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Cook County Commissioners heard recommendations on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from the county revolving loan fund committee on two projects. Auditor Braidy Powers introduced the revolving loan fund (RLF) projects, which were approved by the RLF committee on May 21, for the Cook County Visitors Bureau and Harbor House Grille.
Harbor House continues improvements
The Harbor House Grille project is well under way and it is the continuation of renovation already completed by owners Ed and Cindy Straub since purchasing the former Chez Jude restaurant in November 2012. The Straubs requested a RFL loan of $28,390 to be used toward installing energy efficient windows, siding, heating improvements and to add a handicap accessible entrance and addition for improved bathrooms.
Auditor Powers said another piece of property is being offered as collateral. The total project cost is estimated to be $85,000. The county board passed a unanimous motion to support the loan.
Visitors Bureau moving ahead with moving plans
The Cook County Visitors Bureau (CCVB) requested a loan of $50,000 to improve a building the organization is purchasing, the former Gunflint Realty building (next to Grand Marais Dairy Queen). The CCVB plans to invest $235,000 in the project to purchase the building and to make improvements that will allow the CCVB to combine its administrative offices and the Grand Marais Information Center to one building.
Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk noted that the payment CCVB would be making for the new facility would be less than what it is currently covering in rent of two separate buildings.
Commissioners agreed to award a $50,000 loan to the CCVB, with the county as the second on the mortgage.
Best wishes for a safe and happy Independence Day weekend from all of us at the Cook County News-Herald.
Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several area lakes and streams during the next few months.
Waters scheduled for surveys or assessments (by week) include:
* July 7 - Otter Lake, Crescent Lake, Bouder Lake
* July 14 - Crescent Lake, Binagami Lake, Crooked Lake
* July 21 - Caribou Lake (near Lutsen), Clearwater Lake, Devil Track Lake (walleye reproduction check), Mud Creek
* July 28 - Clearwater Lake, Sundling Creek, Sawbill Creek, Swanson Creek
* Aug. 4 - Sundling Creek, Irish creek, Junco Creek, Saganaga Lake, Flute Reed River, Kadunce Creek
* Aug. 11 - Onion River, Cascade River, Kimball Creek, Devil Track River, Saganaga Lake
* Aug. 18 - Saganaga Lake, Swan Lake
* Aug. 25 - Saganaga Lake, Swamp River, Loft Lake (habitat survey)
* Sept. 1 - Prune Lake, Echo Lake
* Sept. 8 - Moose lake, Loft Lake (fish population assessment)
* Sept. 15 - Kraut Lake, Trip Lake, Squash Lake
* Sept. 22 - Chester Lake, Trout Lake (yellow perch assessment), Unnamed Lake
* Sept. 29 - Thrush Lake (brook trout special assessment)
* Oct. 6 - North Shady Lake
* Oct. 13 - Greenwood Lake (lake trout special assessment)
* Oct. 20 - Trout Lake (lake trout special assessment)
In addition, several lakes may be added as time and funding allow. Those lakes include North Cone, Crocodile, Horseshoe, Hub, Long, Powell, Stump, Vernon, Fern, West Fern, North Fowl, South Fowl, Boys, Swamper, Gillis, and Tuscarora.
As usual, the 4th of July in Cook County is shaping up to be very busy. There are parades and fireworks. There is a lot of music and a lot of fun throughout the weekend.
The July 4th weekend will be very busy in Cook County, with an arts festival, lots of music, fireworks and parades as well as plenty of family activities.
One of the biggest events for the 4th of July is the 34th annual Tofte Trek 10K Wilderness Run & Walk. The muddy walk/run has a 9 a.m. start at Birch Grove Community Center. On-site registration starts at 7:45 a.m. Kids’ races start at 9:05 a.m.
Festivities continue in Tofte at the Tofte Fire Hall and Town Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be music by Cook County’s Most Wanted at 11 a.m., the Cook County High School Band at noon and D’Merritt after the parade until 5 p.m.
The terrific Tofte Parade starts at 2 p.m. Before and after the parade, there are local arts and crafts, food, a beer garden, Smoothies made by the Birch Grove Community School, and lots of fun. Fireworks over the lake begin at 10 p.m.
There will be music, food, and fabulous art at the Hovland Summer Arts Festival on Friday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, July 5, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hovland Town Hall.
The amazing art at the festival includes a variety of arts and crafts, lathe-turned bowls, jewelry, painting, photography, fused glass, ceramics, sculpture and stone carving, wood art and more.
There’s a great lineup of musicians as well: John and Martine Redshaw, Blueberry JAAM with Jim and Michele Miller and Andy and Amy Schmidt, Roxann Berglund and Briand Morrison, Joe and Jessi, Maria Nickolay, Pushing Chain and Pickled Beats.
The First Congregational Church of Grand Marais and St. John's Catholic Church have parterned together to put on an ice cream social on July 4, from 6-8 p.m at the First Congregational Church. This event will raise money for a Mayan congregation in Chiapas, Mexico.