Around Cook County
Learn the basics of creating your own mosaic in an introductory four-week class at the Art Colony.
Create a picture, garden rock, deco-mirror, flower pot or vase – you choose. Students will discuss everything from base, glues, grouts, design layout, using a tile saw, materials and more. Students will take home one finished mosaic and be ready for their own projects.
Tod Sylvester will be the instructor for the class. A wonderful example of his work can be seen at the entrance to the WTIP Community Radio. Sylvester completed two mosaics for the radio station.
The class will be held on four Tuesday evenings April 3-24. Contact the Art Colony at (218) 387-2737 for more information or to register.
In light of a pending loan requests from volunteer
fire departments in the community, the county board agreed it should
establish a policy on loans, to ensure consistency for all requests.
On March 20, the board approved a loan policy for volunteer fire
departments needing money for equipment and buildings. Loans of less
than $100,000 will be given at 0 percent interest. Loans above
$100,000 will have an interest rate of 2 basis points below the 10-
year T-bond rate, but not less than 1 percent. Loan terms can be up
to 25 years.
The 3rd Annual Easter Egg Fundraiser for Kids Plus will be held Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Community Center.
Once again, there will be photos with the Easter Bunny, indoor ice skating, an Easter egg hunt, refreshments and much more. Admission to the event is $10 per family or $5 per child. The drawing for a Cook County prize package will be at noon. Raffle tickets are $2 each and the prize package includes restaurant gift certificates, a fishing trip, merchandise and more valued at over $1,000 dollars!
All proceeds from the event and raffle benefit Kids Plus, which directly serves Cook County youth through a variety of youth programming.
The state Department of Natural Resources will be taking a closer look at deer populations in Minnesota this summer – and they’re asking for input. Big Game specialist Erik Thorson spoke with WTIP’s Jay Andersen about reassessing the deer herd.
Lodging tax revenues for the second month of 2012 were down from February of last year county-wide. According to the latest report from the Cook County Auditor-Treasurer’s office, the February totals were down 5.5 percent across the board for reporting tourism organizations.
Lutsen-Tofte revenues were down 7.2 percent from last February. Grand Marais revenues were down 4.3 percent from this time last year. However, the Gunflint Trail revenues for February were up 5.1 percent.
The Auditor’s office emphasizes that not all businesses report taxes at the same time each year and revenues are an “apples-to-apples comparison.” That means only businesses which reported lodging tax revenues both in February of this year and last year are included in the monthly accounting.
Cook County Commissioners unanimously approved Lutsen Resort owner Scott Harrison’s application to the Cook County – Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) board on Tuesday, March 20. His credentials are significant, including a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, an MBA from Cornell, a work history including being an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, an Outward Bound instructor, a farmer in Vermont, on faculty at the UMD School of Business, and many civic involvements.
Commissioner Sue Hakes told Harrison she hoped he would help the EDA with Cedar Grove Business Park as well as with Superior National at Lutsen Golf Course, which he has long been advocating for. He assured Hakes he would.
Harrison was officially sworn in at the EDA meeting later that afternoon.