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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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Consultants from EOR developed a map of the flooding that occurs in downtown Grand Marais

City gets report on downtown flooding

At the last meeting of the Grand Marais City Council, councilmembers considered the feedback it has received to date on the city’s stormwater management plan.

Last week the city’s consultants, EOR, created and distributed a map of downtown Grand Marais illustrating the area and extent of flooding in downtown Grand Marais.  The consultants asked for feedback from the public, asking, “What level of flooding is acceptable to you?”

The council used the feedback on that question to set a preliminary goal for its tolerance of flooding depth and duration in the municipal parking lot and downtown area. After quite a bit of discussion, the council agreed that the city could tolerate flooding of up to 12 inches for 12 hours.

Councilors noted that of course no flooding in the business area would be wonderful, but because of the topography of the area and Lake Superior's water level, that is not realistic. They noted that the 12 for 12 guideline is a starting point. 

Based on the city’s goal, EOR will prepare a list of projects and costs for a stormwater management plan.

Visit the Stormwater Management Plan section of the city's website where you can see the drainage area map and submit comments. 

Rhonda Silence spoke with Manager Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux about the city's decision. 


City Hall

Grand Marais creates new administrative position

There were a number of personnel matters on the Grand Marais City Council agenda during the last meeting of January. Rhonda Silence learns more in this interview. 

Anyone who would like more information on the new Assistant Manager/Director of Communications position or any other city matter can find more information by calling 218-387-1848 or by emailing



Mayor Arrowsmith DeCoux

Grand Marais continues work with MnDOT on Highway 61 reconstruction

Among a number of other things on the horizon for the city of Grand Marais, a Highway 61 corridor reconstruction through the city is pending. The project is still in the planning stages, but it was touched on at the last city council meeting. 

Rhonda Silence learns a bit more about the plans in this interview with Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux. 




School District 166 Storytelling Session - RESCHEDULED

Due to weather conditions, the facilitators for the Community Storytelling session are unable to come to Cook County. The session scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled to Monday, January 22. 

In October 2017, the local school district was confronted with a disturbing pattern of racist bullying which led to a local family of four moving away from Cook County.

The topic of racial harassment and bullying was discussed at several school board meetings and at meetings of the Cook County Commissioners. A rally was held in downtown Grand Marais by citizens seeking change. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office issued a strong anti-bullying and harassment statement.

Looking for ways to prevent future incidents, School District 166 teachers reached out to the Minnesota Educators Academy. The School District is now working with the Educators Academy to bring the F.I.R.E. program to school staff, as well the general public.
FIRE stands for facing inequities and racism in education.

For the public, ISD 166 decided to take part in a Community Storytelling Series, which is meant to provide an interactive, sustainable framework for racial equity for all members of a school community. 

The complete Storytelling Series includes ten, 60-90 minute storytelling modules.  The first session was held at the end of December, a second is now Monday, January 22.

The community is encouraged to attend this second session, Monday, January 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Cook County Schools cafeteria at 101 West 5th Street in Grand Marais.

After the first session, WTIP’s Rhonda Silence spoke with a community member who attended the meeting, Robert Nicholson of Grand Marais. Here’s an excerpt from that interview. 


Photo from Superior National Forest/Flickr

North Woods Naturalist: Tamaracks

Typically tamaracks drop their needles in winter much the same as deciduous trees…but sometimes they don’t. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with North Woods Naturalist Chel Anderson about something different: tamaracks.


Eero Moody

Local youth demonstrates holiday spirit by returning lost cash

Need a story to brighten your day?  Rhonda Silence talks with a very special young man.



Grand Marais Library hosts Jacques La Christian - 1800's Voyageur

David Popilek, a.k.a. Jacques La Christian, 1800's French Canadian Voyageur will appear at the Grand Marais Library on Friday, December 8th at 1:30pm.

CJ Heithoff talks with Jacques...



CodeRed - High-Speed Emergency Notification System

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging residents to sign up for CodeRED. It’s designed to be a high-speed mass notification system to help keep us safe in the event of an emergency.

CJ Heithoff talks with Valerie Marasco, director of the Office of Emergency Management & Public Information.

You can register for CodeRED at: the Sheriff’s Office or Emergency Management / Public Information pages.



Lake ice

North Woods Naturalist: Winter water turnover

It’s time for the winter water column turnover.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with North Woods Naturalist Chel Anderson about this twice a year event that’s critical to the health of our lakes.


Short-tailed shrew

North Woods Naturalist: Red-toothed shrews

The Incredible Shrinking Shrew. No, it’s not the title of a Sci-Fi movie. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with North Woods Naturalist Chel Anderson about a winter survival tactic of red-toothed shrews.