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Recipe of the Week: Quinoa Breakfast Bake

Aging Youthful - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:00am

I’m all about finding easy, healthy recipes to have prepped and ready to go to “Take the Hassle out of Being Healthy”. (Thank you Tanya Hagre for that statemen)t. A little prep work on Sunday can make the rest of the week SO easy for good foods. I found this gem on website. They have a whole section on healthy easy breakfasts on the go among other healthy recipes. Here is the recipe for Quinoa Breakfast Bake (and a link to the full article on their website):

Serves 4-6

What You’ll Need: 

  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon allspice 2 eggs
  • 2 cups skim milk 1/4 cup maple syrup 1 1/2 cups frozen berries
  • 1 apple or pear, peeled, cored, and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional)
What to Do: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8×8 inch square baking pan, and set aside. (Note: a 9×11 works fine, too!)

  2. In a medium bowl, stir together uncooked quinoa, cinnamon, and allspice to coat quinoa with spices. Pour quinoa over bottom of prepared pan.

  3. In the same bowl used for the quinoa, beat the eggs until fully mixed. Whisk in the milk and maple syrup, and beat to combine.

  4. Scatter the berries, apple or pear pieces, and nuts (if using) evenly on top of the quinoa.

  5. Pour the egg and milk mixture over the top of the fruit and quinoa. Lightly stir to partially submerge the fruit. (The milk mixture will cook the quinoa to create a very soft texture on the inside, while creating a lightly crunchy crust on the outside!)

  6. Bake for 1 hour, or until casserole is mostly set with only a small amount of liquid left. Serve warm, and refrigerate leftovers.

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Pop-up Sidewalk with the City of Grand Marais

Moving Matters - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 4:10pm

Something new is coming to Cook County this summer, but it won’t be here for long. It’s a Pop-up Sidewalk!

Pop-ups can come in many forms and we’ve been seeing them pretty close to home. A pop-up is something temporary and allows trying something out to see if it works without making a large and permanent investment.

This summer Threads hosted a Pop-Up Shop at its Grand Marais store.


Post by Threads. And in Duluth, the city and Healthy Duluth Area Coalition hosted a Pop-up Parklet.



Post by DSGW Architects. The Pop-up Sidewalk will be creating a sidewalk connection between Artist’s Point and downtown Grand Marais, along Boulder Park. Right now, the sidewalk ends where Boulder Park starts. This Pop-up will help us all experience what it would be like if a sidewalk was built there. Be sure to try out the sidewalk starting on August 15th, 2014. If you have any comments or experiences that you’d like to share, please email or share your comments here or on Facebook.

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Join The #On21For21 Journey to Health!

Aging Youthful - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 1:00am

Make August 21st, 2014 the day that you start YOUR journey to health. It takes 21 days to create a habit, so we are starting ON the 21st and will run FOR 21 days!

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No losers at Fisherman’s Picnic

Unorganized Territory - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 2:37pm

On Sunday afternoon, at the end of the Fisherman’s Picnic, as people walk away from the Grand Marais Lions Club information booth where the grand prize drawing is held, nearly everyone is on a cell phone calling a friend or relative to say, “You’re a loser.”

Mike Carlson, a Grand Marais Lion, presents the “big check” to EvaLyn Carlson. My granddaughter RaeAnne was with her when she accepted her winnings.

It’s a joke of course, but Fisherman’s Picnic ending with the big drawing that only one person wins does seem a bit anticlimactic. My mom always says the end of Fisherman’s is the end of summer. I don’t agree—I think we have a few more sunny days in store. But it is certainly the beginning of the end of warm days.

This year the finale was a bit more exciting than usual as my former minister and friend EvaLyn Carlson of Grand Marais was the lucky holder of the ticket for the $10,000 grand prize.

My granddaughter RaeAnne could hardly contain herself. She was thrilled that someone she knew won and she ran to where she had last seen EvaLyn to share the happy news. It was fun to get a picture of EvaLyn grinning widely, accepting the “big check” from the Grand Marais Lions.

But then, as it always is on Sunday evening of Fisherman’s Picnic, the party was over. People milled about Harbor Park and strolled down the still blocked off, but now deserted streets. A few people wandered over to the American Legion bingo tent for a last game or two, but that is about all that is going on.

It seems as if there should be something more. As I joined the wandering “losers” of Fisherman’s Picnic this year, I thought it would be nice if the Grand Marais Lions had one more musical act. I wished the stage wasn’t as forlorn as the streets. It would be cheerier if a band offered a last bit of music outdoors. It could be a nice and mellow group, playing some soothing songs to send people on their way.

