Around Cook County
The Cook County Senior Center has planned an overnight trip to the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino is planned for Monday, March 18. Guests will receive $15 in free slot play and seniors receive two-for-one drink coupons from the Players Club. Spend the evening and the next day; enjoy $5 off your breakfast. The cost for double occupancy is only $12 per person; single occupancy, $24.
For more information or for registration of any of these upcoming trips, stop in or call the Senior Center at 387-2660.
Hedstrom Lumber Company is once again offering to give away free tree seedlings. White Spruce, White Pine and Norway Pine seedlings are available, and can be mixed and matched in any combination, up to a total of 200 seedlings per person. Anyone interested is asked to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying the number of seedlings and species desired, by April 15. The pick-up date will be May 3, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Everyone is asked to bring their own buckets to haul the seedlings. No seedlings will be held after May 3.
Congratulations to Steve Bragg of Lutsen for receiving the “Big Hitter Award” at the Calhoun Companies’ award breakfast celebration in Minneapolis on Feb. 13.
This award was given to the three most productive of 21 Calhoun agents servicing the five state area and Steve Bragg came in second.
Calhoun Companies sells only businesses and commercial properties and has been doing this since 1908 and Steve operates the Arrowhead Office working from Ashland WI to Lake of the Woods, MN.
The Grand Marais Playhouse has begun its 43rd season with rehearsals for First Baptist of Ivy Gap, a poignant comedy by Ron Osborne. The cast includes Adrianna Berglund, Brenna Hay, Cailin Carpenter, Sarah Larsen, Mara MacDonell, and Michaela Peterson. The play is directed by Sue Hennessy with Cy Fortunato as stage manager and Emma Bradley is creating the costumes.
The play is described by Samuel French publishers: “During WWII, six women gather at the church to roll bandages and plan the church's 75th anniversary. Overseeing things is Edith, the pastor's wise-cracking wife who dispenses Red Cross smocks and witty repartee to Luby, whose son is fighting in the Pacific; Mae Ellen, the church's rebellious organist who wants to quit but hasn't the courage; Olene, who dreams of a career in Hollywood; Sammy, a shy newcomer with a secret; and Vera, an influential Baptist with a secret of her own. When Luby learns her son has been wounded, she confounds the others by blaming the vulnerable Sammy.
“Twenty-five years later, our "First Baptist Six" reunite. Back to reconcile with Luby—whose son died of his wounds— is Sammy, whose own son is now in Vietnam; and Olene, whose flashy show business career will set the town on its ear. There to welcome them are Vera, her secret still safe; Mae Ellen, still rebellious and still looking for an escape; and Edith, whose biggest challenge isn't the church's upcoming centennial but revelations that shake relationships formed over a quarter of a century. With humor and pathos, these six very different women find comfort, forgiveness and redemption in each other.”
Performance dates for First Baptist of Ivy Gap are April 25, 26 and 28 and May 2-5, Thursday - Saturday 7 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m.
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During our "15 Reasons" Membership Drive, March 13th – 18th we’re celebrating 15 years of community service! In addition to providing all our regular services, we’ll be featuring some special programs and highlights, including:
o Timmy Haus Wednesday, March 13 from noon – 1:00 p.m.
o Pete Kavanaugh Thursday, March 14 from noon – 1:00 p.m.
o The Joe Paulik Band Friday, March 15 from noon – 1:00 p.m.
o The Si!vertones during The Roadhouse Friday, March 15
o Mysterious Ways Saturday, March 16 from 3-4
o Pushing Chain Saturday, March 16 from 4-5
o Eric Frost & Bill Hansen Saturday, March 16 from 5-6
o Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund Saturday, March 16 from 6-7
o Gordon Thorne during the Gospel Truth Sunday, March 17
o Yvonne Mills during Women in Music Sunday, March 17
o Chastity Brown during Women in Music Sunday, March 17
o Portage during Classic Country Sunday, March 17 starting at 6
o Special Youth Radio Project show on Thursday from 5-6
o Special Northern Gardening on Thursday from 7-8
o Special Roadhouse, Small Change, and Boomer Jam on Friday
o Special “15 up-and-coming female musicians” edition of Women in Music
o Special "15 Reasons" themed Swing Session on Sunday
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Stop by: 1712 West Highway 61 in Grand Marais
It's been three months since Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell became the subject of a restraining order. Since then a petition for a removal election is in the works and protesters have been picketing the courthouse.
