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"I Can Climb" program offered by the MN DNR at Tettegouche State Park June 14

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:31am

The popular “I Can Climb!” program will once again be offered by the DNR this summer in partnership with Vertical Endeavors.

The program offers opportunities to learn basic climbing skills. Youth and other beginners ascend real rocks at Minnesota’s state parks for rock climbing. Helmets, harnesses and other climbing and safety gear are provided. Advance registration is required.

Locally, “I Can Climb! On the North Shore,” a 90-minute program ($5 per climber) for participants age 10 or older, takes place at Tettegouche State Park in Silver Bay starting Saturday, June 14. Climbers are slowly lowered from the top of a cliff above Lake Superior and then climb back up. No experience is necessary.

To register for the climbing program visit or call 866-857-2757 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, except holidays).

Icebox Radio Live Theater Comes to Grand Marais on June 13

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 8:11am

The Icebox Radio Theater will be presenting a series of performances in public libraries across Northern Minnesota this June.  At each stop, the Theater will perform: "On the Air!" - a short play about the history and future of radio drama where audience members will learn a little bit about the rich history of telling 'stories in sound,' and young audience members can try out life 'behind the mic.' For more information, visit the Icebox Radio Theater website at

The Theater will be coming to Grand Marais on Friday, June 13th at 6 p.m.  The performance will be at the Grand Marais Public Library. 

Some other area performances in Northern Minnesota include:

Silver Bay: Friday, June 6th at 1 p.m.
Two Harbors: Friday, June 6th at 3:30 p.m.
Ely: Tuesday, June 10th at 10:30 a.m.
Grand Rapids: Tuesday, June 10th at 6 p.m.


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Cook County beach advisories lifted

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 3:32pm

Two Cook County beaches received “no water contact” advisories from the Minnesota Department of Health this week. When the water at the beaches--Paradise Beach and Durfee Creek Beach--were retested on June 3, the bacterial levels had returned to acceptable levels.

Water samples collected on June 2, 2014 at Paradise Beach had bacteria levels that indicate possible fecal contamination. The water at the beach will be tested again today.

The Durfee Creek Area Beach also showed elevated levels of E.coli bacteria from the test on June 2. The beach will also be retested today.

Other beaches that received advisories on June 2 include Agate Bay, Burlington Bay and French River Beaches in Two Harbors and the 20th Street/Hearding Island Canal Beach and the Lakewalk Beach in Duluth. All of those no-contact advisories were removed after retesting except for the French River beach. That advisory remains in place.

Beach monitoring is conducted at the following beaches in Cook County:  Chicago Bay boat launch in Hovland; Paradise Beach, Kadunce Creek, Durfee Creek in Colvill; Old Shore Road, Harbor Park in Grand Marais, Recreation Park campground in Grand Marais, Cutface Creek Wayside Rest; Temperance River State Park, Schroeder Town Park and Sugarloaf Cove Beach in Schroeder. At press time, all had “water contact acceptable” ratings.

A number of factors, such as dog, geese and other wildlife feces, dirty diapers, failing septic systems and sewer line breaks and overflows, can contribute to higher levels of illness-causing bacteria.

Interested in buying a home? Attend the June 7 "Home Stretch Workshop"

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 1:12pm

Homebuyers could be eligible to earn $5,000 towards closing and down payment costs on a new home! Cook County residents interested in learning more are invited to join Sandy O'Fallon, from the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) on Saturday, June 7 at the 2014 Home Stretch Workshop.

The program, which is sponsored by the Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA), AEOA and the Cook County Chamber, will give the opportunity to learn about homeownership and howyou might be able to become a new home owner.

Workshop topics include:

* Qualifying for a mortgage / loan programs

*  Budgeting/credit issues/saving

*  Shopping for a home/realtor services

* Professional inspections/appraisals

* Closing/title insurance/homeowners insurance

*  Financial responsibilities as a homeowner

*  $5000 down payment closing costs free to eligible buyers

The workshop is free, but registration is required. Call Sandy at (218) 999-0828.

More citizens file as election filing deadline nears

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:48pm

The deadline to file for Cook County offices is today, June 3, at the close of business—4:00 p.m. There have been several last minute filings.

In Commissioner District 5, incumbent Bruce Martinson was the first and only candidate that had filed the first week of the filling period. Since then Tim Goettl and Ginny Storlie of Lutsen and Stanley Tull of Grand Marais have filed to run against him.

In Commissioner District 1, there are now six candidates in the running, John W. Bockovich, Steve Fleace, and Harry Drabik, all of Hovland and Frank Moe, Jerry Hiniker, Kristin DeArruda Wharton of Colvill.

On May 27, incumbent Janice Hall confirmed that she would not be filing for reelection. 

Both of those candidate races will be narrowed in a primary election on August 12.

The only commissioner race with only one choice is District 3. Jan Sivertson of Grand Marais has filed for that office and as of May 27 is unopposed.

Incumbent Sue Hakes has announced that she is not running for reelection.

Two other county officials, Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers and Recorder Dusty Nelms have both filed for reelection are unopposed.

Molly Hicken, who has been fulfilling county attorney duties since County Attorney Tim Scannell went on medical leave on October 13, 2013, is running for that office.

There are two positions up for election on the Cook County Soil & Water District. Nancye Belding had filed for S&W District 3, but has apparently withdrawn. Jim Hall of Lutsen is now the sole candidate for that S&W District.

The other S&W District now has a candidate, David Berglund of Grand Marais.

The City of Grand Marais, the Cook County North Shore Hospital District and School District 166 have a different election filing period. Candidates for those offices must file between July 29 - August 12.

Home Buyer Workshop in Grand Marais: June 7

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:20am

Join Sandy O'Fallon from AEOA on June 7th at the 2014 Home Stretch Workshop to learn about homeownership and how you might be able to become a new home owner.
Registration is required. Call Sandy at 218-999-0828.

DATE:  June 7, 2014 
TIME:  8:30 a.m. TO 5:00 p.m.
PLACE:  “Higher Education”
                  300 W 3rd Street, Grand Marais
Homebuyer Workshop Topics Include:
•           Qualifying for a Mortgage/Loan Programs
•           Budgeting/Credit Issues/Saving
•           Shopping for a Home/Realtor Services
•           Professional Inspections/Appraisals
•           Closing/Title Insurance/Homeowners Insurance
•           Financial Responsibilities as a Homeowner
•           $5,000 Downpayment Closing cost to eligible buyers
It's National Homeownership Month -- enjoy a FREE workshop
Registration is required!
Please call to confirm workshop
For Information about the Program call:
Sandy O’Fallon
KOOTASCA Community Action, Inc./AEOA
(218) 999-0828

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