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Grand Marais Library offers "Creativity Tank," Monday, Feb. 10

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 1:05pm

The Arrowhead Library System will present the Creativity Tank, a free hands-on art project at the Grand Marais Public Library at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10.

CarePartners offerings

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 12:42pm

Care Partners has a lot to offer.  WTIP volunteer Sherrie Lindskog spoke with Kay Grindland of Care Partners on North Shore Morning.

Care Partners’ Caregivers Support Group will now be held every 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 11 am – 12:30 pm at the Fireside Room of the Congregational Church. Vicky Biggs and Tyler Howell will be the group facilitators.
The next Caregivers’ Group will be Feb 12.
Care Partners’ Group Respite Program is held at the same time & location to give you more freedom to join the group. You could bring your loved one to the lower level of the church at 11 am, attend the support group and still have time for errands before you pick them up at 3 pm. Participants must pre-register so call Jeannette if you are interested at 387-3787.
The Group Respite is held twice a month to offer a safe and enjoyable social setting for seniors with early memory loss or other long term illness. This gives the family caregiver several hours of independent time. It is held the 2nd Wednesday & 4th Friday from 11 am to 3 pm at the lower level of the Congregational Church.  Participants must preregister with Care Partners.

Other upcoming programs:

Care Partners Companion Volunteer Training will be held March 3, 4 and 11 from 4:30 pm to 8 pm for those who want to provide friendly visits, respite care, or presence at end of life.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers will be offered for six Thursdays beginning March 20 from 5 -7:30 pm. 

Care Partners at 387-3788,


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Waterway cutoff proposed to curb carp

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 5:14pm

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan — A member of Congress proposed legislation Wednesday that would order the federal government to cut off links in Chicago waterways between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River system to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp and other invasive species.

The bill introduced by Rep. Candice Miller, a Michigan Republican, would authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct barriers in rivers and canals that were reconfigured more than a century ago to connect the two giant watersheds. That project boosted waterborne commerce but created a pathway through which fish, mussels and other aquatic animals and plants could stake out new territories and compete with native species.

The linkage has allowed nuisance species such as the round goby and zebra and quagga mussels to escape the Great Lakes and infest the Mississippi and other waterways. But the threat that Asian carp pose to the Great Lakes has intensified the search for answers.

Silver and bighead carp, imported from Asia in the 1970s, have made their way up the Mississippi and its tributaries, including the Illinois River, which leads to Lake Michigan. Scientists say if the voracious carp reach the lakes, they could unravel food webs and threaten the $7 billion fishing industry.



Dads and daughters invited to go dancing at Father Daughter Dance Feb. 10

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 9:16am

Cook County Girl Scout Troop 4110, assisted by some Brownie Scouts, is hosting a Father Daughter Dance at North House Folk School at North House Folk School on Monday, February 10 from 6 – 8 p.m.

All dads (or significant adult) and girls are invited—you don’t have to be a Girl Scout to enjoy the evening, which will include live music by Critter Du Jour, snacks and a keepsake professional photo by Bruce Johnson Photography.

This year there is a prize for the youngest and oldest daughters in attendance. 

The cost for the dance is $20, no matter how many daughters, granddaughters or nieces you may have! 

Come dancing!

School District 166 to choose architect for industrial arts expansion

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 9:50pm

On Thursday, January 23, 2014, the School District 166 school board picked two architects to interview to see who will be selected to design a new industrial arts complex for the school.

The estimated cost to build the 2,500-foot addition onto the existing space is $750,000, with $200,00 of that dedicated to purchasing new equipment and $450,000 dedicated to the construction. The remaining $100,000 will be used to pay architect fees and for any possible overruns in other areas.

Writers encouraged to join "The Writers' Way" class at Cook County Higher Education

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:15pm