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Birthdays to be celebrated at Care Center on Wednesday, July 11

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 11:48am

Warmer days mean outings in the community for residents of the North ?Shore Care Center. Look for seniors out for lunch at the Senior Center, shopping downtown, spending time at the parks on the harbor, at the Dragon Boat festivities, and enjoying treats at the Dairy Queen.
The monthly birthday party will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 11 to honor Rueben Johnson, Neva Marks, and Joyce Kehoe. There will be cake and ice cream at 3 p.m. along with classic piano music by Susan Scherer.
For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or look at the website

Warm and dry for most of the week

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 11:02am

The week ahead looks fairly dry with just a possibility of rain for the weekend. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson.

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Interested in working with youth?

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 9:43am

AmeriCorps is collaborating with Cook County Community Education, 
Extension and KIDS PLUS to offer an AmeriCorps member position from 
Aug. 16, 2012 through Aug. 15, 2013 for 1,740 hours (varied times / 
days.) You will be partnering with our local youth coordinator and 
schools on after-school youth tutoring, and offering both group and 
one-on-one tutoring sessions for students. You will also be 
redeveloping a youth mentorship program.
You will receive a twice monthly stipend of $504 plus professional and 
service related training.  After completion of your hours you will 
receive an education award to pay for tuition, qualified school-to-
work fees or qualified school loans for $5,550.  Qualified full-time 
members will also receive medical insurance and childcare reimbursement.
To apply, see  Questions about the 
position, call Diane at (218) 387-3015. Application deadline is 
Monday, July 16.

Winchell-Dahl receives award for Wisdom Steps work

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 9:41am

Grand Portage Elder Nutrition Program Director Patty Winchell-
Dahl received special recognition at the Wisdom Steps Conference at 
the Grand Casino in Hinckley in June. Winchell-Dahl was presented the 
“Dr. Allan Allery Award” which is given to an individual involved in 
the Wisdom Steps program for “exemplary support and dedication to 
Wisdom Steps.”
The award is named after the man who founded Wisdom Steps, a 
preventative health program, to address the troubling fact that 
American Indian elders had a higher mortality rate than the rest of 
the population. Dr. Allery wanted to do something about it and he 
created the program, which focuses on the importance of health 
screenings—and movement, especially walking.
The program began in the Twin Cities and Bemidji area. Wisdom Steps 
has grown to be a non-profit serving all of the tribes in Minnesota. 
Anyone involved in the program can nominate someone that they think 
has made a difference in his or her community.
Betty Hoffman of Grand Portage nominated winchell-Dahl.
Reached by the News-Herald after the presentation, Winchell-Dahl said 
she wanted to express appreciation to the community and her staff, as 
she was so surprised at the award that she didn’t properly thank them.
“The fellow who received the award last year asked, ‘Patty, don’t you 
want to say something?’ I couldn’t. I was so flabbergasted. Those who 
know me, know I am never at a loss for words, but I was.”
Winchell-Dahl was presented with a beautiful plaque and an honor song 
was played for her at the awards banquet.

City supports IRRRB grant application for Superior Zip Line project

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 10:19am

On Wednesday, June 27,  Matt Geretschlaeger appeared before 
council to ask that the city apply to the IRRRB for a $300,000 Public 
Works Grant to pay for infrastructure to the Gunflint Trail site of 
his proposed Superior Zip Line project.
The request triggered some haggling over wording of a draft letter and
resolution Geretschlaeger presented and the propriety of the city 
becoming further involved with the project.
Geretschlaeger explained that the grant application is actually a two-
step process, and further details such as price breakdowns will be 
provided in the final request, which will be presented to council at a 
future meeting. All he wanted now, Geretschlaeger said, was permission 
to be the recipient of a grant based on information to be presented in 
two weeks.
Furthermore, he said, the grant has a limit of $300,000. “It’s very 
simple…you prove the cost, and that’s all you get.” Geretschlaeger 
went on to explain that the IRRRB grant under discussion was designed 
“just for this purpose,” and is “extremely common to run 
infrastructure.” He also pointed out that the zip line is a $1 million-
plus project that will bring jobs and an additional recreational 
attraction to the city, and one in which he has personally made a 
large financial investment. “I’m not here to say I’m gonna do this 
with smoke and mirrors. That’s not the case here…I’m all in.”
City Administrator Mike Roth assured council that the grant, if 
approved, was only pass-through money, and none of the city’s money 
would be involved. He agreed with Geretschlaeger that public works 

Grand Marais Masons close, rummage sale Friday, July 13

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 10:17am

It was the end of an era on June 7, 2012, when Masonic Lodge 
No. 322 of Grand Marais gathered at the Grand Marais Masonic Hall one 
last time to affirm its merger with Taconite Lodge No. 342 in Silver 
Bay. Taconite Lodge will complete the agreement at its next stated 
Present at the final ceremony for Masonic Lodge No.  322 were Senior 
Warden Neil Hansen, Treasurer Paul Coe, Master Marland Hansen, 
Secretary Tom Westby and Junior Warden Al Barry. The Blue Lodge has 
been in Grand Marais since 1925.
Master Marland Hansen said he and several other Masons had fought to 
keep the Grand Marais Lodge open, but he said it came to the point 
where there just weren’t enough members to keep it going. He said the 
Grand Marais Masons would now travel to the Taconite Lodge in Silver 
Bay twice a month for meetings.
The Grand Marais Masonic Hall, the blue building just north of North 
Shore Hospital, is being purchased by the hospital for $95,000. Hansen
said the money from the sale of the building would go to the new 
lodge. It will be allocated to a fund managed by two Masons from Cook 
County and one from Lake County. That money will continue to be used 
for scholarships for graduates and the other good works the Masons 
have done in Cook County.
Such efforts will continue. Hansen said Masons have been involved in 
the Child Find Program, have granted scholarships to local graduates 
and have helped the Boy Scouts. Boy Scouts were derived from the 
Masons, said Hansen, adding, “Masons is still one of the finest 
organizations ever.”
To learn more about the organization and becoming a member, speak to 
any Mason.