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Workers on Wheels (WOW) again offers bicycles for international workers

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 12:03pm

The WOW program (Workers on Wheels) is offering bicycles for summer use in Cook County to international and other out-of-county workers.
The bicycles will be available at the First Congregational Church UCC, and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 14.
A $40 cash deposit is required, which will be returned when the bike is returned.
WOW also has need for bike helmets, security chains with or without locks, and used bicycles. The group will also accept financial donations for repair parts and other needs.
Call (218) 387-2113 or email for further details.

City grants beer and wine license to Sydney's Frozen Custard

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 12:01pm

At the June 9 meeting of the Grand Marais City Council, a beer and wine license was granted to Bruce Block of Sydney’s Frozen Custard, allowing the beverages to be served outdoors (there is no indoor seating). While the city does not have any standards for allowing outdoor service, other licensed restaurants include Angry Trout, Birch Terrace and GunFlint Tavern. Block said he has had a lot of customer requests for beer, especially since he added pizza to the menu last year.

Spry wins Grand Portage Election

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 5:03am

Marie Spry swept the special Grand Portage Reservation election yesterday by 66.55 percent.

The contest between Spry and Robert J. Hull was for the committeeperson-at-large seat formerly held by William “Bill” Myers.

Hull tallied 114 votes to Spry’s 175. She won both the local and absentee ballots

Missing plane search moves to Cook County

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 5:57am

A Lakeville man and his twin engine airplane are still missing as of this morning, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office. There remain few clues on where he may have gone or why.

The Duluth News-Tribune reports Michael Arthur Bratlie, a 67 year old seasoned pilot with thousands of hours of U.S. Navy and airline flight time, went missing Friday night north of Duluth. Air, ground and water searches have turned up no sign of the twin engine Piper PA-31 Navajo.

The last radar and cell phone contact with Bratlie placed the aircraft just northeast of Silver Bay.

The search is focused on a broad area of the North Shore, mostly in Cook County. Several Civil Air Patrol aircraft searched Monday but were temporarily  grounded because of high winds.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fire-spotting planes are now involved and the Border Patrol also has been notified, as have local sheriff’s offices. The Coast Guard also used boats and aircraft in the search.

Election in Grand Portage Tuesday

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 9:43pm

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will hold 
its 2012 general election on Tuesday, June 12. Two people are running 
for the Reservation Tribal Council (RTC) committeeman seat, Robert J. 
Hull and Marie Spry.  The candidates are running for the seat 
currently held by William “Bill” Myers.
Polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. at the Old Log Community 

Scenic flights on the Grand Marais harbor again

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 9:42pm

At the last meeting of the Grand Marais City Council on June 
9, Dan Anderson of Anderson Aero was granted permission to offer 
scenic airplane rides out of the harbor this summer. Anderson said he 
plans to operate basically the same as in past years, but has to work 
out some issues with the Dragon Boat Festival so as to avoid conflicts
in the harbor during the weekend of their event.

For information or reservations with Anderson Aero, call (218) 370-0645 or visit