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Weekend News Roundup for October 18

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:17am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top news stories. Climate change, wolf populations, lynx critical habitat, and a new dog sled race…all figured in this week’s news.


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Lutsen Mountain Ski Patrol training day, October 25

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:08pm

The Lutsen Mountain Ski Patrol is preparing for a new season, and that involves training for new and returning volunteers.  North Shore Morning host Sherrie Lindskog  spoke with veteran ski patrol member Mark Abrahamson on North Shore Morning.
National Ski Patrol at Lutsen Mountains Wants You !
Educational and Training Opportunties for all 16 years and older

  • The Patrol provdes on the mountain safety, stabalization and treatment of injuries and medical conditions, and transport to skiiers and snowboarders at Lutsen Mountains, one of the best ski areas in the Midwest.
  • Benefits: Pass benefits for the Patroller include options for additional passes or season passes for family members under the age of 18, living at home.
  • Additional benefits: include discounts and the wonderful camraderie of a great family of Patrollers. It gets you outside and on the slopes all winter.
  • The Outdoor Emergency Care Course on-line version will be starting in the next month, taught by Mark Abrahamson and National Ski Patrol instructors. Skills and scenario training will occur on the mountain this winter. In addition the Patrol has skilled trainers for ski skills and toboggan handling.
  • To learn more please consdier attending our Annual Training session "Referesher" Saturdy October 25th at the Lutsen Mounatins Main Chalet "Rosies" at 7:30 . Breakfast and lunch are on us. You will meet the Patrol and get a taste of who we are and what we do. We love doing it and you could too.!

For more information please contact Mark Abrahamson at or 218-387-1125.



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WTIP’s Open House Welcomes New Volunteers

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:53am

WTIP North Shore Community Radio has a variety of opportunities for community members to get involved by becoming an on –air host or working behind the scenes at the local community radio station.

A new volunteer open house will take place at WTIP from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22nd. It is an opportunity to learn more about current volunteer openings at the local radio station, including public affairs program hosts and various music program hosts. WTIP staff will be on hand to discuss the opportunities, learn more about volunteer interests, and explain the process of becoming a trained host or co-host.

Volunteers are the backbone of WTIP and have helped make the station’s 16 years of service possible. Volunteering is an important and rewarding experience, through which community members can learn new skills, connect with others, and contribute to an essential community resource.

Everyone interested in becoming a volunteer or who would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at WTIP is invited to stop by 1712 West Highway 61 between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22nd. For more information, please call the station at 387-1070 or email Matthew Brown at:  

Moose Madness hits Grand Marais

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 9:39am

Although the moose, Alces alces, is likely one of the most awkward looking animals in North America, it is also arguably one of the most beloved. Visitors come from far and wide to travel the forested roads of Northern Minnesota to try to spot the gangly creatures. Now is the best time to try to spot a moose, since it is rut season and they are on the move. But if you don’t spot a moose on your backwoods treks don’t despair.

The Moose Madness Festival in Cook County, Friday – Sunday, October 17 -19, celebrates the elusive behemoths with a great variety of fun family activities.

“Moose Central” is in downtown Grand Marais—in the newly renovated Cook County Tourist Information Center at 116 West Highway 61 (next to the Grand Marais Dairy Queen.) That’s the place to stop to get all the information about all the moose themed activities taking place during Moose Madness 2014.

But the action doesn’t just take place there. All of Grand Marais and beyond gets a little mad about moose, offering moose art projects, Count-the-Moose-Droppings contests, moose story times, a moose word scavenger hunt, geocaching and letterboxing, book signings and the 4th Annual Moose Mosey on the Grand Marais waterfront.

A highlight for the little ones is a visit from the Lake Superior Zoomobile, sponsored by East Bay Suites at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 17. Meet the zoo’s outreach animals—chinchillas, hedgehogs, tortoises, snakes, bugs and birds.

Throughout the weekend, look for the Moose Madness mascot Murray. You never know where you’ll spot the friendly moose. New this year is Moose-A-Zumba under the tent in Harbor Park. You will see Murray there, showing off his “mooooves” with the Cook County YMCA.

Don’t miss the madness. Check out the full list of activities and schedule at


History of accordian--and some lively music--offered at Grand Marais Public Library Saturday

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 9:36am

Join musician Mario Cianflone as he presents “History and Music of the Accordian” at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Grand Marais Public Library.

Maestro Mario will share the history of the accordion, special musical effects such as the "musette" sound, and perform a variety of musical styles demonstrating the versatility and rich sound of the instrument.

Cianflone moved from Amato, Italy to Canada as a young child and then moved to the U.S. to study the accordion at the University of Minnesota with the famous Larry Malmberg. Cianflone went on to complete an M.A. in music theory and composition at the University of Minnesota along with his Ph.D.

In his 20s Cianflone created and arranged for a 24-voice all-accordion orchestra in Canada, and has become a specialist in Argentinian Tango and Parisian music as well as classical and Italian styles. Cianflone has become a brilliant composer and arranger and most recently has arranged historical Italian literature for Dino Dilaberti. 

This program is free and sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System, funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Plans for park at Father Baraga Cross to be posted for public

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 9:34am

A lot of work has been done by a Schroeder Township Task Force over the last couple of years to create a design plan for the park adjacent to Father Baraga Cross on Lake Superior. Park planning facilitator Greg Miron, who took over that task from Jim Norvell who has since moved from the area, presented the final plan created by landscape architect C.J. Fernandez to the town board at the October 14, 2014 meeting.

The plan calls for a pavilion with a low roof so nearby residents wouldn’t have their view of the lake obstructed; new green space; parking moved from the lake up the hill to allow re-sloping and better drainage to mitigate storm water run-off; two picnic tables; some boulders near the shore to help control erosion; a low rock wall and lots of shrubs and bushes.

Miron said the goal of improving the park is to increase its visibility, usability and make it more environmentally friendly.

Town meetings have been held to get input from residents, and Fernandez was hired to make schematic drawings using those suggestions. Fernandez unveiled a first set of drawings at last winter’s annual meeting in March and while residents were impressed, they told supervisors they were leery about using town money to pay for park improvements.

Schroeder resident Charlie Muggley asked how much it would cost to make the improvements—and who would pay for it.

Miron said the estimated costs are $700,000 to $800,000, but added that may change if an engineer were hired to come up with an estimate. Miron also said improvements would probably be made over a long period of time and therefore the costs would be spread out.