Today is America Recycles Day. “America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.”
We can all do more to when it comes to recycling. We can also re-use more items and make better purchasing choices so we have fewer things to recycle.
Matt snapped this photo of the Seagull River with the newly fallen snow. The open water and snow always makes for a beautiful scene.
*The next meeting will be Tuesday the 24th at 4:30 as well. The Council concluded that having a meeting the day before Thanksgiving wouldn't result in a quorum, so we found a date that worked. That meeting will simply be to pay bills and attend to necessary business. It is expected that nothing of much substance will be handled at that meeting.
A little about rescheduling meetings:
It is in City Resolution that our meetings will be the second and last Wednesday of each month, commencing at 6:30pm. This is important so that the public both knows when business will be conducted and so that they have the opportunity to weigh in on it. When we have to change meetings a few things change with it:
1. It is considered a SPECIAL meeting. We HAVE to have a set agenda. This is so that the public knows what is being discussed at the meetings and so items can't be "slipped in." All agendas have to be published before the date of the meeting. You can get a copy of the agenda for any of our meetings at City Hall right on the front counter.
2. The structure of the meeting can be different. We don't technically have to take public comment for a special meeting. We usually do. Largely this is to keep special meetings short and to the point because special meetings are usually to discuss special issues. For us, our rescheduled meetings will follow the same structure as regular meetings because that is how we conduct business...
Ok, on to the meeting!
The meeting was called to order at 4:33pm with all members present except for Councilor Moody, who had told us he would be absent.
We moved on to the Consent Agenda, which contained the usual 3 items: Approval of the Agenda, Approval of the previous meetings minutes, and payment of the City's bills. Hearing no need for discussion, the Consent Agenda passed unanimously.
We moved on to an exciting and new request for fireworks! Our own Bob Spry, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce and the Lion's Club are going to put on a fireworks display to go along with Visit Cook County's Christmas kickoff on November 27th. Seeing that the request was in order, the Council quickly approved the request, so there will be fireworks in November!
The next conversation was the bulk of the meeting. The Council re-visited the City Budget with some updated information from Administrator Roth. The previous number that the Council was presented with, a 12.2% increase in the tax levy, was revised downward due to a few changes in staffing and administrative costs as well as a revision upward in the revenues from the Rec. Park. The new number that was brought before the Council was 6.87%, roughly half of the previous amount.
*There was a motion at the END of this long conversation to use the 6.87% as our new number for consideration, which effectively lowers the maximum levy to that 6.87% number. I wanted to say this right off of the bat, but will get into the conversations now.
There were really two parts of the conversation: 1.) Revenues from the Rec. Park and 2.) How do we fund our capital improvements in the future?
Starting with #1.
Revenues from the Rec. Park have been on an upward trajectory for at least the last 8 years. Some years the growth is faster than others, but even in poor years we have managed to meet or exceed the previous year. This is good news for the City and shows that the Rec. Park is still performing very well. With that said, we have heard from users of the Rec. Park this year that there are many elements of the experience there that need to be improved or addressed. The City currently allocates $145,000 to improvements in the park every year and would be interested in increasing that number if the Park Board decided that it wanted it. Our current best estimate of the positive revenue the City gets off of the Rec. Park is somewhere in the neighborhood of $250,000 and $300,000, which goes directly to the general fund, which results in property tax relief for residents. If we increased the amount allocated for improvements at the park, that would increase the value of the park, but would decrease the amount of that money going to property tax relief, which would have to be accounted for by either increasing some other revenue source (taxes, or increased sales at one of the City Enterprises). It was the popular belief of the Council that investing more money in the Park would be a great idea, but it has to be asked for and planned for by the Park Board. Currently all of the identified projects in the Rec. Park can be paid for by the current allocation, so that conversation will have to continue!
For 2016 the Council is going to assume a conservative gain in the Rec. Park's revenues to continue with the 8 year trend we have observed. This protects us in the case that we have a bad year, we won't lose too much from the general fund and if we have a good year we will end up with a surplus that we can reinvest in either capital improvement accounts or the Rec. Park.
