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Community to host “Benefit for Hannah”

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:41am

Friends and family of Hannah and Jason Irvin of Hovland are rallying to support the young couple and their three small children as they face a long course of treatment of cancer for Hannah. A benefit will be held at the Hovland Town Hall on Saturday, September 27 from 4 - 8 p.m.

There will be a silent auction, fabulous live music, family-friendly games and a turkey dinner with all the fixings. Organizers say dinner will be served “from 5-7ish.”

They also invite all to take part, saying, “Join us as we rally in love, prayer and support around Hannah Irvin and her family.

If you are unable to attend the benefit, but would like to help the family meet medical and living expenses, an account has been set up for the Irvin family at the North Shore Federal Credit Union to accept donations. 

County approves purchase of new telephone system

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:37pm

On September 16, Cook County’s IS and communications director Rena Rogers told the county board that it is past time to replace the outdated system that was installed at the courthouse in 2003 at a cost of $33,000. The new system would cost 23,860, which sounds like a lot, but according to Rogers, it’s a bargain.

She said, “The phones are falling apart, we are experiencing a number of outages, and the phones we have cannot take advantage of broadband or any of the features available to the new Voice Over Phone service.” Rogers said recently the phones on the second floor of the courthouse went out for several days. “

The proposed system to be purchased from the State of Minnesota will not only offer more and better features, such as remote access, the ability to link with broadband and integrate and save e-mails, but it will save the county money. Rogers estimated that a monthly savings of about $900 will be realized from the $2,200 monthly phone bill because of the elimination of many long-distance toll charges to state agencies and some counties.

Furthermore, the contractor will manage and update the system, thus eliminating the county’s operational responsibilities.

The money needed for purchase and installation is available from a fund that’s been collected from each department over the years for phone replacement.

Rogers said the new system of 85 phone accounts will be installed at the courthouse, recycling center, community center and highway department, but not the Law Enforcement Center. In an effort to cut down confusion and disruptions, Rogers said all of the phone numbers will remain the same as they are now.

The board voted unanimously to purchase the new system.

Finnish folk songs and conversation at the Grand Marais Library Wednesday

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:35pm

The Grand Marais Library, in cooperation with the Arrowhead Library System, will present artist and musician Sara Pajunen at 1 p.m. Sept. 24 at the library.

In her Laatikko/Box project, Pajunen brings a sampling of the University of Minnesota’s Finnish-American archives to the public. Using violin and voice, she weaves Finnish folk song with both archival audio recordings and conversations with her own Finnish-American family members. During the presentation, participants can view pictures, letters, and other material from Finnish-Americans.

Laatikko/Box is a project about immigration. Our ancestors left a security in culture and language – a place where they knew themselves. People leave spaces all the time: relational spaces, home spaces, habitual spaces. Why do we leave? How long does change take? Is home a physical place? Laatikko/Box provides a space to contemplate these questions from both immigrant and personal perspectives, considering universal human experiences of unknowing, change, discomfort, difference.

The Cedar Cultural Center of Minneapolis commissioned the first presentation of Laatikko/Box last February as part of its 416 Club Commissions series. For the work, Pajunen immersed herself in the Finnish-American Collection of the Immigration History Research Center at Elmer Anderson Library. She explored boxes and audiotapes of spoken words, melodies, and written history with the intention to give them new life. Much like the stages of immigration, Laatikko/Box is a constantly evolving piece.

For more information contact the library at (218) 387-1140.

Crossing Borders Studio Tour begins September 26

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:13pm

The 2014 Crossing Borders Studio Tour starts September 26 and runs through Sunday October 5. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with with artists Betsy Bowen and Lee Ross on North Shore Morning. 

The Crossing Borders Studio Tour offers a unique opportunity to visit the home studios of the artists.
Featured this year are stone sculpture, Ojibwe art work, pottery, weaving, glass, print making, wood turning, metal works, jewelry, and leather. While traveling between the studios, visitors will enjoy the amazing fall colors and panoramic views of Lake Superior.

More information is available at:

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Election coverage on WTIP will be extensive

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 5:37am

WTIP North Shore Community Radio will feature several special election broadcasts during October. Mark your calendar!
Programming begins on Tuesday, October 7th at 6 p.m. with pre-recorded interviews with candidates running unopposed. County Attorney Molly Hicken and Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers are running for reelection to their county offices. ISD166 school board members Deb White and Jeanne Anderson will also be on the program.
On Wednesday, October 8th at 7 p.m., all five county commissioner candidates will be in the studio for a live call-in broadcast: Bruce Martinson and Ginny Storlie for District 5; Kristin DeArruda Wharton and Frank Moe in District 1 and Jan Sivertson running unopposed in District 3.
Tuesday, October 14th at 7 p.m. is the time for a live call-in forum with Cook County Sheriff candidates Leif Lunde and Pat Eliason.
On Thursday, October 16th at 7 p.m. WTIP hosts a live call-in forum with Grand Marais mayoral and council candidates: Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux and Larry Scully; Dave Mills, Vance Benedix, Reed Dusheck and Anton Moody.
Then on Tuesday, November 4th starting at 8 p.m. WTIP’s election night team will bring you complete coverage of the 2014 General Election – start to finish.

DNR considering walleye regulations for Saganaga, Sea Gull and Gull lakes

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:34am

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public input on experimental walleye regulations being considered for Saganaga, Sea Gull, and Gull lakes, and the Sea Gull River. All are located in Cook County, on or near the Minnesota-Ontario border. Regulations may include a 17-inch minimum size requirement and a limit of three fish, with only one fish over 20 inches allowed.

The regulations are being considered in response to concerns from anglers over a lack of smaller walleye in these waters, coupled with DNR assessment data showing declines in the number of walleye of all sizes present.

The minimum size limit is intended to protect younger fish from harvest, to maximize returns from natural reproduction and stocking. The lower bag limit is intended to prevent harvest of too many fish. The restriction on the number of fish over 20 inches has been included to be consistent with statewide walleye regulations, and to prevent overharvest of the largest walleye in these waters.

Two public meetings will be held to collect input on these proposals.

• An open house will be held at the DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul on Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Staff will be available to take comments on this proposal and other fishing regulations under review around the state.

• A public meeting will be held at the Cook County Community Center,
 317 W. Fifth St., Grand Marais, on Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Grand Marais area fisheries staff will be on hand at that meeting to take comments on this proposal only.

The DNR will also continue to take input on the proposal for the remainder of the summer; comments will be accepted through Oct. 7.