Around Cook County
Before a highway made the North Shore accessible to automobiles, people came to Cook County by boat. To highlight those bygone days, "By Way of Water: Our History with Lake Superior" is the latest exhibit at the Cook County Historical Museum.
It shares the story of how the lake shaped the people and communities of this region. Come to the museum starting the week of Fisherman’s Picnic to learn about Grand Marais Harbor and East Bay as ideal locations for settlement, the docks that steamships visited regularly, the shipwrecks America and Stranger, the United States Coast Guard, and the people and boats that passed through Cook County.
Featured in the exhibit are the Fresnel lens from the Grand Marais lighthouse; the wheel from the S.S. America; multimedia stories about Isle Royale, heroic fishermen, and the lighthouse keeper’s family; and wonderful local art depicting a time when life depended on the Big Lake.
The museum is located at 8 S. Broadway in Grand Marais, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (218) 387-2883.
With more and more people on bikes in our North Shore communities, it is important to protect ourselves and our children from injury with bike helmets.
Bicycle accidents only account for a very small number (2 percent) of motor vehicle crashes. Children are more at risk for head injuries than adults, which is why in public health and in the bicycling community all agree that children need bike helmets.
In Cook County, low or no cost children’s helmets are available thanks to generous grants from the North Shore Health Care Foundation.
Contact Kristin Wharton or Maren Webb at 387-2330 ext. 150 for information to obtain a bike helmet.
Grand Marais city councilors approved an agreement with the Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District that will lead to the creation of a third privately maintained rain garden—this one in the city right of way on East Second Avenue.
City Administrator Mike Roth told council July 30 that the maintenance agreement contains clauses meant to provide protection for the city, which were added since the last two contracts were signed. Notably, the clauses stipulate that the city will be liable to the state for an amount of up to 150 percent of the financial assistance received to install and establish the rain garden if it is not maintained to standards during its 10-year effective life.
Councilors said they believed it was worth taking the risk, especially since the two existing privately maintained rain gardens are actually nicer than those cared for by the city.
Councilor Bill Lenz noted that there are now five rain gardens throughout the city. “The two on private property look good–they really do–and the others do not and they are ours,” said Lenz. “I don’t think this will be a problem.”
Councilor Jan Sivertson wondered who–if anybody–would inspect the rain gardens anyway. Roth said he “severely doubts” that anybody from the state office was going to come up to Grand Marais to inspect the rain gardens. He added that the agreement represents about a $15,000 commitment on the part of the city, which will have to pay the state back if the rain garden is removed or found to be deficient within 10 years.
The 85th Annual Fisherman’s Picnic wrapped up on Sunday, August 3, concluding four days of festivities enjoyed by young and old. A lot of good comes to the community from the event that includes a lot of revelry. The weather was wonderful and there were smiles all weekend for most of the attendees. The smile on the face of EvaLyn Carlson of Grand Marais was perhaps biggest of all. Carlson’s name was drawn from the big Grand Marais Lions Club drum of raffle tickets. The retired minister was nearby, selling tickets to support veterans through the America’s Vet Dog program. Friends scurried to tell her she had won and she arrived in Harbor Park to claim her $10,000 prize.
Carlson said Lion Steve Quaife sold her the winning ticket
Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday is coming up soon. A birthday party will be held on the official Smoky Bear birthday August 9 at the Gunflint District Ranger Station from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Smoky the Bear was conceived in 1944. The idea of fire prevention started way back in the ‘20s and spread after Japanese submarines were spotted on the West Coast in 1941. There was fear that a torpedo could detonate along the West Coast and theoretically cause serious fires in forestlands.
On August 9, 1944 fire prevention programs began searching for an animal to be used as a symbol. The release of the Disney animated film Bambi had made the public aware of fire hazards, and for awhile Bambi was a popular nomination, but due to copyright problems with Disney Productions, it was finally decided to use a bear, and the rest is history.
Smokey became so popular that he even has his own private zip code. If anyone is interested it's 20052.
Stop by the Gunflint Ranger Station on August 9 to wish Smoky well!