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Dancing Lights & A Dancing Community

North Shore Arts Scene - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 5:30am

Travis Novitsky took this outstanding photograph of the northern llghts and the Spirit Tree in Grand Portage on Mother’s Day.

Art on the North Shore takes to the stage this weekend when  “Reprise,” the 3rd annual YMCA Dance Recital, opens at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Friday night.

A group of dancers perform at the last year’s recital. Photo by Bruce Johnson.

The recital features a variety of dances, including jazz, hip-hop, tap and ballet performed by dancers from youngsters to adults.

First rehearsal for the youngest dancers in “Reprise.” Photo by Amy Demmer.

Instructors Christine Curtis, Leslie Higgins and Breanna Roy have been working with dancers of all age groups and skill levels since October. The recital is always a great community celebration. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and should be lots of fun. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at www.tix.com.

On Saturday afternoon, Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen will hold a “Painting and Wine” event with Lutsen artist Kathy Weinberg instructing.

Painting by Kathy Weinberg.

Cost is $40 per person and includes instruction, wine, snacks and all supplies. Space is limited. For reservations, call 218-387-2585.

Also this weekend, the Johnson Heritage Post‘s exhibition, “A Collection of A Life Time: Fine Art and a Bit of Whimsy” continues through June 19. The collection includes work by a number of local artists, including Tom McCann, Birney Quick, Liz Sivertson and Byron Bradley, to name a few. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

In Duluth, the DLH Pop-Up Shop and Exhibit opens in the Great Hall in the Depot on Thursday and continues through Saturday. The Duluth Art Institute, which is hosting the event, has spent the last year celebrating contemporary design and Duluth’s unique visual voice.

A panel discussion hosted by PBS producer Karen Sunderman will be held from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday in the Underground in the Depot to discuss the power of contemporary design to create Duluth’s visual identity. Participants include Anne Dugan, Duluth Art Institute; Ashley Kolka, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council; Candace LaCosse, Hemlocks Leatherworks; Mary Mathews, Duluth Public Arts Commission and Blake Thomas, “Take it With You.” The event is free and open to the public. The Duluth Grill is catering the event, which is funded by the Bush Foundation.

In Thunder Bay, the “Art in Design: Spring Homes Tour,” sponsored by the Thunder Bay Art Gallery will be held on May 14.  Each of the homes is exhibiting artwork by local artists.Tickets for the self-guided tour can be purchased at the gallery. The homes will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT). Tickets are $20 for members of the gallery, $25 for non-members.

The gallery has also opened a new exhibit: Animals: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection.

“Owl & Beetle,” 1982,  pencil, charcoal, egg tempera, watercolor on paper by Ron Peters.

The exhibit includes works by a number of different artists in a variety of mediums and styles. Also, the exhibit, “Frank Shebegeget: Home,” continues through May 29.

Upcoming

Dr. Anton Treuer, executive director of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University, will  present “Everything you wanted to know about Indians but were afraid to ask” at the Grand Marais Public Library on Friday, May 20, at 6 p.m. Free. All invited.

Printmaker Brian Holdren will teach a printmaking workshop (Polymer Plate Etching) on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, at the Baggage Building Arts Center at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay. For more info and to register, email bbac.angie@gmail.com

Phil Heywood and Tim Sparks will perform a “Full Moon Concert” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Both musicians are accomplished guitarists: Heywood plays with a bluesy swing and Sparks is a master fingerstylist. Tickets are available at the door and at www.tix.com. Stay tuned for details.

Art Along the Lake, a big celebration of the arts will be held in Cook County over the Memorial Day Weekend with galleries up and down Hwy. 61 holding special events, art openings, receptions and more. Stay tuned for details in the coming weeks. For a complete schedule, click here.

In other art news, more than 100 people attended an Arts Economy party at Voyageur Brewing Co. on Thursday to share ideas about how to grow the arts economy in Cook County.

The arts and arts organizations already have a significant impact on the economy and employment here.  According to a recent study by CreativeMN.org,  non-profit arts and culture bring in a total of $4.6 million to Cook County every year, with $2.5 million spent by arts organizations and $2.1 million spent by audiences/patrons.

