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Forkhorn Summer Youth Camp provides outdoor experience for area youth

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:50am

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association sponsors a summer camp experience for youth ages 11 to 17. WTIP volunteer Joey Detrick spoke with Nate Sheils, member of the local Arrowhead Chapter of the MDHA, on North Shore Morning.

To learn more about Forkhorn Camp scholarships, contact Orvis Lunke by phone at 370-1200.

For more information on the MDHA annual banquet, contact Nate Sheils at 370-1344.

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Easter bunny and Egg Hunt at Community Center Saturday

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:12am

Neither rain nor snow can stop the fun at the 6th annual Easter Egg Fundraiser on Saturday, April 4 at the Cook County Community Center and 4H Log Cabin in Grand Marais. If it’s cold, bundle up. If it’s raining, grab an umbrella. Just don’t miss the fun!

Youth activities and visits with the Easter Bunny are from 9 a.m. to noon. An Easter egg hunt will take place at 10 a.m. and a Scavenger Hunt is at 10:30 a.m.

There are refreshments and snacks, a cake/dessert walk and much more.

Raffle tickets are on sale now for the Kids Plus Easter Raffle. There are fabulous prizes. Tickets are $3 and can be found at several locations around the county or from Kids Plus board members. The drawing will be held at the Easter Event and you don’t have to be present to win.

The event is $5 per child or $10 per family. Rain or shine, the celebration is on—grab your Easter basket and join the fun.


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Community Crosswalk and worship to be held on Good Friday

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:11am

The annual Community Crosswalk, an outdoor processional service of worship, remembrance, and prayer, commences at 6:00 p.m. on Good Friday, April 3. The procession will begin and end at St. John’s Catholic Church at 10 East 5th Street in Grand Marais.

Participants will gather and walk, bearing the cross, from church to church, stopping to offer prayer and blessings for each congregation. In addition, the procession will pause on the eastern edge of Grand Marais to offer prayers for churches on the east end of the county and on the west side of town to pray for the members of West End churches.

The Community Good Friday service will be held at the St. John’s Catholic Church at 7:00 p.m. Father Seamus Walsh will be preaching. Reverend Mary Ellen Ashcroft will lead the service.

Community members are encouraged to join the Cross Walk at any point along the route or to gather at St. John’s just before 7:00 p.m. all are welcome.


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Annual Kids Plus Easter Egg Fundraiser, April 4

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:52pm

This Saturday is the annual Easter Egg fundraiser, held at the Community Center in Grand Marais. WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson spoke with Diane Booth about this event on North Shore Morning. 

Kids Plus hosts its 6th Annual Easter Egg Fundraiser on Saturday, April 4, at the Cook County Community Center and 4H Log Cabin in Grand Marais. Activities include a visit from the Easter Bunny from 9 am to noon, Easter egg hunt at 10 am, scavenger hunt at 10:30 am, raffle, dessert walk, and refreshments. 

(Photo courtesy of Lynda Giddens on Flickr)

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Strange bird sighted near Grand Marais

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:20pm

The Cook County News-Herald received the following report from a bird watcher:

On March 29, while driving along Highway 61 near Five Mile Rock, east of Grand Marais, I saw a long-legged bird walking along the Lake Superior shore. At first glance, I thought it might be an early returning migrant Great Blue Heron. I parked on the road shoulder to get a better look at it. On approaching, I saw the body form and legs resembled a flamingo, but the colors of it feathers were similar to those of a mallard duck in breeding plumage.

The blue speculum of the wing, bordered with white was evident. I tried to get an extreme close-up photograph but the bird easily kept ahead of me. Suddenly a grey wolf ran across Highway 61, dashed across the narrow beach, grabbed the bird by the neck, and shook it violently. When bird’s brief struggle ceased, the wolf saw me, dashed back across the highway and disappeared into the brush with its unusual prey.

I reported this bizarre sighting to ornithologists at UMD and members of the Audubon Society. To say the least, they were skeptical, one said “Could be, could be...but, I doubt it.” 

A Minnesota DNR biologist from the St. Paul office was excited by my report and suggested the unusual bird may be result of hybridization of a female flamingo (Pheonicopterus ruber) and a male mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos). The biologist speculated that perhaps more than one might have migrated, likely from Florida. She recommended that any additional sightings should be first and immediately reported to local DNR conservation officers or wildlife personnel in Grand Marais or Two Harbors.

If other specimens are found and captured, I suggest its common name be either “Mallamingo” or “Flamallard.”  If it is determined to a new species, perhaps Anascopterus fulvurhynchus rybergi could be recognized as the scientific name.

MnDOT to microsurface Highway 61 on east end of county this summer

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:18am

Todd Campbell, MnDOT District l assistant district engineer, gave an update on future Cook County road project and addressed commissioners concerns about the condition of Highway 61 in the Grand Portage area.

With no road overlay scheduled until 2022 for the Grand Portage area, commissioners recently wrote to MnDOT requesting that it review that deteriorating section of highway.

Campbell said he had taken a ride to Grand Portage on March 6 for a meeting and he saw and felt the bumpy road. He said he saw (and felt) firsthand how tenting has impacted the ride of the pavement along Highway 61 from Grand Marais to the Canadian border.

Tenting occurs when water freezes in cracks, lifting the pavement. This phenomenon doesn’t happen every winter, said Campbell, but occurs in warmer years when there are more rain events or freeze thaw cycles.

To alleviate some of the deterioration, Campbell said this summer MnDOT would lay a thin coating of tar [called micro-surfacing] from near Reservation River to the Canadian border, a stretch of five miles that is in especially bad shape. That work should help smooth the ride and alleviate the tenting until an overlay project is done in 2022, he said.

He said, “Additionally, MnDOT maintenance crews from Grand Marais have patching and joint mastic sealing on their work plan for the corridor between Grand Marais and the Canadian border,’ said Campbell.


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