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Birch Grove invites all to "Dress to Play" open house

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 10:51am

Current, past and potential Birch Grove families and the entire community are invited to join in on the fun at Birch Grove Community School’s “Dress to Play” open house.
The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 and features free grilled hot dogs and beverages; a bouncy house and maze inflatables in the gym; art projects in the outdoor classroom; and s'more-making over a bonfire.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet school staff and board members, ask questions, tour the classrooms, building and outdoor facility.
Registration information for the Saplings Preschool (3-5 years) and the K-5th-grade elementary program will be available as well.
For more information contact the school at (218) 663-0170.

Highway 61 detour begins Aug. 26 near Little Marais, Illigen City in Lake County

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 10:09am

DULUTH, Minn. – Motorists traveling on Hwy 61 near Little Marais and Illigen City will encounter a detour from Monday, August 26 through Friday, August 30. The detour is thirteen-miles-long, on good-quality paved roads and adds approximately ten-minutes to normal travel-time. The detour is necessary as crews install culverts and construct a retaining wall.

·         Motorists traveling south on Highway 61 near Little Marais will be detoured on County Road 6 to Highway 1 and back to Highway 61.

·         Motorists traveling north on Highway 61 near Illigen City will be detoured on Highway 1 to County Road 6 and back to Highway 61.

All businesses will remain accessible. Signs will be posted to direct motorists these businesses. Through-traffic is prohibited.

This project will extend the pavement life of Hwy 61 and improve safety and accessibility.

For more information, visit the project’s website at

For updated travel information on all Minnesota roads, call 511 or click on

Summer takes shape on the Shore

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 11:02am

Summer is late, but great. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Mike Stewart about warm weather and the promise of a mild fall.

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Grand Marais Playhouse offers "Dix Tableaux"

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 7:27am

Summer isn’t over yet and the Playhouse still has one more fantastic production to present!

Dix Tableaux by Mark Dunn will open August 22. According to publisher Samuel French, Inc. Dix Tableaux is the story of friendship between two women in their sixties, played out over 10 years, each year representing another reunion for Beverly Duggins and Addie Spool, participants in a series of annual "tableaux" sponsored by the Museum of Dix, in a small city in the south. Within human diorama settings as simple as a frontier cabin porch or the cow stall of a local dairy barn, and as elaborate as the "Spit and Curl" beauty salon (circa 1930) and the front seat of Thelma and Louise's plummeting convertible, Beverly, the lonely urban professional, and Addie, the down-home pharmacist's assistant, chart the course of each other's lives, while fending off incursions from the officiously bothersome fellow-poser Maureen.

Through the 10 scenes which comprise the play, the two women are forced to endure the constant interruptions of the museum's "promenaders" who "ooh and ah" at the lifelike presentations, offering up their comical comments, both kind and cruel. Though they see one another only one weekend a year, and in spite of their very different backgrounds, Beverly and Addie nurture a growing and abiding friendship. In the end, it becomes the strongest and most sustaining friendship of their lives.

Dix Tableaux is directed by Susan Kelnberger with the cast of Beth Farone, Marcia Hyatt, Janet Healey and the “promenaders” still being determined. Performances are August 22 – 25, 29 and Sept. 1. Thursday - Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Grand Portage Elder program seeking board member candidates

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 7:25am

It is time for the Grand Portage Elder Advisory Board elections. Current board members have been in office for several years. A nominating committee will be asked to contact potential candidates and the election will be held in late September.  Anyone interested in serving is asked to please contact Patty Winchell-Dahl or Marie Spry for more information at (218) 475-2655.

Weekend News Roundup for August 17

Sat, 08/17/2013 - 9:32am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. Emerald ash borers have been found in Superior, Wisconsin. An MPA review of preliminary PolyMet environmental documents is questioned. There’s a dead zone in Lake Michigan and underage drinkers are arrested in a local pit party raid…all in this week’s news.


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