But there’s more to learn in order to help artists and their communities create and strengthen a sustainable arts community, said Sheila Smith, executive director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, which conducted arts impact studies throughout the state.
“The best way we can prove the economic clout of artists is to hear from artists themselves about how they earn their living, and how many dollars they are spending in their community,” she said. To that end, Creative Minnesota has developed a confidential survey for artists. To learn more about it and take the survey, click here.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: The Grand Marais Public Library is seeking poetry submissions for a Poetry Walk. The path will lead from the library front entrance toward the corner across from the Visit Cook County offices and the Dairy Queen. Application forms for those wishing to submit a poem may be picked up at the library, City Hall or on-line via the library website at www.grandmaraislibrary.org
. The poems are due by May 20.

CALL FOR ARTISTS:  Art Around Town is seeking artists to submit design proposals for lightpost banners to be displayed in Grand Marais.  All submissions will be presented at Betsy Bowen Studio for public vote.  Four artists will be selected and will receive a $500 stipend each.  For more info, contact Mary Beams at PieLight@hotmail.com, or call (218) 370-8682 for full details. The designs are due June 1.

The band, Floydian Slip, will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night to talk about their music and play a few tunes. The show airs from 5-7 p.m. Musicians usually are on-air around 6:30 p.m.

Anna Hess has a series of coloring pages at Great Gifts of Lutsen.

“Sunrise on Lake Superior,” one of the coloring pages by Anna Hess.

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays this month. The gallery is planning a bronze pour over the Memorial Day Weekend. Stay tuned.

Sivertson Gallery has just received new jewelry by Ananda Khalsa. The artist is from Northampton, Mass., and uses large gems in her pieces, including rubies, sapphires and Swiss blue topaz.

A ruby ring by Ananda Khalsa

Woodturner Lou Pignolet has just completed new 18-inch-wide turned-burl bowls in his shop in Hovland.

A 18-inch diameter burl bowl by Lou Pignolet.

The artist has two of his large burl bowls on display at the Chicago Botanical Gardens as part of a major exhibition called The Hidden Art of Trees. Pignolet shows his bowls at the New Scenic Cafe near Two Harbors and will be one of the exhibitors at the Hovland Arts Festival the first weekend in July. For more info, see www.loupignoletbowls.com 

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, May 12:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing, 4:30 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Andy Noyes, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 13:

  • Floydian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 14:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Tim Fast, Lusten Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Floydian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 15:

  • Sunday Afternoon Jazz with Briand Morrison, Gun Flint Tavern, 3 p.m.
  • Andy Noyes, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 17:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Spring has definitely arrived in the Northwoods, even though it’s supposed to snow on Sunday.  Here’s proof: a photo of a bumble bee at Seagull Lake.

Bumble Bee at Seagull by David Grinstead.

 

Baby geese are appearing.

Photographer unknown.

As are baby Lady Slippers.

Lady Slippers emerging by Debbie Benedict.

And everyone seems to be enjoying the spring weather.

Painted Turtles sunning themselves by Michael Furtman.

It’s been quite a week for sky views, too. Here are just a few of the photos of the northern light displays that were posted this week:

Northern Lights by David Johnson.

 

Northern Light Circles by Kirk Schleife.

 

Northern Lights by Curt Brown.

There have been sun halos, too.

Halo Around the Sun by Jim Ericson.

It’s been dry everywhere. There were fires in northern Minnesota. Here’s a shot of a helicopter getting a a bucket of water to fight one.

Photo by Matt Herberg.

And smoke from wildfires in Saskatchewan and on the Range darkened this sunset.

Smokey Sunset by Christian Dalbec.

 

But it rained a little on the North Shore.

Double Rainbow by Jeff Niesen.

 

And the rivers flowed into Lake Superior.

Cascade by Mila Horak.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

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Voyageur Brewing Company Celebrates Minnesota Craft Beer Week

Voyageur Brewing - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:06pm

In honor of this special Minnesota Craft Beer Week, we’re hosting a Basecamp at Voyageur Brewing Company on Thursday, May 12th from 5-7pm. We’d love to have you join us for a couple of hours to learn about and sample some of our craft beer. Head Brewer Jason Baumgarth will speak and be on hand to answer questions about our great beer.

