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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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Mark and Tari Shackleton are preparing to move to Grand Marais to reopen the Subway sandwich shop

New owners preparing to reopen Subway in Grand Marais

A lot of sadness was expressed in Grand Marais and throughout the county when WTIP shared the news that the Grand Marais Subway was going to close on January 22.

Many community members were sad to learn that after 15 years Rob and Lorrie Svadlenka would no longer be operating the store. And many of us wondered if we'd be losing the Subway sandwich shop all together. Well, it appears that is not the case.

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence spoke with Mark Shackleton in Burnsville, who will be the new owner of the Grand Marais Subway.

Shackleton has been involved with Subway stores for a little over 30 years. He and his wife, Tari, have three locations currently in operation in the Twin Cities area right now, along with a fitness gym.  

The day-to-day operations of the Grand Marais Subway will mainly fall to Tari, and their daughter, Andi, as Mark handles the sale of their other locations and their home in Burnsville.

The date of the reopening is not certain yet. Tari and Andi will be making the move to Grand Marais in March and working to open the store. It is hoped that the doors will be open again sometime between April 1 and May 1.

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence talked to Mark Shackleton about the future of the Grand Marais Subway.

Click the slideshow for photos:
1. Mark and Tari Shackleton are the new owners of the Grand Marais Subway
2. The Shackleton family -- Mark, Alex (who will be remaining in the Twin Cities, attending college), Tari and Andi. 
Photos courtesy of the family


The Alpine girls' team took 2nd at 2019 Section meet to advance to the State Meet on Feb. 13

Cook County Alpine ski team is State meet bound!

Cook County/Silver Bay skiers had a great showing at the Section Meet at Giant’s Ridge on Tuesday, February 5. Three individuals will be advancing to represent the Cook County Vikings at the state tournament and the girls’ team is heading to state with a second place in sections.
Reilly Wahlers had two excellent runs, claiming 2nd place.

Sela Backstrom also put together two great runs and made it to 12th place to also advance to the State meet.

Reilly and Sela, along with Elsa Lunde and Kalina Dimitrova, skied strong and claimed 2nd for the girls’ team. The Cook County team was just behind Stillwater.

On the boys’ side, Will Surbaugh raced as an individual and showed true grit as he had a miscue on his first run. He went all out on his second run, which was good enough to land him in 16th place and a berth at State.

The Vikings now head to the State meet at Giant’s Ridge on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Racing starts at 10 a.m.

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence checked in with Alpine Ski Coach Charles Lamb to hear his thoughts on the very successful showing at Sections.

Photos courtesy of the Cook County/Silver Bay Alpine team


 Cook County Sheriff's Office

A look at the Law Enforcement Log

Each week the Cook County Sheriff’s Office provides a brief report of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center in the past week. This week’s report provides details logged by law enforcement dispatchers from Tuesday, January 29 to Monday, February 4.

WTIP Community Radio asked for more details on a number of calls, such as a report of lost snowmobilers in the Ward Lake Road area just after 3 p.m. on February 2. Before a search for the missing people was launched, they reached their destination.

There were a couple of hit and run reports, the first on January 30 in Tofte. The suspected driver was located and denied the incident. The Sheriff’s Office said the parties will work it out themselves.

A car parked on West Fifth Street in Grand Marais was also involved in a hit and run, resulting in a damaged driver’s side mirror and cracked windshield. There are no suspects in the incident.

There was a report of a minor collision at Benny’s Collision in Grand Marais on January 31, a vehicle backed into a garbage truck.

A traffic complaint was reported on January 31 with a motorist stating that someone almost backed into them on First Avenue in Grand Marais. There were no charges.

A fight was reported in Grand Marais on February 1. The incident was reported by Cook County High School and no further information is available, as it involved juveniles.

There was an arrest for a domestic disturbance in Tofte on January 30.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Minnesota State Patrol with an arrest and dog placement in the pound on February 2.

Sheriff deputies offered assistance to the public in a number of other ways, such as intervening in a neighbor dispute about pets; giving an individual a ride home and checking on a streetlight that was out.

