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Borealis Chorale and Orchestra performs December 7&8

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 3:06pm

Selections from Handel’s Messiah will be just a portion of the music you can hear at the annual Community Christmas Concert. WTIP volunteer Joe Detrick spoke with Philis Anderson, oboe player with the Borealis Chorale & Orchestra, on North Shore Morning.   


Borealis Chorale and Orchestra Annual Community Christmas Concert
7:00 pm on Sunday, December 7, 2014 and Monday, December 8, 2014
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
1st Ave. West
Grand Marais, MN 55604

The Borealis Chorale, a regional community chorale under the direction of Bill Beckstrand, is a music festival of choir and orchestra.


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Grand Portage Lodge & Casino hosts Christmas Craft Sale Dec. 6

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:16am

It's Christmas all over! On December 6, the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino will be opening its conference room for a Christmas Craft Sale, which will feature beadwork, chainsaw carvings, jewelry, clothing, candles and jams, holiday décor, gift baskets and more.

For more information, contact Billi at Grand Portage Lodge at (800) 543-1384, ext. 2917.

Free Church Christmas Craft Sale Silent Auction to benefit Kim Nelson.

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:12am

In Grand Marais on December 6, the Evangelical Free Church will be hosting its annual Christmas Craft Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The setup will be a bit different this year, with the crafters stationed upstairs in the church with the luncheon and a Silent Auction downstairs.

Proceeds of the Silent Auction will be used to assist Kim Nelson of Grand Marais who is undergoing treatment for cancer.

Anyone who would like more information on the event is encouraged to call the Free Church at (218) 387-1565.


This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald ~

GunFlint Tavern to host grand opening of brewpub Friday, Dec. 5

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 9:31pm

At the beginning of October 2014, Gun Flint Tavern owners Jeff and Susan Gecas and brewer Paul Gecas told the Cook County News-Herald that the brewpub would be open for business soon. That day has officially arrived. After a quiet opening with a sharing of samples to a few lucky regular customers, the brewpub is hosting its Grand Opening on Friday, December 5. Join the fun starting at 5 p.m.

Brewer Paul Gecas issued the invite, saying, “A vision of 16 years is now realized as we serve up Cook County's first handcrafted beers to the public.”

The night's festivities will include a variety of house brews and energetic live music by the Twin Ports band Black River Revue. “Come celebrate with us!” said Paul.

Located overlooking the shore of Lake Superior in downtown Grand Marais, the Gun Flint Tavern has featured a creative menu, quality craft beers, a great atmosphere, and live entertainment since 1998.


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Assessor's Office fills property assessor position

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 9:29pm

In August the Cook County Commissioners approved hiring a temporary contract person to fill a vacant position in the Assessor’s Office until a permanent employee could be hired. On Tuesday, November 25, Assessor Betty Schultz brought her recommendation for filling that position back to the board. Schultz asked commissioners for authorization to hire Jen Zender as a property assessor.

Schultz said Zender comes to the position with 15 plus years of real estate experience and has also worked in other office settings. Schultz said Zender is originally from Grand Marais and she is eager to begin work with the county.

Zender would start as a step 1 property assessor at $18 per hour.


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Superior National at Lutsen struggling during construction

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 9:28pm

Cook County Economic Development Authority  (EDA) Treasurer Scott Harrison gave an update on construction at Superior National at Lutsen golf course (SNL) at the November 18 EDA meeting, reporting that Phase 1 is essentially complete, but there are a few things to be dealt with in the spring before work starts on Phase 2. He said it is believed that work on Phase 2 will begin in August. EDA Board Member Howard Hedstrom asked if it would be completed next year. Harrison said no.

Harrison distributed a handout on the source and use of funds for the SNL renovation as of October 31, 2014. He said income for 2014 was down $62,864 from 2013. Harrison said it was a really bad year but said some operational reductions helped “save” the golf course. He said the course made a number of reductions, such as $65,000 in payroll expenses; $24,000 in administration and general; and $13,160 in clubhouse expenses.

Harrison said the golf course was also reimbursed $21,029 from the Poplar River Water District pipeline project; $49,987 from 1 percent funds that were spent in 2012 at the county’s request; and $14,000 for the sale of 14 golf carts.

Harrison said after all that, the golf course had a “positive variance” of $22,152.  Harrison said it was a “lousy year” but could have been worse.

As of October 31, 2014, the SNL balance sheet showed a balance of $66,708.74 in checking and $50,017 in savings. The balance sheet shows total fixed assets, consisting of golf course land, buildings and equipment, at $3,233,574.71.

Harrison reminded the board that SNL’s golf pro Greg Leland had submitted his resignation notice several months ago. Leland recommended hiring Logan Dahlke who had been hired as the assistant golf pro for the 2014 season.