This event is part of the 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer Week celebrated May 9-15th. There are 10,080 minutes in a week and the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild wants you to savor each one. You can find a list of all events statewide listed at http://www.mncraftbrew.org.

We hope to see you at Voyageur Brewing Company for our Basecamp Event and for many other minutes during this special week.

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Admin offices being demo’d and patient wing sitework

This past week progress included demolition of the administration area, ceiling tile grids and tiles being installed in the new resident rooms of the Care Center, more underground pipe for the new entryway and sitework in the back for the new patient wing.

Patient wing sitework

Underground piping

Ceiling grid and new tiles

Mechanical mezzanine stairs

Demo/renovations admin

 

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Good News for People Who Love to Recycle

Boundary Waters Blog - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 6:53am

I’m not sure how much you recycle but it drives me crazy to throw things into the garbage. If you have read my blog before then you probably already know this. I am really good about recycling the easy things, or reusing containers that we can’t recycle here but I just learned about a company called Preserve. Have you ever heard of it? They are my new heroes!

They have a program that recycles both #5 plastics and plastic lids. That is great news for me because our town does not accept #5 plastics and we can’t leave lids on our #1 and #2 plastic containers. You don’t know how much I cringe every time I have to throw away plastic lids after removing them from my pop bottles or milk jugs. Now I can save them and either find a place where Preserve has a drop-off location or mail them back to them directly.

This is great news for me because I literally have an entire plastic shopping bag full of pop caps that I just couldn’t bring myself to throw away. I encourage you to do more recycling to keep less plastic in landfills.

THANK YOU PRESERVE!

Information from Preserve about recycling caps...

Caps are one of the most frequently found forms of trash in the world’s oceans and on beaches. Our goal is to keep caps not only out of the ocean, but out of landfills as well.  Although caps are made from materials that are very recyclable (high-density polyethylene and polypropylene), their small size can make them difficult to recycle.  When tossed into recycling bins on their own, caps cannot make it through an automated recycling facility and often literally “fall through the cracks.”

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Clearwater Lake Campsite Reviews

Clearwater Lodge Tales - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 5:32pm

In hopes of helping future paddlers better understand their camping options in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness we are going to be periodically releasing reviews of the campsites in our vicinity. As with any review some subjectivity comes along with the territory, but there are also some basics that can be easily measured; the number of tent pads, the canoe landing, the fire grate area and the view from...

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Grand Marais is Cool and the North Shore is Hot

Boundary Waters Blog - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 11:39am

That was the case last Friday, May 6th when Two Harbors and Silver Bay both hit 90 degrees around 11am.  They were the hottest temperatures in the country for awhile that day and it was very unusual since it rarely hits 90 degrees ever on the North Shore.

Lake Superior tends to keep these areas cooler as was the case in Grand Marais, Minnesota on Friday. It was only 45 degrees at 2pm on the harbor of Grand Marais less than 80 miles away from Two Harbors and just 6 miles away at the Grand Marais Airport it was 81 degrees.  At the end of the Gunflint Trail we also hit 90 degrees but that wasn’t until the afternoon.

Grand Marais won a contest for the “Coolest Town” last year and on May 6th, we certainly proved it.

 

According to this article, Cold temperatures at the harbor in Grand Marais, Minnesota are common in the summertime due to cold air being denser than warm air so whenever a cold wind blows it chases the warm temperatures away.

 

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A Trip Up the Gunflint Trail

Boundary Waters Blog - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 9:46pm

“You live in Grand Marais and you have never taken your kids to see the walleye spawn?”  This was the question our now deceased crew member Mark Ceminsky asked a friend of ours a few years ago. Then he made our friend promise to take his family up to the end of the Gunflint Trail to see them spawn sometime.

Our friend made good on his promise to Mark and took his family on a drive up the Gunflint on Saturday. I believe Mark accompanied this family along the way. Mom, Dad, two kids and Grandma had barely been on the road 20 minutes before they spotted a moose on the road. Then a large black bear crossed the road in front of them. After that a fox trotted alongside the road, a bear appeared in the ditch and another moose moseyed along.  One more moose was spotted before they got to Trail’s End to see a flurry of activity in the water. Walleyes of every shape and size, too numerous to count could be spotted swimming in the current.  On their way back to Grand Marais they spotted one more moose.