Good performance at the Park for 2015 caused us to raise our estimate for income for 2016 from what we thought we would get, which lowered the levy amount somewhat.
#2. Capital Campaigns:
The City has identified major projects for each of the next 5 years that will cost the City some money and thus we need to plan for. Here is a brief summary of those projects:
2015-- Electric Service Truck (Paid for by the Electric Utility)
2016-- Public Works Facility (Garage- shared expense)
2019-- Electric Digger/Derrick (for digging in power poles)
2019-- Highway 61 Project (Shared expense)
2020-- 1st St. Reconstruction (Shared Expense)
????-- 5th Ave. Reconstruction (Shared Expense)
????-- City Hall and Liquor Store (Paid for by Liquor Store Reserve)
These projects are funded by a combination of cash payments from the City's reserve accounts and borrowed money. Since the City has a "AA" credit rating and healthy reserves, which are very good, borrowing money isn't that expensive for us, but it will get more expensive as general interest rates increase, so it would be financially a pretty good idea to plan for higher payments in the future, which, again, can be paid from reserves or from taxes or rate increases on public utilities etc.
We sock away a pretty good amount every year for our reserves, partly because it is City policy to keep a certain balance in each of those accounts and to a certain extent it is mandated that we have money in reserve so we can pay for any emergencies we run into. The Council wanted to maintain these amounts and try to grow them modestly to keep up with the interest rate increases that we are expecting in the coming year as well as to accommodate future projects.
**A reminder: Our Public Utilities are non-profit. They are on a break-even budget with their reserve contributions. Their budgets are calculated off of known costs (labor, benefits, materials, reserve contributions) and anticipated costs (planned projects, etc).
WHEW! You still following??? There was conversation about whether or not we should raise the levy at all since the Rec. Park and Liquor Store have been performing well, but taking a look at the historical levy information versus spending the Council seemed to lean toward a raise of some sort to offset rising costs that the City incurs (benefits, union negotiations, rising cost of materials, etc). If we don't do that then we risk eroding our reserves, thus shooting ourselves in the foot in the future when we want to get some projects done and need to borrow more money at a higher rate... So that is the general direction that the Council is moving for the tax levy: an increase of some kind, but likely between the 4.08% increase in general fund spending and the 6.87% estimated levy increase we were presented at the meeting.
One last piece to be discussed with the budget: Tennis Courts. There was a conversation about how much, if any, the City should put toward the rebuilding of the 2 tennis courts up by the school and YMCA. It was made clear that the courts are owned by the County and that the County has pledged money to their rebuilding and also has allotted $7,000/year for the maintenance of the courts. The Cook County Tennis Association heads up the efforts for rebuilding and has gathered over $100,000 for the job. After the previous conversation about the City's budget, the Council was ready to discuss how much we could put toward this project. Councilor Mills made a motion to allocate up to $20,000 for the project, as their needs for the project required. There was some lively conversation about what that meant with the statement being said that if we pass that motion we should expect to be paying $20,000 toward the project. Councilor Benson expressed her feelings that she was uneasy about allocating funds without creating some kind of structure for entities seeking funding from the City, suggesting that if all entities have to do is come and ask, then the allocation is pretty arbitrary. Administrator Roth suggested that if we had a process to do this we would probably have more requests for funding because then there would be a set process for it... Either way, the message that the Council needs to sit down and plan this out was pretty clear.
That motion, to allocate $20,000 to the reconstruction of the tennis courts, ultimately failed with a 2-2 vote. I was the swing vote on that one and embarrassingly took a long time to weigh in. When the motion failed, however, I proposed a counter motion to allocate up to the $17,000 that the CCTA identified was the money they would be short when all of their grants came in. This means that the City could not pay any more than that amount, but potentially could pay less... but we should be prepared to pay the whole amount. This amount was the direct balance between the bid on the project and the money the CCTA has already rounded up. This motion passed 3-1 with Councilor Benson voting Nay because she feels it is premature to be allocating monies without a process.
