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Portage to perform at North Shore Care Center Saturday

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 2:14pm

The band Portage will perform their classic country music at the North Shore Care Center on the last Saturday of the month on June 29 at 6:30 p.m. Community members are always welcome!
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at North Shore Care Center. For more information please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or go to our website:

Thunderwolves pick up former CCHS player

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 8:48am

In Thunder Bay Ontario, the Lakehead University Thunderwolves women’s basketball team announced Wednesday that they’ve added six-foot post player Essa Jacobsen to their roster for the 2013-14 Ontario University Athletics season.

Jacobsen, a native of Grand Marais, played last season for Mesabi Range Community and Technical Junior College after closing out her high school career with the Cook County Vikings.

The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal reports that Jacobsen was named to the high school all-conference team three times and is also the only player at Cook County High School to record over 1,000 points (1,249) and 1,000 rebounds (1,444) during her career. She is also the all-time shot blocks leader at CCHS.

Law enforcement activity on the increase

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 5:48pm

It’s been a busy five months for Cook County law enforcement. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Sheriff Mark Falk about vehicle accidents, fires and a sharp increase in bookings.

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"Freud's Last Session" opens tonight, June 27

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 12:11pm

The Grand Marais Playhouse is ready for summer! The first production opens on June 27. Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain and Samuel French Publishers is directed and designed by Jackson Nickolay with the cast of Kevin Kager as Sigmund Freud and David Warren as C.S. Lewis.
The play is described as centering on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud who invites the young, rising Oxford Don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. On the day England enters World War Two, Freud and Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life, just weeks before Freud took his own life. Freud’s Last Session is a deeply touching play filled with humor, exploring the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.
The play has gotten fantastic reviews wherever it has been offered—visit for tickets today. Performances are June 27 – 30 and July 4-7 at 7 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.Tickets are $17 adults and $7 students 18 and under.

Commercial rehab loan granted to GunFlint Tavern

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 11:41am

The Grand Marais City Council approved a $9,500 commercial rehab loan request from the GunFlint Tavern June 12.
GunFlint Tavern owner Jeff Gecas attended the meeting along with Housing Administrator Nancy Grabko and Hal Greenwood of the Grand Marais - Cook County Economic Development Authority. City Administrator Mike Roth explained that the loan comes from a commercial rehab revolving loan fund established through a grant from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. A similar loan was recently granted for a rehab project at The Garage; overall the program has funded about $234,000 worth of improvements for downtown Grand Marais businesses.
Grabko said the loan recipients are chosen by an independent community review committee comprised of Greenwood, Vicki Wentz and Jan Sivertson. The GunFlint Tavern was one of four applicants ranked.
Plans for the GunFlint Tavern project call for replacement of window units, pointing of 06-27-13 all exterior walls, and installation of new doors and heat/air conditioning units. Total cost of the work is estimated at $79,500 which will be funded by the city IRRRB grant, Cook County Revolving Loan Fund ($26,500), EDA Small Cities Development Program grant ($38,500) and a $5,000 commitment by the business owner

Law enforcement bookings at high level in county

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 8:18am

As reported on North Shore Morning earlier this week, Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk said as of June 25th his department has logged 75 bookings.
That number of arrests was not reached last year until September.

Falk elaborated on the number yesterday, saying some of the arrests involved multiple charges, so his office recorded the charge that was the most significant.  

Since the first of the year, one arrest has been made on an order for protection. There have been nine assaults including domestic assaults and terroristic threats; probation violations added seven more.

DWI’s accounted for 20 arrests, drugs for 16 and criminal sexual conduct for two.  Warrant arrests totaled 6, trespass and forgery accounted for one each, as did criminal damage to property.

Six individuals were booked to serve their sentence. Five were transported to serve a sentence at Northeast Regional Correctional Center in Duluth, at St Cloud, or on warrant.

Falk said they have a total of 13 inmates in custody, four are serving work release sentences out of the Cook County jail; one new arrest is in custody in the county on pre-trial and eight are in custody in either Lake or Aitkin counties awaiting trial.