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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for April 23

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 10:47am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. The Interior Secretary warns about development near the wilderness. County Board members get information disclosure request and wolves are in trouble on Isle Royale…all this and more in the week’s news.


Townships Association again offers scholarships

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:57pm

The Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) will again offer a township scholarship program for Minnesota high school juniors. Up to six $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

The Minnesota Association of Townships Scholarship Program is designed to heighten awareness among young people about Minnesota's grassroots township government. The program encourages every high school in the state of Minnesota to offer this opportunity for juniors to participate in this scholarship program.

To enter, students must complete an application form and submit it along with a written essay discussing this year's topic, which is: Throughout its history the United States has adopted policies which took advantage of major technological advances that led to prosperity as a nation. In the 19th century it was the development of canals and a national railroad system. In the 20th century it was rural electrification and the national highway system. Today, high speed broadband Internet access is as vital as phones, electricity and roads. Those without this access, particularly people in rural areas, are left stranded on the wrong side of the digital divide. Describe ways in which broadband Internet access improves the lives of rural residents. What challenges exist in providing broadband Internet in rural areas? And what policies should governments at all levels, (federal, state, and local) adopt to ensure that regardless of geographic location all Americans have equal access to broadband Internet?

Essays must be between 450 and 500 words, and must be typed with double spacing. Applicants should not name themselves, their school, their town or city, or their local officials in the essay.

Young artists encouraged to apply for Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:28pm

The Grand Marais Art Colony and Leah Thomas are pleased to announce the second year of the Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award, in memory of Leah’s brother Eric (1956 - 2013). This annual scholarship provides full tuition and cost of materials for a young Cook County artist to attend a Grand Marais Art Colony class of their choice.

Cook County high school students who are completing their sophomore or junior year, or in the equivalent home school program, are eligible to apply.  The winning scholarship recipient will demonstrate clear artistic interest, originality, and motivation.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience art-making from a new art instructor in a situation other than high school. Students can take something totally new to them or improve on skills already acquired.  Last year’s recipient, Isabel Wahlers, had the opportunity to strengthen her drawing skills by taking the class Drawing Through History with instructor Jeff Niesen,” said high school Art Teacher Mary MacDonald.

Applications are now available and must be submitted by April 23.  More information and applications are available from the Art Colony or Mary MacDonald. The scholarship will be presented at the spring ISD 166 award ceremony.

In addition to this new scholarship, the Art Colony offers youth and financial need-based scholarships available so that everyone in Cook County has the opportunity to access artistic education.

Contributions may be made to this scholarship fund by contacting the Art Colony at 218-387-2737 or


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Local youths lead group picking up trash on Lake Superior shores

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 1:14pm

Earth Day is on April 22 this year, and in recognition of that a group led by local youths in the community went out to pick up trash on the shores of Lake Superior in Grand Marais. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs has this story about the trash pickup. 


Bear hunt applications available until May 6

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:54am

Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through May 6 wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing license are sold, online at and by telephone at 888-665-4236.

A total of 3,850 licenses are available in 13 permit areas. Bear licenses cost $44 for residents and $230 for nonresidents, and there is a $5 application fee. The season is open from Thursday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 16.

Notification to lottery winners will be made by June 16. The deadline to purchase licenses awarded by lottery will be Monday, Aug. 1. Any remaining unpurchased licenses will be available over the counter starting at noon on Friday, Aug. 5.

An unlimited number of bear licenses will be sold over-the-counter for no-quota areas in east-central and far northwestern Minnesota. No-quota licenses are valid only in a no-quota area. Hunters with a no-quota license can harvest one bear.

Bear license numbers in the quota area have increased from 3,700 last year to 3,850 this year. The increase is the result of increasing permits in areas 45 and 51 where managers have been having increasing bear conflicts. Increasing permits may help address some of those bear conflict issues. In all other areas, bear permit numbers have remained about the same for the last three years in an effort to allow bear population numbers to gradually increase.

Complete information on the fall bear hunt is available on the DNR website at



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School District 166 offers Industrial Tech tours

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:51am

Community members who are curious about what the new Industrial Technology area at Cook County Schools - ISD 166 are encouraged to contact the school to take a look at the spacious new space.

The ground was broken for the new shop area on June 1, 2015 and an open house was held on November 20, 2015 to introduce the new Industrial Tech area to the public. Acting Industrial Arts Instructor Mitch Dorr would like more community members to see the state-of-the-art Industrial Tech capabilities at Cook County Schools.

The expanded space includes garage doors that allow students to being in project vehicles. There are welding booths, grinders, a rebar cutter and more. There is a wide array of woodworking tools. There is a completely separate area for computer design and 3-D printers.

Dorr or his students are available to give tours. If you would like to explore the new Industrial Arts center, contact Dorr at (218) 387-2273.


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