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Williwaw Winds author to sign books at Trading Post

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 10:45am

A book signing with author Sally Bair will be held at the Lake Superior Trading Post in Grand Marais on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 2-4 p.m. Bair will be signing her Alaskan adventure book, Williwaw Winds, which is based on her son’s true story of his dramatic rescue while returning from a crab fishing trip on the Bering Sea. Also available will be her newly-released sequel, Trouble at Fish Camp, an Alaska salmon fishing adventure and the second book in the “Ways of the Williwaw” series.
Bair’s Alaskan adventures are written for kids age 8 and up, and are also popular with adults. “I tell people my books are for kids 8 to 108,” she says.
Bair resides near Washburn, Wis., where she writes a weekly online and newspaper column, as well as children’s literature. She also speaks at various venues and is a teacher of writing.

Fish identification program at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 10:44am

Join Minnesota DNR MinnAqua aquatic education specialist Nadine Meyer as she teaches you how to identify fish at 10 a.m. Oct. 13 at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center in Schroeder.
She will also talk about how fish management decisions are made using an interactive game and discussion. This free program will include two hands-on activities. 
Sugarloaf Cove is located at milepost 73 on Minnesota Highway 61, about 70 miles north of Duluth and 6 miles south of Schroeder.
When traveling north from Duluth along Highway 61, look for mile marker 73 and a brown "Sugarloaf Cove" sign on your right.

Share your feedback through WTIP's survey

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 9:31am

WTIP Community Radio is seeking input and feedback through a 16-question online survey.  The questions ask for your thoughts and feedback about some of WTIP's programming and services.  There is a mixture of specific questions and open-ended questions, where you may share your thoughts and feedback.

Follow this link to take the survey:

The responses will help WTIP fill out grant reports and will help guide their programming and services in the future. 





Excel training offered by Higher Ed

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 1:01pm

Cook County Higher Ed is offering two modules of Excel training in one day on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the North Shore Campus in Grand Marais. An instructor from the Center for Economic Development at UMD will provide the training.
From 9 a.m. to noon, the training will cover Excel I: Create data-rich, professional-looking spreadsheets. Covers the very basics of spreadsheets, from creating and saving to editing and formatting. Create easy-to-understand charts.
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., training will cover Excel II: Beyond the basics of spreadsheets. Use comments, create conditional formatting, work with IF statements, link workbooks, insert headers and footers, sort lists, do more with charts, and create mailing lists.
Cost for each module is $60, or $120 for the day. This is the same price put on this training by UMD in Duluth classrooms. But to get the two modules, you would need to travel to and from Duluth on two separate days. Both are offered here on the same day, saving those who attend the cost and time of two trips to Duluth.
It is possible to sign up for one module only, but those signing up only for Excel II will be expected to know the basics and not require the instructor to review what is covered in the morning session.
Excel is the spreadsheet element of the Microsoft Office Suite. It is the best known and most widely used spreadsheet software, used for creating all sorts of numerical documents, including budgets, balance sheets, timesheets and others.
To register for the Excel workshops, email or call 387-3411.

Court rejects bid to block Minn. wolf hunt

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 8:47am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals is refusing to block the scheduled opening of Minnesota's inaugural wolf hunting season on November 3rd.

In an order Wednesday, a three-judge panel said two groups that sued to stop the hunt failed to show that letting the season proceed would cause irreparable harm.

The Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves claimed in their lawsuit that the Department of Natural Resources failed to allow for adequate public comment before it adopted its regulations for the upcoming wolf season. The DNR countered that it received extensive public input.

Collette Adkins Giese, an attorney for the center, says they'll discuss whether to appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

County Commissioner election forum on WTIP Thursday night

Wed, 10/10/2012 - 11:33am

WTIP Community Radio will broadcast a Cook County commissioner candidate election forum live from the Grand Marais studios on Thursday, October 11 from 6 - 7 p.m. WTIP’s Jay Andersen and Rhonda Silence of the Cook County News-Herald will share the questioning, with the public invited to call in or e-mail questions before or during the broadcasts.
The forum will focus on candidates in Commissioner districts 2 and 4.
District 2 Incumbent Fritz Sobanja is running for re-election. He is being challenged by Garry Gamble.
The second commissioner race is for District 4, currently held by Commissioner Jim Johnson who did not run for reelection. Running for his board seat are Rick Austin and Heidi Doo-Kirk.
Coming up on Thursday, October 18 will be another election forum featuring Grand Marais mayoral candidates, incumbent Larry “Bear” Carlson and challenger Adam Harju. They will followed by the candidates running for vacant seats on the School District 166 board, Lorrinda “Sissy” Lunde and Ed Bolstad.
Tune in to WTIP at 90.7 Grand Marais; 90.1 Grand Portage; or 91.7 Gunflint Trail on the night of the forums to hear from the candidates.
Questions for candidates may be e-mailed in advance of the broadcast to the Cook County News-Herald at