Around Cook County
“Brown cheese for stories!” That’s what Norwegian
photojournalists Kristian Balsrod, Anton Ligaarden, and Katinka Hustad
will be offering to Cook County residents of Norwegian heritage – or
locals with good Sven & Ole jokes.
The three University of Oslo students arrived in Cook County on June
12 for a four-week stay during which they will start filming a
documentary intended to find out how much Norwegian culture remains
alive in descendants of the 50 percent of the Norwegian population
that emigrated to the United States several generations ago. Indeed,
the population of Norwegian-Americans – close to five million – is
about as large as the current population of Norway. They also hope to
get a sense for whether Norwegian heritage will still mean something
to Norwegian-Americans 50 years from now.
“Norwegians have no idea how they’ve gone out and made a mark on
the world,” said Balsrod, who with his colleagues stopped by the Cook
County News-Herald office seeking help in finding Norwegian-Americans
for their project. They are hoping to interview people of all ages.
Balsrod, Ligaarden, and Hustad started the project three years ago.
The final product will be a new form of documentary Balsrod calls an
“interactive web documentary.” Offered on the Internet, it will
include educational links and opportunities for people to leave
comments and get in touch with each other. They also hope to use the
project to teach young Norwegians about their own emigration history.
The researchers plan to return for two weeks in December and then
again next spring.
The Tuesday, June 12 meeting of the Cook County – Grand
Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) was the last for Director
Matt Geretschlaeger and it started with a closed session to discuss
potential litigation. The EDA’s attorney Baiers Heeren said it was
his opinion that the meeting could be closed in accordance with
Minnesota Open Meeting law to discuss a summons received by the EDA
from Short, Elliot, Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH).
When the meeting reconvened, a unanimous motion passed to authorize
Heeren to submit the potential litigation to the League of Minnesota
Cities for review. The EDA board said the matter could not be
discussed further at this time.
In 2006, the EDA became embroiled in a dispute with the Minnesota
Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), KGM Contractors Inc. and Short,
Elliot, Hendrickson (SEH) over alleged construction violations at the
Cedar Grove Business Park.
In August 2010, Director Geretschlaeger reported that the dispute had
been settled. He said the MPCA had released the EDA from all
complaints and confirmed that the business park was in compliance with
MPCA regulations. At that time, Geretschlaeger told the board that KGM
Construction paid the MPCA fines, which according to a letter from
Lisa Thorvig of the MPCA totaled $40,000. KGM also completed projects
totaling $80,000 and paid $14,000 of the EDA’s legal fees from
environmental attorney Kenneth Podpeskar of Minneapolis. SEH was also
to pay a share of the attorney’s fees.
The EDA board would not confirm whether or not the potential
litigation is a continuation of that matter. However at the May 8 EDA
DULUTH, Minn. —Interstate 35, just south of Duluth will close temporarily for emergency road repairs, Tuesday, June 26, from 5:30 a.m. to approximately 8:30 a.m. The closed area will be from the southbound I-35 on-ramp at Highway 61 to Scanlon.
Highway 61 and Highway 45 will be used as an alternate route.
The emergency road patching repairs are needed as a result of the torrential rain associated with the June 19 storm that passed through northeastern Minnesota.
Traffic on the Ore Dock Bridges, located south of 27th Avenue West in Duluth, will be restricted to a single lane in each direction until Tuesday, June 26 to complete a bridge painting project.
The Air Force and Civil Air Patrol are suspending the search for a Twin Cities pilot and his plane that went missing two weeks ago over northeastern Minnesota.
Mike Bratlie of Lakeville left a South St. Paul airport in his Piper PA-31 Navajo on June 8 bound for Duluth. He made his last radar contact in the Silver Bay area, and since then search crews on the ground, from the air and on Lake Superior looked in vain for evidence of a crash.
Civil Air Patrol spokesman, Lt. Col. Paul Hertel, says Saturday the search is ending after 13 days without success. He says searchers covered over 2,000 square miles and that likely crash areas were searched multiple times.
Schroeder resident Jim Norvell told the Schroeder Town Board that the
park landscape design was nearly completed at the June 12 town
meeting. The next step is to get the plants, set a date and recruit
planters, said Norvell, who added that he will need help transporting
mulch and water and suggested buying lunch for the workers.
Due to an injury to Kyle Martinson, the Eagle Scout project he was
working on will be on hold until he heals. Martinson and other scouts
will cut brush and eliminate the Tansey weeds after he has recuperated
“The goal is to have the plantings in and the Eagle Scout project
completed by the 5th of August,” said Norvell.
Bishop Sirba will rededicate the Father Baraga memorial site on August
5. The last time the site was dedicated was 1932 when the ceremony was
performed Bishop Welch, then the Bishop of the Diocese of Duluth.
Norvell said Bishop Sirba would like to publicly thank the community
for their help and support. Rededication will be held at 3 p.m., said
On September 15 a birthday commemoration for Father Baraga’s birth
will be held at the cross. Yul Yost, a Father Baraga historian from
Roseville, Minnesota, will host the event. The time will be determined
at a later date.
Clear your schedule to celebrate two days of the very best of
’70s, ’80s and ’90s rock at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino’s 2nd
annual Retro Rock Revue Festival, Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30.
On June 29, rock out under the big tent on Lake Superior’s shore with
Thunder Bay’s The Hoolies, playing classic rock from 5 p.m. to 8:30
p.m., and followed at 9 p.m. by Kiss tribute Kiss Army. With identical
makeup, outrageous outfits, classic instruments and top-notch
musicianship, Kiss Army rules.
On Saturday, June 30, get down to the smooth sounds of Boogie
Wonderland, Minnesota’s number one ’70s disco dance band at 2 p.m.
Then, turn up the rock with Led Zeppelin tribute, the Zep Show, from 6
p.m. to 9 p.m. when headliners Smash Mouth take to the stage with
their very own brand of ’60s-influenced garage band pop.
Since being formed in 1994, Smash Mouth has sold more than 10 million
albums worldwide. Along with their number one hits—Walkin' on the Sun
and All Star—they have consistently impacted radio with other
recognizable hits like Then the Morning Comes, Can't Get Enough Of You
Baby, and a cover of The Monkees classic I'm a Believer, which was
prominently featured on the Shrek soundtrack. Having long since
established itself as the ultimate true-to-life California party-band
the vibe surrounding Smash Mouth is indeed—at its core—about having
Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Bar-B-Q will also be on hand all weekend.
Tickets are available at the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino front desk
or by calling 1-800-543-1384. This is an all-ages event, but those 16