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County considers more intersection lighting and wider shoulders on the lower Gunflint Trail

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 11:27am

On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, Cook County Commissioners considered two requests from County Engineer David Betts, which he described as “a little controversial.”

First Betts asked to set an informal public hearing to discuss the possible installation of intersection lighting at county state aid highway intersections. Lighting would be installed at County Road 8 and County Road 12; County Road 7 and County Road 6; County Road 7 and County Road 45. Betts said “downcast cutoff lights” will be used to minimize the spread of the light.

The work, if approved, would be done in 2015.

The second topic Betts brought to the table was the possibility of installing a two foot wide paved shoulder on the Gunflint Trail from the Grand Marais water tower to the four corners intersection near Gunflint Hills Golf Course.

One caveat to the installation was that it would include rumble strips, said Betts.

Betts said the county received a grant from the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) for 2015 for about $90,000 to pave the shoulders and include rumble strips on the shoulder, but said that the grant was written before all of the controversy erupted over rumble strips.

“As we have certainly seen by the letters in the paper, there’s a real lack of appetite for rumble strips,” said Betts.

Commissioner Garry Gamble said that the commissioners should have a public meeting about the project because they have committed to that process in a workshop held specifically to discuss highway department projects. He asked Betts what he recommended.

“My recommendation would be to turn back the rumble strip money. All we would gain is rumble strips. We wouldn’t gain any useable space,” said Betts, noting that a rumble strip would be two feet wide. “I don’t see a lot of benefit to this.”

Semi-summer weather slated for North Shore

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 8:57am

Not a whole lot of sunshine and summer weather in the forecast, but at least not so much rain. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Dean Melde of the National Weather Service in Duluth.

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Weekend News Roundup for June 21

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 9:11am

Each week the WTIP news team puts together a roundup of the week's news. Wisconsin wants to take another look at its wolf hunt, Rainy River flooding and Climate Change predicted to impact the Northland…all this and more in this week’s news.


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The Explorer's Club ventures out

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 9:18am

The Explorer's Club is a field-trip based youth program for 6 through 11 year olds that meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Director Sarah Stover talked about their upcoming events and how to get involved.  More information from Cooperation Station at 387-1324 or Sarah at 248-787-4380.


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Tickets on sale now for "Nunsense" and "Nana's Naughty Knickers"

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 10:57am

Tickets are now on sale for the Grand Marais Summer Theater Festival at Nunsense: The Mega Musical by Dan Goggin and Nana’s Naughty Knickers will play in repertory weekends July 17 – August 10.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students under 18.  Purchase a ticket to both productions and save $5.

Performances of Nunsense: The Mega Musical are July 17, 19, 25, 27, 31, Aug. 2, 8, 10. Performances of Nana’s Naughty Knickers are July 18, 20, 24, 26, Aug, 1, 3, 7, 9.

Performance times are Thurs. - Sat. 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. except for Fisherman’s Picnic Sunday, Aug. 3, when the show begins at 3 p.m. following the parade!

The Grand Marais Playhouse is very pleased to announce the return of the Opening Night After Party! The Playhouse is partnering with Sydney’s Frozen Custard and inviting all festival ticket holders to an after party following the Opening Night performance of Nunsense: The Mega Musical on July 17 and the following Thursday, July 24 of Nana’s Naughty Knickers.

Both parties begin immediately following the performance at Sydney’s Frozen Custard and Wood-fired Pizza, 14 S. Broadway, Grand Marais. Cost of the after party is $10 and available to festival ticket holders only.

For more information, contact the Playhouse at 218-387-1284.



This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald


Summer brings music to the North Shore Care Center

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 10:49am

There is a lot of great music lined up for June. Rod Dockan and Carah Thomas will present their country music favorites to celebrate the first day of summer on Saturday, June 21 at 3 p.m.  If weather permits we will be on the patio to enjoy the longest day of the year!

The classic country band Portage will perform for a dance the last Saturday of the month on June 28 at 6:30 p.m. As always the families, friends, and community folks are invited to attend our music events.

Additional live music during June will feature our weekly musicians, Myron Bursheim on Sundays, Kate Kelnberger on Mondays, Al Fuller on Tuesdays, and Susan Scherer on Wednesdays.

There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information about volunteering or about any of the activities going on, please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or visit the website: