Around Cook County
The Grand Marais Ole Opry, a classic country showcase featuring local and regional musicians playing tunes made famous by artists such as Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, and Roy Acuff will be offered at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Art ’Round Town is sponsoring a gala art show/fundraiser for public art at the Johnson Heritage Post during Presidents’ Weekend, Feb. 14-17. Local artists are donating original 12-inch by 12-inch works, which will be available for a donation of $100 each, and there will be a number of miscellaneous pieces as well (pottery, wind chimes, jewelry, etc.).
The grand opening from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 14 will be open to the public, and the A’RT Committee encourages everyone to attend, whether to indulge in a variety of hors d’oeuvres, sip a glass of wine, revel in live jazz by Mike DeBevec (piano) and Eric Hahn (sax), or to select artwork to enhance your home.
Grand Marais City Councilor and Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) liaison Tim Kennedy told his city council colleagues that he was “pretty sure” there would be no state financing this legislative session for a proposed Grand Marais district biomass heating facility, as the project was not included in the governor’s bonding bill. At the January 29 city council meeting, Kennedy said there may be other ways to pursue funding, such as through grants or other sources, but it appears likely it will be put on hold another two years.
The State of Minnesota has introduced a new driver’s license that will make trips to and from Canada easier for many Minnesota motorists. Minnesota drivers can now choose to obtain an Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) which in addition to serving as the typical driver’s license will allow a Minnesota resident to re-enter the United States at land or sea ports when returning from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean.
The state of Minnesota is planning to impose a quarantine to limit the spread of destructive gypsy moths. This will affect residents and travelers in Northeast Minnesota. North Shore Morning host Ann Possis spoke with Lucia Hunt, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Gypsy Moth Program Supervisor.
Public hearings about the quarantine are being held Tuesday, Feb. 11 in Two Harbors, and Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Grand Marais as part of the County Commissioner board meetings.
More information about gypsy moths and the proposed quarantine are available from the Minneosta Department of Agriculture.