In another important conversation, the Council looked at proposals for increasing the benefit amount for the Grand Marais Volunteer Fire Department employees. Currently the fire department employees receive $1250 per year they have served in the fire department as retirement benefit. They get this money at the point of their retirement in a payment from the firefighter retirement plan through PERA (Public Employees Retirement Account). A few months ago the Council requested to see what an increase of that benefit to $1500 per year of service would cost the City. We were pleased to see that at the current rate of growth and interest in the PERA account we would be able to increase the benefit for the firefighters to $1500 without seeing an increase in the expense to the City. Increasing the benefit amount DOES increase the risk that the City would have to pay into the account in some amount at some point in the future, but the Council saw that risk as acceptable for the services that we get from the employees of our fire department. This increase puts the Grand Marais Fire Department on par with the benefits that the Lutsen Fire Department gets.
*We chose to do this so that we could continue to attract young people to apply as employees of the Fire Department. We are currently well staffed in the department, but have a handful of firefighters nearing retirement so need to start planning for replacing them! The Fire Department meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month for training. If you are interested in applying to become a part of the department, talk to Chief Ben Silence or stop by City Hall to complete an application!
The final item on the agenda was a housekeeping item to remove a signatory from the City accounts. The Council moved to do so, and that was all done!
On to Council Reports!
Councilor Moody was absent, so no report from him.
Councilor Benson had no meetings in the past weeks.
I reported on a very productive Library Board meeting where we discussed the writer's conference (done by the Art Colony) which was a HUGE success, continuing education for members of the Library Board to learn what it means to be a board member, new work to begin a tribal library up at Grand Portage (This is really exciting actually. There is a lot of funding available for this and it would be a great resource for the community!), updated usage numbers (we got a door counter for the library that has shown usage is WAY higher than we thought!), upcoming Film Nights at the library (starting November!), efforts to make the library more welcoming to gay, lesbian, and transgender people, as well as the success of the borrowed 3D printer. A few of the Council members also went to a joint meeting of the County, City, Hospital Board, School Board on Thursday the 12th where updates were given from the different entities and the School Board spoke about their upcoming challenges due to the referendum failure. The group scheduled another meeting on February 29th to discuss future options for daycare, early childhood education, special education, etc.
Councilor Mills reported on a YMCA meeting where they appointed Hillary Freeman as the next Chairperson of that group and that the YMCA is experiencing delays in getting their daycare licensed to the level that they are seeking.
The Park Board is working on revising the naming of some of the site descriptions as well as finalizing rate changes for the 2016 season. He spoke about how the rate structure is complicated because it is based on the length of stay, storage, site location, etc.
The Northwoods Food Project is preparing some information for a presentation to the Council of the Green Dollar Survey... so stay tuned for that!
Councilor Kennedy reported on continuing work by the Planning and Zoning Commission to revise the definitions for properties in the zoning ordinance, such as hotel/motel/B&B/boarding house/vacation rental. He also reported that the County Task Force on Vacation Rentals has met and will continue to meet to create a plan for the County. Safe Routes to School is going to focus on assisting with the City Comprehensive Plan, Workers on Wheels Program, and the Healthy Food Project. These are all exciting projects for the community.
Well folks, that is about it. The meeting was almost exactly 2 hours long and we felt like we got through a lot of good information.
As always, give me a call or send me a message if you have any questions or concerns!
We received some snow on the Gunflint Trail but it won’t stick around long. The temperatures are forecasted to be up into the high 40′s this week so the snow will melt.
Next weekend the temperature will cool off again with highs in the 20′s. Will that be the end of the unseasonably warm temperatures? Time will tell.
The Eagle Cam and the eagles are back!
November 12, 2015 – EagleCam Goes Live
Ready, set, go!
The MNDNR EagleCam is now streaming live. Please note that we are experiencing some technical difficulties but are working diligently to get these resolved before activity picks up. Thank you for your continued patience.
Biologist have been able to get a good look at the leg band on the female Bald Eagle visiting the nest and have confirmed that it is the same female from the past years. Learn more about this eagle’s story. This is the fourth year DNR’s Nongame Wildlife program has streamed live video from a Bald Eagle nest in the Twin Cities metro area. Last year the first egg was laid on 19th or 20th of January, with all three being laid by the 25th of January. Stay tuned!