What a wonderful experience for this family to have. And just think Mark, it’s all because you encouraged them to take a trip up the Gunflint Trail.

Moose on the Gunflint Trail

 

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Remembering a burning forest, 9 years later

Bearskin Blog - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 11:40am
Picture from MN Firewise

Nine years ago today the eastern section of the Boundary Waters canoe area was raging with fire.  75,000 acres of pristine land was burning wildly out of control.  Houses were lost. Lives were risked. Smoke filled the air all the way down to the Twin Cities.

And that is when Sue and Bob McCloughan signed the purchase agreement to buy Bearskin Lodge, in the midst of a fire that threatened to burn down the business.

We spent our days at school with one eye on our students and the other glued to the internet news about the fire. Eventually I just gave up and said “Kids, let’s go off topic and learn something really interesting about fire, that will also explain why your eyes are watering now.”  We all watched the changing fire maps and ravaged pictures.

Photo courtesy Gunflint Trail Fire Department

As the fire came closer to Bearskin, Bob & I tried to ascertain what precautions were being taken by Bearskin.  The owner wanted the lodge sale to remain a secret from his employees, yet from afar we were wildly concerned that “our” property would burn down and wished we could dare ask the employees what was happening. We called the owner, who said everything is fine, the sprinklers are going, and it’s so little to worry about that we’re flying to the tulip show in Iowa.

We already had enough history with him to think perhaps a second call was in order.  I called Bearskin and got Dee, who would later turn out to be a dear friend.  I said I was concerned about the Lodge and wondering what they were doing.  Dee assumed I was another one of the many concerned members of the Bearskin fan club, and talked about the preparations to leave. “Are the sprinklers on?” I asked.  It was evident that homes and businesses with the fire suppression sprinklers were surviving.  “Um, no, we, um, won’t be using the sprinklers,” she said. “We don’t think we need them.”   She was respectful enough of her current boss that she didn’t say, “No, we won’t be using the sprinklers because the FEMA sprinkler system was never maintained and is now in a thousand broken pieces, and actually we all think our boss believes it is in the best interest of the resort to burn down.”  (She saved those truths for later, in the many re-tellings of the story.)  Dee said other staff would be leaving for town with trucks and equipment, that the managers had left long ago to get a motel in Silver Bay to house their secret dogs and cats.  The owners?  Flying to a tulip show in Iowa. (Although we later heard they did show up at the lodge at some point, so good.) As we heard this on the phone, it was all we could do not to drive up ourselves and start pulling together sprinklers and trying to save the place.

Most Bearskin employees went to shelters in Grand Marais. Being low-level employees who ended up totally responsible for the stressful decision- making while the fire advanced towards Bearskin was very traumatic for some of the staff

Picture courtesy Mn IncidentCommand

One of them had a seizure outside the shelter, changing his life for years to come.  Another just cried and cried. The youngest employee, Adde, rose to the occasion and figured out how to be the adult in the group, a skill she can still muster up regularly in her real life today.

Of course, we only heard these stories after the fact.  All we knew was that we just put a lot of money down and signed a pile of papers to buy a resort where no preparations were being made to keep the resort from burning down momentarily.

And luckily, it didn’t.  A tongue of the fire made its way towards our area, but was kept under control. The physical beauty of our area remained untouched by fire and the cabins and resorts around us continued to be safe. This time.  There’s a long history of fires in these big woods and we understand that our turn could come. We hope not soon.

The Ham Lake fires started because of one camper. Conditions were right to spread a fire very quickly – as they are today.  The individual who accidentally started the fire was identified, demonized, persecuted, prosecuted, and basically dragged through hell until he eventually committed suicide.  Politicians tell us we live in a Christian nation, but if so, we ought to be able to do forgiveness a little better instead of always focusing on retribution.  He made a mistake. Any of us could. There’s a fine retelling of his sad story here.