I hesitate to make the suggestion to the Lions Club though. By Sunday afternoon, the Lions that have organized parades, softball tournaments and minnow races, erected kiddie rides, gathered prizes, listened to complaints, sold raffle tickets, given directions to vendors, fried fishburgers, supervised log sawing, found lost children, lined up bands, and so much more are frankly, exhausted.

I’m exhausted just trying to cover it all.

And the Lions are still not done. They have a lot more to do. They have to clean up and haul away the fishburger stand. They have to dismantle the stage and ticket-selling tents and tables. They have to organize the over 100 raffle prizes for distribution. They have to take down the kiddie rides. And they have to deal with News-Herald staff bugging them for results of all the various contests that took place over the weekend.

It takes several days to get everything cleaned up and put away. And then the planning starts all over again for the next Fisherman’s Picnic.

Why do they do it all? I think it is because the Lions are doing a lot more than throwing a great party. Although the Fisherman’s Picnic itself is a great benefit to the community, bringing hundreds of visitors to Cook County year after year, the organization does a great deal more.

The Lions serve our community in myriad ways— giving to youth through scholarships to local graduates, supporting school activities like Knowledge Bowl and Robotics, and contributing to improvements of the baseball field. They support the community’s health through support of vision screenings and the donation of glucometers to our clinic. They’ve contributed to projects for the elderly, like the walkway between Sawtooth Ridges Senior Apartments and the hospital. And they’ve worked to preserve our community’s history with donations to projects like the restoration of the Bally Blacksmith Shop.

We are all winners just having a strong Lions Club group in our community.

So, as the Superior Lumber & Sports ad declared last week, “Hey! If you see a Lion or Lioness in the street, thank them!”

Better yet, join them!


Keep doing good deeds long enough, and you’ll probably turn out a good man in spite of yourself.

Louis Auchinclos

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Where were We? — July 2014

Unorganized Territory - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 2:25pm

Only a few more days to submit your guess!

Cook County News-Herald staffers love to get out and about the county. So we decided, while we are traveling the highway and bushwhacking through the forest, to take pictures to see if our readers can guess WHERE ARE WE?

We did not receive any entries that were wrong in our June WHERE ARE WE? The person drawn from all the correct entries was John Green, who not only knew the location was Cascade River, but added, “You are standing beside Highway 61 looking at the mouth of the Cascade River as it tumbles through the 1.1-billion-year-old basalt lava flows into Lake Superior. Nice place! Nice day!”

John wins a one-year subscription to the Cook County News-Herald.

Try your luck! Take a look at the July photo shared by reader Carolyn Wilhelm. If you think you know where we were when we took the picture, send us your answer. The location will be announced next month and a winner will be drawn from all the correct answers. Whoever is drawn will win a free one-year subscription to the Cook County News-Herald (a $30 value). Good luck!

Return answer by mail, e-mail or fax to:

Cook County News-Herald

PO Box 757

Grand Marais MN 55604

Fax: 218-387-9500

Answer to the July WHERE ARE WE? must be received by August 11, 2014.

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Power to the Border Completed!

Arrowhead Electric - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:34am


This week our linemen finished installing and powering the distribution lines from Grand Portage to the Canadian Border. This area had been served by lines from Ontario’s Hydro One power supplier, but the service was not as reliable as we wanted for our members. This summer we have tackled the daunting task of burying power lines along the rocky shoulders of Highway 61 and installing new overhead distribution lines to finally connect these members to the rest of the county. Check out our Facebook page for some great pictures of the guys finishing the work. Thanks to all the patient and friendly members in Grand Portage and beyond who kept us company and cheered us on during this major project.

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Kratt Chat: Cook County MN pride

Visit Cook County - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:15am

I truly enjoy strolling through Grand Marais during the summer. For those of us that reside here 12 months a year, one can appreciate a walk where you need to share the sidewalk with visitors and their dogs while greeting unfamiliar faces. This walk is far different than in November.  I’ve had multiple opportunities during the past few weeks to do a little small town bragging.  We live in one of the most inspiring places.

We just finishing wrapping up our summer video shoot with the crew Capture Film Co. This crew understands how unique and beautiful our landscape is, if you haven’t yet watched our winter video I strongly encourage you to. You will see that they truly love Cook County. Spending a few days touring them around reminds me to look through a different lens at this place we call home.


Apparently there are a few others who feel the same way we do about Cook County MN.

Our communities have been popping up in a wide variety of Best of lists and articles from publications around the country. Grand Marais has just received several accolades from Fodor’s, Huffington Post and Lake Superior Magazine this month alone!

