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Happy Independence Day!

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 10:09am

The Cook County News-Herald wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July!

Don't miss "Lethal Lecture" dinner performance at Harbor Light Supper Club

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 10:08am

There are just a few more chances to catch "Lethal Lecture" at the Harbor Light Supper Club, the tale of a lecture on archeology that is interrupted—by murder! The murder must be solved by the cast—the archeologist’s assistant, his “intern,” his wife and an intrepid reporter—and the audience. The hilarious show is different every night as the interaction with the audience keeps the performers on their toes.
And of course, while the murder is being solved, the audience will enjoy a delicious Harbor Light dinner and dessert in air conditioning.
Appearing in Lethal Lecture is (L-R) Kevin Kager as Professor Hazelton Crandall; Tina Krause, as Mrs. Peabody; Stefanie Mitchell as Diana Darling; Sarah Stover as the professor’s assistant, Dr. Hillary Scheckle; Jack Nickolay, as Jackson Philips; and Gerry Grant as Mrs. Crandall.
The next shows are July 5 – 8. For tickets, contact Harbor Light at (218) 387-1142.

North Shore Music Association hosts Samantha Crain

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 9:56am

Samantha Crain will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 7 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.
Crain was raised in rural Shawnee, Okla., a town whose remote location influenced her quirky, earthy interpretation of folk music. Although inspired by the sounds of her father's music collection, including Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, an adolescent Crain took even greater solace in the music of her home state, from the rootsy Americana of Woody Guthrie to the sonic experiments of the Flaming Lips. “Samantha Crain describes her music as ‘Midwest-sounding folk songs,’” writes David Wiwchar of CBC Music, “but before you start thinking about flat fields and hay seeds, give her sounds a listen. Her toe-tapping honesty and straight-ahead simplicity are more reflective of a red-brick small city environment reminiscent of Feist.” 
The 25-year-old musician, a member of the Choctaw tribe, is just now beginning to explore her musical roots and transfer her heritage into song. “I didn’t grow up on a reservation,” she says, “but I have been active in tribal activities since I was a child… So much of the Choctaw music and arts have been lost over the years, so I’ve been learning from a variety of American Indian cultures and applying it to the little I know about my own.” Crain often performs at tribal festivals and events throughout the United States and Canada, learning wherever she goes. She has been featured at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in Winnipeg and has won two trophies from the Native American Music Awards, one for song writing and the other for best folk record.

Jay Cooke State Park closed indefinitely

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 1:02pm

Because State Highway 210 remains closed due to severe flood damage, The Minnesota DNR announced that Jay Cooke State Park in northeastern Minnesota also will remain closed indefinitely. The highway, which provides the only vehicle access to the park, is impassable due to mudslides and large, washed-out sections.

Damage estimates are not yet available for the park, but the DNR anticipates losing approximately $175,000 in camping and lodging revenue while the park is closed.

Reservations at the park are being canceled through Oct. 31. Full refunds are being issued to customers. No reservations will be taken until further notice.

Jay Cooke State Park is the ninth most visited of Minnesota's 75 state parks and recreation areas. It had more than 302,000 total visitors in 2010 and nearly 35,000 overnight visitors.

Damage to the campground and park buildings was minimal and no one was hurt, but the park's iconic swinging bridge over the St. Louis River was severely damaged. There has also been extensive damage to the park's 50-mile trail system, and water and sewer service remain unavailable.

The Willard Munger State Trail, a popular paved bike route that was severely damaged by the flooding, remains closed between Carlton to Duluth until further notice.

The DNR urges people not to go near Jay Cooke State Park or the closed section of the Willard Munger State Trail, because conditions are still very unsafe.

Memorial Blood Center coming for three blood drives

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 9:00am

Memorial Blood Centers has scheduled three July blood 
donation drives in Cook County.
Tofte, Schroeder and Lutsen blood drive
will be on Tuesday, July 17 from
2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The bus will be parked at Zoar Lutheran Church.
Contact Polly at (218) 663-7398.
The Grand Marais community blood drive
will be on Wednesday, July 18
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the bus parked at the Senior Center.
Contact Rosemary at (218) 387-1758.
The Grand Portage Health Services blood drive
will be on Thursday, July 19 from
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the bus in the parking lot. Contact Vivian 
Carlson at (218) 475-2235.
According to the Memorial Blood Center, one blood donation can save as
many as three lives. You can be a hero to someone through the simple 
act of donating blood, so call for an appointment today!

Dayton to call special flood session

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 8:45am

Gov. Mark Dayton says he will call a special session to pass disaster relief for northern Minnesota, which was ravaged by floods last week.

Dayton told reporters at the state Capitol Friday that state lawmakers will need to approve funding to address damage to public infrastructure.

The first step is to have President Obama issue a disaster declaration for the area that was besieged by floods on the night of June 19. The state and local governments will have to pay 25 percent of the costs of repair, with the federal government picking up the rest.

The damage to roads and other public infrastructure is estimated at $108 million, although Dayton said the number could increase when the assessment is complete.

Earlier today, Dayton met with his cabinet members, legislative leaders,  Duluth Mayor Don Ness, and former Duluth senator and Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon to discuss the application for the federal declaration. The application was submitted Friday.

Dayton said he’s confident the application will be approved by the Federal Emergency Management Administration in one to two weeks.