Watch the MNDNR EagleCam live at: mndnr.gov/eaglecam
A semi carrying an 18,000 gallon LP tank showed up on site today. Using two Boldt cranes, we were able to lift the 45,000 pound tank and set onto the support saddles. The crane pick took less then 15 minutes.
A lot is happening on-site. Inside the mechanical room, the concrete pads for the three new boilers were poured and the boilers set in place. The electricians have run a number of conduits and stubbed up into the mechanical room. The BOLDT crane has arrived on site to set the wooden roof trusses for the Care Center additions. The earthwork crews continued to backfill both the north and south side Care Center additions.
Polk told regulations enforcement officer that “Rich Thornton is ridiculous and it is known by everybody. At the behest of a Creek Indian female living in Georgia, a area law enforcement official termed their office without expressing what he did to get a living. The Tupi- Guarani People are from the sophisticated cultures of the Top Of Amazon River Basin. PS: the reason why that I took the photography of the cave access from 50-feet away and 20-feet down hill was that there is MAJOR Mama Bear inside. This television affair that was long-anticipated is likely to turn the archaeology occupation upside down. It completely negates three ages of textbooks on the Cherokees, published by record and anthropology teachers at the Colleges of Georgia, New York and Tn.If you’re physically healthful, your thoughts may are usually high.
The author of the skilled journal article on the genetics research defined New York Cherokees as being a Middle Eastern populace with some Native American heritage and significant European. Intense conflict was evoked by this article within the career that was archaeology. The biggest hereditary shock came from Neighborhoods District, GA, which will be instantly east of the Course Rock Ancient Area. The Monitor Rock Terrace Complex, in addition to many patio complexes revealed during 2012 in Ga, has become one of many largest historical riddles of our moment. In the late 1500s they fled to Spain because of the Inquisition. The Mayas did, certainly, come over a period of time of many decades often times to Ga. Tests that are genetic produce more debate and questions In New York, Inc. revealed a study on the detailed genetic study of the Cherokee Indian Reservation in March DNA Experts, of 2010.The budget should create the steadiness that is obvious with all the project activities.
None moved DNA patterns common of the Cherokees. The director of the adventure & executive division Polk, confirmed that that his office had led workers to reduce woods to block the walk ultimately causing the damages. No idiot was n’t raised by this son’s mom! This is unsurprising. It’s today noticed that 16th-century Spanish settlers believed the location of the Course Rock Historical Zone since the “Fantastic Metropolis of Copal,” while California Native Americans called it the ” metropolis of Yupaha.” A cash area with stone houses along with a substantial temple, privately of a mountain, is stated inside the tales of the Creek and Cherokee Indians. They fled towards the New Planet while Portugal became briefly element of Spain. Western North Carolina and north Georgia are known to have comprised Spanish-speaking Sephardic Jewish exploration colonies within the 1600s and early 1700s.An interest such as ??review?? or ??document?? is rather vague and doesn??t enable considerably.
Its intricate landscape will likely require many decades of archaeological review. The DNA checks provided proof of Mesoamerican and South American genes being not past in several Southeastern Native Americans, but additionally made several surprises. The mantra with this collection was the terraces at Monitor Steel Difference would be the burials of ” Cherokee warriors” as well as the Cherokees have generally lived in northern Georgia. Contrary to the hereditary study about the Cherokee Reservation, “card-carrying” Cherokees living in Cherokee Areas, NC and who could track their ancestry to that particular region, had hereditary pages common of Indians. The Towns District Cherokees did not take any inherited indications that advised distributed genealogy with Cherokees living towards the north 45 kilometers, to the Vermont Reservation. The evidence was always there, right facing our eyes, but only the professionals hired by the Background Route got some time to ask the proper questions and carry the best exams out. The content reported the new similarities in the current presence of Maya place names in your community, Central American, as well as the long held convention to Maya terrace processes that Mesoamerican elite had once led the Indians.Occasionally actually just “most” of these on a single site.
