Around Cook County
The Grand Marais City Council voted to list the city fire department’s 1984 General pumper for sale on e-Bay. The fire truck is considered surplus equipment, and the city needs to sell it in order to make room for a new tanker slated for delivery at the end of February.
City Administrator Mike Roth told councilors at the January 30 council meeting that the process to sell the fire truck began about 18 months ago with listings in various publications and websites, and there has been some interest shown, but no buyers have come forward. The first asking price was $10,000, which was then cut in half. “Make us an offer,” said Roth.
The 10th annual Snowarama for Easter Seals was once again a great success, with 77 riders hitting the Grand Portage trails and perhaps more importantly, raising $24,575 to help Easter Seals of Ontario.
The weather was bitter cold as riders set out from Grand Portage Trail Center. But the intrepid riders just bundled up and not only endured the minus 13 degree temperature, they enjoyed it. About half of the riders traveled the long route, heading from Grand Portage to Trail Center or Hungry Jack Lodge on the Gunflint Trail. The rest of the riders stayed closer to the comforts of Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, traveling the beautiful trails right in Grand Portage.
But the real reason for the ride was brought home by the current and former Easter Seal Ambassadors at the event. Terry Douglas of Thunder Bay, mom of Easter Seal Ambassador Kendall Douglas was the evening’s emcee. She thanked everyone for taking part, noting that it is impossible to express enough appreciation to Easter Seals for its work with children with physical disabilities.
The new Cook County Chamber of Commerce invites all county business owners and managers to a “We Love Cook County” pre-Valentine celebration from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais.
“Everyone is welcome,” said host Jan Sivertson. “We'd love to see members of the Greater Grand Marais Chamber and also business folk from other parts of the county who have not previously been active in chamber affairs.”
There will be a New To Medicare Presentation on Monday, February 11, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Attend this session to learn about Medicare parts A through D, Medicare insurance options, supplemental insurance, extra help paying for prescription drugs, Medicare Savings Programs and more. Get your questions answered! This is a free informational presentation, presented by Marjori Bottila of The Senior LinkAge Line® at the Cook County Senior Center. To register and learn more call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433
Or call the Cook County Senior Center at 218-387-2660
Individual 30 minute Medicare Counseling appointments will also be available from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Please contact the Senior Center to schedule your appointment. If you are new to Medicare, please make sure you attend the group presentation prior to your appointment.
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Grand Marais explorer Lonnie Dupre about leaving Denali, reported on the DNR’s decision to close the moose season and interviewed Rep. David Dill on mysterious moose mortality.…all in this week’s news.
The Floodwood Polar Bears visited Cook County Friday night and took two varsity basketball wins home with them.
The Wrenshall Wrens visited Silver Bay and left with a boys win over the Mariners. The Mariner girls, however, defeated the Wrens.
Kale Boomer led the Viking boys with 17 points as they fell 40-34 to the Polar Bears in Grand Marais. Colin Everson also hit in double figures with 12. The only other two Vikings to score were Justin Goldstein with three and Lars Scannell with two. Boomer and Everson each had two three-pointers in their totals while Goldstein had one.
The Vikings held the usually high-scoring Floodwood to a three-point margin, 24-21, at the end of the first half. The Polar Bears again outscored the Vikings by three in the second half, 16-13, to secure the win. The loss dropped the Vikes to 10-6 for the season.
Jarred Heggedahl and Riley Bernsdorf had 13 and 10 points respectively for the Polar Bears.
Floodwood stopped Cook County in the girls game, 84-54. Only the score was available from this game. The Vikings fell to 8-13 with the loss.
The Viking boys and girls travel to Wrenshall for basketball on Friday night, February 15.
The Silver Bay Mariners split a varsity double-header with the Wrenshall Wrens in Silver Bay.
Alicia Nopola nailed four three-pointers and scored 36 points to lead the Mariner girls to a 45-34 win over the Wrens.
Silver Bay held a 20-16 first half lead and they outscored Wrenshall 26-18 in the second to take the 12-point win.
Also scoring for Silver Bay was Tara Dow with six while Aubrey Thun and Brandi Nopola had two each. The win upped the Mariners record to 3-14.
Tatum Swanson scored eight for the Wrens.