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Papa Charlie's hosts Americana duo, Mark Olson and Ingunn Ringvold

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 7:20am

Papa Charlie’s at Lutsen Mountain is delighted to host Mark Olson, founding member of The Jayhawks, and his wife, Norwegian singer/multi-instrumentalist Ingunn Ringvold, in concert on Saturday, October 24, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Catch the talented duo as they wrap up their North America tour with a visit to some of Mark's favorite places in Minnesota before embarking on a three month European tour. This Minneapolis native's songs, which fit comfortably in rock, pop, and country settings, have helped create the fusion of these styles, which is now called Americana (a term The Jayhawks had a part in coining).

The duo's new album, Good-bye Lizelle, finds him plying his trademark sound, one underscored by yearning high-lonesome vocals while adding atmospheric world music ambiance from Ringvold's harmonies and exotic instrumentation

Tickets are $10 in advance; $14 at the door.


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Banadad Trail Association hosts trail clearing day

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 10:16am

Help wanted! The Banadad Trail Association invites you to help get the Banadad Ski Trail ready for winter. Tentative plans call for cutting a 300-foot reroute around a beaver dam blocking the Banadad’s Tall Pines Trail and hand cutting this past summer’s accumulated downfall on the east end of the Banadad inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Meet for the Trail Work Day at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, October 24, at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, 11 Poplar Creek Drive (just off the Lima Grade) Gunflint Trail. Hand tools and lunches will be provided to all volunteers. Wear sturdy clothing and boots.

After the trail work volunteers are invited to return to the Poplar Creek Guesthouse to cleanup and for a short reception.

At 6:00 p.m., trail clearing volunteers and other friends of the Banadad are invited to the Banadad Trail Association’s Annual meeting followed by a Potluck Dinner at the Schaap Community Center – Gunflint Fire Hall #1 – on Gunflint Trail (next to Lima Grade). Bring a dish to pass.

For more information on the Trail Work Day and/or the Banadad Trail Association’s Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner, call 218-388-4487.

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"Portage" to perform at the North Shore Care Center on October 24

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 10:14am

"Portage" will be back at the North Shore Care Ceter again on October 24 at 6:30 p.m. to perform their classic country music. The residents are so grateful for the many talented musicians performing and volunteering on a regular basis at the Care Center.  Residents enjoy music by Myron Bursheim on Sundays; Irene Thompson on Mondays; Al Fuller on Tuesdays; and Susan Scherer on Wednesdays. We invite family, friends, and community members to join in the fun at all of our music events.

For more information about volunteering or about any of the activities going on, please contact the Activity Department at 218-387-3518 or visit the website: There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. 


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Community solar: What it is and how it works

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 2:52pm

Cook County's local electric co-op, Arrowhead, recently installed a community solar array, and members can subscribe to the output. We wanted to learn more, so we talked with Prof. Kathryn Milun of the Institute on the Environment and UMD, who has been studying community solar and developed a project called the Solar Commons. You can learn more about Arrowhead's local project here


Commissioner Jan Sivertson reports on yesterday’s meeting

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 2:52pm

 Gary Atwood spoke with Commissioner Jan Sivertson after yesterday’s Cook County Commissioner’s meeting 


Operation Family Christmas getting under way

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 11:20am

It may seem to be too early to start thinking of the holidays, but the organizers of Operation Family Christmas want to get a head start on helping those in need at Christmas. Applications are now available for Operation Family Christmas, a program designed to make sure no kid in Cook County goes without a Christmas present.

Cook County parents or legal guardians to children up to 18 years of age who have felt the financial struggle and need a little help during the holiday season may pick up an application at the front window of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Violence Prevention Center, Grand Portage Human Services or from Anna Sandstrom at Cook County Schools.

All applications need to be turned in by 4 p.m. Nov. 16; late applications cannot be processed.

In its fourth year, Operation Family Christmas will place collection boxes at businesses that are willing to participate. There will also be a collection box at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Organizer Andrea Peterson said Operation Family Christmas is seeking donations of new, unwrapped gifts for kids up to 18 years old. Or if someone doesn’t know what to buy and wants to donate, checks or gift cards will be accepted. That is helpful if there is a shortage of gifts for a particular age group.

For more information, email Peterson at