Photo by Sue Prom

The lesson is please, please, please be careful with fires up here.  It’s dry and windy today.  There are thousands of branches down on the ground from this winter’s bend-down.   Keep fires small.  Some of you folks —is this a southern thing?—who like their pile of wood to be in a 5 foot tall tipi shape when it gets lit are just asking for trouble with those giant fires.  Small, under control, and always watched is the way the pros make a fire.  Above all, don’t walk away from the fire.  We see this all the time in the campground: raging fire in the pit, nobody around for miles—or even worse, obviously tents full of sleeping people. You can do better than that.

We will have fire on the Gunflint Trail again.  We are all a little more prepared for it now, after lessons learned from Ham Lake.  Bearskin has invested in an outstanding all – encompassing FEMA  fire suppression sprinkler system.  We test it  regularly, keeping it in perfect shape each year. Bob and Quinn are fire department members, who have been well-trained to assist in a fire or a rescue and best of all, they have fire department radios to be in quick contact in an emergency.   And needless to say, if something bad happens Bob, Sue, Quinn & Kate will not be off at a flower show, we will be here every minute to make sure, first of all, that our sweet staff is safe and untraumatized and secondly, to do what we must to preserve all your Bearskin memories here.

But let’s avoid another Gunflint Trail fire if we can.  Do your part!

Photo by Lee Johnson

 

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<p>5/5/16 - Today is our very own Bill

Sawbill Newsletter - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 5:40pm

5/5/16 - Today is our very own Bill Hansen's birthday! He is celebrating by working hard all day to get our canoe fleet ready for the season. We'll make him take a break this evening though for a picnic down by the lake to enjoy the lovely spring weather we are having this week. If you want to wish him a birthday greeting, you can send it to bill@sawbill.com.
-Clare

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Bike Safety Rodeo on May 12th

Moving Matters - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 9:40am

The Grand Marais Safe Routes to School group invites all kids and parents to the annual Bike Safety Rodeo on Thursday, May 12th from 3 to 5 pm at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais. Join in the fun, with bike checks and helmet fittings,  helmet decorating, ride the course, and food. Bring your bike, helmet, and signed permission slip (limited loaner helmets will be available). For more information, please visit the Facebook event.

For questions or to volunteer, call Maren at 387-2330 or email maren@sawtoothmountainclinic.org.

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<p>5/3/16 - Just in time for the open

Sawbill Newsletter - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 1:37pm

5/3/16 - Just in time for the open water, Sawbill's new Wenonah canoes have arrived. For excited paddlers, this is better than Christmas! -Clare


Another sure sign of spring in the northwoods.

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The Bearskin version of Fox News

Bearskin Blog - Sun, 05/01/2016 - 4:09pm
Fox photo by Katie Mumm

Almost everyone who visits Bearskin has high hopes of observing three specific northwoods animals.  The number one goal is always to spot a moose, then glimpse a bear (but only the rear end, as it runs away), and maybe, with luck, see or hear a wolf.

So you might be surprised to know that none of those creatures are the animal that Bearskin guests talk about the most during their stay.  Foxes are actually the critters that make our guests extra happy.  Hundreds of photos of posing and preening foxes are snapped every summer around the Main Lodge.  We sell dozens of fox stuffed animals, foxy kids’ purses, fox books, and fox cards.

Bearskin has a long history of having fairly tame red foxes living on the grounds of the resort.  When we first arrived at Bearskin almost a decade ago, our employee Adde regularly made meals for a ridiculously tame fox, and even allowed the fox into her apartment occasionally.  Foxes have been known to get in canoes, and supposedly a fox can untie a boat from the dock.  They peek in windows, pose on deck railings, and occasionally run off with meat intended for the grill.  The Shoe Stealing Fox (aka Imelda), was perhaps the most famous Bearskin fox, covertly sneaking flip flops, hiking boots, and tennis shoes off the deck and steps of cabin 7. Many a family combed the woods behind cabin 7, desperately trying to find a missing sneaker so a kid wouldn’t spend the remainder of their vacation limping around with only one shoe.

So here is a story to add to the fox legends:  About a week ago, when the ice was still solid, Kate and Quinn observed a fox crossing the bay with something in her mouth.  At first they assumed the fox was carrying a rabbit or squirrel, killed for dinner.  But as they looked more closely, they realized she was carrying a baby fox kit all the way across the lake.  Then she came back for another. And another, and another. By the time she was done ferrying her whole litter across the lake, the fox looked exhausted. It was no small task to move her family. This was peculiar behavior.  Quinn and Kate wondered why she would go to that much trouble to abandon a home and move so far away.