The parents of a 17-year-old girl filed paperwork last December claiming Scannell and their daughter had a romantic relationship. The court document states that Scannell harassed the girl, prompting the two-year restraining order.
During a public comment period held prior to a county board meeting last December, county resident Jason Zimmer asked that commissioners call a special session to request Scannell’s resignation.
According to County Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers, the avenue for removing an elected county official is through a petition of registered voters prompting a removal election. The number required for a removal election in this case is just under 600 names.
Zimmer has initiated a petition, and last week he said it was in the hands of a Twin Cities attorney to get the wording right. The petition must allege specific malfeasance or nonfeasance in the performance of official duties. Only examples of wrongdoing, misconduct or failure to perform a legal duty would apply.
Zimmer said he does not have any names yet because he was advised to make sure the wording is right so that citizens know the reasoning behind the petition. He added, he does “have a huge list of citizens to contact when the petition is ready to be launched.”
As for the protesters, they’ve been gathering at least once a week by the courthouse parking lot with signs calling for Scannell to step down and soliciting “honks” of support.
Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm has won the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Keith Aili of Ray has finished 2nd.
We're still waiting for results for 3rd place. Grand Marais musher Odin Jorgenson had been in that position leaving the last check point.
The field has now narrowed to 5 teams. Hovland musher Frank Moe scratched at Hwy 2.
Amanda Vogel of Ray was in 4th place and Colleen Wallin of Two Harbors was in 5th at last report.
Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm was in 1st place when he left the Finland check point last night, as the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon continues into its final day. Keith Aili of Ray was in 2nd.
Holding on for 3rd place is Grand Marais musher Odin Jorgenson with Frank Moe of Hovland right behind in 4th.
The field has narrowed to six teams with Amanda Vogel of Ray in 5th place and Colleen Wallin of Two Harbors in 6th.
A monthly birthday party will be celebrated at the North Shore Care Center on Wednesday, March 13 to honor Gert Scott and Audrey Haring. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. along with piano classics by Doug Sanders. Everyone is welcome to come celebrate.
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at North Shore Care Center. For more information about the activity programs or to volunteer, please contact the Activity Dept. at 218.387.3518 or visit our website www.nshorehospital.com.
Township annual meetings and elections are on Tuesday, March 12. The polls will be open at all three townships from 5 – 8 p.m. and the annual meeting is at 8 p.m.
In Lutsen, the voting and annual meeting will take place in the new Lutsen town hall. Incumbent treasurer John Groth is running for reelection. Supervisor Joe Buttweiler has decided not to run again and Tim Goettl is running for the vacant seat. Both are unopposed.
In Tofte, voting and the annual meeting takes place at the Birch Grove Community Center.
On the ballot is incumbent Supervisor Jim King, who is running for reelection.
Tofte Treasurer Mary Jane Huggins is not running for reelection, but her husband, Bill Huggins is on the ballot. Both are unopposed.
In Schroeder, voting and the annual meeting will take place at the Schroeder Town Hall. Both incumbent Supervisor Tina McKeever and Treasurer Alicia Kangas are running for re-election. They are also unopposed.
Boaters who use the Grand Marais harbor will soon have an improved dock and launch, thanks to an agreement with the state Department of Natural Resources approved Feb. 27 by the city council.