On site inspection of the silt-stuffed ponds proved that the berms were dams that stored rain runoff from your surrounding heavy hills of Arkaqua Mountain. The Indian diary has begun because the 1200s AD. Viewers wishing to contact Thornton with queries concerning Indigenous American heritage, urban-planning or architecture may reach him at. The “Asiatic” component of their ancestry was primarily even a combination of Maya and Quechua, or both Quechua from South Usa. The Times knows he’s insane so nothing he creates wo be printed by them.” The a part of Polk’s declaration is probably off-target. Onsite researchers located stone covered channels that directed to level parts, enclosed by rock surfaces, where apparently the stored water was distributed to personal balconies from your wetlands.Recognize the value of custom writings com coupon code a view versus a.
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He explained the motive was the damages “were excellent Cherokee warriors’ burials, and that persons taking photos of the plots were n’t wanted by the Cherokees.” At his or her own choice, Polk brought a man named Richard Thornton’s topic up. the Winter Solstice is begun around by the schedule that is Maya. Further research revealed the Gainesville Times can be a smalltown paper owned by the Gannett Organization. The largest Cherokee area in current day County was Tamatli. Connections that were correct were also shown by geospatial investigation with ceremonial sites or a great many other Creek villages. They are sometimes on a vector created Equinoxes or by the Solstices, or like Etalwa, on the same latitudinal or longitudinal line. None of the Neighborhoods State Cherokees had genetic users like the North Carolina Cherokees. Several of these people are customers of Cherokee Indians’ Asian Band.A new pond was discovered by the tourists.figure out how to inform the subject and thing aside.
The plaza of the acropolis at the Monitor Rock ruins and the greatest temple mound at Etalwa are both aligned to the Solstice sun. Scientists Native Americans and outdoor lovers interact Space age on engineering, inherited assessment and good ole trend -the- surface sleuthing have somewhat extended the Track Stone Patio Complex’s understanding during the past year. All the test subjects of Native American descent in Union County, GA, where Track Rock is located, were of (Creek) genealogy. Because of huge drop in readership, the magazine was recently pushed to dramatically decrease its real size. Study of the Monitor Stone Terrace Complex GA, near Brasstown Bald Mountain has extended with some breakthroughs that were wonderful, in 2012. No romance that was geospatial was shown by the Track Rock historical sector from the Colonial Time to Cherokee communities that were identified. Computer evaluation, using GIS software, has exposed that the acropolis at Track Rock Space is geometrically related to Etalwa (Etowah Mounds) – mom community of the Creek Indians, along an azimuth range developed by the Winter Solstice sun.Thus any sign around the radio could possibly be fine tuned easily, also for the average person.
There may be a sizable cistern beneath the plaza of the towns acropolis. It had been previously a nest of the Tamatli-Creeks of south Ga. Families that are numerous there consider themselves to be Cherokees. Mcdougal literally fell from his chair, once ” Discovered “‘s variety named in October over a Wednesday day to tell one research test’s outcome to him. Characters to regional newspapers show that almost all North Georgians were excited to have this kind of important historical zoom inside their process; do not associate a specific Native American group with contemporary politics; and were shocked if the U.S. Some Florida archaeologists create particular those sites to ridicule this article.Regardless of how attractive, do not cheat.
Ground penetrating radar that shows sub surface stresses rock constructions has exposed the Monitor Stone Historical Region is a lot larger than formerly assumed and functions. Around the night of November 21, 2012 the Station will introduction the brand new line, ” Unearthed.” The primary plan was recorded at many destinations in Mexico and Atlanta. Native Americans living in southwestern Virginia also were found to hold Quechua genetics. Exactly what a variation annually makes. A widely-read article inside the Examiner’s Dec 21, 2011 edition declared a huge complex of rock spoils in the Georgia Foothills. The Tamatli are believed to have spoken more Mesoamerican terms than every other Creek branch.By emphasizing the phrase quality, all of the distinction is below made.