There were a number of animal disturbance calls, including a caller from Railroad Drive in Lutsen concerned about a pack of wolves close to a residence. There was a complaint of feral cats on the Store Road in Grand Portage and also an injured deer on February 3. There were three reports of missing pets.

Sheriff deputies were asked to check a number of roadway hazards. They removed garbage from a road on January 29 and cleared two trees off of Highway 61 on January 30. Deputies also checked an icy intersection in Grand Marais on February 1 and icy road conditions at Cutface Creek and Ski Hill Road on February 2.

There were reports of a vehicle in the ditch on February 1 and February 2.

This week’s report included three car/deer crashes on Highway 61.

A cash card found on Wisconsin Street in Grand Marais was turned in to the law enforcement center. The Sheriff’s Office contacted the cardholder’s bank.

At 11:55 a.m. on February 3, there was a call from a party concerned about people walking on the ice on the east bay of Grand Marais.

For the reporting period, there were 13 crank or misdialed calls to 9-1-1, a number of those calls came from Lutsen Mountains Ski Area.
There were seven traffic stops, with five warnings and two tickets.

The Cook County Sheriff Office also participated in “Operation Stone Garden” patrol, a joint operation with the U.S. Border Patrol. Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Valerie Marasco explained that Operation Stone Garden (OPSG) is to help assure “operational readiness of law enforcement along U.S. land borders.”

Marasco said, “OPSG provides funding to designated localities to enhance coordination between law enforcement agencies in their joint mission to secure the nation's land borders. CCSO participates in OPSG by patrolling the northern border and areas with nexus to the northern border by utilizing squads, snowmobiles, watercraft, and foot patrol.”

Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux

Mayor shares meeting highlights, Highway 61 update

The Grand Marais City Council met on one of the coldest days of the year on Wednesday, January 30. The city handled routine matters and heard the latest on the Highway 16 construction project. 

WTIP's Rhonda Silence talks to Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux about the Duluth City Council's decision to change its ordinance regarding the purchase of tobacco products, about the procedure put in place to be transparent about Councilor Craig Schulte's business transactions with the city, about the possible Highway 61 reconstruction delay and about the progress toward hiring a new superintendent for Gunflint Hills Golf Course. 

Here's that conversation. 


BWCAW/file photo

Ely and Gunflint Trail outfitters respond to BWCAW permit problems

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness visitors dreaming about trips next summer were disappointed when the online permit system crashed on opening day, January 30.

Shortly after the BWCAW permit reservation system became available to the public, the U.S. Forest Service discovered the situation. A few users were able to obtain permits; others were stymied.

For that reason, the Forest Service made the decision to interrupt the sale of BWCAW permits on the national recreation reservation site.
There is currently no timeframe for when the site will start working.
There is a differing reaction amongst forest users. Nancy McReady of Conservationists with Common Sense was clear about her displeasure with the change from the BWCAW permit lottery system to the current first come, first served process. She was also frustrated by the inability to obtain permits. Click here to hear an interview on January 31 with her.
WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs also reached out to two outfitters—one in the Ely area; one on the Gunflint Trail. Here are their thoughts on the changed system and the computer glitches.

Dehlia Seim with her daughters, Elinor and Berit

Dehlia Seim: from attorney to teacher

WTIP Community Radio is pleased to be a connection to the North Shore for those who live here--and those who used to live here--such as Cook County High School graduate Dehlia Seim. 

WTIP's Rhonda Silence reached out to Dehlia to find out what she's been doing since she graduated in 1997. Here's their conversation. 

If you know of a Cook County High School graduate or a former resident who could be featured on WTIP Community Radio, give us a call at WTIP at 218-387-1070 or email 


Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

BWCA permit reservation system crashes on opening day

It couldn’t have gone much worse.

That is the sentiment being expressed by both user groups and federal officials after permits for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness went on sale Jan. 30 to the public through the national recreation reservation system.  Soon after the permit reservation process opened, many users were not able to access the reservation system. 

The team, both agency and contractor staff, soon discovered a problem with how the national system servers were distributing the traffic to the website, which resulted in the inability of many visitors to make reservations. Several people were successful in making reservations for permits while others could not access the system at all, according to a news release sent to WTIP shortly after the crash.

