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The next Grand Marais Playhouse production will be the youth/community musical “Doo-Wop Wed Widing Hood.” The play takes place in the 1950s—hula-hoops are in high demand, and so is Little Red Riding Hood!
Wise Prince Jason (winner of the Math Olympics and the Nobel Prize), Strong Prince Justin (who can bench press his own mother) and ordinary Loud Prince Frank all want to woo Red Riding Hood. So the king and queen hire the Fairy Godmother to set three tasks for the princes. Only the prince who can find the missing girl, defeat the dragon and awaken a castle visitor from her slumber earns the right to woo Wed Widing Hood... that is, Red Riding Hood!
Alas, Little Red’s couch-potato parents don’t want to lose their little girl. How else will they get their cookies delivered to Grandmother? So they hire the evil queen to thwart the Fairy Godmother’s contest.
A large cast is needed for this entertaining adventure—eight males, 10 females and three roles that could be either gender, plus a chorus. Auditions will be October 1 at 3:30 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. All community members grade 1 to adult are encouraged to audition.
Performances are November 3, 4, 10 and 11 with a school performance on Nov. 8. Rehearsals will be Monday - Thursday 3:30 – 5 p.m. with additional dance and vocal rehearsals possible on some Fridays and Saturdays.
For more information about Doo-Wop Wed Widing Hood or the Grand Marais Playhouse, call (218) 387-1284 ext. 2.
The “Road Work Ahead” signs and the orange barrels are on the shoulders of Highway 61 signifying upcoming work in the Hovland area.
According to Beth Petrowske from MnDOT’s Duluth office, crews will be working on culverts in the area west of Hovland and east of County Road 69.
She says the culvert project should be completed sometime before the end of October. It is part of an eight-county resurfacing and culvert replacement project. The work may require temporary lane closures. Drivers are asked to use caution when driving through the work zones.
Three informational meetings have been set for those seeking
details or wishing to volunteer for the new Gichigami Express Stage
Style Sled Dog Race. The Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race will be run
in Cook County. There will be three stages run over three days from
January 6-8, 2013. There is a $25,000 purse and a 30-team limit.
The purpose of the race is to celebrate the history of mushing in Cook
County. The race will begin in Grand Portage, and proceeds to Gunflint
Trail. The next day, mushers race from Trail Center to Grand Marais.
And on the final day, they will return to Grand Portage.
There are many opportunities for sponsors and volunteers for this
exciting new event. If you are interested, meetings will be held
Sept. 26 at the Grand Portage Lodge; Sept. 27 at the Cook County
Community Center in Grand Marais and Oct. 2 at Trail Center on the
Gunflint Trail. All meetings begin at 6 p.m.
If you are unable to attend one of the meetings, but want more
information, contact Beth at (218) 475-2791 or Jack Stone at 387-3136.
The full County Board met with the full Grand Marais City
Council at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18 in the county
commissioners’ room. The meeting began with the city presenting a list
of its parameters for participating in the project. The city said it
would participate in the community center operating loss based on a
percentage split of 50%--capped at a firm number such as $100,000.
City Councilor Tim Kennedy explained that the city wanted a plan in
place in case operating costs accelerated. The city learned, said
Kennedy, from the current Grand Marais pool. There was an agreement
when the pool was constructed in 1977 that the expenses would be
shared between the city, the county and the school, however there was
no plan for inflation. “Costs kept going up,” said Kennedy. “There was
no review and the city absorbed the cost.”
Commissioner Bruce Martinson said he was opposed to the $100,000 cap.
He said past recommendations called for the city to contribute what it
was currently spending to maintain the swimming pool, approximately
$150,000. “Going from $150,000 to $100,000 is a big difference. The
county is taking all the risk. If we have a deficit of $300,000, the
county takes the entire hit,” said Martinson.
Kennedy replied, “Believe me, we know. We’ve been covering pool
expenses for 30 years.”
The $100,000 cap, Kennedy said, was based on the financial estimates
provided by Chris Francis of the YMCA, which show a deficit budget of
Commissioner Sobanja said he felt the YMCA’s budget numbers were “very
Wolf season is scheduled to open in just over a month, but there’s s lawsuit pending that could stop it. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with the bill’s sponsor Rep. David Dill on “Daybreak.” The complete interview is also posted, wherein Rep. Dill talks about the expanded District 3A.
On Sept. 18, Commissioners Hakes and Sobanja headed to School District 166 for discussion on the proposed Cook County Community Center and its connection to the west end of the school building. That discussion, with school board members Jeanne Anderson and Leonard Sobanja, was civil, but an agreement was not reached. At the end of two hours, the county and school negotiators agreed to go back to their respective boards for more direction.
The meeting started with a review of the appraisal completed by Dawn Cole of Cole Appraisal and Consulting, Eveleth. (No relation to the county’s consultant Wade Cole of ORB Management). The appraisal valued the building and the .98 acre of land around at $160,000.
There was some debate then, of the condition and value of the building, of zoning issues and of what the county could—and could not—afford to pay. Finally, School Board Member Jeanne Anderson said, “I think everyone at this table is acting in good faith. I think we just need to go back to our boards and get everyone up to speed.”
The rest of the group concurred and agreed to meet again after their next board meetings. They agreed to meet on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. at the Jane Mianowski Conference Room at the school.