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Typical June weather, some sun and some rain

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 11:21am
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Cooler temps and on and off rain forecast for the front of this week.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Dean Melde (Mel-dee).

 

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Search continues for drowning victim at Temperance River

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 11:04am

Search continues for drowning victim at Temperance River

The name of the young man presumed drowned at Temperance River in Tofte has been released. The victim has been identified as Alec Paul Bertil Lawrenz, 18, of Wayzata, Minnesota. Lawrenz was camping at Temperance River State Park with a group of friends.

At approximately 6:34 p.m. on June 11, Cook County Law Enforcement received a 9-1-1 call reporting that “a kid fell into the gorge at Temperance River State Park.”

Cook County Deputies, Minnesota State Patrol, Tofte and Schroeder First Responders, Cook County Search and Rescue, Cook County Ambulance, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Border Patrol responded to the scene. It was discovered that Lawrenz was swimming when he went through the strong current under a bridge and did not resurface.

Search efforts lasted until dark on June 11 and resumed on June 12 and again today. Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen said efforts to recover the body have been hampered by the strong river current, limited visibility under the water and the presence of debris. Sheriff Eliasen said the river bottom in this area ranges from 3-10 feet in depth and there are trees, rocks and concrete containing remnant of re-bar making any dragging efforts problematic. Weather and the subsequent rising of water levels in the river have also impeded recovery efforts.

Cook County Search and Rescue is being assisted by Itasca County Search and Rescue, as well as St. Louis County Search and Rescue. Divers have been ruled out so far due to the dangerous conditions of current and debris. Side scan sonar will be utilized today to get a better picture of the river bottom and assist in location of the body.

Aide from Congressman Rick Nolan's office to visit Tuesday

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 11:02am

Mark Privratsky of Congressman Rick Nolan’s office will be in town on June 14 for a "Congress Comes to You" meeting.

If you're having a problem with a federal agency or program like Medicare, Social Security or Vets Benefits, they want to help. If you have an idea or an opinion on an issue before Congress, come to the Cook County Senior Center and talk with Privratsky on Tuesday, June 14 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

Top honor given to Split Rock lighthouse keeper

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 8:26am
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The manager of Split Rock Lighthouse along the North Shore was presented with a prestigious award recently. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs spoke with the manager of Split Rock Lighthouse, Lee Radzak. 
 

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Search for swimmer under way at Temperance River

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 7:23am

A search is under way at Temperance River in Tofte for a young man who disappeared while swimming in the river yesterday.

At approximately 6:34 p.m. on June 11, Cook County Law Enforcement received a 9-1-1 call reporting that “a kid fell into the gorge at Temperance River State Park.”

 Cook County Deputies, Minnesota State Patrol, Tofte and Schroeder First Responders, Cook County Search and Rescue, Cook County Ambulance, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Border Patrol responded to the scene. It was discovered that a young adult swimmer went through the strong current under a bridge and did not resurface.

 Search efforts lasted until dark and have resumed this morning. 

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is unable to release any further information at this time.

The scenic, but deadly, Temperance River has been the site of many drownings. On August 2, 2013, Pavel Shtrefleng of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, was swimming in a pool just below the bridge when, according to witnesses, he got caught in the current and was pulled under. On July 4, 2009, a 45-year-old man from Ramsey, Minnesota was swept away in the current while swimming. In 2008, two young women, 17 and 22, from Maple Grove, Minnesota perished after being swept away by the current in a popular wading spot further up the river. In 2001, a 22-year-old hiker from Finland, Minnesota died after falling in the river. In 2000, a 50-year-old Wisconsin man drowned while saving his eight-year-old son. Another father, 48, from Remer, Minnesota drowned while rescuing his 12-year-old daughter. In 1996, a 14-year-old boy from Crystal, Minnesota drowned after diving at one of Temperance’s waterfalls

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

Learn the "backstage magic" at Grand Marais Playhouse June 13

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 7:22am

Have you ever wondered how all the magic happens during Grand Marais Playhouse productions? Ever wanted to help create it?

The public is invited to stop by Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts to find out more about "backstage"-- all the areas of production for our summer performances. The Grand Marais Playhouse needs people to help assemble the set; paint and decorate it; hang and focus lights; create sound cues; create ghoulish makeup; style hair; build, find and alter costumes; and to act as backstage crew.

The production crew is an essential part of every show and they have fun doing it, said Playhouse Director Sue Hennessy.

Hennessy said volunteers  can schedule their own time. "Help a little or help a lot," said Playhouse Director Sue Hennessy, "Come check it out."

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

 

 

WTIP Weekend News Roundup for June 11

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 10:25am
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Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Lake Superior shipping news, fire at Hedstrom’s and ISD166 sets its financial goals…all this and more in the week’s news.

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Cook County ATV Club invites all to first ride of the season & Kick Off Party at Trail Center

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 1:59pm

The Cook County ATV Club invites the public to join the club at its Summer Kick Off Ride and Party on Saturday, June 11.

