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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Kind words and praise for both children and adults can play a role in prevention. 

WTIP North Shore Morning hosts Julie Carlson and Deb Benedict spoke with Beth Faraone of Cook County Public Health and Human Services on North Shore Morning.
 


 
Faroe Stamp by Martin Morck (wikimedia)

Mapping Mystery at the Johnson Heritage Post

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Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church hosts an annual spring show focusing on the overlap between creativity and spirituality.  This year’s show, ‘Mapping Mystery’ opens  Friday March 28th at the Johnson Heritage Post in Grand Marais.  North Shore Morning host Joe Detrick finds out more in this interview with Reverend Mary Ellen Ashcroft.

The opening reception, Friday March 28th at 5pm, includes a presentation entitled "Frontiers and Borderlands: Navigating the Creative Process," by Ruth Pszwaro.
 
 The exhibit ‘Mapping Mystery’ is at the Johnson Heritage Post March 28th through April 13th, open Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm; and Sundays and Mondays from 1 to 4pm.  More information at 387-2314.
 

 

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Getting Home Canned Goods to Market...Safely

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Cook County Extension is co-hosting a webinar Friday March 28th on the home preparation of canned goods for commercial sale.  If you’re thinking about selling your home canned products at a Farmer’s Market or your fabulous cranberry jelly at a local gift shop, then Friday’s webinar is for you.  North Shore Morning host Barb Rawitzer spoke with University of Minnesota Extension Food Safety Educator Deb Botzek-Linn, one of the presenters, on North Shore Morning.

The webinar will be at the Cook County Courthouse from 12:30 to 1:30pm, Friday March 28th.  More information from Diane at 387-3015.

{photo from unknown author via Wikimedia Commons}

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Mysteries of Lake Superior

Mysteries of Lake Superior, from Top to Bottom

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The Lake Superior Binational Forum hosts ‘the Mysteries of Lake Superior, from Top to Bottom’, Friday March 28th.  It’s a day of speakers and discussion at Barkers Island Inn, in Superior Wisconsin.  North Shore Morning host Joe Detrick learns more in this interview with the Forum's U.S. coordinator Lissa Radke.   

A schedule of presenters and more information is in the agenda.

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Emerald Ash Borer

Forest Pest Detection Training in Cook County

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The Cook County Invasive Team works to control the introduction and spread of invasive species across the county.   Early detection is especially important, and forest pest detector training will be offered March 12.  WTIP's Jana Berka spoke with the coordinator of the Cook County Invasive Team, Angelique Edgerton, about this training and more on North Shore Morning.  

More information is available from Angelique at 387-3772.
 

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Higher Education

Financial Aid Information Night at Higher Ed, Wednesday February 25

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Help is available locally for sorting through financial aid for higher education.  North Shore Morning host Julie Carlson learns more in this interview with Kirstin van den Berg of Cook County Higher Education; Haley Brickner, the Director of Education for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; and Amanda Burggraff, academic and career guidance counselor for Cook County schools, about Financial Aid Information Night.

Financial Aid Information Night is scheduled for February 26 from 5:15pm to 7:00pm at Cook County Higher Education’s North Shore Campus in Grand Marais.  

Cook County Higher Education in collaboration with Cook County High School and the Grand Portage Department of Education are pleased to bring you Financial Aid Information Night: Completing the FAFSA and Paying for College.  It's an opportunity to learn about changes to the 2014 – 2015 FAFSA and ask Financial Aid Director LaNita Robinson questions about the financial aid process.  

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Birch Grove in the West End

West End Community Conversation, Wednesday at Birch Grove

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Every community offers opportunities and challenges.  This Wednesday evening there’s a chance for West End folks to gather for discussion.  North Shore Morning host Jana Berka learns more from director Patty Nordahl.

The Birch Grove Foundation and Tofte Township will host a "West End Community Conversation" on Wednesday, February 19, at Birch Grove Center. All are invited to share ideas and experiences about opportunities of and challenges to Cook County’s West End. A chili and salad dinner will be offered from 5:45 to 6:20 pm. The community conversation will take place from 6:30 to 9 pm. More information and reservations are available from Patty Nordahl at 663-7977 or bgf@boreal.org.

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Grand Marais Ole Opry

Local Music Project: The Grand Marais Ole Opry

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The North Shore Music Association presented the first ever Grand Marais Ole Opry on Saturday, February 15, 2014.  WTIP Classic Country host, Carl Solander, emceed the event which featured four acts performing before a nearly packed house.  Carl had a chance to visit with all of the performers backstage before the show.  In this edition of the Local Music Project we’ll hear those interviews as well as a few segments from Saturday’s performance.


