Around Cook County
“Creating sustainable prosperity for all” is the motto of
a new countywide partnership of public, private and nonprofit entities
known as the “GO [Generating Opportunities] Team.” On June 19,
2012, Cook County Higher Education Business Training Coordinator Jim
Boyd and Northspan Group President and CEO Randy Lasky asked the Cook
County Board of Commissioners for $6,000 to support the GO Team’s
development of an economic development plan for the county.
This spring an initiative was launched to expand the Grand Marais
Chamber of Commerce to include businesses throughout the entire
county. According to Boyd, this “metamorphosed” into the GO Team
and a plan to hire Randy Lasky to work with county leaders to create
an economic development plan rather than pursuing the Extension
program. The team is currently comprised of about 20 public, private,
and nonprofit representatives.
According to Lasky’s proposal for professional services, the
Northspan Group is a nonprofit organization with over 25 years
providing business and community development consulting services.
According to Lasky, his job would be “to challenge and engage various
interests throughout the county and seek consensus and alignment
around a clear vision and key strategic priorities and values that
will garner broad public support and are capable of guiding economic
growth and investment.”
Lasky told the county board the project would involve talking to
business owners from all perspectives, including small, family-owned
businesses, to find out what is important to all of them. “We’re
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Wolf season isn’t popular with the public, Lake Superior College gets a big grant, FEMA was in the area looking at flood damage, Lake Superior flood pollution is a worry, a special session on flood damage is probable and the small plane search is called off…all in this week’s news.
For years, Sandy Holthaus, who grew up in Schroeder, has made the readers of the Cook County News-Herald and the Annandale Advocate gasp in surprise, giggle with delight, and occasionally shed a tear. Along the way our food columnist has enticed us to try a new recipe or two. For years, readers have encouraged Holthaus to collect those recipes and memories in a book. She has done just that with a book published this spring, Sandyisms – Stories, Recipes & More from the North Shore.
Anyone who would like to purchase a book, or meet Sandy, is invited to a North Shore book signing. She will be making two book signing stops on Saturday, June 30.
Book Signings with Sandy Holthaus
Lake Superior Trading Post
Saturday, June 30 – 10 a.m. - noon
Cross River Heritage Center
Saturday, June 30 1 – 3 p.m.
The Grand Portage Lodge and Casino Retro Rock Revue Weekend, Northern Minnesota’s biggest 70s, 80s and 90s rock music festival, returns to the north shore of Lake Superior, Friday June 29th and Saturday June 30.
But this year the Retro Rock Revue will be more than a celebration of classic rock music, it will also be a major fundraising event, with 100 percent of ticket sales being donated to Thunder Bay Flood Fund, through the Canadian Red Cross.
“When we heard about the families affected by the flood we wanted to help out. The Retro Rock Revue is the biggest event on the North Shore and always pulls in a big crowd and that’s why we’ve chosen to donate all of our ticket sales to the flood relief effort”, said Frank Vecchio, Director of Marketing for Grand Portage Lodge and Casino. “We realized that even though the event is four weeks away, help was needed right now. So we chose to donate $10,000 dollars up front with the rest of the money to come after the event.”
On Friday June 29th, rock out under the Big Top on Lake Superior’s shore with Thunder Bay’s The Hoolies, playing classic rock covers, followed by world famous #1 Kiss tribute act, the phenomenal Kiss Army Live! With identical makeup, outrageous outfits, classic instruments and top-notch musicianship, Kiss Army rules!
And on Saturday June 30th, get down to the smooth sounds of Boogie Wonderland, Minnesota’s number one 70's Disco Dance band, at 2pm. Then, turn up the rock with Led Zeppelin tribute, The Zep Show, from 6pm. And at 9pm, headliners Smash Mouth take to the stage with their very own brand of 60s-influenced garage band pop
The band Portage will also perform their classic country music for a dance on June 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Shore Care Center. Portage performs the last Saturday of each month at the Care Center and the community is always welcome to join in the fun.
There are volunteer opportunities of all kinds at North Shore Care Center. Please consider giving some time this summer to assist with a garden project, an outing, Thursday Bingo games, or a dance. For more information about activity programs and volunteer programs, you can contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or the website www.nshorehospital.com.
Things are heating up in the Lake Superior basin. Temps are rising, ice cover is shrinking and life is changing. There are 60 days less ice now then 100 years ago on the big lake. That’s about two months. This drastic shift is affecting communities, businesses, economies, and the way people live all around the lake.