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Beach advisories posted

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 12:34pm

The Minnesota Department of Health has placed advisories for dozens of Lake Superior beaches.

Affected are Split Rock River Beach at the mouth of Split Rock River, Twin Points Public Access Beach north of Gooseberry Falls State Park and four Two Harbors area beaches as well as several in the Duluth area.

No cook County beaches are involved.

Water contact is not recommended for the beaches due to elevated E. coli bacteria levels found in samples taken on June 18.  Re-sampling will take place today.

Hilarious comedy at the Grand Marais Public Library

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 3:01pm

The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) invites you to a high-energy, hilarious comedy act by Kenny Ahern at the Grand Marais Public Library at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 19.
Ahern presents a comedy act unlike any other. With props, sound, and brilliant acting, this world-class entertainer will have you laughing in delight at his heart-warming antics. This show is appropriate for audiences of all ages.  
Ahern has successfully toured for over 25 years.  He has been featured on television in three CBS specials with Ringling Brothers Circus, as a guest on CMT’S Most Wanted Live, MTV, The Family Channel’s Funniest Videos, Good Morning America, The Today Show, on the radio as a guest on What D’Ya Know with Michael Feldman, and numerous regional promotional interviews across the U.S. He is the co-host of the video Circus Works! Circus Arts curriculum for Educators, and is in the film Da Vinci’s Dream. For more information about Kenny Ahern, visit 
Admission to the event is free thanks to sponsorship by the Arrowhead Library System Kids Stuff Program and the local library.
Ahern will also perform at the Two Harbors Public Library at 7 p.m. June 19 and Silver Bay Library at 1 p.m. June 20.

Adult Firearms Safety Class offered this weekend

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 2:59pm

The DNR’s Adult Firearms Safety Class is being offered in Grand Marais on Saturday, June 23, 2012. This class is available to individuals age 16 and over who need a Firearm’s Safety Certification to purchase a hunting license, or are interested in learning more about firearms and hunting. The course involves completing an online course or Independent Study Guide, both of which require about 7 hours to complete.
Completion of the online or home study options will prepare you for a field day including a classroom review, written exam, and exercise which includes firing .22 rifles.  The field day, approximately 5 hours, will be held locally on Saturday, June 23, 2012.
Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1979 is required to have a Firearms Safety Certification before purchasing a hunting license in Minnesota.
For more information, please call Dick Parker at 387-1183.

Appeals Court allows AT&T cell tower near BWCAW

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 11:32am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Reversing a lower court, the Minnesota Court of Appeals says AT&T can build a 450-foot cellphone tower with flashing lights that would be visible within parts of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

A three-judge panel ruled Monday that a Hennepin County judge erred by concluding that allowing the tower east of Ely would have a "materially adverse effect on the environment." It says the district court failed to properly weigh the relative severity of the effects of the proposed tower on the views within the Boundary Waters.

The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness had sued to block the tower, saying it would be visible from several lakes within the BWCA, and arguing that a shorter tower without lights would be sufficient. The group says it's studying the ruling.

NWS forecast: Rain, rain -- then sunshine

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 10:47am

The week ahead holds a lot of rain, then it’ll warm up and the weekend is looking good. WTIP’ Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Stewart.

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"What About Water" is topic of Higher Ed Guest Lecture June 21

Sat, 06/16/2012 - 8:56pm

Cook County Higher Education will feature Dr. Sam Tuthill, 
who will present "What About Water" at the next Guest Lecture Series on 
Thursday, June 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Shore Campus in 
Grand Marais.
Join Tuthill for his presentation regarding the distribution of water 
resources among populations on the North American continent. He will 
discuss water shortages, distributing Great Lakes water, and other 
issues and problems associated with relocating water.
Tuthill, a geologist, has a varied and prestigious background. He was 
appointed by President Ford as assistant administrator for 
conservation and environmental impacts for the Federal Energy 
Administration, and during that time served on the chief of the 
chairman’s staff, the President’s Energy Policy Council, as advisor 
to the secretary of commerce, and as director of the Industrial Energy
Conservation Program of the Department of Commerce.  He was a geology 
professor at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, and 
also served as the state geologist and director for the Iowa 
Geological Survey.  He and his wife Constance have lived in Cook 
County since 1990.
The Guest Lecture series of Cook County Higher Education is offered to 
the community free, although donations are welcome. The series is 
sponsored by the Grand Marais State Bank, Drury Lane Books, George F. 
Maruska Ltd., and the Lake Superior Trading Post. Refreshments are 
donated by Beth’s Fudge and Gifts and Johnson’s Foods.  The 
lectures are held at Cook County Higher Education’s North Shore 
campus, 300 W. 3rd St. For more information call 387-3411.