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The North Shore News Hour includes up-to-the minute weather, North Shore happenings in local news, sports and entertainment, as well as a variety of features from WTIP staff and volunteers. If you miss the North Shore News Hour at noon, tune in for a replay Monday through Thursday beginning at 5:00 p.m.

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Cook County Search and Rescue prepared for an emergency rescue effort, but was cancelled on Friday, July 27

Emergency beacon false alarm in BWCAW

Cook County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue crews mobilized for what could have been a massive rescue operation just after noon on Friday, July 27. Fortunately it turned out to be a false alarm.

The call came in to the Cook County 9-1-1 dispatch reporting a person in distress near North Cone Lake, which is north of Brule Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The call came from an emergency signal beacon device.

However, according to Emergency Management Director Valerie Marasco, the user of the beacon was able to transmit that it was a false alarm and Search and Rescue was cancelled.

Fishburgers are one of the best things about Fisherman's Picnic

Grand Marais Lions Club looking forward to Fisherman's Picnic

The Grand Marais Lions Club has been hosting the Fisherman's Picnic in Grand Marais for decades. This year's event will be August 2 - 5, but the Lions begin their preparations long before that. 

WTIP talked with Lions Bob Laine and Stuart Jackson about their work with the Lions--and about the Fisherburger stand. There may--or may not--even be some singing of the famed Ray From Fishburger Song. 

Here's Rhonda Silence with the Lions. 


Care Partners is raffling this beautiful quilt made by Carol Harris

Care Partners works with community caregivers

Care Partners of Cook County provides support and services to help clients and their families  address the transitions of aging, serious illness and end of life with safety, dignity, and confidence.

Care Partners offers services such as Chore Partners and Caregiver Coffees. The organization also helped create the Dementia Friendly Cook County program. 

To help fund the work of Care Partners, a beautiful 89-by-89 inch quilt by Carol Harris is being raffled. The quilt is on display at Drury Lane Books. Tickets are on sale at Drury Lane Books, Java Moose, Buck's Hardware and Trail Center.

WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan learns more about Care Partners, its services and some fun upcoming activities in this interview. 


Grand Portage TribalCouncil members - Chair Norman Deschampe, John Morrin, Marie Spry, Treasurer April McCormick, Bill Myers

Grand Portage seats new Tribal Council members

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa members elected to the Reservation Tribal Council in June have officially taken their seats. The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe marks July 9 as the first day on the job for new council members.

Joining the council for the Committee Person I seat is William “Bill” Myers. John Morrin returns to his Committee Person II seat. And April McCormick assumes the secretary/treasurer position on the tribal council.

The Grand Portage Tribal Council consists of a chairman, vice chairman, secretary/treasurer, and two committee members. All positions are four-year terms.

The Tribal Council is the governing body of Grand Portage. The enrolled members of the band elect the tribal council officers who oversee health care, social services, education, jobs, housing, public safety, and more.


The Grand Portage Tribal Council members get ready to cut the ribbon to dedicate the newly renovated lodge and casino on July 12

Grand Portage Lodge & Casino has a whole new look

The Grand Portage Lodge and Casino hosted a gala celebration on Thursday, July 12, starting with drum song and speeches at the beautiful new entry to the lodge. 

Lodge Manager Steven Standing Cloud welcomed those in attendance and expressed appreciation to all who worked to get the new lodge and casino open and ready for business--a three-phase, three-year undertaking.

Standing Cloud introduced the Grand Portage Tribal Council Members--Chair Norman Deschampe, Vice-Chair Marie Spry, John Morrin, April McCormick and Bill Myers. Together, using special golden scissors, cut a bright, bold ribbon to officially dedicate the renovated lodge and casino. 

The Grand Portage Tribal Council offered drum song and a ceremonial pipe was shared by community leaders. 

WTIP's Rhonda Silence was there and she visited with some of the attendees to get their thoughts on the renovations. 



Gunflint Hills Golf Course awash with wildflowers - Photo courtesy of Grand Marais Parks Department

City continuing hiring process for Gunflint Hills Golf Course superintendent

At the last Grand Marais City Council meeting on June 27, a number of citizens spoke during the public comment period, sharing concerns about the future of the city-run Gunflint Hills Golf Course. WTIP shared some of the discussion here. 

Gunflint Hills Golf Course will again be a topic of discussion at the next city council meeting, Wednesday, July 11. Before that, WTIP caught up with Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux to learn more about the situation at the municipal golf course. 

City Council meetings are held in the Grand Marais City Council Chamber. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. with a time for public comment.  



Lin Salisbury

Superior Reviews by Lin Salisbury - Paula McLain

In this edition of Superior Reviews, Lin Salisbury reviews Paula McLain's book, "Love and Ruin".


The American Legion Post 413 Honor Guard led the Independence Day parade in Tofte

Rain doesn't dampen 4th of July festivities

Although it rained heavily in the morning and sprinkled thoughout the day, the 4th of July festivities at the Tofte Town Park were still enjoyed by many. 

WTIP's Rhonda Silence was there and she shares this report. Click the photo to see more!


The 2018 Tofte Trek T-shirts bear this logo

Another muddy Tofte Trek 10K in the record books

The Tofte Trek 10K Wilderness Run Walk was yesterday and by all accounts it was a success – it is considered so if participants come away muddy and they did!  

Finishing first in the overall men’s race was Joseph Klecker of Minnetonka, MN. He finished in 38 minutes 59 seconds.

The top local male finisher in the run was Will Surbaugh of Grand Marais, who came in 5th with a time of 42 minutes 32 seconds. Will finished first in his age group of 18 and under.

Will was followed by Colin Treiber of Grand Marais at 45 minutes 31 seconds.

Not far behind them was Ben Seaton of Grand Marais in 10th place with a time of 49 minutes 33 seconds.

The top female finisher in the run was Sage Hurta of Minnetonka, MN with a time of 44 minutes and 37 seconds.

The top local finisher was Sarah Law of Grand Marais in 6th place with a time of 58 minutes 57 seconds.

Finishing first in the race walk for the men was Tim Finnegan of St. Paul with a time of 1 hour 17 minutes.
The top local walker for the men was Jay Halvorson of Lutsen with a time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.
And Jim Wiinanen of Grand Marais did the walk with his grandson, Kaj Erickson. They finished together in 13th and 14th place at 1 hour and 54 minutes.

Ellen Anderson of Tofte was the first place finisher for the women walkers, coming in at 1 hour 24 minutes.
The next locals in the walk were Jenny Kartes and Morgan Johnson, both of Lutsen. They finised in 9th and 10th place.

The Tofte Trek is sponsored by the Sugarbush Trail Association and full results can be seen on their website

The science lab renovation creates a much larger, more user friendly work space for students

Construction under way at School District 166

Construction is in full swing on projects at School District 166. Rhonda Silence takes a tour to find out more about some of the renovations funded by the $6 million dollar bonding referendum passed in November 2016.

To learn more about bond projects, visit the School District 166 website. Check out “Quick Links” on the left and choose “Bond Update” for more information.