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Two way race for West End commissioner seat

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 2:39pm

The filing period to run for county offices in 2014 is open until Tuesday, June 3. Another citizen entered the Cook County commissioner’s race today.

In Commissioner District 5, incumbent Bruce Martinson was the only candidate that had filed last week. Today, Tim Goettl of Lutsen filed to run against Martinson. Goettl is a Lutsen township supervisor.

The incumbent commissioner in District 3, Sue Hakes, has announced that she is not running for reelection.  Jan Sivertson of Grand Marais has filed for that office and as of May 27 is unopposed.

In Commissioner District 1, five candidates have filed, John W. Bockovich, Steve Fleace, Harry Drabik, all of Hovland and Frank Moe and Jerry Hiniker of Colvill. At the county board meeting today, May 27, incumbent Janice Hall confirmed that she would not be filing 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 has filed for S&W District 3. As I mentioned earlier, no one has filed yet for the S&W District 4 seat.

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.

Candidates can find guides for filing for office and more information at the Cook County Auditor’s office.

Minnesota DNR to conduct surveys and assessments on area lakes and streams

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:22pm

Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several area lakes and streams during the next few months.

 Waters scheduled for surveys or assessments (by week) include:

* June 2 - Sundling Creek, Pine Lake (near Kemo; splake special assessment), Tomash Lake

* June 9 - Sundling Creek, Rudy Lake, Ruby Lake, Logger Lake, Woodpecker Lake

* June 16 - Caribou Lake (near Lutsen; smallmouth bass assessment), Little Portage Lake, Pine Lake (near Kemo), Sled Lake

* June 23 - Greenwood Lake (smallmouth bass assessment), Clearwater Lake (smallmouth bass assessment), Pit Lake, Stony Lake

·         June 30 - Woods Creek (habitat survey), Mark Creek (habitat survey), Swamp River (beaver dam inventory)

* July 7 - Otter Lake, Crescent Lake, Bouder Lake

* July 14 - Crescent Lake, Binagami Lake, Crooked Lake

* July 21 - Caribou Lake (near Lutsen), Clearwater Lake, Devil Track Lake (walleye reproduction check), Mud Creek

* July 28 - Clearwater Lake, Sundling Creek, Sawbill Creek, Swanson Creek

* Aug. 4 - Sundling Creek, Irish creek, Junco Creek, Saganaga Lake, Flute Reed River, Kadunce Creek

* Aug. 11 - Onion River, Cascade River, Kimball Creek, Devil Track River, Saganaga Lake

* Aug. 18 - Saganaga Lake, Swan Lake

* Aug. 25 - Saganaga Lake, Swamp River, Loft Lake (habitat survey)

* Sept. 1 - Prune Lake, Echo Lake

* Sept. 8 - Moose lake, Loft Lake (fish population assessment)

* Sept. 15 - Kraut Lake, Trip Lake, Squash Lake

* Sept. 22 - Chester Lake, Trout Lake (yellow perch assessment), Unnamed Lake

* Sept. 29 - Thrush Lake (brook trout special assessment)

* Oct. 6 - North Shady Lake

North Shore Care Center to honor volunteers May 28

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 6:41pm

 The annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch at the North Shore Care Center will be Wednesday, May 28 at 10 a.m. The residents and staff want to acknowledge more than 70 volunteers who shared their time and talents during 2013. Volunteers are truly shining stars—enriching the lives of older adults and keeping them connected to the community. Thanks for all that you do!

For more information about volunteer opportunities at North Shore Care Center, please contact the Activity Department at 218.3518 or visit the  website:

Voices from Poetry Night at the Library

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 9:48am

You can join some of the folks featured in this segment at the monthly poetry night group.   Share your interest in poetry, read a favorite poem, or just listen and enjoy.  The Grand Marais Library's Poetry Night is held on the last Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8 pm. 

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Get Ready for the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival: July 25-27

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 6:53am

The 11th annual North Shore Dragon Boat Festival will be held July 25-27.  WTIP's Joe Detrick talked with Ainslie Kincross and Julie Carlson about what's new and what's exciting at the Festival in 2014.

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May brought an informational open house to EDA

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 8:25am

The Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) opened its Tuesday, May 13, 2014 meeting at 3:30 p.m. and was completed in record time. Why the rush? The EDA was hosting an open house that same evening to talk to the public about its initiatives and community collaborations.

After closing the meeting, EDA members headed to their stations to talk to the public about the various initiatives currently under way. EDA President Sandbo and Board Member and County Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk welcomed community members and encouraged them to ask questions.

Citizens and public officials chatted with Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) representatives about housing; with Small Business Development Center consultant Pat Campanaro about business opportunities; with Jim Boyd about the Cook County Chamber of Commerce’s work; with Scott Harrison about Superior National at Lutsen and the upcoming construction project; and with Realtors Jack and Sandra McHugh about lots in the Cedar Grove Business Park.

At the end of the evening, EDA board members thanked everyone for coming and encouraged citizens to attend EDA meetings, which are normally held at 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. More about the EDA can be found at