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At the August meeting of the Cook County-Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA), the EDA board heard an update on a number of commercial rehabilitation projects.
Nancy Grabko and Steve Grabko of Community Fundraising Solutions (CFS), the EDA housing program administrators, gave the report, starting with Steve Grabko’s description of the work to be done at the GunFlint Tavern on Wisconsin Street in Grand Marais. Grabko said that project, which consists of tuck point repairs to the brick on the old bank building and installation of new energy-conserving windows will got underway on October 20, tourist season slows down.
Steve Grabko said owners Jeff and Susan Gecas are also adding a brew pub to the building while the rehab work is taking place. Grabko said the tavern owner anticipates an addition of four to six new jobs with the brew pub.
Another commercial rehab project, at Beth’s Fudge on Broadway Avenue in Grand Marais, is nearly ready for work to begin. Steve Grabko said he believes the work—installation of all new commercial glass, new high-efficiency heating and a building addition—should begin in mid-October.
Steve Grabko said a third commercial rehab project, at Java Moose, is still in the preliminary stages. He said he expects the agreements for the work to be completed by mid-November.
Kudos to housing program
Nancy Grabko shared an e-mailed letter from the owners of the Mangy Moose Motel on Highway 61 in Grand Marais, thanking Nancy and Steve Grabko of CFS for their hard work on the commercial rehab of their motel and the beauty salon housed in one of its units.
The Cook County News-Herald joins the rest of America today in remembrance of those who perished in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and on the United Air flight 93 on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. We will never forget.
WTIP just wrapped up the 6th annual Radio Waves Music Festival and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came together to make it possible. To everyone who volunteered their time, to the restaurants and food vendors who set up to provide food on-site, and to the amazing musicians who provided great entertainment – thank you! All these efforts made the festival a huge success.
We’d also like to thank the Grand Marais Recreation Area and its crew, and the City of Grand Marais, who were strong supportive partners that offered up the perfect location for the festival.
Mostly, we’d like to thank our fabulous community for their support. Over 1600 people attended the festival over the weekend, making it a fun, successful event.
Mark your calendars for the next Radio Waves Music Festival, which will take place the weekend after Labor Day, 2014. Hope to see you there!
The 2013 Radio Waves Music Festival was funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and supported by funds from the Grand Marais Area Tourism Association.
Every year at this time, the county board considers its options for the upcoming budget year. The county board has been meeting with all department heads, something that consists of meetings spread out over several weeks.
The county will be facing many challenges, including health insurance increasing 9.9 percent, and property/casualty and worker’s compensation insurance will each increase about 6.5 percent.
The Minnesota Department of Revenue determines the county levy limit, which they should have done by September 1, so commissioners will learn what can be levied at the next county board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers told the board at the August 27 meeting, “We’re very strong overall,” in regard to its fund balance and financial position going into the next budget year in 2014.
This past weekend’s beautiful weather could come at a price. It’ll turn wet for the next couple of days, even the possibility of some hazardous weather. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Mike Stewart about rainy days ahead.
Good things come in threes! This year North House Folk School is celebrating three days of craft and three nights of music at Unplugged XII, Sept 12-15 in Grand Marais. For the third year in a row, the folks from West Virginia’s Mountain Stage Radio Show will be welcomed to campus.
For the last two years Mountain Stage Radio has been a dynamic addition to the Unplugged event. The radio show records two live shows on Thursday and Friday nights, which are broadcast nationally during the following year. Thanks to the support of the Cook County Visitor’s Bureau guests can again enjoy three inspiring nights of music.
Thursday and Friday nights feature 25- to 35-minute sets from each of the performers with a grand finale “everybody on stage” song to close the evening. By contrast, the classic Unplugged concert on Saturday night employs a more informal “songwriter in the round” format in which performers take turns sharing stories, music and bantering on stage.
Unplugged concert performers this year include Tom Paxton, The Pines, BoDeans, Dead Man Winter, Jill Sobule & Julia Sweeney, Jonathan Brown featuring Andrew Walesch, Lori McKenna, Matraca Berg and Jon Vezner. There are three opportunities to take music coursework with performers during the event: Jonathan Brown will host a half-day fingerstyle guitar workshop, Larry Groce offers a half-day listening session, and Tom Paxton, Matraca Berg and Jon Vezner are collaborating to offer a two-day songwriting workshop.