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Highway 61 through Lutsen to be resurfaced this summer

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 1:44pm

An 11-mile stretch of Highway 61 located in Lutsen was included in the $1.1 billon 2014 Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) road and bridge construction bill recently passed by the legislature.

All told there will be 308 projects funded under the bill, 74 in the Twin Cities and 194 projects in Greater Minnesota with an additional 40 projects aimed at improving safety at railroad crossings, and making improvements to runways and terminals at regional airports.

Plans are to have the Lutsen section of Highway 61 resurfaced along with replacement and repair of Babineau Creek and Spruce Creek bridges, and culverts replaced where needed. The work is scheduled to last from May to October with lane closures controlled by signals or flaggers.

The cost of the project is $6,142,556.

“I thank the dedicated construction workers and engineers who are doing this important work, and urge Minnesotans to drive safely in construction zones,” said Governor Mark Dayton after signing the bill.

Brown Bag Lunch: Social Media for Nonprofits and Small Businesses, April 29

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:00am

The next Brown Bag Lunch presentation will be "Social Media for Nonprofits and Small Businesses."  WTIP North Shore Morning host Joe Detrick spoke with Molly Solberg, director of sales and marketing at Duluth Pack, about how nonprofits and small businesses can optimize their use of social media platforms.

The Social Media Brown Bag Lunch presentation will be on Tuesday, April 29th from 11am to 1pm at Higher Ed, 300 West 3rd Street, Grand Marais.  Please RSVP at 218-387-3411.

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May 3 Ham Run is on, rain or shine--or snow!

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 5:16pm

It's been a winter to remember on the Gunflint Trail this year – we've received record-breaking snowfall and it seems like it will never end. But whether there is snow in the ditches or a patch of ice on the road, the Ham Run will happen on Saturday, May 3.

The first thing you may have noticed about this year's Ham Run half-marathon is it is on a Saturday rather than a Sunday because a majority of past participants preferred a Saturday race over a Sunday race. Organizers listened and made the change.

Not in good enough shape to run the half-marathon this year? Then run, jog or walk the 5k.  The Gunflint Trail is always a great place to visit and combine that with getting some exercise in the great outdoors and you can't go wrong with participating in the Ham Run.

Also this year, the majority of the proceeds will go to the new Cook County YMCA, rather than to various local nonprofits.

To register, visit or call (218) 387-3386.

Green Step Cities Meeting, Monday April 28

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 3:01pm

GreenStep Cities is a voluntary challenge, assistance, and recognition program to help Minnesota cities achieve  sustainability and quality-of-life goals.  Northshore Morning host Matthew Brown learns more in this interview with George Wilkes, Co-Chair of Minnesota Green Step in Grand Marais.

Everyone is invited to a Green Step Cities meeting Monday April 28th at 7pm at the Cook County Community Center.  

CCLEP and the Grand Marais City Council will present this program to the community and receive feedback about plans that should be pursued in regards to sustainable savings and hear about great things Grand Marais is already doing in planning for a more sustainable 21st century.  Participants can informally vote and discuss these issues.  

More information from George at 387-2137 or online at


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Learn more about affordable housing options?

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 8:36am

Affordable housing is a growing concern in Cook County, and there will be an informational meeting to provide assistance for potential home-buyers.  WTIP host Joe Detrick spoke with Abby Tofte, Cook County EDA Advocate, and Andrew Beavers, Lutsen Township Supervisor, about the upcoming affordable housing informational meeting on Tuesday April 29th at 7pm at Lutsen Resort Conference Room.

--Leah Hall, Housing Project Manager for AEOA (Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency),
--Pat Campanaro,  Cook County EDA/SBDC Small Business Consultant,
--Bruce Martinson(Cook County Commissioner)
--Andrew Beavers(Newly Elected Lutsen Township Supervisor) & Abby Hedstrom Tofte(EDA Housing Advocate)

I.    Introductions
II.  Resources for starting a business in Cook County (10 minutes)
          A.  Overview of services - Pat Campanaro
          B.  Handouts
                1. "A Guide To Starting a Business in Minnesota" by Small Business Development Center at UMD's Center
                    for Economic Development
                2.  Info on the Cook County Revolving Loan Fund and other funding sources

III.    Affordable Housing
          A. Go Team Survey  - Highlights on housing
          B. Current availability of housing for ownership- Kim Wolff of Timberwolff Realty
          C. Fradenburg Creek Sites in Schroeder as case study on affordable lots
          D. Potential future availability of land for development into affordable lots
          E. How can AEOA help us in Cook County- Leah Hall
                 1.  Assist buyers of existing homes with down payment, financing and mortgage payments
                 2.  Assist Cook County/West end in developing affordable lots
          F. Input from attendees
                 1.  What has been your experience in finding affordable home ownership on the West end of Cook County?
                 2.  What has been the greatest barrier keeping you from buying a home or land in Cook County?
                 3.  Are you looking for an affordable existing structure?   If yes, what is your price range?
                 4.  Are you looking for a low priced build-able lot? If yes, what is your price range?
                 5.  What size property are you interested in buying or building a structure on?
                 6.  What is the maximum distance you are willing to drive or carpool from your home to work?


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"The Typist" documents experience of a Minnesota soldier at the Nuremberg Trials

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:13pm

The life and work of Larry Tillemans of Sartell, MN, believed to be the last living clerk-typist at the Nuremberg Trials, is the subject of a new documentary film. 

Public screenings of the film ‘The Typist’ are scheduled in Duluth and Silver Bay this weekend.  The subject of this documentary, Larry Tillemans, is believed to be the last living clerk-typist at the Nuremberg Trials.  David Klassen, one of the producers of the film, spoke with WTIP's Ann Possis on North Shore Morning.   

The film will be shown at 7 pm on Saturday, April 26 at Temple Israel (1602 East 2nd St., Duluth) and 2 pm on Sunday, April 27 at William
Kelley High School Auditorium in Silver Bay.

(Photo by Marion Doss on Flickr)

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