Around Cook County
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.
A plein air Lake Superior (PALS) exhibit will be featured at the Johnson Heritage Post March 10 through April 30.
The artists paint en plein air (outdoors) whenever possible. As with the Impressionists, who often worked with fellow artists outdoors, the artists find that working outdoors wakes up the senses.
The sounds of the area, the feel of the light, and the weather conditions become part of the creative process. Painting outdoors increases the ability of an artist to be aware of the subtle changes in light and color. Working outdoors requires each artist to adapt to each situation quickly.
The three have painted outdoors in a blizzard, under pavilions in cold rain, in foggy conditions near Lake Superior, and under brilliant sunlight and as the sunsets into the darkness. The artists, known as PALS, are Michelle Wegler, Lisa Stauffer and Cheryl LeClair-Sommer.
An artists' reception will be held Saturday, March 10 from 5 - 7 p.m.
The Chuck Futterer Senior Memorial Open Bonspiel will be held at the Cook County Curling Club on March 9, 10 and 11. Chuck Futterer Sr. was the club’s first president, who passed away this last Spring. Chuck’s children will be participating in this Bonspiel. There are over 20 teams signed up for this great event.
The public is welcome and encouraged to come check out this Olympic sport.
Zenon Dance Company, the professional modern and jazz dance repertory company renowned for its artistic virtuosity, emotional intelligence and inspired excellence, tops off a four-day dance residency with an evening performance of modern and jazz dance at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9.
Zenon’s residency work (March 5-8) will include daily creative movement classes with 4-7th graders, and 8th grade - adults. “Zenon Dance Company is delighted to return to Grand Marais after many years,” said Linda Z. Andrews, founder and artistic director of Zenon Dance Company. “We are looking forward to performing an exciting mix of groundbreaking American modern and jazz dance works for the community as well as teaching local dance students.”
Zenon Dance Company will perform four vibrant works from its recent repertory: “Storm,” a sweeping musical work of heroic physicality, intricate composition and emotional resonance; “Booba,” a lively, hip and humorous modern work pushing the dancers to their physical limits, exploring the explosive power and contained tension in relationships; “My Very Empty Mouth,” an intensely spiritual and physical female duet; and “Pink Martini,” a high-octane jazz/ballroom/modern work.
This event is sponsored by the Grand Marais Playhouse, North Shore Music Association, and Cook County Education.