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Arrowhead Electric gets green light on fiber optic funding

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 10:30am

Arrowhead Electric Cooperative Inc. (AECI) General Manager Jeanne Muntean came under fire at the recent annual meeting and in letters to the editor for expending member dollars before the USDA Rural Utility Service (RUS) had given its stamp of approval on the Arrowhead Electric Cooperative Inc. fiber optic broadband project. Muntean assured concerned cooperative members that the delays in release of RUS Broadband Initiatives Program funds was due to the layers of bureaucracy the co-op had to muddle through. So, it was with the greatest pleasure that Muntean announced on June 22 that word had been received that Arrowhead had met all the conditions to begin receiving funding advancements.
Muntean said, “We’re very happy. It took a lot of work from all the Arrowhead employees to get this done. I’m very pleased,” she said.
Arrowhead expects its first reimbursement to be received within a week. The co-op will be receiving $11,296,239 in grant funding and $4,841,245as a loan.
Muntean said now that advancement of funds has been secured, “We’re ramping up.”
Arrowhead will get back to work with its construction contractor, Mastec, to build out the community fiber network as much as possible in 2012. The cooperative plans to have the entire fiber optic broadband network up and running countywide by the fourth quarter of 2013. “It’s a pretty aggressive schedule,” said Muntean. “But that’s our goal.”
Work is currently underway. Underground crews are pulling fiber into conduit that was installed in 2011 in the Lutsen area, on the Ski Hill Road and the golf course.  Overhead drop crews are working on the fiber line between the road and member’s homes along the Cramer Road in Schroeder.

2012 Tofte Trek 10K Wilderness Walk/Run results

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 5:57am

Close to 250 participants ran or walked in the 33rd Annual Tofte Trek 10K
run/walk today, July 4th. Adam Swank from Duluth led the field with a time of 38:52.

The first woman to cross the finish line was Kaelyn Williams of Golden Valley, with a time of 44:03.

Conditions for the Trek were favorable with east winds off of Lake Superior, keeping temperatures in the low 70s. Runners traditionally enjoy the hilly course and mud puddles, having to hose themselves off at the finish line.

The Tofte Trek is a long-standing tradition started by avid skier Jan Horak of Tofte.

Grand Marais Parade is on!

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 7:38pm

Heavy rains fell this afternoon, but the skies have cleared and the Grand Marais Chamber of Commerce Parade is taking place -- come on down with your patriotic entry and join the fun! 

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.