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Weekend News Roundup for June 30

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week.

Hotel door

Lodging tax revenues for May are mixed

Lodging tax revenues for the fifth month of 2012 were down for the most part compared to May of last year county-wide.

Mayor Carlson

City to begin capital expenditure discussions

The City of Grand Marais will be looking at large capital expenditures for infrastructure this summer and the swimming pool issue is close to being resolved.

Grand Marais Arts Festival

Arts Festival activities include music and a meet-and-greet

The Grand Marais Arts Festival is July 14 and 15. WTIP’s Jay Andersen and Roger Linehan spoke with Kjersti Vick about some of the special activities.

Commissioner Sue Hakes

State to cut back on county Veterans Service Officer funding

The state is opting out of helping to support the county’s Veterans Service Officer position.

Sen. Al Franken

Sen. Franken talks about flood damage visits

State and federal officials have been in the Arrowhead to assess the recent flood damage. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Sen. Al Franken about his visit and what he’s seen.

Ruffed grouse on drumming log

Ruffed grouse counts decline in 10-year cycle

Minnesota’s ruffed grouse spring drumming counts were lower than last year across most of the bird’s range, according to a survey conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Carol Christenson

Nice weather forecast heading into July

Rains fell fast and furious last week, but it looks dry into July. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson about weather coming up.

Kimber Wraalstad

Hospital board OKs stategic plan

The Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center met recently and  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with hospital administrator Kimber Wraalstad about long range plans and the health care over

Camping in the Superior National Forest

USFS roads good, campsites are wet

The recent rains have elevated water levels throughout the Superior National Forest.