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Annual Gunflint Trail Canoe Races: July 16

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:25pm

It's the middle of July, and it's time for the Gunflint Trail Canoe Races!  WTIP host Ann Possis spoke with Chris Steele on North Shore Morning about this annual event.

Gunflint Trail Canoe Races - A Northwoods evening of family fun!
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Gunflint Lodge Waterfront
143 S. Gunflint Lake
Grand Marais, MN 55604
This is a fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department.

All proceeds go to the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department
The event times are as follows:
4:00 pm-7:30 pm Silent Auction
4:00 pm Kids Fun events begin
4:30 pm Food service begins
6:00 pm Canoe Races begin with the long distance race followed by many age and gender races with gunnel pumping as the finale.
Race registration is at the waterfront.
6:00 pm General Raffle

The Canoe Races are sponsored by the Gunflint-Seagull-Saganaga Property Owners Associations and Chris Steele of Seagull Lake is the 2014 chair. Proceeds from this top summer Trail event go to the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department which provides fire, emergency and rescue services to keep residents and visitors safe. The deparmnet is completing a long term program that has upgraded facilities at all three stations along the Trail and welcomes funds to maintain these buildings and equipment.

For more information contact:
Julie Henricksson, the Gunflint Trail Canoe Races Committee at 218-388-2246.

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Candidate forums coming up for Commissioner District 1 and 5 on WTIP

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:44am

The Cook County News-Herald is joining WTIP Community Radio as it offers two live call-in candidate forums for election 2014. The primary election is August 12 and mail ballots will be sent out mid-July. Before that, WTIP will be broadcasting two live call-in candidate forums.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen and News Herald Editor Rhonda Silence on Wednesday, July 16 when they interview the six candidates vying for the position of County Commissioner District 1. Then tune in Thursday, July 17 when they repeat the process with the four candidates running in Commissioner District 5

You’re invited to join in the conversation. Send an email to the Cook County News-Herald at or to the radio station at any time before the broadcast. Or call in during the broadcast at (218) 387-1070. Andersen and Silence will do their best to ask your questions, but to be sure to make your voice heard, get your inquiry in early.

Andersen urged everyone to be involved—with a question or by tuning in “Your questions and concerns matter,” he said.


Candidate forums on WTIP

90.7 FM Grand Marais * 89.1 FM Gunflint Trail * 90.1 FM Grand Portage


Commissioner District 1                      7 p.m.     Wednesday, July 16

Commissioner District 5                     7 p.m.              Thursday, July 17


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City Council to hold work session to discuss "complete streets" project

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:38am

After about a year of thinking and talking about improvements to the Highway 61 corridor through Grand Marais, city councilors set July 16 as the date for a three-hour workshop designed to set the “complete streets” project in motion.

Councilors reviewed a design proposal from LHB and C.J. Fernandez at their June 25 meeting. City Administrator Mike Roth explained that the proposal was only a draft, and will need to be pared down in its scope and cost. However, Roth said a finalized version will likely be available for council’s approval at their next meeting in two weeks.

The city has been working in partnership with the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic to come up with a streetscape redesign for Highway 61 as part of the Moving Matters program. Through a Blue Cross-Blue Shield grant, the Clinic has contributed $30,000 toward the effort; the city has agreed to kick in $15,000.

Roth said the original cost of the project was about $62,000, and some cutting has brought the price down to $52,000. More trimming is ongoing to bring the plan into alignment with the $45,000 available, said Roth.

As envisioned by Fernandez, the project will primarily focus on pedestrian access, safety and connectedness along the Highway 61 corridor through town, with an emphasis on improvements to create a more “human-scaled, safe walking and biking corridor, as well as a more inviting ‘front door’ to Grand Marais.”

Roth said the plan calls for the targeted corridor to be defined as between Eighth Avenue West and the Gunflint Trail intersection.

Upon completion of the plan (within 60 or 90 days), councilors and members of the Moving Matters committee will begin the task of looking for grants or other sources of funding to implement the plan’s recommendations.

Weekend News Roundup for July 12

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 9:09am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top news stories. New developments in the Scannell trial, high cancer rates in American Indians, and aquatic invasive species continue to hitchhike their way into state waterways …all this and more in this week’s news.


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Grand Marais Art Colony hosts Arts Festival in downtown Grand Marais July 12-13

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:34am

The Grand Marais Arts Festival is this weekend and downtown Grand Marais will be buzzing with unique booths with 80 participating artists lining Wisconsin Street. on July 12-13.

This year’s festival musicians include locals Bump Blomberg, Adam Moe, Michael Monroe, Eric Frost, and Briand Morrison.

In the center of the festival, the Art Colony will be hosting several activities: creating a book with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Gyotaku Fish Printing, creating clay figurines, screen-printing a t-shirt or a tote bag, and crafting a children’s art find booklet.

And the Art Colony is offering a number of interesting and educational programs in conjunction with the annual event. Classes offered during the festival, July 12 and 13, include Quick Paint with Todd Voss, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Shoot the Moon with Bryan Hansel, July 12 from 6 to 10 p.m.; Pencil Portraiture with David Hahn, July 12 from 2 to 4 p.m.; and Rock Balance Art on July 13 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Other scheduled classes include Animal Sculpture on July 1; Advanced Animal Sculpture on July 2 and 3; Letterboxing on July 5; Pastel Plein Air on July 7 -11; and Native Clay Workshop on July 7 - 9.

To register or for information call the Grand Marais Art Colony at 387-2737 or visit


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Cook County Historical Society Planked Trout Dinner, Saturday July 12

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:32am

On Saturday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m, the Cook County Historical Society is hosting a planked trout dinner as a fundraiser for the museum. WTIP talked to Carrie McHugh, the director of the historical society, about this event.


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