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One of the first items of business at the Lutsen town meeting on Tuesday, January 21 was the announcement that no one had filed to run for election to the town board. Incumbents Supervisor Marland Hansen said that neither he nor Clerk Silviya Duclos had filed for re-election.
“We need someone to launch a write-in campaign or the town board will have to appoint someone,” said Hansen. “So if you know someone who would be a good supervisor or clerk, ask them to come forward.”
Clerk Duclos said, “It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just that I have too much going on.”
The next Lutsen town meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 18. The board will hold its required audit and budget meeting that evening. The board will review the town financial records and proposed budget at 5:30 p.m, followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m.
The Cook County News-Herald is pleased to introduce our newest employee, Steve Fleace of Hovland. Steve is joining the News-Herald staff with split duties—he will be selling advertising and helping cover all the meetings and events throughout the county.
Steve and his wife, Mary Kay, formerly lived in Foley, Minn., but have been frequent visitors to Cook County since 1993. They enjoyed many stays at Nelson’s Traveler’s Rest in Grand Marais before they purchased property in the Tom Lake area in 1999. They have been Hovland residents since 2007.
Steve and Mary Kay worked in the financial collection field for 25 years. They have also done tax preparation, something that Mary Kay will continue to do.
Steve is an avid ATVer and also enjoys running. He has participated in about 400 races in Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota, including Grandma’s Marathon and the Twin Cities Marathon. “My favorite run is the Superior Trail 50-mile through the Lutsen area,” said Fleace.
Asked if he has hobbies besides running and ATVing, Fleace said in the past he raced bicycles and rode bareback and bulls in the rodeo.
Steve said, “I’m excited about working at the local newspaper. If you’d like to support the local paper—while growing your business—get in touch with me. This could be a mutual partnership.”
Call or email Steve Fleace at (218) 387-9100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sugarloaf Cove is pleased to announce that naturalist Margie Menzies is offering Master Naturalist volunteer training. The program is developed through the University of Minnesota Extension Service that educates adults about Minnesota's natural resources, empowers them to teach others and provides opportunities to participate in conservation projects.
Students will learn about the fascinating geology, plant and animal communities, inland lakes and bogs, ecology and human interactions of the North Woods, as well as Lake Superior.
The course will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every other Saturday (a three-week gap over the Easter stretch) for six sessions beginning Feb. 22 and ending May 10. Field trips will be incorporated into the scheduled class days.
The course cost is $200 and includes manuals and materials.
The Youth Ski League is sponsoring a spaghetti feed fundraiser on Feb. 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Cook County Community Center. Youth Ski League is a North Superior Ski and Run Club program that engages children (K-6) in the life-long sport of cross-country skiing through games, activities, and trail skiing.
The Grand Marais Ole Opry, a classic country showcase featuring local and regional musicians playing tunes made famous by artists such as Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, and Roy Acuff will be offered at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.