Around Cook County
Living in Minnesota prepares us for spring being a gradually occurring phenomenon. Sometimes it’s only a couple of weeks of spring before summer. Is the clock ahead or behind this year?
Join us to take a look at what's happening this year and explore how
this year stands in the annals of years past during a special program
at 10 a.m. April 14 at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center. Be prepared to
walk the trail!
This program is free and open to the public.
The center is located lakeside off Highway 61 at mile 73.3.
Have you heard about the Art Colony's new artist-in-residence?
Hazel Belvo is the first artist, April 9-22, during which time she
will work on a major body of large-scale work, give three public
lectures on visual literacy and art critiquing, and open the studio
daily for people to drop in and watch the artistic process unfold.
Daily open houses are planned from 5 to 6 p.m.
Belvo will be at the Art Colony for a 7 p.m. lecture The Language:
Visual Content and Meaning on April 9; The Process: Techniques on
April 16; and The Critique: Community Response on April 20.
Belvo is an artist, master teacher and mentor. Belvo’s impact on the
art world is far-reaching, having exhibited nationally and
internationally, her work is in many permanent collections including
the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Bezalel Museum, the Dewitt
Wallace Collection and General Mills. Belvo is a professor emeritus
from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Belvo, a longtime
advocate for the arts, is a founding member of both the Women’s Art
Resources of Minnesota (WARM) and the Grand Marais Art Colony. This
year celebrates her 30th year teaching at the Art Colony.
Call the Art Colony at (218) 387-2737 for more information.
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Early ice-out on area lakes, an early start to the fishing season, cell towers are back in the news, the Grand Marais Rec Park is geared up for spring, and a wolf season is set…all in this week’s news.
Fire danger, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is extreme in the western half of the state. However, as Cook County residents know, most of the rest of the state is in high or very high fire danger status.
The National Weather Service Fire Weather Forecast issued a red flag fire warning for west central Minnesota from 1 pm to 8 pm on Friday, April 6. Windy conditions along with dry fuels created dangerous fire weather conditions.
Minnesota Incident Command System (MNICS) agencies are making additional fire fighting resources available for today and the weekend.
Lenny Bloomquist of the Grand Marais street department attended the March 28 meeting to present bids that were submitted for the purchase of a “new” used street sweeper to replace the city’s deceased unit. That vehicle, which was purchased refurbished in 1990, was used for only a few hours last month to start the season before it died.
Fortunately, the city had planned on replacing it soon anyway, and budgeted $60,000. Upon reviewing quotes received from multiple vendors for used and refurbished sweepers, council approved the recommendation to purchase a 2001 Pelican from ABM Equipment & Highway Manufacturing of Hopkins at a cost of $43,000. According to information provided by the company, the vehicle is “reconditioned and repainted and ready to go.” It has 31,000 miles and about 6,600 hours on it.
Quotes on other street sweepers submitted for consideration ranged from $29,000 to $85,000. However, City Administrator Mike Roth said in a memo that the 2001 Pelican “has the combination of age, price and features that best meet our needs.”
The Grand Marais Senior Center invites the public to catch the Grand Portage Casino Express. There are two dates for April; Monday, April 9 and Monday, April 23. Leave the Senior Center at 9:45 a.m., return at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Kristen Anderson, Senior Center assistant director, said, “The transportation is free! You can’t beat this price of transportation. With the price of gas these days, how could you not take advantage of this great deal?
Everyone aged 50 and older also receive $10 in free slot play and $5 off a Lunch entrée in the restaurant.