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City supports mountain bike trails designation

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:09am

The city has signed on to support regional trail designation for the county. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.


Northwoods Fiber Guild exhibit "Through Our Hands" opens June 26

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 12:35pm

The Northwoods Fiber Guild (NFG) is pleased to announce an exhibition of fiber works entitled Through Our Hands IV.  The exhibit will open at the Johnson Heritage Post gallery in Grand Marais on June 26 and run through July 19.                                                            

The show will feature a variety of fiber art by NFG members – all local artists and artisans who live along the North Shore and Thunder Bay. The selection of fiber works include weaving, knitting, felting, quilts, paper, beadwork, jewelry, baskets, wood carving, clothing, accessories, sculpture, wall hangings, rugs, gifts and other mixed media. Most of the art work will be for sale. An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 26 from 5-7 p.m. at the JHP gallery. This is the guild’s fourth exhibition at the JHP, and as in past years there will be plenty to ooh and aah about – from incredible fiber wonders to tasty hors d'oeuvres. NFG president, Anne Hegg stated, “We are excited about our upcoming show, Through Our Hands IV. It is one of the many ways we are always sharing our love of fiber with each other and the wider community.”                       

Committee to recommend changes to ATV use on parts of Gunflint Trail

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:16am

A study committee will recommend new ATV uses for parts of the Gunflint Trail.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Sheriff Pat Eliasen about recommendations for the next county board meeting.


Rep. David Dill recaps the Legislature's main and special sessions

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:16am

Rep. David Dill (DFL--District 3A looks back on the full legislative session and the special session. Dill answers critics by claiming the legislators did their jobs and passed all the bills they needed to, but the governor exercised his veto power, resulting in a special session. In addition to the budget, he talks about energy legislation and the lack of a transportation bill.


Variety of summer activities offered at North House Folk School

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 3:38pm

The next few months will offer lots of events and activites at North House Folk School. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with the Folk School's Matt Nesheim on North Shore Morning. 


"Ales for ALS" at Voyageur Brewing Company in Grand Marais

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 1:37pm

Voyageur Brewing Company is one of fewer than 80 breweries in the nation to participate in “Ales for ALS,” a special opportunity that allows breweries to donate $1 per pint of ale sold to the ALS Therapy Development Institute.

Each participant was given a special blend of experimental hops donated by B.T. Loftus Ranches and Hopunion. Using those hops Voyageur brewer Jason Baumgarth created a summer ale with notes of citrus, tropical fruit and pine.

 “Ales for ALS” is a unique craft brewery-based fundraising initiative created to accelerate drug development for people living with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

One of the owners of Voyageur Brewing Company had an aunt pass away from ALS. Cara Sporn said, “We’re proud to be participating in this fundraiser. I lost my Aunt Ruth to this debilitating disease in 2011 and whatever we can do to help find a cure for ALS is an honor.”

 Participating brewers release their limited edition beer sometime during June or July. Voyageur is releasing its in the taproom on June 23. The special blend will only be available for a short time due to the limited amount of hops provided.

 Voyageur Brewing Company is a production brewery in Grand Marais that opened in February 2015.


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