Around Cook County
It’s been a busy five months for Cook County law enforcement. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Sheriff Mark Falk about vehicle accidents, fires and a sharp increase in bookings.
The Grand Marais Playhouse is ready for summer! The first production opens on June 27. Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain and Samuel French Publishers is directed and designed by Jackson Nickolay with the cast of Kevin Kager as Sigmund Freud and David Warren as C.S. Lewis.
The play is described as centering on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud who invites the young, rising Oxford Don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. On the day England enters World War Two, Freud and Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life, just weeks before Freud took his own life. Freud’s Last Session is a deeply touching play filled with humor, exploring the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.
The play has gotten fantastic reviews wherever it has been offered—visit www.grandmaraisplayhouse.com for tickets today. Performances are June 27 – 30 and July 4-7 at 7 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.Tickets are $17 adults and $7 students 18 and under.
The Grand Marais City Council approved a $9,500 commercial rehab loan request from the GunFlint Tavern June 12.
GunFlint Tavern owner Jeff Gecas attended the meeting along with Housing Administrator Nancy Grabko and Hal Greenwood of the Grand Marais - Cook County Economic Development Authority. City Administrator Mike Roth explained that the loan comes from a commercial rehab revolving loan fund established through a grant from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. A similar loan was recently granted for a rehab project at The Garage; overall the program has funded about $234,000 worth of improvements for downtown Grand Marais businesses.
Grabko said the loan recipients are chosen by an independent community review committee comprised of Greenwood, Vicki Wentz and Jan Sivertson. The GunFlint Tavern was one of four applicants ranked.
Plans for the GunFlint Tavern project call for replacement of window units, pointing of 06-27-13 all exterior walls, and installation of new doors and heat/air conditioning units. Total cost of the work is estimated at $79,500 which will be funded by the city IRRRB grant, Cook County Revolving Loan Fund ($26,500), EDA Small Cities Development Program grant ($38,500) and a $5,000 commitment by the business owner
As reported on North Shore Morning earlier this week, Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk said as of June 25th his department has logged 75 bookings.
That number of arrests was not reached last year until September.
Falk elaborated on the number yesterday, saying some of the arrests involved multiple charges, so his office recorded the charge that was the most significant.
Since the first of the year, one arrest has been made on an order for protection. There have been nine assaults including domestic assaults and terroristic threats; probation violations added seven more.
DWI’s accounted for 20 arrests, drugs for 16 and criminal sexual conduct for two. Warrant arrests totaled 6, trespass and forgery accounted for one each, as did criminal damage to property.
Six individuals were booked to serve their sentence. Five were transported to serve a sentence at Northeast Regional Correctional Center in Duluth, at St Cloud, or on warrant.
Falk said they have a total of 13 inmates in custody, four are serving work release sentences out of the Cook County jail; one new arrest is in custody in the county on pre-trial and eight are in custody in either Lake or Aitkin counties awaiting trial.
The Highway Department received a grant of $4,925 through the Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) for a vehicle speed readout sign facing westbound drivers on County Road 7 between First and Third avenues east. A match of $603 in labor and materials will be required. The Highway Department will maintain the sign and the city of Grand Marais and the county will cover the cost of electricity to the sign.
A 2010 study revealed a daily average of 2,100 vehicles traveling County Road 7 between the Old Gunflint Trail (Fifth Avenue West) and Broadway and 1,250 between Broadway and the new Gunflint Trail.
Regarding the sign that has been installed on County Road 7 facing eastbound drivers near Fourth Avenue West, the grant application quoted Sheriff Mark Falk: “I think what is most noticeable is the drop in the number of traffic stops that occur in the school zone. I think speeds have decreased significantly and noticeably, …and general comments are that the radar speed sign, along with enforcement actions, has caused people to take notice of their driving conduct, specifically their speeds.”
Cook County Higher Education is now a PC's For People Computer Depot. Applications are being accepted for reduced cost computers through Higher Ed. WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson learns more in this interview with Higher Ed director Paul Sundet Wolf.
(Click on North Shore Morning link below to hear interview.)