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Alcohol Server Training offered June 13 and 14

Sun, 06/10/2012 - 10:48pm

In June, Cook County Higher Education will coordinate Alcohol 
Server Training at Cascade Lodge and Windigo Lodge, and CCVB Customer 
Service Training at the North Shore Campus and Lutsen Resort.
The Cook County Visitors Bureau Customer Service Training will take 
place from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Cook County Higher 
Education's North Shore Campus in Grand Marais, and 8 a.m. to noon 
Thursday, June 14 at Lutsen Resort. The training is free and open to 
everyone.
Presenter for the customer service training will be Dr. Charles 
Metelka, chair of the Hospitality and Tourism Department at the 
University of Wisconsin –
Stout. Metelka is a seasoned veteran of customer service training and
is familiar with the tourism industry of Minnesota's North Shore.
He is a lively and engaging speaker who promises training sessions 
guaranteed to engage even those who are in their fifth or sixth 
training. His general theme will be the need for everyone in the 
village to help ensure visitors have a grand time and will want to 
return.
The Alcohol Server Training will be presented by Cook County Sheriff 
Mark Falk and Brian Kringen of the Minnesota Department of Public 
Safety. It will be offered from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 
at Cascade Lodge and 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 19, at Windigo 
Lodge on the Gunflint Trail.
This training carries a cost of $5 and is open to everyone.
Kringen will provide individual and establishment certificates from 
the Department of Public Safety.
To sign up for Alcohol Server Training, the Customer Service Training 
or both, call Cook County Higher Education at 387-3411 or email

Learn about ducks, horses and birds with 4H

Sat, 06/09/2012 - 9:40pm

As an introduction to 4-H, several "Learn about…" programs will be held 
this summer for youths 5 – 8 years old.
On Wednesday, June 13, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., kids are invited to 
Learn about Ducks. Sara Silence will provide an introduction to 
ducklings. Children will view and learn about raising ducks.
Learn about Horses will be held Saturday, July 14  from 10:30 - 11:30 
a.m. Patsy Ingebrigtsen will provide information about having a 
horse.  Children will view and learn about horses.
On Wednesday, August 8 from 10 – 11:30 a.m., Jeanne Wright will be 
teaching children all about birds.
Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. Sign up at Cook
County Community Education and receive a map showing where to go for 
these introductory 4H adventures.  There is no charge to attend these 
interesting and fun sessions.
If parents are interested in starting 4H clubs in September for kids 5-
years-old and older, please attend these sessions or call Diane Booth 
at (218) 387-3015.
06-10-12 In June, Cook County Higher Education will coordinate Alcohol 
Server Training at Cascade Lodge and Windigo Lodge, and CCVB Customer 
Service Training at the North Shore Campus and Lutsen Resort.
The Cook County Visitors Bureau Customer Service Training will take 
place from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Cook County Higher 
Education's North Shore Campus in Grand Marais, and 8 a.m. to noon 
Thursday, June 14 at Lutsen Resort. The training is free and open to 
everyone.
Presenter for the customer service training will be Dr. Charles 
Metelka, chair of the Hospitality and Tourism Department at the 

County to receive to DEED housing funds

Sat, 06/09/2012 - 9:38pm

After months of gathering documentation on Cook County’s 
housing situation, Cook County – Grand Marais Economic Development 
Authority (EDA) Housing Coordinator Nancy Grabko was happy to share
some good news this week. At the May EDA meeting, Grabko said she 
didn’t expect notification about a Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Small Cities Development Program grant until late June, however 
on June 4, 2012, she sent out an e-mail to the various “housing 
partners” announcing that DEED had fully funded the EDA’s Small SCDP grant request of $291,000.
The funding will be used for five residential owner-occupied and four
commercial rehabilitation projects in the City of Grand Marais.
Grabko initiated the grant application process at the beginning of the
year to meet the April 15, 2012 deadline. Because it has been several 
years since a community housing survey had been completed, the EDA was 
required to complete another survey, something that took longer than 
expected. The initial survey had a poor response, so it was 
redistributed and enough responses were eventually received to offer 
valid results. However, because of the unexpectedly long time spent 
collecting and compiling housing survey results, there was no time to 
get the application to the DEED office, even by over-night mail.  The 
application was hand-delivered.
The application received some help with a letter of support from Iron 
Range Resources Commissioner Tony Sertich touting the collaboration of 
the EDA, Cook County, the City of Grand Marais, the Northeastern 
Minnesota HOME Consortium, Cook County’s Local Energy Project and 
AEOA.

Bipartisan legislation allows Cook County to move forward with road project

Sat, 06/09/2012 - 9:51am

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today announced that her bipartisan legislation allowing Cook County to move forward with the County Road 8 reconstruction project has been signed into law.

A parcel of land required for the project was previously owned by the U.S. Forest Service and designated for the Grand Marais Cook County Airport, and legislation was required to transfer the land from the airport to the road project before work could begin.

Klobuchar introduced the bill along with 8th District Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack and worked to pass it in the Senate last month. Senator Al Franken cosponsored the legislation.

Although the airport no longer needs the land, federal restrictions prevented the land from being used for any other purpose. Klobuchar and Cravaack’s legislation facilitates the transfer of the land from the airport to Cook County, removing the barrier and allowing the County and Minnesota Department of Transportation to move forward with the road project.

Head downtown Grand Marais Saturday for Chamber of Commerce Car Show

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 5:34pm

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 9, is the long-anticipated Grand Marais Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Car Show. Last year the car show was moved from windy Coast Guard Point to the main street of town, Wisconsin Street, a warmer location right next to your favorite shops and restaurants. There are 11 classes of cars, trucks and bikes with 25 awards. It is $20 to register your classic car, hot rod or muscle car—or whatever unique and interesting vehicle you want to show off.
It’s free to stroll down memory lane though. There will also be music in Harbor Park throughout the day, so come on out from 10 – 2 p.m. and enjoy the Chamber’s Annual Car Show.
Anyone with questions is asked to contact Bev at (218) 370-8904 or gmcc@boreal.org.

Open House at Hollow Rock Resort Saturday

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 5:32pm

The cottages at Hollow Rock Resort in Grand Portage are warm and welcoming, with fireplaces and northwoods décor. There are many options available, from the cozy one-bedroom cabins to the larger cottages that offer room to gather kids and grandkids.  But no matter which cabin becomes “home” at Hollow Rock Resort, it is the scenery that steals the show.
The star of the show is of course, the rock formation known as Hollow Rock. The reason for the name is immediately—and awe-inspiringly—evident.
The smaller rocks on the beaches of Hollow Rock call out for attention too. There are rocks to skip; rocks to stack; rocks that sparkle when dunked in the water; smooth rocks to pocket; and of course rocks to climb on and sit on.
Hollow Rock Resort is now owned by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and operated by Grand Portage Lodge. It now boasts seven beautifully constructed or renovated cottages. The Grand Portage Lodge is hosting an open house at Hollow Rock Resort on Saturday, June 9, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The resort is 35 miles east of Grand Marais and just three miles west of the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino.
For more information about Hollow Rock, call (800) 543-1384, e-mail debc@grandportage.com or visit www.hollowrockresort.com.