Fodor’sTravel  begins like this: “As the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Grand Marais is home to cozy restaurants…” The brief description is part of a travel blog titled “10 Charming Midwestern Towns to Visit This Summer.”

Another feel good appears in Lake Superior Magazine’sBest of the Lake.”   More than 1,200 readers voted in this annual survey.  The list covers everything from Best Art Gallery to Best Events and in many cases we received the big red star indicating top vote getter.

This past weekend, I participated in the Dragon Boat Festival with my team of nine years “The Fired Up Puppies” and in a new event with the Cook County Chamber’s Dragon Dash team.   Congratulations WTIP, North House Folk School and the North Shore Health Care Foundation  for another successful year.

In all my years of enjoying Cook County, growing up here and visiting frequently, I’ve only missed one Fishermen’s Picnic.  I encourage everyone to try to take a break and enjoy the weekend festivities.   If you have some spare time, talk to a Lion or Lioness about volunteer opportunities and at the very least, thank them for organizing this annual celebration.  It certainly is OK for the locals to puff up your chest and do a little home place bragging.

Stop by and say hi at the fish burger stand on Saturday.  I’ll be there wrapping the delicious tradition.

“They’re all red-ready and they’re all red hot, the fish in the middle and the tartar on top.”   Happy summer on the Shore and Trail.

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Solar Array Coming to Cook County

Arrowhead Electric - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 1:39pm

In partnership with Arrowhead Cooperative, Great River Energy (GRE) will build a 20-kW solar array at Arrowhead Cooperative’s headquarters site, 5401 Minnesota Highway 61 in Lutsen. The Lutsen solar array is one of 18 20-kW arrays GRE is installing throughout its service area in Minnesota, in addition to the recently completed 250-kW solar array at its headquarters building in Maple Grove, Minn. The solar array will generate renewable electricity while also providing information on how distributed generation solar facilities like this can best be used by electric cooperatives. Construction will begin in October and GRE expects it will be completed and in-service by the end of October. GRE will be using panels from tenKsolar, which are assembled in Minnesota. The system will consist of 48 solar panels, arranged in six rows of eight panels.

What is Community Solar?

Several of the cooperatives in Minnesota that are getting these arrays are also planning to add their own community solar installation.  Community solar is a solar-electric system that is owned by multiple community members. The members receive power or financial benefit from their ownership. In most utility-sponsored projects, utility customers participate by contributing either an up-front or ongoing payment to support a solar project. In exchange, customers receive a payment or credit on their electric bills that is proportional to their contribution and also based on how much electricity the solar project produces. In this way utility customers who wish to support solar power have an opportunity to do so at a much lower cost than an individual installation.

Community Solar in Lutsen?

Working with GRE on the solar array in Lutsen gives Arrowhead Cooperative an opportunity to consider adding an additional array using the community solar model. We are working now to answer many questions, starting with whether our members are interested in community solar. In order for the project to go forward, we’d need to have enough members invest in the solar array to offset the cost, so that the full membership doesn’t need to pay for the installation. We are working with GRE and other cooperatives that have gone through this process to learn more about costs, membership options, and best practices. Look for more information throughout the summer and early fall as we learn more about our options.

For more information about GRE’s solar projects visit

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storm Hits western area of the BWCA

Poplar Creek Courier - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:22am
    PRESS RELEASE Superior National Forest Superior National Forest July 23, 2014 Contact: Kris Reichenbach 218-626-4393   Many Cooperate in Emergency Response to Windstorm   The storm blows many trees down and there were repors of some of the Gunflint Trail area side roads blocked ...
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Is Spring Here-Ice out in Little Ollie Lake

Poplar Creek Courier - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:22am
Two days ago the ice left Little Ollie Lake along with most of the smaller lakes on the Gunflint Trail. Poplar Lake still is ice covered but with a little help from the weather could go out by this coming weekend. In the woods there is still lingering patches ...
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GUNFLINT TRAIL Celebrates “Two-Line Opener”

Poplar Creek Courier - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:22am
COOK COUNTY, Minn. (May 9, 2014)— Unfazed by lingering ice, the fishing mecca of the Gunflint trail in northeastern Minnesota is gearing up for a two-line opener. “Talk about the best of both worlds,” says Bob Baker, owner and fishing guide at Gunflint Pines Resort. “How often do you ...
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Grooming on Banadad Ends for the Season

Poplar Creek Courier - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:22am
While the last grooming of the Banadad Ski Trail took place early April there is still amble snow on the trail for the backcountry skier and snowshoer. As of Easter there is over eighteen inches of snow along the eastern end of the trail and it is currently snowing quite ...
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Break from the Cold Tomorrow-Friday

