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Odds and Endz Store Opens in Grand Marais

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 8:19am

There's a new business in Grand Marais called 'Oddz & Endz.'  WTIP volunteer, Marnie McMillan, spoke with EvaLyn Carlson and Arvis Thompson on North Shore Morning about this new non-profit thrift/consignment store.

Oddz and Enz is located at 2066 West Hwy. 61 in the former bowling alley. Current hours are Mondays and Tuesdays 1 to 6pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays 9am to 2pm; and open for donations Thursdays from 9 to noon.  More information from Sharon at 387-1714.

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Alcohol server training offered by Higher Education and Cook County Sheriff's Office June 17-18

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 1:32pm

Cook County Higher Education, working with the Cook County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, will offer alcohol server training June 17 and 18.

 On Tuesday, June 17, the training will be held 5-7 p.m. at Cascade Lodge; the following day training will be held 10 a.m. to noon at Windigo Lodge on the Gunflint Trail. Cost of the training is $5.

 Bartenders, wait staff and all owners and operators of alcohol-dispensing establishments are highly encouraged to attend this informational training. In the state of Minnesota, liability charges can be levied against the individual serving the alcohol as well as the owner. At this course you will learn Minnesota statutes relating to the sale/service of alcohol; procedures for checking identification; how to identify minors; how to manage customer drinking; methods of intervening with intoxicated persons; and factors and signs of intoxication.

 The course will be taught by Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk and Brian Kringen, law enforcement liaison officer with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement. Register at Cook County Higher Education by calling 387-3411

Funding issues unzip Superior Ziplines project

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 1:30pm

Grand Marais developer Matt Geretschlaeger has confirmed the widely circulating rumor that he will not build a zip line on 22 acres of land he purchased from the city of Grand Marais in April 2012.

Reached by phone on July 9, and asked what was happening with his Superior Ziplines development, Geretschlaeger replied, “Absolutely nothing.”

Geretschlaeger said the obstacles to completing the project were insurmountable. He said, “There was too much of a path of resistance. I’m not going to deal with it anymore. I’m completely selling out.”

The property, which Geretschlaeger purchased from the city on April 25, 2012 for $75,000, is located about a quarter mile up from the city’s water tower just off of the Gunflint Trail on the hill overlooking Grand Marais.

At the time of the sale some citizens voiced concerns that Geretschlaeger, the former director of the Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA), would like to see the property used for a high-end housing development.

Geretschlaeger assured the community and his funders that was not the case.

Geretschlaeger’s business plan relied on a $250,000 loan from the county’s revolving loan fund, which the county agreed to lend in July 2012. The agreement was contingent on Geretschlaeger securing a loan of $350,000 from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB).

This year, on January 28, 2014, the county board decided to the void the agreement to loan $250,000 from the county revolving loan funds, stating that Geretschlaeger hadn’t met all of the criteria.

Geretschlaeger also told the News-Herald that he was contacted by Cook County Planning & Zoning Administrator Dave Demmer, notifying him that some of the work conducted last fall had caused damage to a protected wetland.

Community invited to celebration of completion of Fire Hall #3 and Community Center on June 17

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 1:51pm

The third and final stage of an ambitious project to enhance the facilities for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department is completed.  Fire Hall #3 and the Seagull Lake Community Center will be hosting an open house on Tuesday June 17.

Phase one of the project was the creation of the Schaap Community Center and a Cold Storage facility at Hall #1 at mid-Trail and the bathroom/storage addition to Hall #2 on South Gunflint Lake Road. 

The GTVFD mission was to provide multi-use facilities that would serve as a community center, training center and when necessary an Incident Command Post (ICP).  Complete with radio communications, cell service and up to 12 independent phone lines the center can be immediately transformed to an ICP in the event of a major fire, search and rescue mission, evacuation or other such incidents.  Thus an ICP team can move right in and begin crucial operations without wasting time acquiring needed resources.

The Schaap Community Center, boosted by a generous donation from Paul and Carol Schaap, has been open since May of 2013.  So far area property owner associations, community members, the U.S. Forest Service, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Cook County EMS Department, the GTVFD and numerous other organizations have made use of the center.  

The Seagull Lake Community Center will now offer those same opportunities to the end of the Gunflint Trail residents.

The total cost of the three fire hall projects was $850,000 with over $500,000 in donations from a vibrant and generous Gunflint Trail community.  That includes the buildings, wells, septic systems, parking lots and emergency generators.  Now it’s time to celebrate and give thanks to our friends and neighbors.  The Open House Festivities will begin at 4:00 p.m. at 7 Seagull Lake Access Road (right across from the Seagull Creek Fishing Camp). 

Weekend News Roundup for June 14

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 10:26am

Each week the WTIP news team puts together a roundup of the week's news. Grand Portage holds elections, Enbridge gets a pipeline go-ahead, tenet caterpillars may not be back with a vengeance and rumble strips are rumbling off in the distance…all this and more in this week’s news.


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Stand up paddleboard demonstrations to be offered in Grand Marais harbor

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:03am

Jack Stone of Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply told the Grand Marais Park Board on June 3, that he will soon begin stand up paddleboard demonstrations in the Grand Marais harbor.

Stone said the majority of these demonstrations would be directly south and a little west of the Lake Superior Trading Post.  

Because he isn’t charging for the demonstrations Stone wasn’t applying for a vendor permit, but he felt he should consult with the park board before beginning this new activity in the harbor. The demonstrations will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day with 6-7 paddleboards in the water at any one time.

Plus, on the weekend of July 19-20, he hopes to have a more elaborate demo weekend. Stone said he is hoping to bring in one or more of our stand up paddleboard vendors to help us.

“The hope is to make this an annual event and if it is successful, bring in other retailers and vendors,” said Stone.