Once the Forest Service became aware of the situation Wednesday, the decision was made to interrupt the sale of BWCA permits. Superior National Forest staff worked closely with the contractor over the past year, including time during the recent government furlough, with the intent of having the system ready for Jan. 30. Within a short period of time it became evident the system was not ready, a concern expressed by many BWCA user groups leading up to the change.

There is currently no timeframe for when the site will start working.

WTIP reached out to Ely resident Nancy McReady of the nonprofit Conservationists with Common Sense, about her frustrations with the new permit system. Here's Rhonda Silence with more. 


 Cook County Sheriff's Office

Cook County offers emergency shelter, if needed

Due to the extreme cold, if anyone needs emergency shelter overnight, please contact the Cook County Sheriff’s Office at 218-387-3030 and assistance will be arranged.

Cook County has Emergency Shelter Plans that can be exercised if needed. The Cook County YMCA is the county’s primary shelter site and the Emergency Sheltering Trailer and staff are on standby, if needed.

“So far, we have not been advised of any utility outages or needs for emergency shelter, but that can change as it gets colder, and we want to make sure that nobody is left out in this extreme cold,” said Valerie Marasco, director of Emergency Management.

“Our agencies are ready to assist with providing emergency overnight shelter if needed. During previous outages, emergency shelters have been opened and nobody has checked in, so it is important to communicate the need. We are fortunate to have a very generous community that looks after each other, but in the event anyone needs it and does not have the means to secure a warm place to stay, please let us know.”

The following local hotels have offered discounted rates for individuals needing a warm place to stay. Individuals need to make arrangements directly with the hotel.

Aspen Inn- $60 +tax – (800) 247-6020
Aspen Lodge - $69 +tax – (800) 247-6020
Shoreline - $50 +tax - (218) 387-2633

Temporary warming locations for remainder of Tuesday and for Wednesday: 

  • The Cook County YMCA, located at 105 W 5th St, Grand Marais, is opening its doors free to the public today and Wednesday, as a place people can come and warm up. They YMCA’s regular hours are 6 am – 8 pm.
  • The Cook County Senior Center located at 10 Broadway, Grand Marais, MN – Open 8 am – 4 pm
  • The Grand Marais Public Library will now be CLOSED on Wednesday, Jan. 30, due to the extreme cold.

Report any utility outages to the utility, or if after business hours, contact Cook County Sheriff’s Office at 218-387-3030. In an emergency call 911.
Updates will be issued if the emergency shelter at the YMCA is opened – watch for more information.


English as a Second Language important at ISD 166

Cook County School District 166 had some new students in attendance in recent weeks. Their family moved to the North Shore from Puerto Rico.

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence checked in with Assistant Principal Mitch Dorr to learn more about the school district's English as a Second Language offerings. 



Cold weather closures across the county

The National Weather Service has announced “a period of historic cold temperatures and life-threatening wind chills” through late morning on Thursday, January 31.  For that reason, Cook County Schools/ISD 166 and Great Expectations School in Grand Marais; Birch Grove Community School in Tofte and Oshki Ogimaag in Grand Portage are cancelling school for the third consecutive day. There is no school for students at ISD 166 and staff is being asked to report at 10 a.m. Afternoon activities will be held as scheduled.

Other weather-related cancellations have been announced.

Grand Marais Public Library is closed on Wednesday. 

Yoga classes at Cobblestone Cabins in Tofte have been cancelled for the week. Instructor Kathy Horak says classes will resume next Tuesday. For more information, email 

All Wednesday activities at Cornerstone Community Church in Grand Marais have been cancelled.

Lutsen Mountains will be closed for ski operations Wednesday.

Grand Marais Art Colony will be closed on Wednesday.

The community listening sessions with poet Julia Klatt Singer and composer Craig Carnahan scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday have been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

All activities on Wednesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, including youth activities, meal, worship, and choir have been cancelled. 

The Cook County Public Health and Human Services public meeting on its Community Health Needs Assessment on Wednesday, January 30 has been CANCELLED due to the weather and will be rescheduled.  More information at 218-387-3620. 

If you have a cold weather closure to announce, give us a call at WTIP at 218-387-1070 or email or