Previously, Quinn and Bob had been rebuilding the steps to cabin 7.  When they pulled the old steps off, they found chewed boards, broken styrofoam, and multiple signs that animals had been tunneling under cabin 7 for years.  So, of course, Quinn and Bob did a top-notch job of resealing every crack and hole, nailing up new boards and filling every possible animal entry point with spray foam. No creature would be getting back under that cabin!

Quinn thought about the fox mother for a few days and then started to wonder if her grueling move might be connected in some way to the rebuilding of the cabin 7 steps.  Yesterday Quinn and Bob went back to cabin 7 and pulled off a few of the new boards, attempting to see under the steps.

It was a surprise to discover a sizable fresh tunnel under the steps, circumventing their repairs.  At that point it became apparent what must have happened:  Bob and Quinn had accidentally entombed the litter of baby foxes. For two days they had worked on the steps, sawing and pounding and probably terrorizing a little fox family.  When the job was over and the foxes’ fear subsided, that mother dug an incredibly difficult new tunnel, removed all her babies, and stoically carried all of them as far away from that dreadful Cabin 7 as she possibly could.

We were left with two thoughts:

First, that is an extraordinarily heroic fox mother.

And secondly, deep under cabin 7 there are probably several years’ worth of missing shoes.

 

Fox photo by Jane Kolarich

 

 


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‘What the Health?!’ Event Re-cap

Moving Matters - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 3:11pm


On March 23rd, over 120 community members gathered in Grand Marais, Minnesota for “What the Health?! How do we plan for community vitality?”, an evening to explore the relationships between health and community planning. The event kicked off with dinner and discussion about the question: “What makes a community healthy?”

Attendees wrote down their responses and ideas to “What makes a community healthy?” on the tabletops during dinner and discussion. The word cloud above is of the shared ideas or you can read the full list here.

Dinner and discussion were followed by improv comedy with The Theater of Public Policy, and Q&A local panelists: Dr. Paul Terrill, County and Zoning specialist David Demmer, and Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux. A video of the show is available below.

Takeaways from the night were many, but this is just the start of a larger community conversation. As the City of Grand Marais and other local entities work on community planning and visioning, our community will have many opportunities to share their input and shape the future health of our communities. Sign-up for the Moving Matters Newsletter to keep up to date on new opportunities to be involved.

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Spring Safety Reminder

Arrowhead Electric - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 9:45am

Spring weather really is on it’s way! Have you got yard and garden projects that involve digging? Remember to Call Before You Dig.

If you’re planning to dig a hole more than a foot deep, it is YOUR responsibility to call Gopher State One Call (GSOC) at least 48 hours before you dig. GSOC will notify utilities in your area. Utilities will then locate their facilities.

If you have private facilities on your property, such as electric lines from your meter to your house, propane lines, invisible fencing, or sprinklers, you will need to hire someone to locate those. Gopher State One Call has an industry directory of locators for your assistance.

For lots of helpful information about safe digging, visit Gopher State One Call’s website.

You can also request and view the status of your location online: www.gopherstateonecall.org

Call GSOC at 811 or 1-800-252-1166 or visit the website at least 48 hours before you dig. It’s the law!

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2016 Great Place Projects Announced!

Moving Matters - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:45am


Congratulations to the 15 projects across Cook County chosen as part of the 2016 Great Place Project!

An art-history mural, several playgrounds, a colorful wayfinding sign for Grand Marais, an outdoor ping pong table at the library and several similar projects will receive funding from the 2016 Great Place Project, announced Maren Webb of Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and Jim Boyd of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce.

An eight-member evaluation panel met recently to make selections from among the 25 excellent applications. “Unfortunately, we had only $14,000 to distribute,” Boyd said, “and about $26,000 in first-rate requests. Deciding which to fund was difficult.” The panel evaluated each project independently on half a dozen criteria, from visual impact and encouragement of active living, to amount of match and ‘playability.’ The project adopted ‘playability’ as a theme this year and gave additional points to projects that ‘enhance or create a place that welcomes people with a playfulness or whimsy, especially for children.’ Ultimately, the panel decided on funding 15 projects, some with a bit less money than requested in order to make the available funds spread as far as possible.