City Administrator Mike Roth explained that the new agreement, which has been reviewed and sent back and forth between the city’s and DNR’s attorneys during the last few months, will replace the existing agreement with the state that governs the boat launch on the east side of the harbor near the Coast Guard building. The new agreement takes effect upon approval by both city council and the DNR; Roth said the DNR has expressed its satisfaction with the revised document.
Roth said the new agreement runs for 35 years and is very similar to the one in place for the boat launch near The Point. Plans call for the state to construct a boat launch and parking area in the vicinity of the boat ramp at the bottom of Eighth Avenue West in the Rec Park.
The improvements are based on a concept plan which has been reviewed and approved by the city’s park board, and is consistent with the park’s master plan.
The new launch is needed, Roth said, because the parking lot near the Coast Guard Station is often crowded and difficult for boaters to use, and the ramp itself is not very “friendly” for users with large boats. However, it is currently the only access available in Grand Marais.
The new ramp will extend farther out into Lake Superior and will provide access to deeper water.
Andrew Letzring slipped to 5th place as the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon mushers rested at the Devil Track checkpoint this morning.
Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm was in 1st place, Keith Aili of Ray was in 2nd. Amanda Vogel, also of Ray, moved into 3rd place, Grand Marais musher Odin Jorgenson was in 4th. Frank Moe of Hovland was in 6th.
Colleen Wallin of Two Harbors was in 7th place, distantly followed by Duluth’s Dave Gordon. Zoya DeNure of Delta Junction, Alaska and Blake Freking of Finland have scratched.
Andrew Letzring held on to his lead overnight as the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon enters day three. The Herbster Wisconsin musher left the Trail Center check point a little before 10 p.m. last night.
Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm was in 2nd place, Keith Aili of Ray was in 3rd. Amanda Vogel, also of Ray, moved into 4th place, Frank Moe of Hovland was in 5th followed by Grand Marais musher Odin Jorgenson. Blake Freking of Finland was in 7th place.
Colleen Wallin of Two Harbors left Trail center in 8th place followed by Duluth’s Dave Gordon. Zoya DeNure of Delta Junction, Alaska has scratched.
Although there is currently ice bobbing in the Grand Marais harbor, it is time to make plans to be on the water under sunny skies on July 26-28, for the 10th annual North Shore Dragon Boat Festival.
Whether you are part of a team or an individual who wants to experience the excitement of pulling your paddle to the beat of the drum, it’s time to register. Early registration by March 15 gives your team a $200 savings.
Organizers note that the festival has come a long way since the first contest in 2003, and this year’s event promises to be the best ever.
See www.northshoredragonboat.com to sign up or for more details
With the deadline for a grant application to the Minnesota Historical Society due on March 15, Carrie McHugh, Gene Erickson, and Hal Greenwood of the Cook County Historical Society again met with the county board on March 5 to discuss a partnership that would allow the historical society to purchase the Bally Blacksmith Shop in Grand Marais, probably the oldest commercial building in Grand Marais.
On February 26, the historical society had requested the partnership after hearing of Legacy funds left over in the Minnesota Historical Society’s biennial budget. The historical society’s annual budget was not sufficient to allow it to apply for the grant alone.
At that meeting, the county board discussed concerns over potential liability if any environmental contaminants were found on the property and authorized Planning & Zoning Director Tim Nelson to find a consultant to evaluate the property with a “Phase I” study, an initial evaluation conducted through visual observation, record searches, and interviews.
Environmental Troubleshooters Inc. conducted the study, and Director Nelson accompanied them when they looked at the property. He told the county board on March 5 that he was more comfortable with the site after visiting it.
Commissioner Sue Hakes said she has received some complaints about the building potentially being taken off the tax rolls. She asked the historical society if they could move the building off the property so that the sellers could sell it as commercial space. Museum Director Carrie McHugh said the Minnesota Historical Society would not support moving the building off its historic location.
More people would probably be upset about moving it than about taking it off the tax rolls, Commissioner Jan Hall said.
“I really think it would contribute to the community,” said McHugh.