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Join the Senior Center for an overnight stay at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:38am

The Cook County Senior Center has planned an overnight trip to the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino is planned for Monday, March 18. Guests will receive $15 in free slot play and seniors receive two-for-one drink coupons from the Players Club. Spend the evening and the next day; enjoy $5 off your breakfast. The cost for double occupancy is only $12 per person; single occupancy, $24.
For more information or for registration of any of these upcoming trips, stop in or call the Senior Center at 387-2660.

Free tree seedlings offered

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 1:17pm

Hedstrom Lumber Company is once again offering to give away free tree seedlings. White Spruce, White Pine and Norway Pine seedlings are available, and can be mixed and matched in any combination, up to a total of 200 seedlings per person. Anyone interested is asked to send an email to, specifying the number of seedlings and species desired, by April 15. The pick-up date will be May 3, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Everyone is asked to bring their own buckets to haul the seedlings. No seedlings will be held after May 3.

Realtor Steve Bragg receives recognition

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 1:15pm

Congratulations to Steve Bragg of Lutsen for receiving the “Big Hitter Award” at the Calhoun Companies’ award breakfast celebration in Minneapolis on Feb. 13.
This award was given to the three most productive of 21 Calhoun agents servicing the five state area and Steve Bragg came in second.
Calhoun Companies sells only businesses and commercial properties and has been doing this since 1908 and Steve operates the Arrowhead Office working from Ashland WI to Lake of the Woods, MN.

Playhouse practice under way for next play, "First Baptist of Ivy Gap"

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 1:12pm

The Grand Marais Playhouse has begun its 43rd season with rehearsals for First Baptist of Ivy Gap, a poignant comedy by Ron Osborne. The cast includes Adrianna Berglund, Brenna Hay, Cailin Carpenter, Sarah Larsen, Mara MacDonell, and Michaela Peterson. The play is directed by Sue Hennessy with Cy Fortunato as stage manager and Emma Bradley is creating the costumes.
The play is described by Samuel French publishers: “During WWII, six women gather at the church to roll bandages and plan the church's 75th anniversary. Overseeing things is Edith, the pastor's wise-cracking wife who dispenses Red Cross smocks and witty repartee to Luby, whose son is fighting in the Pacific; Mae Ellen, the church's rebellious organist who wants to quit but hasn't the courage; Olene, who dreams of a career in Hollywood; Sammy, a shy newcomer with a secret; and Vera, an influential Baptist with a secret of her own. When Luby learns her son has been wounded, she confounds the others by blaming the vulnerable Sammy.
“Twenty-five years later, our "First Baptist Six" reunite. Back to reconcile with Luby—whose son died of his wounds— is Sammy, whose own son is now in Vietnam; and Olene, whose flashy show business career will set the town on its ear. There to welcome them are Vera, her secret still safe; Mae Ellen, still rebellious and still looking for an escape; and Edith, whose biggest challenge isn't the church's upcoming centennial but revelations that shake relationships formed over a quarter of a century. With humor and pathos, these six very different women find comfort, forgiveness and redemption in each other.”
Performance dates for First Baptist of Ivy Gap are April 25, 26 and 28 and May 2-5, Thursday - Saturday 7 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m.

Join WTIP for our "15 Reasons" Membership Drive March 13 - 18

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:07pm

Listener support helps WTIP maintain and strengthen our services. 
Please support our efforts by becoming a member or renewing your membership!

During our "15 Reasons" Membership Drive, March 13th – 18th we’re celebrating 15 years of community service! In addition to providing all our regular services, we’ll be featuring some special programs and highlights, including:

Live music:
o Timmy Haus Wednesday, March 13 from noon – 1:00 p.m.
o Pete Kavanaugh Thursday, March 14 from noon – 1:00 p.m.
o The Joe Paulik Band Friday, March 15 from noon – 1:00 p.m.
o The Si!vertones during The Roadhouse Friday, March 15
o Mysterious Ways Saturday, March 16 from 3-4
o Pushing Chain Saturday, March 16 from 4-5
o Eric Frost & Bill Hansen Saturday, March 16 from 5-6
o Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund Saturday, March 16 from 6-7
o Gordon Thorne during the Gospel Truth Sunday, March 17
o Yvonne Mills during Women in Music Sunday, March 17
o Chastity Brown during Women in Music Sunday, March 17
o Portage during Classic Country Sunday, March 17 starting at 6

Special Programming:
o Special Youth Radio Project show on Thursday from 5-6
o Special Northern Gardening on Thursday from 7-8
o Special Roadhouse, Small Change, and Boomer Jam on Friday
o Special “15 up-and-coming female musicians” edition of Women in Music
o Special "15 Reasons" themed Swing Session on Sunday

Tune in:
90.7 FM North Shore
90.1 FM Grand Portage
89.1 FM Gunflint Trail

Call in:
387-1070; 1-800-473-9847

Pledge Online


Stop by: 1712 West Highway 61 in Grand Marais

Petitions and protests continue over county attorney

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:17am
Protesters at Cook County Courthouse in Grand Marais - photo by Carah Thomas

It's been three months since Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell became the subject of a restraining order. Since then a petition for a removal election is in the works and protesters have been picketing the courthouse.

The parents of a 17-year-old girl filed paperwork last December claiming Scannell and their daughter had a romantic relationship. The court document states that Scannell harassed the girl, prompting the two-year restraining order.

During a public comment period held prior to a county board meeting last December, county resident Jason Zimmer asked that commissioners call a special session to request Scannell’s resignation. 

According to County Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers, the avenue for removing an elected county official is through a petition of registered voters prompting a removal election. The number required for a removal election in this case is just under 600 names.

Zimmer has initiated a petition, and last week he said it was in the hands of a Twin Cities attorney to get the wording right. The petition must allege specific malfeasance or nonfeasance in the performance of official duties. Only examples of wrongdoing, misconduct or failure to perform a legal duty would apply.

Zimmer said he does not have any names yet because he was advised to make sure the wording is right so that citizens know the reasoning behind the petition. He added, he does “have a huge list of citizens to contact when the petition is ready to be launched.”

As for the protesters, they’ve been gathering at least once a week by the courthouse parking lot with signs calling for Scannell to step down and soliciting “honks” of support.