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"Shop Local Saturday" includes art and craft opportunities

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 11:44am

On Saturday November 29, there are a number of great local shopping opportunities. The Cook County Community Center and Log Cabin in Grand Marais will be filled with the sights and sounds of Christmas at the Crafts and Consultants Holiday Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There will be many beautiful crafts and representatives from AVON, Dove Chocolates, Origami Owl jewelry, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple and Tupperware. Girl Scout Troop 4110 will be there with poinsettias for sale too.

There will also be a bake sale and a delicious lunch at the Community Center by Alyce from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Also on November 29, the Hovland Arts Festival will be hosting its Hovland Artisan’s Christmas Sale at the Hovland Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s worth the drive to see the beautiful crafts, artwork and gift items. Shop and enjoy some coffee, cider and treats.

In Lutsen on November 28-29, Last Chance Gallery& Studio will host its Holiday Market with a tree lighting on Friday evening, exquisite gift items and much more.


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'Home for the Holidays' event at Last Chance Gallery

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 7:37pm

The Last Chance Gallery is having their 9th Annual Holiday Market, Friday and Saturday, November 28 and 29. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Marcia Hyatt about this event on North Shore Morning.


The holiday party includes fund-raising for local charities, special art demos and the annual Christmas tree lighting on Friday evening.
Please bring items for the food shelf, make ornaments for the NS Health Care Foundation and know a portion of any art you buy goes to the Cook County Community Fund. 
Home for the Holidays
November 28 & 29
Fri. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. & Sat. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Noon- 1 - Judie Johnson - Basket weaving
1-2 - Tom Christiansen - Casting Bronze Sculptures
2-4 - Nate Saunders - Pottery
Special event on Friday, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. with a tree lighting and more!
Christmas Carolers and Tree lighting at 6.
Noon- 1 - Judie Johnson - Basket Weaving
1-2 John Books - Creating Figurative Sculptures
2-3 Anna Hess - Pet portraits (painting on poster)

 Last Chance Gallery & Studio in Lutsen, MN (just off Hwy 61 across from Lockport, next to Arrowhead Electric)
17 Railroad Drive • 218-663-7008 •

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 10:50am

On Thanksgiving, the Cook County News-Herald would like to say thank you to all who contribute to getting the paper out every week. The local newspaper would not be here without the support of our loyal readers, subscribers and advertisers. Thanks to all of you!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!





The New Standards Holiday Show at Papa Charlie's Friday

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:51pm

It’s become a holiday tradition. Papa Charlie’s Tavern & Stage in Lutsen is hosting The New Standards 8th Seasonal Holiday Show on Friday, Nov. 28.  “It’s a treat to preview the show before it debuts in Minneapolis and Lincoln Center in New York,” said Jim Vick, marketing director at Lutsen Mountains.  “With more than a dozen musicians, it is quite an extravaganza for our stage.”

The New Standards (TNS) is a trio of friends that’s been performing together since 2005 and continues to put on a great show for all age groups.  “Each year, TNS friends and their family head to Lutsen for some fun in the snow, and to share their new annual show in the intimate setting of Papa Charlie’s.  

Started in 2005 as an off-shoot between Minneapolis-based musicians and friends Chan Poling (piano), Steve Roehm (vibes) and John Munson (bass), TNS now performs around the world, and has generated CDs, videos, cartoons, and other projects.

TNS will perform their holiday show in Minneapolis Dec. 5-6 at the State Theatre, but only a few tickets remain. Vick recommends heading to Lutsen to ski and to take in The New Standard’s first show of the 2014 holiday season at Papa Charlie’s


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Library sculpture to be created by Tom Christiansen

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:49pm

Local artist Tom Christiansen has been selected from a large pool of artists by the Grand Marais Library Board to create a piece of public artwork for the library. Christiansen, who is best known for working with metal in his sculptures, will be awarded a $10,000 grant from the Arrowhead Library System which used Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage money from the sales tax approved by Minnesota voters several years ago.

The announcement came at the November 3 meeting where the board ratified the Public Art Committee’s decision to select Christiansen.

Other local artists who were finalists for the project were Sharon Frykman, Nancy Seaton and Ann Klefstad of Duluth.

In the coming weeks Christiansen, who owns the Last Chance Fabricating Studio in Lutsen, will discuss further with the board the final design for his project.

The goal of this public artwork is to create art that honors the community and reinforces the perception of the library as a place to experience arts, culture and history through a variety of art formats. The competition was open to artists 18 and older who live in one of the seven counties located within the Arrowhead Regional Library system.

It is hoped that the project will be completed by June 30, 2015.


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City accepts Blandin Foundation grant to continue study of biomass project

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:47pm

The Grand Marais City Council voted to accept a $50,000 grant from the Blandin Foundation to use toward planning for a proposed biomass district heating facility. The terms of the grant stipulate that the money is to be used only to finalize bidding, secure customer agreements and finalize financing options for construction and operation of the facility.

Councilor Kennedy, also a member of the Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) that is working to advance the biomass project, said another $50,000 is still needed in order to re-bid the project, and a lot of details are still up in the air.

However, Kennedy said those details will be needed before state bonding can be taken up by late spring or early June. Once such things as securing customer contracts and financing plans are learned, “then we’ll know if we have a project,” Kennedy said.

At the November 12 city council meeting, Mayor Larry Carlson stressed that the acceptance of the grant “in no way obligates the city” to pursue the project, and Kennedy concurred. “We’ve said that all along…if the project is not in the city’s best interest, we won’t do it,” he said.


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