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Volleyball girls go to State!

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 9:33am

The undefeated Cook County volleyball girls head to the state tournament. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with three of the seniors about what makes them such a strong team. The girls face top seeded Faribault Bethlehem Academy at 1 pm Thursday. WTIP will bring you the game live.



Grand Marais parking lot flood issues remain

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 7:48am

Downtown Grand Marais can face flooding issues during heavy rain storms. Some areas of the city feel this worse than others, as WTIP News Reporter Joe Friedrichs found out from city staff and local business owners. 


Planning and preparing for winter safety

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 2:55pm

Late fall has been mild so far, but winter weather isn’t far off. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Mike Keyport about winter preparedness.

(Photo by Martha Marnocha)


"The Art of Practice" with Yvonne Caruthers at Grand Marais Art Colony

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 1:15pm

It’s an old joke: a tourist asks, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” and the New Yorker answers, “Practice, practice, practice.” 

Practicing is second nature to cellist Yvonne Caruthers, who moved to Grand Marais in February 2015, inspired by her visits to Cook County during vacations and by the region’s reputation as a center for artists. Caruthers will give a talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony, The Art of the Practice: The Practice of Art at 7 p.m. Nov. 13.

Caruthers was a member of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1978-2014, performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. under music directors Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, and Christoph Eschenbach. During her years in Washington, Caruthers also lectured widely on musical topics, and she taught dozens of aspiring musicians with a focus on teaching how to practice as well as what to practice. 

Most recently, Caruthers performed In Search of the Perfect G-String, this summer, which was a dramatization of her life as a professional cellist, at Gunflint Lodge and the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. She has also performed in several locations around Grand Marais as part of “First Friday” celebrations and multiple festivals. 

Caruthers will include several musical examples in her program, using them to illustrate The Art of Practice: the Practice of Art. Her talk is tailored for students and practitioners of performing, visual, and literary arts. This event is a Grand Marais Arts Partners collaboration, cohosted by The Grand Marais Arts Colony and the North Shore Music Association. For more information all (218) 387-2737.


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Grand Marais councilors contemplate Cook County tennis court condition

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 1:14pm

A delegation from the Cook County Tennis Association presented information to the Grand Marais City Council on Wednesday, October 28 and made a request for $20,000 as a match to the county’s contribution toward the expected $121,300 cost to reconstruct two tennis courts at the school campus.

Councilors pointed out that the city’s 2016 budget has yet to be finalized, but the $20,000 requested for the tennis courts is about half of what has been set aside for “council priorities” for the entire year.

While council lent its support to the project, no financial commitment was made; a decision will be made at the next budget meeting (as yet unscheduled).


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DNR seeks comments on area lake management plans

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 1:12pm

Management plans for Grand Marais area lakes–some within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA)–will undergo annual review this winter, and citizens can ask questions or submit comments on the draft plans.

“These plans identify specific management activities planned for a lake or stream in the next five to 20 years. Feedback from people interested in these waters is crucial when it comes to making the plans and determining management success,” said Steve Persons, Grand Marais area fisheries supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Comments on lakes within the BWCA will be accepted until Dec. 15. For lakes outside the BWCA, the comment period extends through Feb. 15, 2016.


Preservation of native lake trout populations is the focus for Crooked, Fay, Fern, French, Gillis, Howard, Long Island, Moose, Partridge, Powell, Tuscarora and West Fern lakes, all located inside the BWCA.

Stream trout stocking strategies is the focus of plans for Bench, Bingshick, Unnamed (Little Portage) and Trip lakes. Changes in species, stocking frequency, numbers and size of fish stocked will be considered. Bench and Bingshick lakes are in the BWCA.

The plan for Saganaga Lake will be updated to review walleye stocking to date and review the status of walleye, lake trout, northern pike and smallmouth bass populations.

Management of northern pike fisheries will be addressed in plan revisions for Logger, Ruby and Rudy lakes.

The plan for Mistletoe Lake will be revised to incorporate new survey results and address walleye and northern pike management strategies.

Prune Lake is an unusual lake supporting a population of small black crappie and nothing else. Options for improving this unique fishery will be considered.