Around Cook County
LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This year, the festival will travel to over 150 cities and screen in front of 25,000 people.
LUNAFEST is coming to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais on Saturday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m., sponsored by the Violence Prevention Center.
(Click on "view more news from WTIP" below to hear an interview about the festival with Jody Yuhassey and Lucy Perpich of the Violence Prevention Center in Grand Marais, MN.)
Established in 2000 by LUNA, the makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, LUNAFEST connects women, their stories and their causes through film. This traveling film festival spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes.
We had some snow in the higher elevations and more is on the way, but it looks like it will fall mostly to the south of us. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson about the week’s weather.
The Minnesota Resort & Campground Association has inducted Bruce and Sue Kerfoot of Gunflint Lodge into its Hospitality Hall of Fame. They were honored during the Resort Association’s Fall Conference Oct. 22 at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.
The Hospitality Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Minnesota's resort and campground industry and are deemed "legends" by their peers. The award honors lifetime achievement and exemplary leadership in the industry.
Bruce and Sue took over the resort from Bruce’s mother, Justine, in the late 1960s and transformed it into an upscale year-round full service resort. They winterized the main lodge in the early 1990s and began to cater to the cross country ski crowd.
Today the resort offers classic cabins, luxurious lakeside cabins and romantic cottages, as well as bunkhouses and rustic cabins for canoers who enjoy the Kerfoots’ other business, Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters.
Last year the Kerfoots developed the Towering Pines Canopy Tour at their resort to rave reviews and much publicity.
After 45 years of running Gunflint Lodge together, Bruce and Sue have decided to put the resort up for sale. They said they feel fortunate to have spent 45 years in a business that they enjoyed in a place that they love with all their heart.
At the October 28 meeting, Planning & Zoning Director Tim Nelson told the county board that some gaps in the proposed septic ordinance had been identified during the two Cook County Planning Commission public hearings. In a memo to the board, he had written that “a substantial amount of feedback” was given at the first hearing on September 25.
Nelson said there was concern about a gap in the ordinance provisions regarding the treatment of very low volume grey water waste and the composting of human waste. Nelson said, “This gap in the rules doesn’t take into consideration low-impact lifestyle choices that are made by some here in Cook County.”
Nelson said after the first hearing, Environmental Health Officer Mitch Everson created a design for a lower-impact grey water system that would be sensitive to the low-impact living scenarios experienced here and that also would remain in line with existing state standards.”
The concerns expressed at the first hearing were passed along to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) staff members, who offered to meet with Planning & Zoning staff and some of the concerned citizens. Out of those two meetings came a plan to create a local task force that would meet with MPCA staff to explore options for low-impact septic systems.
The community has greatly enjoyed the latest Grand Marais Playhouse production “Caption Louie Jr.”, a whimsical tale of imagination and friendship—and Halloween. The energetic and entertaining cast is ready to offer its final show today— Sunday, November 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Don’t miss this delightful spooky and silly musical adventure!
On September 17, 2013, the Cook County commissioners voted unanimously to continue to take part in the litigation surrounding the South Fowl Snowmobile Trail, along with Conservationists with Common Sense (CWCS) of Ely and the Cook County-based Arrowhead Coalition for Multiple Use (ACMU). The groups are considered “Friends of the Court” in support of the U.S. Forest Service decision to construct a 2.2-mile snowmobile trail between McFarland and South Fowl lakes in Hovland.
The lawsuit was launched against the U.S. Forest Service by the Izaak Walton League of America, Inc., Wilderness Watch of Missoula, Montana, Sierra Club Northstar Chapter and Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness.
Izaak Walton League and the other plaintiffs oppose construction of the trail siting the 1978 Boundary Waters Act, stating that Section 4(b) of the Wilderness Act “does not permit a federal agency responsible for protecting the wilderness character of an area to ignore its wilderness-preservation duties when authorizing activities just beyond the border of the area. Impacts to wilderness are not classified according to the location of the authorized activity.”
Rather, Izaak Walton League of America and other plaintiffs state that the Forest Service has a “duty to preserve the wilderness [that] is wholly independent of the source or location of that activity.”