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Winter sale continues

Half off on winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves.  Winter tops, men's and women's, marked with a red slash are also half off. Stop by and save while you support your community.

1st and 2nd is located on Hwy 61 in Grand Marais across from Java Moose.


CONTACT: 1st and 2nd Thrift Store
PHONE: 387-1826
DATE: 04/28/2016 08:44am

Straw all gone!! ~~ Thanks from Cook County Home Center!


PHONE: 2183871771
DATE: 04/27/2016 04:09pm

Art Colony Event - CANCELLED

The Art Colony artist talk with Doug Westendorp planned for this afternoon is cancelled.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.  We invite you to join us for the upcoming May and June artist talks listed below:

/// Influences and Directions Elizabeth Erickson
May 6 | 4:30 pm | Johnson Heritage Post Gallery

/// Traveling Texts: What Bookbindings Tell us About Early Printed Books Scott Husby
June 3 | 7 pm | Founders Hall

/// Reading: Short Stories and Fiction Kathryn Savage
June 4 | 11 am | Grand Marais Public Library

/// The Visual Language and the Unexpected David Feinberg
June 22 | 4:30 pm | Johnson Heritage Post Gallery 

CONTACT: Grand Marais Art Colony
PHONE: 2183872737
DATE: 04/27/2016 02:29pm

VOTE Grand Marais for "Best Town EVER" - an Outside Magazine Contest


Grand Marais has been nominated by social media followers to compete for its second “top town” title in two years. Outside Magazine asked its Instagram followers to nominate their favorite towns to add to their curated list of 60 towns. Four towns, out of 800 submissions, were selected to particpate in the larger competition for a total of 64 towns. 

The contest is organized by the type of town—river, culture, beach, and mountain towns will compete against each other until there's one of each remaining. Then they'll face each other for the overall title. 

“Grand Marais is competing in the ‘beach’ category,” says Linda Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County. “First, we have to win against the other beach towns. Then we’ll compete against winners of other categories.

You can vote daily during the five day match-up, so mark your calendars to visit this site ( ) by 11 p.m. on April 29; again April 30 - May 4, May 5 - 9, May 10 - 14, May 15 - 19, and May 20 - 27.

Other beach competitors include: Bayfield, Wis.; Fairhope, Ala.; Bellingham, Wash.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Bolinas, Calif.; Cape May, N.J.; Ludington, Mich.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Yachats, Ore.; Miami, Fla.; Duxbury, Mass.; Pacific Grove, Calif.; Islamadora, Fla.; Wilmington, N.C.; and Ketchikan, Alaska.

CONTACT: Visit Cook County MN
PHONE: 218-387-2524
DATE: 04/27/2016 02:10pm

WFR & AWFA Courses

Coldwater Foundation is offering 3 wilderness medicine courses through SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities) this June.  SOLO is a premier school of wilderness medicine and a pioneering leader in the industry.  We have been privilged to have them as our partners since we opened in 2009.  All courses include CPR. Register online:

Dates and Cost

  • June 8-11, 2016: Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA), $425 / $200 non-refundable deposit 
  • June 13-17, 2016: Bridge from AWFA to WFR, $520 / $200 non-refundable deposit (Students must take the AWFA to WFR Bridge within one year from their initial AWFA certification.)
  • June 8-17, 2016: Wilderness First Responder (WFR), $815 / $300 non-refundable deposit
  • WFR Recert: Both the AWFA and Bridge course qualify as a WFR recert course. You will need to contact Christine Richardson at SOLO after completing your course to get a WFR recertification packet:

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday May 20th (after this date, contact Coldwater to see if there are still spaces available)

Additional Information

CONTACT: Coldwater Foundation
DATE: 04/27/2016 12:12pm

Denim Day - Wednesday

Wear denim today with a purpose, support survivors, and educate yourself and others about the seriousness of sexual violence.

Why a Denim Day?  Denim Day was sparked by the story of a young girl raped by her driving instructor in Italy.

To learn the rest of the story and more about Denim Day go to

Step forward on April 27 and take a stand against sexual violence.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

CONTACT: Violence Prevention Center
PHONE: 218-387-1262
DATE: 04/26/2016 07:20pm