ATV riders will meet at the old airfield at Devil Track Lake in Grand Marais (by the former Landing restaurant) at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 11 to ride to Trail Center.

All others are encouraged to stop by and visit with the ATV Club at Trail Center starting at noon to check out our party tent. Renew your membership and you could win the grand prize, two tickets for the Towering Pines Canopy Tour at Gunflint Lodge! 

There will be raffle drawings, a chance to break the “unbreakable” piñata and lots of visiting with friends.

Members and friends are invited to enjoy lunch on their own at Trail Center, Hungry Jack Lodge, Windigo Lodge, or Dancing Bear Café.

Cook County ATV Club President Mickey Brazell says, “Come celebrate summer with us!”

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

Outdoor skills program offered at Gunflint Lodge

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 1:55pm

A three-day outdoors skills program for families with teens and college-age kids will be offered this summer through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at Gunflint Lodge.

Designed to provide introductory experiences, the program includes sessions on fishing, canoeing, outdoor survival skills and other activities, including horseback riding and zip-lining.

“Minnesota’s outdoors have so much to offer,” said Linda Bylander, DNR Becoming an Outdoors Woman coordinator. “This program aims to give families the skills they need to enjoy the state’s lakes, forests and more.”

Bylander said the focus on older youth and young adults reflects the fact that many young adults do not fish or hunt, and as a result their children are less likely to. “Families that learn skills together tend to apply them together in the future,” she said.

The program from Friday, June 24, to Monday, June 27, is based at Gunflint Lodge up the Gunflint Trail. Costs for the program range from $600 to $700 per family and registration is required. Each family will stay in a deluxe cabin at Gunflint Lodge.

For more information or to register, contact Bylander at linda.bylander@state.mn.us or 218-203-4347.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

 

Solar panels find a welcome home on co-op's roof in Grand Marais

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 11:42am
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There are some new additions to the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op. And they come in the form of solar panels. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs spoke with Jennifer Stolz from the Co-op about the new solar panels. 
 

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A reporter and a chef join Dave and Amy Freeman in the Boundary Waters

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 9:22am
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WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs and Chef Lukas Leaf recently joined Dave and Amy Freeman at their camp on Rush Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

This is a story about what it’s like to camp with the Freemans in the BWCAW. 
 

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Library Friends seeks book donations

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:48am

When you make a donation to Library Friends of Cook County, your donation contributes to a winning triple play. Donors declutter, profit from the sale helps support the Grand Marais Public Library and local school libraries and finally, another person gains a new reading experience. 

There is a major caveat—Library Friends need your gently used books, CDs and DVDs by Friday, June 17 in order to sort books for the annual sale Fisherman’s Picnic Used Book Sale August 4-6.

Library Friends can only accept the “gently used” for resale.   Because the following items don't sell well—textbooks, Reader's Digest condensed books, moldy or musty books, and tape cassettes—Library Friends must recycle or dispose of them.  Because the sale advertises “books for everyone,” Library Friends seeks categories ranging from art to wildlife, fiction and nonfiction, and children's literature to healthy aging books.

Please deliver your donations to one of the Library employees by June 17 for inclusion in this year's sale.  If delivery is a problem for you, call Mary Sanders at (218) 387-1729 or email her at msanders@boreal.org to arrange a pick-up of your donation.

Sanders said, “Library Friends thanks you for your support and looks forward to your attendance at the annual book sale!”

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

 

Art 'Round Town invites votes in banner design contest June 10

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:46am

Art ’Round Town, in collaboration with the Grand Marais City Council and the Cook County Community Foundation, is sponsoring a design contest for new banners for the downtown light posts – and residents will have a chance to vote for their favorite designs.

Ann Mershon explained that many artists have submitted designs, and four will be selected to be screen printed and hung on the light posts, adding yet another artistic flair to the community. “Help us choose the best designs to represent our community,” she said.

Designs will be on display in the upstairs of Betsy Bowen’s Studio, 301 First Ave. West, on Friday, June 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitors to the art show of submitted designs are invited to vote on their favorites and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. (Donations are requested at the door.) Voting will continue through the weekend, and the Art ’Round Town board will announce the winners on Monday, June 12.

Art ’Round Town is a nonprofit organization celebrating public art through chronicling its past and facilitating its creation and preservation.

For more information contact Ann Mershon at (218) 387-2245, or amershon@boreal.org.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

Fire reported at Hedstrom Lumber

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:14am
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A fire was reported Wednesday at Hedstrom Lumber Company at approximately 2 p.m. This is the third fire at the local lumber company in the past month. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs has this report.

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Summery weather in the forecast for this weekend

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:39am
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Temperatures could get up into the high 70’s this weekend and the weather will feel more like early summer than in recent weeks.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Geoff Grochocinski (Jeff Grow-cho-sin-ski).

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