Around Cook County
The Town of Lutsen is opening the doors of its renovated and expanded Town Hall and Fire Hall on Monday, June 24 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. for citizens to tour the new facility. The open house is also an opportunity for community members to meet—and thank—the volunteer firefighters and First Responders who are based in the building.
Members of Lutsen’s emergency services are always on call; ready to drop whatever they are doing to help their neighbors. All of the responders are volunteers who leave their families and their jobs, sometimes losing money to fight a fire or provide medical assistance. In the last two weeks, Lutsen firefighters spent hours at two major fires, at Bluefin Bay Resort and a fire that destroyed two houses in Grand Marais.
The Lutsen Town Board invites the community to stop by for a bowl of Fireman’s Chili, a tour, and the chance to say thanks to the hardworking folks who work to keep the community safe.
Visit the Grand Marais Public Library June 25 for an informative and entertaining visit by the Minnesota Zoomobile naturalists and a variety of animals.
Some of the animals you might meet include a great horned owl, ball python, opossum, tarantula, lizards, and bugs from the rainforest. The goal of all Zoomobile programs is to create a sense of stewardship and respect for the diversity and complexity of all life on earth. To accomplish this goal, the Zoomobile naturalists provide a foundation of information and knowledge for their audiences as they capture imaginations and stimulate curiosities about the natural world.
The program begins at 10:15 a.m. For more information call (218) 387-1140.
Beginning next Monday, no packages, bags, purses, sacks or containers of any type will be allowed in courtrooms of the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth.
The Duluth News Tribune reports the policy was announced on Friday in a news release from the Sixth Judicial District, which includes St. Louis, Cook, Lake and Carlton counties.
Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Leslie Beiers said the policy is a concession to reality.
“These days we use a variety of tools and strategies to do what we can to keep our public buildings safe,” Beiers said. “This is one of those strategies to make sure people who appear in the court and who work in the courthouse are safe.”
Mark Hoyne, court operations manager for the Sixth Judicial District in Duluth, cited a 2011 shooting at the Cook County Courthouse as an example of security risks.
Although that shooting didn’t occur in a courtroom, it illustrates the kind of situation that can occur, Hoyne said.
“Throughout the country there’s been an increasing trend of courtroom violence,” he said, adding that bags and other containers are potential hiding places for weapons.
Bans already have been in place for a couple of months in the county courthouses in Virginia and Hibbing with no incidents or complaints,
For as long as there has been a Wooden Boat Show, there has been an uproarious Solstice Pageant on the North House Folk School grounds. The pageant, organized by the Good Harbor Hill Players, celebrates the arrival of the summer and takes on a topic of local interest—sometimes provocative, sometimes pacifying—but always entertaining.
The News-Herald reached one of the primary organizers of the pageant, Grand Marais artist Betsy Bowen this week and asked what pageant goers could expect this year. Bowen laughed and said the theme of this year’s event is the North Shore’s endless winter. “I think that is something that resonates with everyone,” she said, adding, “I hope we won’t still be feeling winter’s effects the night of the show!”
Bowen and dozens of community members work doggedly in the weeks before the pageant, updating costumes and puppets from previous pageants and creating new ones at Bowen’s studio. Bowen said the audience will see some new masks and fabrics this year. The local drumming group GAMEPAJAL also practices for weeks to provide a wonderful soundtrack to the show.
Will the familiar and beloved pageant protagonist, the Sun King be back? Bowen laughed again, “Oh yes, we’ve all been hoping to see the Sun King for quite a while now!”
Cook County will be holding a public sale of the Tip of the Trail property on Saganaga Lake on Monday, June 24 starting at 10 a.m. Cook County Auditor Braidy Powers will conduct the auction of the tax-forfeited property.
The former resort land being offered for sale is 4.61 acres and has been appraised at $350,000. That is the minimum bid that will be accepted. The assessed value of the property is $297,500 for the buildings on the site and $242,900 for the land for a total of $537,400.
The property is zoned lakeshore residential.
The Planning & Zoning Department is in the process of finding a contractor to properly abandon three septic systems at the Tip of the Trail property. All three systems were failing and one tank cover was found to be a safety hazard. The goal is to have the work done by the auction. Seven other potential septic system sites have been identified on the property.
For details on the sale, contact Auditor Braidy Powers at (218) 387-3640.
The North House Folk School campus on the Grand Marais waterfront offers many opportunities to explore, dream and discover every day with classes ranging from basketry to blacksmithing, fiber arts to foods, traditional crafts to timber framing and much more. The weekend of June 21-23 has extra special offerings to those who want to throw off the bowlines to try something new. The 16th Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice Festival brings more boats and boat-related activities than ever before.
The campus will be buzzing with boating enthusiasts early on Friday, June 21, with boat builders and collectors hauling boats to the common area to proudly place them on display. Boats will be in place for review by noon—walk around the waterfront to see gleaming hulls and glistening brass fittings. Antique canoes and newly-crafted prams share the stage, all to be savored by boat lovers for the rest of the weekend.
Bring your appetite—on Friday there is the harborside barbecue hosted by the Grand Marais Lions Club on Saturday there is the Lake Superior Chowder Experience and on Sunday, the Steam-Bent Brunch. You’re certain to be hungry as wood-fired baking courses add tempting smells to campus all weekend.
There’s plenty to please the ear as well. In addition to the interesting sounds of boat-building hammers and blacksmith bellows, WTIP Community Radio will be on campus spinning tunes on Friday evening. The radio station will be followed by a community music circle called “Sea Shanties & Lumberjack Jam.” Friday evening ends with a dance to the ever-popular local group Over the Waterfall.