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Memorial Day events on Monday, May 25

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 10:11am

There are a number of events in Cook County to remember our nation’s fallen on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. At 9 a.m. a church service will be held at the Maple Hill Church in Grand Marais. At 11 a.m., American Legion Post 413 will conduct a ceremony on the lawn of the Cook County courthouse. Following the ceremony, a luncheon will be served by the Post 413 Legion Auxiliary at the legion lounge. The lunch is $5 for non-veterans and free for all veterans.

The Cook County News-Herald wishes everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

City okays Farmer and Craft Market use of municipal parking lot

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:15pm

The Cook County Farm and Craft Market will be held as usual in the city’s municipal parking lot on Broadway beginning Memorial Day weekend—this coming weekend. The permit for that activity was approved at the Grand Marais City Council on Wednesday, May 13. While there was some concern expressed about the number of parking spaces blocked off for the weekly event, and when the barricades are placed, Farmer’s Market representative Tom Crosby assured councilors that the organizers have worked well with local business owners and responded to their complaints in the past.

For instance, Crosby said the farmer’s market doesn’t use all of the allotted parking spaces if all of the vendors don’t show up, and a route for emergency vehicles and other necessary traffic is maintained. As far as blocking off the spaces too early, Crosby said organizers try to wait until 4 or 4:30 p.m. Friday so as not to interfere with the customers patronizing the adjacent businesses. The council was satisfied with the plans and gave its approval for the permit. The farmer’s market will run through the fall on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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"Music from the Tip 'O the Arrowhead exhibit opens at Cook County Historical Society Museum Saturday

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:13pm

The Cook County Historical Society will host an opening reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 23 to welcome a new museum exhibit, Music from the Tip ’O the Arrowhead.

Musical traditions and destinations abound in Cook County, and the latest exhibit celebrates 100 years of dances, pow wows, concerts, and festivals. Follow the development of musical traditions from 1917 when the “outlaw” bridge border crossing allowed international gatherings… all the way to today’s music scene. Local venues and musicians are featured with photos, posters, and video.

You can learn about the various artists, bands, combos, and ensembles of the past. As part of this “growing” exhibit, residents are encouraged to add their own memories and memorabilia to the community music scrapbook, as well as play a tune on the exhibit’s electric piano!

The opening reception will feature live music and refreshments. The event is free. Call the museum, located at 8 S. Broadway, Grand Marais, at (218) 387-2883 for more information.


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Reducing the stigma of mental illness

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:24pm

"Make it OK" is a campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness, promote open discussion, and encourage people to seek support when needed.  WTIP’s Veronica Weadock spoke with Public Health Coordinator Joni Kristenson and Social Services Supervisor Grace Bushard of Public Health and Human Services.  More information at 387-3620 or


Emerald Ash Borer workshops offered in Cook and Lake County

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:22pm

The emerald ash borer is considered the most destructive forest pest ever seen in North America and to help educate the public about this insect, there will be workshops offered in Cook and Lake County. WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan spoke with Laurel Wilson, Cook and Lake County Invasive Species Coordinator, on North Shore Morning.  


The Invasives Team and the U of M Extension will host workshops on the emerald ash borer on Thursday, May 28, from 10 to noon at the Cook County Community Center -- and a second workshop on Thursday, June 4, from 9 to noon, at the Two Harbors Law Enforcement Center. For more information, contact Laurel at 218-387-3772.

(Photo by Natureserve on Flickr)


Comments still sought on historic Grand Portage meadow

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:50am

There was a good turnout for the public meeting at the Grand Portage Heritage Center on Monday evening, April 27. Community members came to hear current proposals and share thoughts about how to best preserve and interpret the historic meadow area east of Grand Portage Creek.

Historic photographs of the meadow area were shared by community members and park staff. Members of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa whose families have lived in Grand Portage for generations shared memories of when the meadow area was “Downtown Grand Portage.”

Comments were gathered at the meeting and will be accepted through June 1, 2015. Pam Neil with the Heritage Center said, “Everyone is welcome to share thoughts and ideas as to how the historic meadow area should be utilized.”

Anyone who was unable to attend the meeting, but would like to make comments may do so by sending to: Grand Portage National Monument, Attn: William Clayton 170 Mile Creek Rd., Grand Portage, MN 55605 or via email to


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