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West End write-in candidates win seats

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:07pm

Elections were held for town clerk and a supervisor in each of the West End townships on Tuesday, March 11. When the votes were tallied, write-in candidates took several seats on town boards.

In Lutsen, incumbent Clerk Silviya Duclos and Supervisor Marland Hansen did not file for re-election.  No one else filed for election during the filing period, so Lutsen voters faced a ballot with two spaces for write-in candidates. Shortly before press time two candidates announced that they were running for supervisor—Andrew Beavers and Colleen Brennan.

Andrew Beavers won the seat.

For clerk, Deputy Clerk Amity Goettl was elected. Goettl had told the News-Herald that she could temporarily fulfill the duties of town clerk.

In Tofte, Clerk Barb Gervais had said she is interested in continuing to serve as town clerk and her name was on the Tofte ballot. She was running unopposed and she was reelected.

Incumbent Supervisor Allan “D.C.” Olsen did not file for re-election and two people ran for that vacant supervisor seat. Judy Motschenbacher filed for election during the filing period and her name was on the ballot with Gervais. Another candidate, Jeanne Larson, announced her intentions to run as a write-in candidate.

The vote was quite close, but after the tally was complete, Larson was the winner and will take a seat on the Tofte town board.

In Schroeder there were no surprises, the incumbent Town Clerk Doug Schwecke and Supervisor Roger “Bill” McKeever were both running for reelection unopposed and both were reelected.


North Shore Music Association hosts Anger-Walsh-Gordy Quartet March 15

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:58am

The North Shore Music Association will present the Anger-Walsh-Gordy Quartet at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. March 15.

Legendary fiddler Darol Anger, guitar whiz Grant Gordy, and mandolinist Joe Walsh have all spent their lives moving from place to place, adopting a town and then moving on, toward an intimate knowledge of the physical and psychic terrains that make up the Americas.  Though each is of a different generation, they've walked similar musical paths, exploring the worlds of bluegrass, blues, jazz, and old-time, on their way to mastery of their chosen instruments.

Over the years, they have each become virtuosos of the vast swath of dialects that comprise American roots music. In the ever-stable bassist Karl Doty they found a kindred musical spirit, equally skilled in folk, jazz and classical music, a founding member of one of the premier chamber orchestras in the U.S. Making a musical home for themselves in the space around and between the great American roots styles, this quartet draws from all of their varied backgrounds in crafting a sound all their own, and is drawing all the right kind of attention for their new musical work.

For more information, call the Music Association at (218) 387-1272.

Early deadline for Dragon Boat Festival signup nears

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:56am

Looking out across the icy-white Grand Marais harbor while the thermometer can't seem to rise much above zero, it's hard to imagine that summer will arrive.

But now's the time to start thinking about the annual Dragon Boat Festival, July 25-27 in the calming waters of Lake Superior. Now is a great time to e-mail or call your teammates and get your registration in or start thinking about creating a team. Why? Because the early registration deadline is March 15, and early registrants can save $200!

It's easy to become involved. Just sign up for one of the expanded family paddle times (anyone who can use a paddle, from 8 to 80, is welcome). After some basics and a tour around the harbor, you'll be ready to enter the new “Dragon Dash,” a short course for paddlers who want to get their feet wet (literally!) in the sport.  

Watch for details on the festival website ( and Facebook page. 

North Shore Care Center hosts monthly birthday party Wednesday

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 7:07pm

The monthly birthday party at the North Shore Care Center will be held on Wednesday, March 12 to honor Sandra Johnson and Audrey Haring. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. with piano classics by Doug Sanders.

There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at North Shore Care Center. For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or visit the website:  

Caregivers Support Group is now held on Wednesdays

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 7:06pm

Care Partners’ Caregivers Support Group has moved to a new day and time. The gathering will now be held every second Wednesday of the month, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fireside Room of the First Congregational Church. Vicki Biggs and Tyler Howell will be the group facilitators. The next Caregivers’ Group is March 12.

Contact Care Partners at 387-3788, or Vicki Biggs at 387-1913, for more information.

Care Partners’ Group Respite Program is held at the same time and location to give you more freedom to join the group. You could bring your loved one to the lower level of the church at 11 a.m., attend the support group and still have time for errands before you pick them up at 3 p.m. Participants must pre-register so call Jeannette if you are interested at 387-3787.

West End elections and annual meetings on Tuesday, March 11

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:52pm

Elections will be held for town clerk and a supervisor in each of the West End townships on Tuesday, March 11, with polls opening at 5 p.m. and closing at 8 p.m., in time for the township annual meetings. Not all of the townships have candidates on the ballots however.

In Lutsen, current Clerk Silviya Duclos and Supervisor Marland Hansen did not file for re-election.  No one else filed for election, so Lutsen voters will face a ballot with two spaces for write-in candidates. On Tuesday, March 11, Andrew Beavers announced that he has decided to run as a write-in candidate for supervisor.

If no one is elected and agrees to serve, the town board can appoint a citizen to fill the vacant positions. For the clerk position, Amity Goettl is the township deputy clerk and she can temporarily fulfill the duties of town clerk.

A possible write-in candidate suggested by some Lutsen citizens is former Lutsen Supervisor Diane Parker. The Cook County News-Herald contacted Parker to see if she was willing to serve, but Parker said she really didn’t have the time. Parker is a volunteer on a number of other boards and committees.

Parker said she thought someone would win the election as a write-in, but said if no one was elected or willing to be appointed for one year, she would be willing to go back on the town board. “From what I understand, the town has to have three supervisors. Rather than let the township dissolve, in order to preserve the township, I would accept the appointment—but only for one year.”

In Tofte, Clerk Barb Gervais said she is interested in continuing to serve as town clerk and her name will be on the Tofte ballot. She is running unopposed.