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North Shore Care Center celebrates birthdays Feb. 10

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:58am

The residents at North Shore Care Center will try to beat “cabin fever” with a full calendar of activities in February. There is a lot to look forward to all month.

The monthly birthday party will be held on February 10 to honor Phyllis Kalb. Eleanor Waha will once again provide her delicious birthday cake and Doug Sanders will play some wonderful piano tunes for the event.

The residents will be enjoying some special Valentine crafts, and fun with the kids as we decorate Valentine’s Day cookies. A Valentine dinner theatre is planned for February 12 featuring favorite episodes of the I Love Lucy show.

There will be an outing to the Senior Center for lunch and visiting on Thursday, February 18.

For more information about volunteering or about any of the activities going on, please contact the Activity Department at 218-387-3518 or visit the website: www.nshorehospital.com. There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. 

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Arrowhead Transit begins Tuesday Duluth trip

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:56am

Beginning today, Tuesday, Feb. 9, an Arrowhead Transit bus will leave Grand Marais at 8 a.m. every Tuesday and arrive in Duluth by 11 a.m.

First stops in Duluth can be at the medical facilities on the east side, followed by a stop at the new Duluth Transportation Center. From there the bus can go on to the Miller Hill Mall. 
The bus will return from Duluth at 3 p.m. 
Reservations are necessary no later than noon on Monday. Call 800-862-0175, option 8. Bus fare from Grand Marais to Duluth is $10 one way; Silver Bay to Duluth, $5 one way; and Two Harbors to Duluth, $2.50 one way.
All pick-ups and stops are contingent on rider requests. Except for Grand Marais and Silver Bay, all passenger pickups need to be along Highway 61. In Grand Marais, pick-ups will begin in town at 7:30 a.m.
Fares are paid by passengers when they get on the bus.

For more information, contact Larry Rodgers at (218) 735-6815.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

Large turnout at special council meeting on Dollar General

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 9:18am
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Monday night the city council held a listening session for people interested in the projected Dollar General store development in Grand Marais.  On “Daybreak” Jay Andersen spoke WTIP reporter Joe Friedrichs who was at the meeting.

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Grand Marais Playhouse youth auditions for "Little Red Robin Hood" today!

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:59pm

This year’s community youth production will be Little Red Robin Hood, however it will be a bit of a “fractured fairy tale,” as is evident in this synopsis: The play takes a hilarious detour through Robin Hood’s Nottingham and Sherwood Forest, courtesy of writers Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, who have developed multiple scripts for Disney. They have come up with a fresh, hysterical twist on characters we all know.

Auditions will be held today, February 9 at 3:30 p.m. for folks grade 3 to adult. Over 25 roles are available.

Rehearsals will be after school Monday - Thursday except for the weeks of March 14 -18 and March 28 – April 1. Performances are April 15- 17 and 22-24. For more information, come to auditions on February 10.

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Proposed zipline property back on the market

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:53pm

A developer had high hopes when the ground was broken for a commercial recreational project on the Sawtooth Mountain ridge overlooking Grand Marais in August 2013. Matt Geretschlaeger of Grand Marais expected his Superior Zipline Adventures project to be off the ground by spring of 2014. Construction, including excavation of the hillside got under way, however, funding fell through and the project was eventually dropped in June 2014. The property has sat idle since then—until last week when the 21.40-acre property showed up for sale, listed by a commercial realtor in Minneapolis for $399,000.

The property, currently listed at $399,000 by Minneapolis commercial realtor Jeffrey Meehan, can be seen on the KellerWilliams Realty website as well as on Craig’s List.

Geretschlaeger purchased the property from the City of Grand Marais on April 25, 2012 (after an appraisal by Ramsland & Vigen, Inc. of Duluth) for $75,000.

Although the City of Grand Marais does not have any right of first purchase, there are some issues to be worked out before the lot can be developed namely wetland permit issues, said Grand Marais City Administrator Mike Roth.

Roth said the original conditional use permit was issued based on a specific location for the zipline tower and building. Somehow during construction these structures were erected in a wetland. Roth said the structures were removed. However, if a purchaser wanted to build a zipline and wanted to move the structures, he or she would have to reapply for another conditional use permit. Roth said, “Any deviations would require a new public process.”

And if the developer wanted to follow Geretschlaeger’s plan, he or she would have to address the wetland issue.

County board okays replacement equipment for highway department

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:52pm

County Highway Engineer David Betts came before the county board on Tuesday, January 26 with four equipment replacement requests. He presented price information for three vehicles and one trailer, obtained from the state bidding website.

Commissioners reviewed the requests for a 2016 GMC Sierra 2500 crew cab pickup, to replace a ¾-ton Chevrolet pickup at a cost of $38,573.72; a 2016 GMC Sierra 2500 crew cab pickup, to replace a Chevrolet 1500 regular cab pickup for $38,573.72; a 2016 GMC Sierra 3500 crew cab pickup with flatbed at 45,065.02 to replace a 1-ton crew cab diesel pickup and a 2016 Towmaster trailer to replace a 1981 Hercules 15-ton trailer.

Betts said the replacements are in the county budget and that although one of the pickups was $75.34 over budget, the other was $148 less than anticipated. The Towmaster trailer is $756.25 over budget, for a total amount over-budget of $683.59.

Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk asked Betts where he would find that amount in his budget. Betts said the highway department would “make it up somewhere,” for example the budget could be adjusted by the purchase of fewer yards of gravel.

The purchase of the replacement vehicles was approved with a unanimous motion. The old trucks will be auctioned off on the state online auction, said Betts.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.