Major funding for the 2016 Great Place Race came in a $10,000 grant from the Minnesota Power Foundation. Additional funding came from the Chamber and may be offset through additional, pending grant applications.

“We are very grateful to the Minnesota Power Foundation,” said Maren Webb of the Clinic’s Moving Matters project, co-sponsor with the Chamber of the Great Place Project. “Without its help, the 2016 program would have been in doubt.”

Projects funded in the 2016 Great Place Project include:

  • Grand Marais Art Colony: $1,250. A joint project with Grand Marais Art Colony, Voyageur Brewing, Cook County Higher Ed, Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios, and First Congregational Church for a colorful wayfinding sign to be erected in front of the brewery on Highway 61.
  • Shore Girl Studios/Birchbark Books and Gifts: $1,250. Paint-by-number murals to be created by public during Arts Festival (July 9-10), then installed on north wall of Birchbark Books and Gifts.
  • Sivertson Gallery: $1,250. Phase 1 of 3-phase mural by Dave Gilsvik wrapping around two sides of Sivertson Gallery. Mural will depict the history of art in Cook County and Grand Marais.
  • Sarah Hamilton and Beaver House: $1,250. Restoration of murals and other elements on Beaver House exterior.
  • Cooperation Station Daycare: $1,150. Whimsical figures painted on fence around child care center’s playground.
  • Joy & Co.: $1,100. Sound wall and other child-friendly enhancements to playground area behind store.
  • Cook County Historical Society: $1,075. Project to beautify northwest corner of Bally Blacksmith Shop lot.
  • Cook County Community YMCA: $1,000. Outdoor play space for children ages birth-5 in front of YMCA building.
  • Schroeder Township: $930. Refurbish playground and public gathering area around Schroeder Town Hall.
  • Putt ‘n Pets: $800: Stand-behind face cutouts of farm scenes to be erected next to Putt ‘n Pets miniature golf.
  • Lockport Marketplace & Grill: $750. Creation of a colorful rest area for bicyclists near Highway 61 at Lockport Marketplace & Grill.
  • Nordic Wooden Ware: $550. Beautify area behind workshop next to Joy & Co.
  • Ann Possis: $500. Installation of outdoor ping pong table on grassy area in front of Grand Marais Library for free use by public.
  • Chris and Anne Hegg: $400. Construction and installation of two wooden benches at wildflower sanctuary at intersection of Gunflint Trail and County Road 60, on site of original Hedstrom mill.
  • Flybox and Company: $750. Transformation of a gravel parking lot into a retail store, with a deck, plants, and benches.

Projects will be implemented over the coming months. For more information, visit www.becausemovingmatters.org/greatplaceproject.

Published in the Cook County News-Herald, 4/23/16 edition.

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Scheduled Power Outage: Monday, April 18

Arrowhead Electric - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:01pm

GRE, our transmission provider, has scheduled a POWER OUTAGE TODAY to replace a key piece of equipment that failed in the Tac Harbor Substation Saturday, April 16th.

There will be a county wide outage at approximately 3 PM today that will last about 10 minutes while they switch the system on to the back-up generation out of Colvill.

There will be a second momentary outage when they switch the system back to normal. This blink will be momentary and will happen around 5 PM.

We apologize for the short notice.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Solar Power Hour at North House Folk School

Arrowhead Electric - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:24pm

Cook County Local Energy Project Presents “Local Energy Thursdays” at North House Folk School
Thursday, April 14th at 7pm: Solar Power Hour and Grow Solar
Use the sun to power your home, business or farm. Testimonials from local solar power homeowners. An introduction to the Arrowhead Cooperative Solar Community. Solar basics and step-by-step with Dathan Lythgoe of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.

This event is free and open to the public.

North House Folk School is located at 500 W Highway 61 in Grand Marais

Contact Cook County Local Energy Project at localenergy@boreal.org or online at cookcountylocalenergy.org.