Richard Thornton Meanwhile, into a unique “top secret” research, investigating the “Mayas in America” debate, the History Station has mixed comprehensive ventures in a return to its authentic tradition of academic brilliance. Some families termed while others named themselves Creeks, themselves Cherokees. A remark was written by one Georgia archaeologist for the Examiner article, which called it a “bunch of garbage.” An article on the dispute inside the Atlanta Journal-Structure, lined up four archaeologists, who had no history in Mesoamerican architecture certainly the Track Stone website was not Mesoamerican architecture. Just one of the archaeologists had actually noticed the Course Stone damages and he’d never been in Mexico. It was indeed, a village that is big. The typical Cherokee woman about the reservation had more Semitic DNA as opposed to average Ashkenazi (Western) Jewish woman inside the Usa. Do not listen to something he claims.In making knives from pipe instructions can be found at.
The Mayas and Creeks were equated with “unlawful aliens” and “. The significant historical region includes a huge selection of rock retaining surfaces, cairns, stone altars and ruins of stone structures. In the Cherokee language, which means Host To the Itza (Maya.) Not surprisingly, South Carolina Creek Indians and many Ga carry at the least a track of Maya genetics. The largest of these possible sites that are pool, was 800 feet above the cheapest stone. The North Carolina Cherokee that is average experienced “T” indications when compared to a Local Egyptian. Actually, themselves were called the Itsate, which can be the identical expression the Itza Mayas once named themselves by the principle division of the Creek Indians in Atlanta.Outline spouses as husband: le mari, partner: la femme, or fianc??(e): le/la fianc??(e).
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The Clearwater Historic Lodge was built with hand-hewn logs by Charlie Boostrom in 1926, and today it is listed on the National Historic Register. Charlie’s skills as a master builder were well known around the region, and he was often called on by locals for his expertise. But Charlie’s handiwork and talents did not end with the structure itself. Did you know Charlie also created all the furniture in the...
We've had some great northern lights recently. Sawbill crew member, Tyler Campbell, got this nice shot a few days ago.
Sawbill Lake isn't frozen yet, but there was some skim ice in last night.
We rented a canoe today to a nice couple from Cincinnati, Ohio. They saw a bull moose on Kelso Lake. They had to break a little ice just before the Kelso/Sawbill portage. They are most likely the last rental customers of the 2015 season. - Bill
Have you ever pulled into the parking lot of the Clearwater Historic Lodge and wondered about those two “wolf look alike” dogs? Well, their names are Marla and Scroggy, and they belong to lodge general manager Erik Danielson and his wife Tori Danielson who manages the Clearwater Bakery. The dogs, now “retired,” played their own important role on the Gunflint Trail in the past. Erik used to be a dogsled guide...
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Dual Fuel customers will experience load control tonight, Wednesday, October 28th from 6-8pm.
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Centers last day is Sunday the 18 of October.
I enjoyed my first season being here at Chik-Wauk Museum. You never know who is going to walk through that big sturdy door, every day I learn some new history about the Gunflint Trail.
In June we had the addition of Fluff & Duff to the neighborhood. I am sure they have already headed south for the winter they are missing such beautiful weather this October. Our second annual Shrimp Boil was a huge hit.
July we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the formation of The Gunflint Trail Historical Society and the fifth anniversary that Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center has been open with a very special sit down dinner that was catered by Guest Chef Carol Valentini of Valentini Vicino Lago.
August brought back the poplar Gunflint Woods, Winds and Strings with an afternoon of chamber music. It has been such a great event hopefully we will have it again next season.
With the threat of rain and wind we moved the Pie & Ice Cream Social indoors to the new Nature Center, thankfully the weather turned out to be another wonderful day and I believe we had over 36 pies donated for the event.
We also had guest speakers come up throughout the summer to talk about the Northwoods Archeology Projects, Wild Edibles & Invasive Species. Every Tuesday during the summer we had Kid’s Day at Chik-Wauk, we offered a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique-history and nature of the Gunflint Trail. All of these programs you can find on either the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Centers website or The Gunflint Trail Historical Society’s website.
Sunday, October 18 will be the last day that Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center will be open for the 2015 season. We are open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.
Next season when we open the doors on May 28 we will be happy to show off our new Nature Center as well as the temporary exhibit on Birds of the Northwoods.
An end to a great season is the pretty fall colors by Earl Falls (that is what a few people call it) located by the Seagull Guard Station.