 
Snowmobile race

West End News: February 13

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One of the fun things about surfing the internet is stumbling across a random news story that hits home for one reason or another.  This morning, I was delighted to find a television news feature story about Jerry Gervais, better known as the Snowmobile Doctor of Tofte.  It ran a couple of weeks ago as part of the “On The Road with Jason Davis” series that the Twin Cities TV station KSTP has been doing for what seems like a hundred years.
 
The story highlighted Jerry’s success as a pioneer snowmobile racer in the early 1960s.  Jerry was a big part of the racing scene when it was just getting started.  His daring and skill quickly brought him to joining the Polaris Company racing team.  I remember what big news this was back in the day, and how Jerry, who went by the nickname “Red” in those days, was quite the local celebrity. 
 
I was about nine years old at that time and I remember a Tofte resident telling me, with a mixture of horror and pride, that Jerry sometimes went 60 miles per hour on his Skidoo.  When I expressed my desire to do 60 on a Skidoo myself, I was told that Jerry had just broken his leg while riding at high speed at the Tofte airport.  I think the word maniac may have been used.  It didn’t diminish my desire to race snowmobiles, just like Jerry.  Fortunately, I never had the opportunity, which kept my skeleton mostly intact.
 
Jason Davis also covered Jerry’s current skill as a snowmobile mechanic and his passion for vintage snowmobiles. He pointed out that Jerry’s shop is located in the middle of nowhere.  As proof, he noted that it was located just off the Sawbill Trail.  He did admit that the shop is located immediately adjacent to a major snowmobile trail.
 
Davis also mentioned that if you go to Jerry’s shop, you should plan a little extra time to hear Jerry tell a few stories.  I don’t think I’ve ever spent less than an hour in Jerry’s shop, even when I’ve just stopped by on a minor errand. 
 
You can see the story for yourself by going the KSTP website, or google “On the Road: Snowmobile Doctor.”
 
If you have a big dog and want to have some fun, you should attend the first annual “Best In Snow” Ski-joring race, scheduled for the first Saturday March at the George Washington Pines ski trail, just a few miles north of Grand Marais on the Gunflint Trail.  Ski-joring is basically harnessing your dog to pull you on cross-country skis. 
 
This event is being sponsored by Go Dog North Shore, which is a new non-profit organization based in Grand Marais that aims to promote healthy and active human and dog relationships on Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior.  Plans include a 2-mile and 4-mile race, with a limit of one dog per skier and each race capped at 15 teams. If you don’t know how to ski-jor this would be a good way to see if it’s for you and your dog.
 
You can find details at godognorthshore.org, or contact WTIP for full contact information.
 
Last week, I mentioned my epic fall off the peak of my house.  I got a number of emails and comments about my inventing the new Olympic sport known as roof diving.  It got me to thinking about other West End winter sports that could be included in future winter Olympic Games.
 
One event could be Cold Weather Dog Walking.  This would be judged on the dog’s form and skill at walking while holding one or more freezing paws off the ground.  Points could be awarded for maintaining speed while walking with one, two, or at the pinnacle of skill, three paws in the air.  Extra points are awarded for successfully “taking care of business” with one or more paws off the ground.
 
Another sport could be competitive car starting.  Athletes would each be provided with a 1992 Toyota Camry with two hundred and thirty thousand miles on it and a four-year-old battery, cooled down to 32 degrees below zero.  Points would be awarded for the least time elapsed from leaving the house to pulling out of the driveway.  Style points would be added for combinations of starter fluid, gas pedal pumping and application of jumper cables. Needless to say, at the Olympic level, only batteries with the tiny little side-mounted terminals would be allowed.  Points would be deducted for failure to make a solid connection or having the jumper cables pop off just as you turn the key.  You are disqualified if you leave your choppers sitting on the air cleaner when you slam the hood.
 
The final new event could be that ultimate test of speed, agility and strength that we call roof shoveling.  Points would be awarded for speed and style, with extra points being added for the size of each block of snow pushed over the edge of a low pitch cabin roof.  The judges will want to see a few graceful roof diving moves, with points being added for the length and loudness of the scream and the gracefulness of the landing.  Veterans of this Olympic sport, like me, would delight the crowd with our perfect belly flop techniques.
 
This all gets me to thinking that the West End should submit a bid to host the 2022 winter games.
 
For WTIP, this is Bill Hansen with the West End News.
 
 


 
Northern Sky looks at what's happening in our night sky this month (John 'K'/Flickr)

Northern Sky: February 10-24

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column.

In this edition of Northern Sky, Deane talks about the winter constellation, Taurus, and its orange star. 

Read this month's Starwatch column.