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Hospital board discusses care center and future plans

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 12:17pm

The hospital board met last week in special session. They’ve decided to look ahead to changes in their facility and program improvements. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with hospital administrator Kimber Wraalstad about keeping the care center viable..

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Artist Initiative Grants go to Michael Monroe, Jo Wood

Sun, 01/20/2013 - 9:23pm

For decades, musician Michael Monroe has performed on  stages large and small; on the North Shore, the East Coast and beyond. But one of his favorite venues is right here in Cook County  at the home he shares with his life and business partner, Deb Mueller.
 For several years, Monroe and Mueller have opened their home on Pike Lake Road in Grand Marais for log cabin concerts. Thanks to an Artist Initiative Grant announced last week, those intimate evenings 
 of music will be showcased in a new DVD, Michael Monroe Live at the Log Cabin Concert.
 Michael Monroe is one of 171 Minnesota artists to receive the grant funding which is intended to support artists working in the discipline of dance, media arts, music, photography, poetry, prose,  theater and visual arts. Monroe will receive $10,000 to produce a  log cabin concert DVD, weaving together the music and memories of 
 five live concerts.
 More information about the log cabin concert series and about Michael Monroe’s music may be found at www.michaelmonroe.info, by e-mailing mm@michaelmonroe.info or by calling (218) 387-2919.

Vikings' boys, girls lose two games; Storm loses one

Sun, 01/20/2013 - 5:15pm

The Cook County Vikings had a rough weekend, dropping boys' and girls' games to Ely and Moose Lake-Willow River.

The North Shore Storm boys' hockey team also lost Saturday night in Two Harbors.

The  Vikings travelled to Ely for a pair of games on Saturday afternoon after hosting Moose Lake-Willow River on Friday night.

The girls dropped to 5-11 for the season as the Ely Timberwolves took a 47-38 win. That followed a 59-42 loss at home Friday night against the Rebels.

The boys lost to Ely 47-31 Saturday afternoon. On Friday night, Moose Lake-Willow  River took a 57-47 win from Cook County. The Vikings are now 7-4 for the season.

The Vikings host Northeast Range on Thursday night for both boys' and girls' games. On Friday night, both crews travel to Carlton where they face the Bulldogs. The Friday night games will be broadcast on WTIP starting at 4:45.

In boys' hockey, the North Shore Storm fell to 10-7 for the season as Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin won 5-3 on the Storm's ice in Two Harbors.

The Storm, made up of players from Cook and Lake counties, travel to Eveleth-Gilbert on Tuesday night.

Forest Service introducing North Shore Restoration Project

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 11:57am

The Gunflint and Tofte Ranger Districts have developed a  proposal to restore the forest along the North Shore of Lake Superior. The public is invited to comment on the proposal and become involved in the project. Comments are needed by Monday, Jan.  21, 2013.
  Anyone who has driven Highway 61 knows the birch trees along the
  North Shore are dying. It is not just the birch trees along the
  highway that are dying; almost 80 percent of the birch forest on
  National Forest System land along the ridgeline by the shore is old
  and declining. According to the U.S. Forest Service, typically we
  would expect to see conifer trees (balsam fir, spruce, cedar and
  white pine) filling in the understory through succession.
  While succession is happening in some areas, in many areas
  regeneration is not occurring. The lack of regeneration is a result 

Weekend News Roundup for January 19

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 10:32am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. The Beargrease is postponed, Lonnie keeps climbing, new cubs in the den and much more…all in this week’s news.

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Dupre ferries supplies to new camp on Denali

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 8:50am

In the latest report from Friday night, Grand Marais explorer Lonnie Dupre was fed and bedded down in his “luxurious” snow cave at 11, 200  Feet.

According to his website, the cave consists of kitchen and bedroom, and is outfitted with LED lighting.

Dupre is on his third attempt to successfully reach the summit of Denali as the first winter solo climber

Friday was "another picture perfect day "in which Dupre took three quarters of his supplies up Motorcycle Hill to the base of Squirrel Hill at about 12,000 feet.

Dupre also collected rock samples Friday for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation . And, he spent some time taking photos during this beautiful day.

In line with the motto, “Climb high, sleep low,” Dupre returned to 11,200 feet. He will continue ferrying supplies to Squirrell  Hill on Saturday.

Dupre's progress can be followed at www.oneworldendeavors.com.