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Weekend News Roundup for June 29

Sat, 06/29/2013 - 10:03am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. Increased arrests in the county, bad water beaches in Wisconsin, a former CCHS Vikings player heads to Thunder Bay, water quality, wolves, pets and new courtroom restrictions in St. Louis County…all in this week’s news.


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Co-op opens doors to new store

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 6:18pm
Cook County WholeFoods Co-op, June 26, 2013.

After a year of construction, the Cook County Wholefoods Co-op opened the doors to its brand new 7,100 square foot store in downtown Grand Marais on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.  WTIP's Carah Thomas was there.

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Lutsen 99er riders on the trails tomorrow

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 5:33pm

For the third year, mountain bikers from across the United States and Canada will be in Lutsen to take part in the Lutsen 99er, tackling the topography of the North Shore, riding from the Lake Superior shoreline to the top of the Sawtooth Mountain ridge. The event is tomorrow, Saturday, June 29.

Both the Lutsen 99er and the shorter Lutsen 39er start at Lutsen Mountains. The course takes riders down to Highway 61 and up the Caribou Trail and then into onto forested trails. The climb up the Caribou Trail is no Sunday stroll—the route takes riders up 1,000 feet in about five miles.

The 99er riders then go east and begin a fantastic Category 3 climb. Once over the ridgeline, the course takes advantage of the glacially sculpted terrain, rolling hills, and numerous lakes and streams. This area is the southern range of the boreal forest.

A kids’ race (ages 5 to 13) will also be held on the morning of June 30.

Organizers say, “Bring the entire family and make the Lutsen 99er a family affair in 2013!”

Spectators are encouraged to come out and watch the exciting race, which has grown every year. The event website includes a map of the route so you can pick a scenic spot to watch the action.

The Odd Couple coming to the Playhouse this summer

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 2:16pm

Rehearsals continue for the delightful female version of The Odd Couple by Neil Simon, which will play at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts this summer. The Odd Couple will run July 19, 21, 25, 27 and Aug. 2, 4, 8 and 10. This hilarious comedy is by one of America’s funniest playwrights, Neil Simon. Publisher Samuel French offers the following description of the female version of the play: Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pigeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.
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Portage to perform at North Shore Care Center Saturday

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 2:14pm

The band Portage will perform their classic country music at the North Shore Care Center on the last Saturday of the month on June 29 at 6:30 p.m. Community members are always welcome!
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at North Shore Care Center. For more information please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or go to our website:

Thunderwolves pick up former CCHS player

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 8:48am

In Thunder Bay Ontario, the Lakehead University Thunderwolves women’s basketball team announced Wednesday that they’ve added six-foot post player Essa Jacobsen to their roster for the 2013-14 Ontario University Athletics season.

Jacobsen, a native of Grand Marais, played last season for Mesabi Range Community and Technical Junior College after closing out her high school career with the Cook County Vikings.

The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal reports that Jacobsen was named to the high school all-conference team three times and is also the only player at Cook County High School to record over 1,000 points (1,249) and 1,000 rebounds (1,444) during her career. She is also the all-time shot blocks leader at CCHS.