 

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3.31.2016 Thanks for a great ski season

Bearskin Lodge Ski Trail Reports - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 4:23pm

Well, the time has come  — we are officially calling it the end of the 2015 -2016 ski season. We do still have a considerable amount of snow on the trails and you are welcome to come up to ski or snowshoe. But both resorts decided today that we are now officially done grooming for the season.  With 40 – 50 degree temps each day, there’s not much we can do with the groomer to recreate a nice surface. Time to store the equipment away and reflect on our great luck that during a winter when most of Minnesota was snowless, that once again the Central Gunflint Trail System offered great ski conditions all winter.

Golden Eagle did the final wrap up on the numbers for the season.  Our total snowfall was 93.46 inches — pretty fantastic for a “no snow” year!

  • New Snow Last 24 hours:  0.00”
  • New Snow Last 7 days:  2.00”
  • Trail Base, Staked:  Not measured
  • Snow in Woods, Staked:  Not measured
  • Surface Conditions:  Melting snow
  • Last grooming day:  3-26-16
  • Total snowfall since Nov. 1:  93.46”

Thanks for being such great guests.  We love our skiers, both our regular winter guests and our frequent day skiers, and we always miss them over the next seasons.  Stop in to say hi!

And don’t forget about our great Fall Work Weekend.  For just $99 plus a few hours of fun trail trimming, you can enjoy Bearskin Lodge in another season. Our skiing guests love seeing the trails during another season, plus it’s fun to ski by a location all winter and think, “I certainly did a great job of trimming here!” Find out more by clicking here.

 

Join us for trail trimming weekend in 2016


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3.26.2017 More snow, new grooming

Bearskin Lodge Ski Trail Reports - Sat, 03/26/2016 - 4:50pm

Just in case you were imagining that it’s not winter at Bearskin Lodge in late March this year…

New snow this morning made it possible to groom again, possibly for the last time this season unless we get a significant new snowfall.  Skiers seemed quite happy with conditions today, and the trails look beautiful.

A few trails are now out of commission for the season, for various reasons. We are no longer grooming the west end of Logging Camp Trail, the BWCA Logging Camp section, North-South link from upper Beaver Dam to Summer Home Road, and Poplar Creek Trail.

Due to the warm weather prior to last week, we are not grooming any lake-crossing trails for the remainder of the season   You can ski on the ice just fine, it’s not unsafe for you;  but the heavy grooming machines are another story. We don’t want a repeat of the infamous Dave Tittle story of putting a groomer through the ice!  The North-South Link trail across Flour Lake has a single lane classic track set by snowmobile to allow for a connection between the north and south halves of the system.

There have been a number of fun animal sightings on the trails in the past week, which is enjoyable for skiers. The moose are very active right now, and appear to love clomping right down the groomed trail.  We’ve also had many reports of foxes and otters along the trail–we like them better because they don’t destroy the grooming quite so much.

So far we’ve received about 92 inches of snow this season, not a record breaking winter by any means, but vastly better than almost anywhere else in the state. We are, indeed, in a magical snow pocket here in the med-Trail area. We still have about 15 inches of snow in the woods and a trail base of around 8 – 10 inches. Temps during the day are getting into the 30’s and even occasionally the 40’s, but our snow doesn’t seem to be disappearing at a very fast rate. Skiing is the best early each day, before the snow gets soft.

Spring conditions can change rapidly. Call us if you’re wondering if it’s a good day to ski.

 

 


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3.18.2016 Beautiful day, fabulous new snow

Bearskin Lodge Ski Trail Reports - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 1:39pm

 

Add Bear Cub, Campground, and Summer Home Road to the newly groomed list. )xcart, Beaver Dam, and Ridge Run were done yesterday.  Poplar Creek will not open for remainder of this March due to water problems.

Bring a camera if you come. The heavy snow stuck to the trees, so we have our Christmas card look back again.

Soup, chili, wine, beer, and of course, hot cocoa in the lodge if you come up for the day to ski.  Wish you could stay more than one day? We have a 3 nights for the price of 2 special going on now — ask for it when you call to reserve. We’ve had a lot of “drop everything and drive up to ski” phone calls today. Seems like the novelty of the early spring in the Twin Cities has worn off and people are getting weary of waiting for their grass to turn green!


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