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Searchers find missing man along Temperance River

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 9:58am

The Cook County Sheriff's Department reports a man missing on the Temperance River on an inner-tube trip has been found alive.

The dispatcher confirmed the man was found alive and dehydrated Friday morning along the river in the West End of Cook County. County Search and Rescue personnel were called out around 6 AM to search the area after the man was reported missing by friends.

The search also included a US Forest Service Beaver aircraft which flew along the river corridor.  .

According to reports, the 50-year-old was inner-tubing on the river Thursday afternoon down from the Temperance River Campground on the Sawbill Trail. He was expected to meet friends at the 600 road bridge.

His friends report he never arrived. They contacted the Sheriff’s Department for assistance.

The Search and Rescue team used the 600 road bridge as their staging area. In addition to the Forest Service aircraft, Tofte Fire and Rescue personnel and a Cook County Ambulance crew joined  in the search and rescue..


Community Center design must be downsized

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 8:53pm

On Friday, July 13, the Cook County Community Center Steering 
Committee got down to what may be the most difficult part of the 
community center planning—determining what goes and what stays in the 
community center proposal to remain within the $9.5 million budgeted 
by the county board.
Wade Cole of ORB Management presented estimates for the latest 
configuration and shared the news that the plans as presented were 8.1
percent over the $9.5 million budgeted.
Cole pointed out that the most expensive part of the project was the 
swimming pool and asked if the steering committee would be willing to 
reduce the surface area of the pool, which in turn would allow the 
architect to bring in the size of the building.
If that was done, Cole said, the facility would be closer to the 
proposed budget. Reducing the size of the aquatics area would bring 
the budget overage to approximately 4.5 percent.
Cole said, “It’s not uncommon to be over at this point.”
Architect Dan Miller of JLG Architects said with the 4.5 percent 
overage, the plan would be “close enough.” He said, “With these 
numbers we know what we can build—we just need to figure out how we 
can build it.”
The steering committee agreed to alter the schematic design to reduce 
the size of the swimming pool from 3,550 to 2,734 square feet, 
however, Steering Committee Member/County Commissioner Sue Hakes said 
she wanted the public to know that the pool would still have four 
swimming lanes, plus a zero-depth entry/recreation area and a sauna 
and whirlpool area that seats at least 12 people. A motion was passed 

Grand Marais Garden Club presents "A Woodland Garden"

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 3:13pm

Members of the Grand Marais Garden Club Flower Show Committee are completing preparations for the annual flower show on Friday, July 20, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Cook County Community Center at 317 W. 5th St.
The theme this year is “A Woodland Garden.” Many beautiful arrangements of locally grown flowers will be displayed. The master gardeners will also have a display and there will be a plant sale. Refreshments will be served, featuring homemade rhubarb punch. Admission is free.
The garden club will also have a plant sale in conjunction with the show. Bring in a plant to trade for a plant or select plants for a donation price.  
You are cordially invited to see what kinds of lovely flowers grow in our woodland gardens. For more information contact Sally Berg at 387-3326.

"A Century of Jazz" at Grand Marais Playhouse

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 3:12pm

The Grand Marais Playhouse is excited to announce a very special event at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday, July 21. The skyBLUEtrio and theORANGEgirl, with guest Al Anderson will perform A Century of Jazz, a concert presentation of the different jazz genres of the last century.
This includes early jazz, swing jazz, jazz standards derived from musicals, Bebop. hard bop, Latin jazz, cool jazz, and jazz fusion.
This quartet of Grand Marais musicians, formed in 2011, performs singable and danceable jazz standards and original jazz compositions. The quartet is Karina Roth, vocals; Mike Roth, bass; Erik Hahn, sax and flute; Mike DeBevec, piano and vocals. They often feature local and regional guest musicians. 
This event will be a fundraiser for the Grand Marais Playhouse. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres available by Sweetz, inc. with a silent auction and then the concert at 7 p.m.
In an interesting new twist for the ACA, there will also be a dance floor set up in front of the stage! Veronica Weadock and Bob Pranis will be bringing some of their dance students to demonstrate the dances of the era and invite audience members to join them on the dance floor. Tickets are $17 or adults and $7 for students. Come enjoy an evening of fine entertainment and show your support for the Playhouse as we continue to strive to provide Cook County with high quality theater.
For information about the Grand Marais Playhouse, visit

Grand Marais beaches back to acceptable bacteria levels

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 3:11pm

The Minnesota Department of Health warned people to avoid contact with the water at two Grand Marais beaches on Lake Superior on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Since then the water has been re-tested and the advisories on both beaches have been lifted.

Water samples collected Monday, July 16 at the Grand Marais downtown beach near Harbor Park and the Grand Marais Campground beach contained elevated levels of E. coli bacteria, indicating the possible presence of fecal contamination.

Re-testing on July 17 found that the water at the Grand Marais campground beach, next to the rec. park pavilion, had returned to acceptable levels and now has a “water contact acceptable” rating.

The downtown beach, by Harbor Park, remained under the “no water contact” advisory until Thursday, July 19. A beach advisory alert was issued on July 19 stating that bacteria levels had returned to acceptable levels.

Other beaches with advisories include Duluth’s Park Point near 15th Street and by the Sky Harbor Parking Lot and Hearding Island Canal near 20th Street in Duluth.

2 NE Minn. men accused of lying about killing wolves

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 9:02am

(AP) - Two northeastern Minnesota men face a federal indictment for allegedly killing two gray wolves and lying to investigators.

Fifty-four-year-old Vernon Lee Hoff and 31-year-old Kyler James Jensen, both of Finland, Minn. are charged with conspiracy, violating the Endangered Species Act, and making false statements to a federal officer.

The indictment alleges that in February 2010, after Jensen purposely killed the wolves with his vehicle, he and Hoff conspired over the phone to transport the carcasses to Superior National Forest. Jensen allegedly drove to the forest and used a bulldozer to bury the wolves.

At the time, the gray wolf was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. It was removed from that list in Minnesota last January.

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