U of MN team competes in Solar Decathlon to design energy-efficient home

Ann Johnson, faculty advisor to the U of MN student team competing in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, talked with Buck and Bob Sept. 25 about the project. For more information about the Solar Decathlon, go to www.solardecathlon.com  Listen to the interview.


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Federal fire grant program may continue

The Fire Grants Reauthorization Act recently passed the U.S. House with strong bipartisan support.  The bill extends two grant programs that help fire departments pay for training, equipment, vehicles, and personnel. 


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City park board sets 2010 rates

Members of the Grand Marais Parks and Recreation Board met on Tuesday, Dec. 1 and to set park fees and camping rates for next year. Daily rates throughout the Rec Park for 2010 will see little change from 2009.


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Weekend News Wrap Dec. 5

Each week the WTIP News Department provides a summary of the stories it has been following that week.  Tune in to WTIP's North Shore Weekend Saturdays from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. to hear the Wrap live or visit our website and listen at your convenience or subscribe to a podcast. 


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County receives state health related grant

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has awarded 39 grants to state communities to help lower the number of Minnesotans who use tobacco or who are obese or overweight. Cook County is one of the recipients under the Statewide Health Improvement Program, or SHIP.
 


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Discussion of proposed septic ordinance on WTIP

Listen to the discussion from WTIP’s First Thursday program on the proposed county septic ordinance.


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Christmas concert

The 31st annual Christmas Concert was held at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais on Dec. 6 and 7. Prior to the concert participating musicians Barb LaVigne and Philis Anderson came to the WTIP studios to play live and talk about the history of the event. WTIP will rebroadcast the full concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15.


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West End News Dec. 3, 2009

We should have expected that the perfect ice on Sawbill Lake would not last, and sure enough the temperature stayed above freezing, the ice melted and for one more year wilderness skating disappear


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County holds budget hearing

The Cook County Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2010 county budget at 6 p.m. on Dec. 15 in the Commissioners Room. The board will likely adopt the budget at their Dec. 22 meeting.


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County board creates new entity to run fiber optic network

The county board continues to pursue a county-wide fiber optic network, or broadband, and adopted an ordinance on Tuesday Dec. 1 to create a management structure for the network.


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Wildersmith On The Gunflint Dec. 2, 2009

Appropriately, the last segment of 2009 serves up a double-cheese whammy of northern lunar brilliance. As this column heads off into cyberspace, the universe celebrates the coming of the full cold moon.


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