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Birthdays celebrated at North Shore Care Center April 8

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 11:07am

The monthly birthday party will be held on Wednesday, April 8 to honor Trudy Boyd and Delores McLean. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. along with classic piano music by Doug Sanders.

There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information about our volunteer program, upcoming activities, and 50th Anniversary events, please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or visit the website:  


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Planning & Zoning to continue talks with septic installers April 8

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 11:06am

Planning & Zoning Director Tim Nelson acknowledges that there have been frustrations between landowners, septic installers and the county.

A big complaint has been that Cook County has stricter rules in place than other counties.

Nelson said that is not necessarily true. He said, “In most ways we’re right in line with other counties.  In a survey amongst counties to see who is doing what, we found out that even Lake County, for example, has some provisions that are actually more restrictive than we are.” 

What is true, Nelson said, is that Cook County has very difficult terrain and topography, often with very little soil for contractors to work with.

Nelson said, “Any time you regulate what people can or can’t do on their property, there will always be some tension, and finding the proper balance between property rights, state imposed regulations and environmental concerns is always a challenge, and can be a very emotional issue.

Nelson will host another meeting for the septic installers on April 8 at 2:30 p.m. the courthouse to continue to work on septic ordinance amendments that will improve the process for everyone.


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'Technology and Nonprofits' is April 8 Brown Bag Lunch topic

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:29am

"Technology and Nonprofits" will be this week's topic at Brown Bag Lunch Wednesday, hosted by the Cook County Community Fund in partnership with Cook County Higher Education. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with computer programmer, Woody Gilk, on North Shore Morning.

"Technology and Nonprofits"

Common needs and solutions to website development, online marketing, and communication will be presented. The discussion will be led by Woody Gilk, a local computer programmer who provides technical assistance to local non-profits who are developing their online presence.

This is the 2nd presentation of our Spring Brown Bag Series for local non-profits brought to you by Cook County Community Fund in collaboration with Cook County Higher Education.

RSVP would be appreciated:
Bring your lunch -- desserts and beverages will be provided
Wednesday, April 8th from 11:30 - 1:00pm
Cook County Higher Education
300 3rd St, Grand Marais, MN 55604


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15th Annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend starts April 10

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 4:12pm

This weekend’s 5th annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend offers fiddle and guitar workshops, and a Saturday concert. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with guitarist Gordon Thorne on North Shore Morning.

The Fingerstyle Masters Weekend kicks off Friday, April 10, with an informal evening of blues, swing, and old-timey American music in the Bluefin Grille. Workshops are Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m., and offer a variety of fingerstyle guitar and fiddle instruction.

The event caps off Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a concert featuring world-renowned guitarist Mike Dowling and friends in the upper room of the Bluefin Grille.

Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the events as part of the Fingerstyle Masters Weekend. Pre-registration for the workshops is requested and concert tickets may be reserved by contacting Gordon Thorne at 218-353-7308 or email

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Lutsen looks at expanding township boundaries

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 2:43pm

At the Tuesday, March 17 Lutsen Town Meeting, Supervisor Andrew Beavers said he has continued to explore the possibility of expanding Lutsen’s boundaries. He said County Auditor Braidy Powers said it is a matter of getting the people in the area to be included in the township, instead of Lutsen’s unorganized territory, to sign a petition. Auditor Powers told him it is then a matter of having the township border lines redrawn, which the county could help with.

Beavers said a “hiccup” in the petition process is that there may not be 20 or more registered voters in the area to be added to the Lutsen town borders as previously discussed, which was the Deeryard Lake area. However, he said he has heard from some residents on Cascade Beach Road who also want to be included in the township proper and the petition could include them as well. Supervisor Larry McNeally said, “It seems like there is a whole unorganized territory between Lutsen and Grand Marais that could be up for grabs.”

Fire Chief Paul Goettl noted that these property owners are already in the Lutsen fire district. “So they are paying to support the fire department already,” he said.

Supervisor Beavers said, “Yes, this would just give them the opportunity to vote in township elections.”

The board agreed to pursue the boundary change and Clerk Amity Goettl said she would ask the county’s GIS specialist Kyle Oberg if he could create some maps to give the board the chance to compare the current township boundary, the fire district boundary and the potential changes.


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City supports North Shore Hospital grant application for expansion

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 2:41pm

At the request of the Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center, Grand Marais city councilors agreed March 25, 2015 to support a grant application for $350,000 from the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board in support of the hospital’s proposed $24 million expansion and renovation project.

Kimber Wraalstad, hospital administrator, explained that the council’s action is necessary because awards through the state agency’s Development Infrastructure Grant Program are made only to cities. If received, the funds would be used toward the cost of earthwork, utilities infrastructure including electrical, sewer and water services, and other exterior improvements such as asphalt and concrete work.

Wraalstad stressed that there is no financial commitment on the part of the city in submitting the grant; the city will act only as a pass-through and all of the construction will be performed and supervised by the hospital and its building contractor.

Wraalstad and hospital maintenance director Rory Smith gave an extensive presentation on the 50-year-old facility’s history and subsequent renovations. Wraalstad said serious talks about the pending project began in 2010 and were mostly sparked by a need for more space and privacy due to changing demographics and regulations governing health-care facilities. Currently there are 37 beds in the care center and 16 in the hospital.

Council voted unanimously to submit the application on behalf of the hospital with approval of a resolution. A grant agreement between the state and the city that will require the city to publicly bid the portion of the project funded by the grant and pay the contractors will also be required if the city wins the funding.

For more information:
Call: 218-353-7308