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John Schroeder Community Fun Daze

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:15am

The annual John Schroeder Community Fun Daze will take place this Saturday, August 15.  The event, in celebration of John Schroeder's contribution to the area, will host food, fun, and history-filled walking tours. North Shore Morning Host Tracy Benson spoke with Suzan From, Director of the Cross River Hertiage Center, about the event.

More information is available at 218-663-7706.


"Back to the Future" celebration of 30 years for Birch Grove Foundation Saturday

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:28am

In July, Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation Executive Director Joan Gardner-Goodno presented Birch Grove Foundation with a “big check” for $25,000 – the largest program and capacity building grant in Birch Grove Foundation’s 30-year history.

Birch Grove Foundation has chosen to celebrate these donation and the other foundation achievements by inviting the public to join them on Aug. 15 from 3-8 p.m. for a “Back to the Future” party. 

This community celebration features an ‘80s retro KidZone, Magic by Chaz, a meal, presentation, and movie featured on the new mega theater screen.

This is sure to be a “Year to Remember” for Birch Grove Foundation as they transition to W.E. Connect, an organization providing a community, recreation, and senior center to the West End.  It is hoped the name change reflects the growing connections between Lutsen, Schroeder, and Tofte township residents and guests.


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"In Search of the Perfect G-String" at Arrowhead Center for the Arts Saturday

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:25am

On Saturday August 15 at 7 p.m. the Playhouse will present In Search of the Perfect G String, a one-woman show written and performed by Yvonne Caruthers.

When asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” how many kids say they want to play the cello in a major orchestra with a famous conductor and travel the world? That’s what happened to cellist Yvonne Caruthers, originally from Spokane, Washington. “I didn’t grow up in a family of musicians, I grew up in a family that went backpacking in the North Cascade Mountains. We skinny-dipped in icy cold lakes, caught fish for breakfast, and watched baby mountain goats frolic in snowfields. No wonder my peers in music school thought I was...different.”

In Search of the Perfect G-String is based on Yvonne’s life experiences, from student days at Tanglewood to great concert halls around the world, interspersed, of course, with countless hours in lonely practice rooms, which also gave her time to speculate on (ahem), ‘personal’ items. This production may not be suitable for all audiences.

In Search of the Perfect G-String debuted at the DC Fringe Festival in 2013, and the Kennedy Center in 2014.

Tickets are $15. Performance is at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

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Grand Marais Park Board and DNR to discuss public water access

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 1:38pm

On August 13 at 2 p.m. in the Grand Marais City Council chambers, the Grand Marais Park Board will be meeting with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to discuss the long proposed public water access project in the Grand Marais Municipal Campground.

Grand Marais Parks Manager Dave Tersteeg said that Joe Russell, DNR Parks and Trails supervisor for the North Shore and Larry Killien, DNR Harbors program coordinator who manages and oversees the state’s Small Craft Harbor and Protected Access Programs on Lake Superior, would be in attendance.

The meeting will center on two big items, Tersteeg said. One: Does the new break wall really have to be accessible for walking? Two: How big should it be?

Tersteeg said the city and park board have been working with the DNR on improvements within the campground to enhance the public’s access to Lake Superior since 2006 when the city had to replace some old docks and began looking at other areas that needed upgrading.

Another part of the public access project includes looking at installing new adjustable floating docks, improving the picnic pavilion area, creating a safe spot for kayakers and canoeists to land, and to build a rest room that meets the Americans with Disabilities Act criteria.


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City considers more orange flags for pedestrian safety

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 1:36pm

On Wednesday, July 29, the Grand Marais City Council heard a report from Community Health Nurse Kristin Wharton on a Health Impact Assessment that had been completed in conjunction with the Highway 61 Redesign Project.

The project recommends things like creation of safer pedestrian crosswalks and improvement of the streets network and pedestrian connectivity.

In a related and more immediate matter, Kay Costello appeared on behalf of herself and Sue Hakes and John Gorski, asking that orange safety flags be put on the corner of Highway 61 and Fifth Avenue West (North House Folk School) in an effort to improve conditions at the busy pedestrian crossing. Costello said it is a “quick and easy way” to try to make the intersection safer, as was done at the corner of Highway 61 and First Avenue West in town several years ago.

City Administrator Mike Roth said he has looked at the intersection and believes the flags may be a little confusing at first, because the pole and container on the lake side would not be directly in line with the crosswalk, but with permission from the folk school to install the pole near the yellow house, it could work. Council gave its approval and City Streets Department head Len Bloomquist will take a closer look at the situation and decide exactly where to place the flags and holders.

The next Grand Marais City Council meeting is Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m.


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Clearwater Lodge celebrates its Centennial August 15

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:12am

Dancing with a swing band - and a barbecue - are part of the celebration this Saturday at Clearwater Lodge.  WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills talked with Erik Danielson of Clearwater Lodge on North Shore Morning. 

Clearwater Lodge Centennial Celebration
Date: August 15 2015
Time: Afternoon and evening

A dedication will be had at 5pm, and then a barbecue with baked goods will be available.  Music will begin at 7 pm, provided by the North Shore Community Swing Band.