One word describes how I felt as I watched the helicopters soar over Lutsen Mountain – Thrilled! This investment from leadership at Lutsen Mountains only reinforces the energetic growth felt throughout Cook County. In July, I completed my second year working for Visit Cook County. When I started, I thought I knew a lot about this wonderful corner of northeastern Minnesota. I have now come to realize the depth of the partnerships we share in making life here enjoyable and energized. I am delighted.AN INCREDIBLE SUMMER!
As our summer season closes, I want to highlight a few spring, summer and fall highpoints. We are all aware that Cook County offers some of the biggest and best of the midwest: tallest peak, highest waterfall, most groomed cross country ski trails, largest ski resort in the Midwest, most BWCAW entry points – you get the picture. This list is endless, and keeps on growing. Another “best” came across my desk today – Hwy. 61 from Duluth to the Canadian border was included in Mashable’s “7 Scenic Fall Foliage Drives.” And perhaps the most reputable, the title of “Coolest Small Town in America,” awarded in February to Grand Marais. We would love to hear from other business owners regarding the summer experience of 2015. We know World’s Best Donuts sold more donuts than they have since opening in the summer of 1974! We look forward to hearing many more great sucess stories as we enter the last part of 2015.MEASURING SUCCESS
Safe to say – our efforts in marketing and media relations have paid off. I, along with the Visit Cook County team, serve our tourism related economy tirelessly. Thanks to our partnership with Giant Voices and LINPR we have built a successful marketing and PR strategy that is showing results. These partnerships allow us to build upon great outreach opportunities like sharing a booth with WTIP at the MN State Fair (a complete blast) followed by a live media appearance with KARE 11.
The one true measurement of tourism success for Visit Cook County is our lodging tax. This is always a moving target as we have lodging properties that pay monthly, quarterly and annually. We measure our monthly decreases and gains based on prior year figures which actually allow us to be pretty close on the measurement. And of course, we work extra hard to bring people here in our shoulder seasons of April and November. The County collects the lodging tax and prepares all the reporting. You can see all the figures if you look here: http://www.cookcountychamber.org/charts.php?id=15
That said, Visit Cook County’s fiscal year began May 1. If you calculate the success in the first three months of our fiscal year, the statistics are astounding. A quick snapshot of May-July shows growth in Lutsen/Tofte/Schroeder up 15.9% and Grand Marais is up 15.8%. And on an even bigger scale, lodging sales in 2014 totaled $33Million dollars. In a county that records $150million in sales, we need to tip our hats to the lodging property owners – not only as economic tourism drivers but also as employers.
We hope you have saved the date to celebrate with Visit Cook County and the Cook County Chamber on November 3rd at Lutsen Resort. You can look forward to more information about the event in the coming weeks, but until then, make sure you’ve saved the date!
Just found out there’s a power outtage scheduled for 9-12 noon today. NO phones or e-mail until it’s over!
The Trapper’s Daughter & The…..
The day we have all been waiting for is finally here!!!
It is my great pleasure today, on April 25th 2015, to present to you for the first time,
Wow, isn’t she a beauty??
After their long sail along the Lake Superior coast, the Trapper’s Daughter, Bear & Raccoon are finally able to relax on the shore near a big campfire. With beautiful bright embers floating toward the starlit sky, this print … read more
Day 5! Day 5! Day 5!
Today is the last day of our countdown before we reveal the NEW Trapper’s Daughter print for 2015!!
We kick off today’s countdown with a truly incredible print from 2013,
“The Trapper’s Daughter Crosses the Height of the Land as Winter Fades From the Woods & Waters.”
“The Trapper’s Daughter and the Spring Moose” came into the gallery like a hurricane. We could hardly keep this image on the walls and in the bins after … read more
Day 4 of Our Trapper’s Daughter Adventure!
Day 4 of our Trapper’s Daughter adventure beings with the winner of our 2014 Summer Solstice Trapper’s Daughter Bracket Competition….
In 2010, Rick Allen decided to try something new. With 26 different wood blocks, and 26 individual passes through the press, Rick and his famous helper Janelle, the Warrior Printress, worked their tails off on this one!!!
But wait…. there’s MORE!
The Kenspeckles decided to add a beautiful moon to the Long … read more