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Since Cook County purchased the historic Bally’s Blacksmith Shop in August 2013, great strides have been made toward funding restoration of the building, thanks to many generous donations. Museum Director Carrie McHugh was happy to visit with the Cook County News-Herald about plans for the building after the historical society board accepted the latest donation of $5,000 from the Grand Marais Lions Club on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
The Lions Club donation brings the total raised for the historical society’s Bally Blacksmith Shop fund to $16,000. Much of the money was donated to the Eric Thomas Memorial Fund, in honor of the Cook County High School Class of 1975 graduate who died May 15, 2013 and whose family earmarked memorials for the old blacksmith shop.
The long range goal is clean out the shop on Broadway Avenue, as well as the more modern metal building behind it, and to stabilize the old wooden building so it can be open to the public as an interpretive site. However, that will take some time, said McHugh.
And funding. The historical society has applied for two grants. If received, the first grant from the Minnesota Historical Society Legacy funds would be used to hire someone to create an inventory of all the items inside the two buildings. “They are packed full of stuff,” said McHugh.
Once all the materials are cataloged and appropriately stored, the historical society hopes to stabilize the old building. Doug Seim of Artikos Construction has completed a scope of work for the blacksmith shop, identifying historically appropriate ways to restore the building—its roof, chimney, siding, a loft in the interior. The historical society has applied for a grant from the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation for that work.
Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell appeared in court this morning in Grand Marais for a Rule 8 hearing, after being indicted on Thursday, October 31, on two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. The hearing comes several months after the Attorney was accused of an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
Attorney Joe Tamburino represented Scannell at the hearing. Tamburino asked for the next court date to occur sometime in January. 6th Judicial District Chief Judge Shaun Floerke presided over the hearing. Floerke denied the two previous motions by the defense, including a request to dismiss the indictment, as well as a request that no 6th district judges preside over the case.
The defense and prosecution requested a change of venue to Duluth at the hearing. The prosecution also asked the judge to continue the conditions of release, including no contact with witnesses about the case.
Floerke granted the change of venue and the prosecution’s request. The judge also stated that they would convene at a later date to determine the following court date, which will occur in January.
At the October 8, meeting of the Cook County - Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA), board members discussed the need to have a director to oversee economic development activities.
EDA board members Scott Harrison, Heidi Doo-Kirk and EDA Chair Mark Sandbo said they had met and discussed the EDA director job description.
The monthly birthday party will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 13 for Larry Smith, Elaine Rouser, Dorothe Vaughn, and Irma Toftey. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. along with piano music and a sing-a-long with Sherrie Lindskog.
For more information about the activity programs and volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or check out the website www.nshorehospital.com.
HOUGHTON, Mich. - Officials are kicking off a series of public meetings this week to discuss a plan for dealing with cultural resources at Isle Royale National Park.
The first public meeting is Tuesday, November 12 in Houghton, Michigan. Others will be held in Chelsea, Michigan on Thursday, November 14, in St. Paul on Tuesday, November 19, and Duluth on Wednesday, November 20.
Isle Royale is an island chain in northwestern Lake Superior. Its cultural features range from prehistoric Native American mining remnants to lighthouses, shipwrecks and fishery sites. Officials say they illustrate how people shaped the landscape over thousands of years.
During the meetings, the planning team will present information about preliminary draft alternative concepts of the Cultural Resources Management Plan (CRMP), currently under development, that provide a range of options for the management, treatment, and interpretation of cultural resources. The presentation will be followed by an opportunity for the public to discuss the alternative concepts, as well as other ideas about the plan and planning process with the planning team.
“Isle Royale has such interesting and varied cultural resources and associated compelling stories. We are very excited to be working on this plan,” commented Park Superintendent, Phyllis Green. “I hope the public takes this opportunity to engage with the planning team and let us know how they would like see cultural resources managed in the future.”
Park staffers produced the plan in consultation with tribal and state governments and other interested parties. It deals with general management, preservation, public use and interpretation of cultural resources. It's accompanied by an environmental impact statement.
The public is invited to join veterans for ceremonies and remembrances on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.
In Grand Portage, the flag will be raised at daylight at the Veterans Monument at the log school. At 10:30 a.m., a drum ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Grand Portage Bay American Legion Post 2009 followed by a moment of silence at 11 a.m. At 11:05 a.m., Melvin Gagnon will give a brief speech.
Refreshments will follow, provided by the Grand Portage American Legion Auxiliary. A raffle drawing will also be held. The new post is located at mile marker 146.
In Grand Marais, a Veterans Day concert will be held at 2 p.m. in the Cook County High School Varsity Gym. The program will feature the CCHS band and American Legion Post 413. All veterans and community members are welcome to attend this free concert.
Student Councils will be collecting “Cookies for Troops” donations that will be sent to service men and women on active duty. Packages of cookies or cash donations may be dropped off on your way into the concert.
Finally, a Veterans Day dinner will be held Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 413 on First Avenue West. The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and all the fixin’s. The meal is free for veterans, and $7 for non-vets.
Thank you veterans!