Around Cook County
The Cross River Heritage Center operated by the Schroeder
Area Historical Society doesn’t just connect visitors to the past.
Next to a major North Shore waterfall (Cross River), a Highway 61
wayside rest, a bakeshop, and a post office in the first organized
township east of the county line, hosts at the Heritage Center connect
visitors to amenities and events throughout Cook County. According to
Vice President Linda Lamb, Schroeder “really is the gateway to Cook
Lamb spoke to the Schroeder Town Board on February 14, 2012, asking
them to request that Schroeder keep the small percentage of
Schroeder’s lodging tax it is entitled to keep for tourism-related
endeavors to help pay the gift shop salesperson’s salary.
Right now, most of the amount collected goes to the Cook County
Visitors’ Bureau (CCVB), but the word “Schroeder” isn’t very prevalent
in CCVB’s promotional materials. “You wouldn’t really know that
Schroeder was there,” Lamb said.
“If you’re on their website,” Lamb told the Cook County News-Herald in
a separate interview, “it’s several clicks until you see the name
‘Schroeder.’” Schroeder’s contribution to the CCVB is included in the
Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association’s portion of the CCVB budget. Lamb
said she has been told, “Schroeder represents too much verbiage in the
“At one time,” Lamb said, “the only object of interest named in their
materials was the post office. It is just strange that Schroeder is
Lutsen 99er bike race organizer Adam Harju expects 500 riders
to trek across Cook County roads and trails on June 23. The 99- and
39-mile races will begin on the Lutsen Ski Hill Road, take a brief
spin along Highway 61, travel up the Caribou Trail, and eventually
lead riders as far east as Devil Track Lake and farther west than the
Sawbill Trail before ending back at Lutsen Mountains.
The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a special event permit
on February 28, 2012 with several contingencies including a
requirement that race sponsors will pay all costs associated with
traffic control. “Last year they did a great job,” County Highway
Department Maintenance Supervisor Russell Klegstad told the board.
The boys’ basketball season ended Saturday for both Cook County and Silver Bay as the teams lost quarterfinal round games in the Section 7-A Playoffs.
Cook County lost to Fond du Lac Ojibwe, 61-53 at Hibbing Memorial Arena Saturday afternoon.
Silver Bay went down 112-92 to Anders Broman and Lakeview Christian Academy. Broman scored 44 points to set the single season record for Minnesota boys at 1,217. And, the Lions hit 20 three-point baskets on their way to the win.
David Bergstrom led the Vikings with a 25 point performance. The Vikings were down only by one at the half, 22-21, before being outscored by seven points in the second half by Fond du Lac.
Also scoring for the Vikings were Mike Sjogren with nine while Dylan Quaife and Collin Everson hit eight apiece. Kale Boomer wrapped up the Viking scoring with three. Sjogren hit the only three-pointer for Cook County.
Kello Brown led the winners with 20 points. Other Fond du Lac players in double figures were Trevonte Brown with 16 and Lee St. John with 13. St. John and Trevonte Brown each had two three-pointers
The loss ends the season at 20-3 for Cook County. Fond du Lac is now 12-13 and they face 21-3 North Woods at 6 PM, Wednesday at Hibbing Memorial Arena..
Silver Bay’s Kyle Blood racked up 39 points Saturday night, but it wasn’t enough as Lakeview Christian Academy took a 112-92 win over the Mariners at Hibbing Memorial. Nine of Blood’s 39 points came on three-point baskets.
The Mariners were down by 18 at the end of the first half. The Lions outscored Silver Bay 50-48 in the second to take the victory.
Henry Mitchell added 23 for the Mariners including a couple of threes while Baruch Fisher had 18 and Luke Thun hit 10. Taylor Woodwick scored two for the Mariners.
Broman’s game-high 44 points included eight three-point baskets while Luke Borchardt scored 19 for Lakeview. Bjorn Broman hit 17 points that included five three-pointers and Josh Plys nailed five three-pointers for 15.
Lakeview Christian Academy is now 23-5. The Lions go to Hibbing on Wednesday night to play 13-15 Mesabi East.
