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

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:38am

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 - 10:09am

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 - 12:34pm

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


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


Cook County Historical Society Planked Trout Dinner, Saturday July 12

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:32am

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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Friends and family invite all to benefit for Carolyn Larsen

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 2:35pm

In January 2014, Carolyn Larsen was diagnosed with triple negative ductal carcinoma (TNBC), a form of breast cancer described as aggressive. Carolyn has faced this diagnosis bravely—and aggressively—with the support of friends and family. That support network is now throwing a fantastic party to help lift Carolyn’s spirits and to help her face the added financial challenges that come with this diagnosis and treatment regimen. 

Carolyn recently completed the required five months of chemotherapy and is facing surgery and radiation treatment. She is participating in a clinical trial at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. It is not known when she will be able to return to her work as owner/operator of Superior Images Hair Design.

Everyone is invited to the Benefit on July 12 at the Cook County Community Center from 2 – 5 p.m. with a dance to follow at the American Legion in Grand Marais from 7 p.m to close.

Come out and join the party. There will be a cakewalk, bake sale, games, raffles and fabulous silent auction items. There are items such as a 3-day fishing package, wine baskets, a 32-inch flat-screen TV, tickets to Minnesota Timberwolves games and much, much, more.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation, monetary gifts can be deposited at the Grand Marais State Bank, PO Box 100, Grand Marais, MN 55604.

Tom Lake Ride & Shoot hosted by Cook County ATV Club Saturday

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 2:34pm

The Cook County ATV Club invites members and friends to the Tom Lake Ride & Shoot on Saturday, July 12.

Patrticipants will meet at Portage Brook Pit at 11 a.m. for a long or short ride. After riding, meet back at Portage Brook pit for a tailgate party. Bring your own bagged lunch, beverages and lawn chairs and hang out by the campfire and target practice. Different areas will be set up for rifles, shotguns and pistols.
For more information and directions, visit

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