award

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:11pm

In May, a number of regional authors were honored to receive a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (NEMBA). Among the honorees was The Pie Place Cafe Cookbook: Food & Stories Seasoned by the North Shore by Kathy Rice of the popular local café.

The awards are given by the UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library, the Duluth Public Library and Lake Superior Writers. Nominations were evaluated in each of five categories: fiction, poetry, general nonfiction, children's literature, or memoir and creative nonfiction.   Reading teams chose a winner and honorable mention in each category. The winner in each category received a $200 cash prize and a beveled glass award as well as 100 NEMBA book seals.

The Pie Place Café Cookbook won first place in the general nonfiction category. Author Kathy Rice attended the festivities, which began with a book fair and dessert reception in the Kirby Ballroom and continued with the awards presentation. The celebration featured speaker, journalist and author Cathy Wurzer, host of Morning Edition for MPR news.

"You writers are a gift to the Northland," Wurzer said. "Don't ever give up."

In the program describing the nominees, the reading team explains, “The Pie Place Cafe Cookbook: Food & Stories Seasoned by the North Shore shows how food can pull a community together and teach us about what matters in life. Inside, readers will find mouthwatering recipes and pictures alongside vignettes that may have you packing up to move up the North Shore. This is a book of hope in which you will learn to laugh through your tears, take a chance on strangers, and lend a helping hand to a neighbor.”

Weekend News Roundup for July 19

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 9:29am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top news stories. Closing the Duluth postal processing site may be under reconsideration. Regulators reconsider pipeline route changes. More mining permits allowed in Penokee Hills and wetland restoration continues at Zipline site. …all this and more in this week’s news.


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"Around the World in 80 Bouquets" at Schroeder Town Hall Saturday

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:42am

The Schroeder Town Hall will be the place for world travelers—or those who want to be world travelers!—to visit on Saturday, July 19 from 1 – 5 p.m. The West End Garden Club is offering Around the World in 80 Bouquets.

Admission is free. In addition to this “flying” show, lemonade, coffee and tea will be served, as well as the “world famous” cookies and bars backed fresh by Garden Club members.

Master Gardener Don Goodell will be on hand with a display featuring small scale gardening (bring the children), and to answer questions about gardening.

You don’t have to be a world-traveler—or a bridesmaid—to catch a bouquet at this wonderful West End show!

Stormwater plan postpones closure on Cedar Grove lot

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:41am

Paul James, co-owner of Cook County Towing, approached the Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) in June 2014 with an offer to purchase a lot in the Cedar Grove Business Park (CGBP). At the July 8 meeting, James thought the sale would be completed. However, EDA Attorney Baiers Heeren said there was one more clause in the lot sale—James must complete a stormwater management plan and submit it to either the EDA or the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). “That is a step that must be taken before construction begins,” explained Heeren.

In June, James appeared before the EDA board with Realtor Tim Kennedy to make an offer on Lot 1, Block 8 in the business park. James made an offer of $25,000 for the lot, which had been listed at $45,000.

James gave a summary of his business, which he said consists of four rollback trucks, three front-line wreckers, three service trucks, a couple of plows and a skid steer.

James said in addition to himself and his wife Pam, Cook County Towing employs Jay Mesenbring, Brad Peterson, Lee Jahnke and Paul Olin as drivers.

James said Cook County Towing currently has an agreement with Grand Marais Motors to leave their tow trucks in the Grand Marais lot, but it slows down vehicle recovery to have to clear snow off of vehicles and warm them up. “Meanwhile, someone is stranded in the ditch,” James told the EDA in June.

Cook County Towing would like a building in Grand Marais to house its vehicles, he said. However, James said it would not be an income-generating operation, so they don’t have a lot to invest.

Kennedy pointed out that Cook County Towing would be making improvements to the lot and it would be added to the tax rolls.

Lake Superior Day - Celebrate Safe and Clean Water on July 20

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:08pm

This Sunday, July 20, is Lake Superior Day.  Lissa Radke of the Lake Superior Binational Forum talks about this special day with WTIP host Marnie McMillan on North Shore Morning.

More information:

11th Annual Lake Superior Day – July 20, 2014

Lake Superior Day is a time set aside to celebrate our connection to Lake Superior.  To show appreciation for the lake, people, communities, businesses, tribes, First Nations, churches and other groups celebrate Lake Superior Day each year on the third Sunday in July.

Each Lake Superior Day, all residents who live, work, play, and worship around the lake can organize events in their communities or take action in their homes, at their places of employment or in community groups to help protect the treasure that is Lake Superior.

The Lake Superior Binational Forum promotes this basin-wide event to highlight the special connections people have to this unique world treasure.

Are you celebrating Lake Superior Day? Find out what’s happening in your area - see calendar.

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Grand Marais Garden Club shares "Birds, Bees & Blossoms"

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:33pm

The Grand Marais Garden Club invites you to its annual flower show entitled Birds, Bees & Blossoms on Friday, July 18 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Cook County Community Center.  Sally Berg and Helen Muth are this year's chairpersons. 

You will enjoy a vast array of floral arrangements using all member-grown flowers.  Refreshments will be served as well as homemade rhubarb punch.  A plant sale and exchange is also a favorite feature.  The flower show is free with donations accepted.

The Garden Club is celebrating its 80th year.  It's one of the oldest clubs in Cook County. The members beautify Grand Marais by planting all the town flower boxes, helping to maintain the downtown Harbor Park, re-working the curb flower garden by the South of the Border restaurant and growing beautiful roses in the Memorial Rose Garden.

Come enjoy one of the prettiest events of the summer at the Flower Show!