Although the Mush for the Cure on March 9 - 10 raises money
for a very serious cause—to benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation in
its quest to find a cure for breast cancer—the event is anything but
solemn. It’s a joyous mix of meaningful moments and outrageous
The non-competitive, but highly entertaining sled dog race from
Gunflint Lake to Poplar Lake features energetic dogs and owners and
all kinds of things to entertain spectators. See the schedule below
for all the action and plan your weekend accordingly.
There will once again be dining, music with Trails End Band and dancing
—this year the Friday night fun will be at Windigo Lodge. On Friday,
folks are invited to put on their prettiest pink pajamas and join the
The Friday night celebration includes a pasta dinner, the coronation
of the Mush for a Cure king and queen and “The Bald, The Brave, and
The Beautiful” head shaving. If enough money is raised, heads will be
Saturday events start early with a pancake and sausage feed at
Gunflint Pines before the start. There are actually two starts for
Mush for a Cure. The skijor race begins at Cross River at 10 a.m. and
finishes at Gunflint Pines. At 12 p.m. the sled dog race begins with a
mass sourdough start on Gunflint Lake. Teams are expected in at the
Trail Center Lodge finish line around 2 – 4 p.m. At the finish line
there will be a bonfire, hot dog and marshmallow roast, and a party
tent (with pirate!) sponsored by Sarah and the gang at Trail Center.
Prizes will be awarded sometime after 5 p.m. and everyone is invited
The Cook County Vikings will face the Fond du Lac Ojibwe in the quarter-finals round of the Section 7-A boys’ basketball playoffs Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock.
The game will be the first game of four to be played at the Hibbing Memorial Arena. The North Shore’s Silver Bay will close out the day of basketball by facing Lakeview Christian Academy at 7:45 PM.
The 20-2 Vikings moved into the quarterfinals by stopping Cromwell 74-49 last night in Hermantown. Fond du Lac advanced with a 70-60 win over South Ridge. Fond du Lac is 11-13 for the season.
Dylan Quaife soared to 29 points as the Vikings outscored Cromwell 42-15 in the first half. The Cardinals did come back in the second half and scored 34 points to 32 for the Vikings.
In addition to Quaife’s 29, two other Vikings were in double-figures. David Bergstron scored 14 and Colin Everson hit 13. and Other Vikings in the scoring column were Justin Goldstein with seven, Jonny Jacobsen with six and Mike Sjogren with four.
Jake Ramberg led the Cardinals in their final game of the season with 20.
The winner of the Cook County-Fond du Lac game will face the winner of the Littlefork-Big Falls match-up with North Woods at 6 PM, Wednesday, March 14 at the Hibbing Memorial Arena. Littlefork-Big Falls has a 13-10 mark going into Saturday’s game while North Woods currently is 20-3.
Meanwhile, Silver Bay managed to outlast the Floodwood Polar Bears to take a 58-51 win. Silver Bay held a two-point 23-21 advantage at the end of the first half before outscoring Floodwood 35-30 in the second for the seven-point win.
Henry Mitchell and Kyle Blood turned in a two-punch scoring performance with 18 and 16 each. Baruch Fisher and Taylor Woodwick scored nine while Luke Thune hit 7.
Riley Bernsdorf led the Polar Bears and all scorers with 20.
Grand Marais musher and former state lawmaker Frank Moe delivered petitions against sulfide mining to Governor Mark Dayton on Thursday.
Moe's 360 mile journey began in Grand Marais on March 1.
The petitions contain the names of people who are asking lawmakers to deny any permits for copper nickel mining in the Northland.
Folk singer and activist Larry Long was performing his song, “Generations 2 Come” for an inter-racial crowd of sulfide mining protesters. He recalled the scene outside the Capitol:
“Some danced, others sang, others clapped, affirmative, joyous - - and right on the last chorus “To be respected, To be protected, For generations to come,” the dogs came down from the side of the Capitol and around the grassy mall.
“As they turned and came up towards us, the drum (members from the Rosebud and Red Lake reservations) came right of our song and the dogs and Frank Moe arrived at the Capitol steps with an honor song.”
Later, Moe said Dayton accepted the petition, which contained almost 13,000 signatures, and asked several questions about it.
Government agencies on all levels are in the process of preparing an environmental review of a proposed PolyMet mining project.
Environmental groups are concerned the process will pollute the watersheds leading to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness as well as Lake Superior.
But supporters of PolyMet's proposal argue that safeguards can be added, allowing crucial jobs to be created in that area.