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Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center offers nature walks and talks

Sun, 07/01/2012 - 9:22am

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center hosts a series of 
naturalist presentations during the 2012 summer season. U.S. Forest 
Service Ranger presentations, which are part of the Becoming a 
Boundary Waters Family program, are every Thursday at 3 p.m.  now 
through Aug. 23. Nature Walks and Talks are every Sunday at 2 p.m.
through Aug. 28.

Topics of the presentations and walks include trees 
of the boreal biome, wildflowers, wildlife and human history. All 
presentations and walks begin by gathering on Chik-Wauk’s front porch.

Mural at Whole Foods Co-op to come down

Sun, 07/01/2012 - 9:18am

With the planned renovation and expansion of the Cook County 
Whole Foods Co-op in Grand Marais now taking shape, it has been 
determined that the mural created by local schoolchildren on the outside north wall has to 
come down.
An architect recently inspected the wall the mural is attached to and 
determined it couldn’t withstand the re-building and expansion 
planned for this fall, said Co-op Executive Director Jennifer Stolz.
“It can’t be saved,” said Stolz, “But pieces of it can be 
saved, and they will be used to create a tribute to the adults and 
kids who built this mural.”
The co-op board met on Tuesday, June 26, in a meeting room at WTIP 
Radio where Stolz gave an update about the mural.
The mural took five years to build and was constructed by Sawtooth 
Mountain Elementary fourth graders under the direction of their 
teacher Jana Larson and Kelly Dupre, an artist and former teacher who 
volunteered to help with the project. Many organizations, individuals 
and businesses also contributed a great deal of time, money or 
resources to help with this luminous art project.
Just what form salvaged pieces will take and just where they will be 
placed in the new building hasn’t been yet determined.

Deer hunters association wants wolf sighting information

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 10:55am

With the recent delisting of wolves from the Endangered 
Species Act, and the return of the wolf to state management, a new 
interest has spawned asking, “To what degree have wolves expanded 
within Minnesota?”
Currently, DNR is proposing a wolf population survey to run from fall 
2012 through early spring 2013. Minnesota Deer Hunters Association’s 
(MDHA) members are expressing great interest as well. So, MDHA devised
a “Report Zone B Wolf sightings” web survey page to encourage MDHA 
members and nonmembers to report their documented wolf sightings 
across the approximately 70 percent of Minnesota that is considered 
“Zone B” or non-wolf range.
Reporting Zone “B” wolf sightings will require that you provide 
photo documentation as well as geographic information (township/range/
section or GPS coordinates) and your contact information.
According to MDHA Executive Director Mark Johnson, “Wolf presence 
throughout Zone A is well known, but their expansion into Zone B is 
not. MDHA’s objective is to collect documented and verifiable wolf 
sighting information in wolf Zone B and to provide this data to DNR 
for consideration toward the 2012-13 Minnesota wolf survey. DNR has 
the duty of managing Minnesota’s wolves. Good management needs good 
information. Our hope is that this wolf reporting opportunity will 
provide DNR with valuable usable information.”
To participate in MDHA’s Zone B wolf sighting survey, keep your 
camera or camera phone handy for that rare moment when you may see a 
wolf. Better yet, MDHA recommends that you use digital trail cameras 

"Go Team" gets support from county

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 10:51am

“Creating sustainable prosperity for all” is the motto of 
a new countywide partnership of public, private and nonprofit entities 
known as the “GO [Generating Opportunities] Team.”  On June 19, 
2012, Cook County Higher Education Business Training Coordinator Jim 
Boyd and Northspan Group President and CEO Randy Lasky asked the Cook 
County Board of Commissioners for $6,000 to support the GO Team’s 
development of an economic development plan for the county.
This spring an initiative was launched to expand the Grand Marais 
Chamber of Commerce to include businesses throughout the entire 
county.  According to Boyd, this “metamorphosed” into the GO Team 
and a plan to hire Randy Lasky to work with county leaders to create 
an economic development plan rather than pursuing the Extension 
program.  The team is currently comprised of about 20 public, private, 
and nonprofit representatives.
According to Lasky’s proposal for professional services, the 
Northspan Group is a nonprofit organization with over 25 years 
providing business and community development consulting services.
According to Lasky, his job would be “to challenge and engage various 
interests throughout the county and seek consensus and alignment 
around a clear vision and key strategic priorities and values that 
will garner broad public support and are capable of guiding economic 
growth and investment.”
Lasky told the county board the project would involve talking to 
business owners from all perspectives, including small, family-owned 
businesses, to find out what is important to all of them.  “We’re 

Weekend News Roundup for June 30

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 10:17am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Wolf season isn’t popular with the public, Lake Superior College gets a big grant, FEMA was in the area looking at flood damage, Lake Superior flood pollution is a worry, a special session on flood damage is probable and the small plane search is called off…all in this week’s news.

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News-Herald columnist Sandy Holthaus has book signings Saturday

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 2:44pm

For years, Sandy Holthaus, who grew up in Schroeder, has made the readers of the Cook County News-Herald and the Annandale Advocate gasp in surprise, giggle with delight, and occasionally shed a tear. Along the way our food columnist has enticed us to try a new recipe or two. For years, readers have encouraged Holthaus to collect those recipes and memories in a book. She has done just that with a book published this spring, Sandyisms – Stories, Recipes & More from the North Shore.
Anyone who would like to purchase a book, or meet Sandy, is invited to a North Shore book signing. She will be making two book signing stops on Saturday, June 30.
Book Signings with Sandy Holthaus
Lake Superior Trading Post
Saturday, June 30 – 10 a.m. - noon
Cross River Heritage Center
Saturday, June 30 1 – 3 p.m.