Poplar Creek Courier - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:22am
After many days well below zero, with the temperature hitting -36 last night, we are finally going to see the temp go above zero tomorrow. According to current prediction it could get as warm as 20 above. That will really be a switch.
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Very Large Black Cat Sighted

Poplar Creek Courier - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:22am
While I have been quite reluctant to post this because people will think I am nuts. However I have since found several other people who have had similar sightings. So here goes! On January 8, I was returning to Poplar Lake from grooming the Banadad Ski trail along the snowmobile ...
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Wound Vets Ski Nordic Trails

Poplar Creek Courier - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:22am
Combat Wounded Veterans,, visit ski lodges along the Gunflint. Ten veterans, several who had lost their legs while in the military skied from Bearskin to Poplar Creek Guesthouse and the Tall Pines Yurt. While the next day they were scheduled to ski on to the Croft Yurt ...
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Great Early December Snow

Poplar Creek Courier - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:22am
While we did not have the 40+ inches of snow portions of the North Shore had, we did get enough snow to begin serious work on the Banadad. The Lace Lake and Tall Pines have been cleared and barrel rolled. A few more inches of snow and they will be ...
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Not a lot of Snow but More then this Time Last Year

Poplar Creek Courier - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:22am
Last night 4-5 additional inches of snow fell. Another few inches and we can start packing the Banadad Ski Trail.  
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First Snow of the Season

Poplar Creek Courier - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:22am
This morning we received about one inch of snow. First time this fall. However yesterday with the temperature hovering in the 40s and blue sky it snow for about five minutes. So you could say yesterday was our first snow.  Last Fall the first snow came about a month ...
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Quick spring into summer

Gunflint Pines Northwoods News - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:09pm

Guest who were here for the Memorial weekend got a real treat!!  Who would believe that the ice went out on May 19th and the temps were in the 80′s by Memorial weekend.  Memorial weekend was great with hi temps, sunny days and virtually no bugs!

Fishing is well on it’s way with people catching Lake Trout  anywhere from the surface to 30ft.  The Walleye are still in the shallows finishing up their spawning season.  Lake temps are changing quickly.  The past  80 degree temps changed the shallow lake temps from the upper 30′s to the mid 50′s over night.

Trolling floating stickbait is still the preferred methods for the evening Walleye bite.  Lindy rigging live baits seem to be the best bet for daytime Walleye fishing.  Lake Trout seem to be responding to stickbaits, spinners and spoons.  The bass are still a bit slow, but we’re finally hearing of some movement, and the Northern are crusing the shorelines.

More to come!


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Dennis Todd Memorial – June 7th

Gunflint Pines Northwoods News - Wed, 05/28/2014 - 10:35am

A memorial service has been planned for Dennis Todd June 7th 10am at the Gunflint Conference Center at 143 S. Gunflint Lake Rd, Grand Marais MN. Dennis was a fishing guide on the Gunflint Trail for 20+ years.

Dennis Ray Todd of Appleton City MO. & The Gunflint Trail MN. died as a result of a boating accident on Nothern Light Lake in Canada on September 12, 2013. Dennis and a friend were enjoying a day of fishing when the accident happened. It is not completely clear of what happened but they were both ejected from the boat. The passenger was wearing a life jacket and was able to make it to shore. Unfortunately Dennis was not and in an apparent attempt to retrieve the boat he succumb to the cold waters and drowned in Traflagar Bay.

Dennis was a graduate of Appleton City High School. After serving his country in the United States Army he worked various jobs in Kansas City before finding his true calling. Dennis has been employed with Gunflint Lodge for the past 25 years as a fishing guide. It was apparent to many repeat customers that Dennis had a true passion, he loved to fish. “Bobber down” was soon echoed throughout the Midwest from those who were fortunate enough to go north fishing with the “Walleye Jedi”.

Friends and family alike enjoyed fish fries at Dennis’ and he was always able to provide someone with fresh fish. Dennis was quick with a joke or story and always had a helping hand for anyone that was in need of one.

Dennis was born to Raymond and Betty (Harris) Todd on February 12, 1954 in Appleton City, Mo. He was proceeded in death by his father Raymond and an infant sister Janet.

Dennis is survived by his son Cameron and step-daughter Laura (Scott) Campbell, his mother Betty Todd of Appleton City, sister Judy (Steve) Adams Bloomfield IA, brother Dave (Lisa) Todd Butler, nephews Matt Brownsberger, Brian and Kyle Todd, and four grandchildren. Many cousins and friends as well.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Cameron Todd Educational Trust Fund at the Community First Banks in Butler and Appleton City Mo.

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