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Weekend News Roundup for September 20

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 10:05am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top news stories. Wolves, zebra mussels, copper and mercury…all figured in this week’s news.


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Center for Small Towns to present rural trend info in Grand Marais Sept. 23

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 9:19pm

Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, owner and proprietor of the Art House B&B in Grand Marais, sees an interesting mix of people in the course of his day. A recent visitor was Kelly Asche of the University of Minnesota-Morris Center for Small Towns. A relaxed discussion over coffee at the B&B led to an interesting upcoming event. On Tuesday, September 23 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at North House Folk School, Asche will give a presentation on rural demographic and economic trends for small towns, looking at Grand Marais in particular.

Arrowsmith DeCoux said Asche would share data on towns with similar economies, such as Ely as well as communities with dissimilar economic environments. “The goal is to learn more about where we’re headed,” said Arrowsmith DeCoux.

The presentation will not necessarily provide answers for the problems facing small towns. However, Arrowsmith DeCoux said an important part of the presentation was the Q&A session at the end. “It will be interesting to see the data he has to share, but also some narratives about what other communities have done,” he said.

There is no charge for the presentation, which will be held in the blue building at North House Folk School. Light refreshments will be served.

Briand Morrison's Blues Galaxy at Arrrowhead Center for the Arts Saturday

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 9:16pm

Come out and groove with the North Shore's dynamite new musical supergroup—Briand Morrison's Blues Galaxy at a CD release concert on September 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Guitarist and composer Briand Morrison of Grand Portage, through funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board and in partnership with the North Shore Music Association, composed twelve original jazz, rock, and blues works for guitar, backing instruments, and vocals. Having recorded and produced a full-length album, Morrison will perform this new material onstage with a wide array of the North Shore's finest musicians.

Morrison composes and performs solo jazz guitar extensively. He also composes and performs in a style he calls, "reminiscent of a Hendrixy, Stevie Ray, Allman Bros, Early Clapton sound—a refined 60/70s style."

Tickets $10 adults, $5 youth (18 & under) For sale in advance (no fees) at or at door (box office opens 6:30 p.m.). For more information about this and other NSMA events, go to

Sheriff's Office reports incidents of property damage

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:58pm

The Cook County Sheriff's office states in the last three weeks there has been an influx of property damage reports in the Grand Marais area. There have been nine separate incidents, reporting the following damages:

--Graffiti at the water tower, skateboard park, and school baseball field
--Vandalized equipment at the Recreation Park
--Broken windows at the Community Center and High School
--Broken vehicle windows in town.

The method of breaking windows has usually been thrown rocks. The graffiti has been profanities, and “mmm… Sulfide” along with a picture of a fish.

If you have any knowledge about who may be committing these acts, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 387-3030.

Lutsen Fire Department's Fall Pancake Breakfast is Sunday, Sept. 21

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 1:09pm

For 18 years, the Lutsen Volunteer Fire Department has been sponsoring a Fall Pancake Breakfast. This year's event will be held in the new Lutsen Town Hall at the corner of Highway 61 and the Caribou Trail on Sunday, September 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Visitors can expect a hearty breakfast of pancakes made with former firefighter/chef Sonja Helland's delicious secret recipe, real maple syrup from local maple syrup producers and sausage. Along with the great food is the good company of friends and neighbors from all over the county, who know that this is a breakfast not to be missed.

Over the years the breakfast has netted thousands of dollars for the Lutsen Fire Relief Association, which benefits the volunteer firefighters. The firefighters decide how the proceeds of the pancake breakfast should be used. In the past, money raised has been used to meet a variety of equipment needs for the department, such as for a television for training and for emergency vehicles. Proceeds have also been donated to the Red Cross after the 9/11 tragedy, Hurricane Katrina as well as for a scholarship for local graduates pursuing a career in emergency services. Proceeds from last year’s pancake breakfast went toward an additional fryer to increase the number of filets that can be cooked at the annual West End 4th of July celebration in Tofte—another event put on by the Lutsen firefighters.

Stop by and enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast, check out the new Lutsen Rescue truck and other equipment, and say “thanks” to the hardworking men and women of the Lutsen Volunteer Fire Department.

Lioness Club to host monthly social at North Shore Care Center Saturday

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 1:06pm

The Grand Marais Lioness Club will once again be hosting their monthly socials at the North Shore Care Center on the third Saturday of the month beginning September 20. There will be special desserts for everyone at 3 p.m., along with favorite piano tunes by Irene Thompson.

For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities at the North Shore Care Center, please contact the Activity Department at (218)387-3518 or visit the website: