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Memorial Blood Center and Minnesota Timberwolves partner to thank blood donors in November

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 10:45am

Memorial Blood Centers is partnering with the Minnesota Timberwolves to give thanks to blood donors this winter season.

Persons who donate in November will receive a voucher redeemable for two Minnesota Timberwolves tickets and be entered to win a $200 Visa gift card.

In Cook County, blood drives will be held from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 16 in the West End; and 8:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 18 at Cook County High School in Grand Marais.

This is the perfect season to start giving as blood donations are typically low during the winter months due to cold weather and snow. Every two seconds someone needs blood and because blood cannot be synthetically made – only volunteer blood donors can help save lives.

For more information or to schedule a donation, call (888)-448-3253.


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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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