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Annual Father-Daughter Dance is Friday, March 20

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:20pm

It's time again for the Annual Father-Daughter Dance, sponsored by Cook County Girl Scouts.  This is the sixth year the Girl Scouts have hosted this gala event.

Grab your favorite girl or girls and head to Oddz & Endz at 2066 West Highway 61 (formerly Howl’n Wolf).The dance will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 20.

All fathers and daughters (no matter what age) are welcome to attend, as well as a father figure such as an uncle, grandpa or important male role model.

The cost is $25 per father (including all his girls—daughter, granddaughter, niece, etc.)

which includes entry to the dance with live music by D’Merritt and a light snack.


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School District accepts parking lot expansion bid from Edwin E. Thoreson, Inc.

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 1:59pm

At the March meeting of School District 166, Superintendent Beth Schwarz reported on the opening of bids for the proposed expansion of the parking lot at the Grand Marais school campus. The school received four bids from Northland Constructors of Duluth, KGM Construction of Angora, Minnnesota, S& C Masonry and Edwin E. Thoreson, Inc. of Grand Marais. The low bidder was Thoreson, Inc. with a base bid of $134,293. The board voted unanimously to approve the low bid.

Schwarz said she was satisfied with the bids received. She said because the low bid was reasonable, the school can consider several different alternatives, which include additional parking spaces, possibly paved. She will speak with Thoreson’s which was also the low bidder on the additional work and will bring funding options back to the board for the remainder of the project.

At the next school board meeting, which is tonight March 19, the school board will meet with Ryan Erspamer of Architectural Resources to review the bids on the Industrial Arts expansion and possibly make a decision on hiring.

The school board will also be making its final decision about the school calendar for 2015-16 at that meeting.

The meeting starts at 5 p.m. in the Jane Mianowski Conference room in the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.


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Lutsen Mountains celebrates March 18-23 with DuLutsen Music & Ski Festival

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:08pm

Hit the slopes at Lutsen Mountains and pair it with live musical performances at Papa Charlie’s for a Minnesota winter getaway at the DuLutsen Music and Ski Festival March 18-23.

DuLutsen lasts six days, has 10 bands performing live at Papa Charlie’s and has four snow-packed mountains for adventurous downhill skiers or snowboarders. Lutsen Mountains is offering great ski and stay concert deals. 

 The festival is a collaboration between Jim Vick, booking agent at Papa Charlie’s, and Teague Alexy, a singer/songwriter based in Duluth.  Searching for a way to showcase the amazing homegrown music scene in Duluth on the North Shore’s premier stage, the DuLutsen Festival was born.  Now in its third year, DuLutsen has grown to a roster of 10 bands featured over six days in shows ranging from listening room concerts to casual après ski performances to late-night rock shows. 

 The line-up for DuLutsen includes Feeding Leroy, Basement Tapes Band, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Tired Eyes, The Brothers Burn Mountain, Sarah Kreuger, Wood Blind, Red Mountain, Actual Wolf, and Charlie Parr.  Most shows are free and open to all ages, with the late night Friday and Saturday concerts the only ticketed events with an age restriction of over 21. 

The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank will be performing March 20 at 9:30 p.m.  Brothers Teague and Ian Alexy began recording their first album and playing their first shows in the wintery town of Duluth.  The Hobo Nephews plan to do an exciting root-style music set with guitars and some foot stomping to get the crowd pumped up.

Sivertson Gallery hosts 35th "Art of the North" celebration March 20-21

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:04pm

This year marks Sivertson Gallery’s 35th year celebrating “Art of the North” in Grand Marais, and the 20th year in Duluth (Siiviis). The monumental year kicks off with the 15th annual Inuit Premiere with events March 20 and 21. This year’s event will feature Kate Vasyliw of Dorset Fine Arts.

Dorset Fine Arts (DFA) was established in 1978 as the wholesale marketing division of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative, and is located in Toronto, Canada. Unique among the Arctic co-ops for its sustained focus on the arts and artists of the community, DFA was established to continue to develop and serve the market for Inuit fine art created by the artist members of the Cape Dorset Co-op. Cape Dorset is located on Dorset Island at the southern tip of Baffin Island of Nunavut, Canada. The Inuktitut name of the village, Kinngait, means “high mountains.”

Sivertson Gallery travels to the Dorset Fine Arts showroom in Toronto each year to hand pick prints and stone carvings from the northern community. Over the year, the gallery has established wonderful professional relationships and friendships with employees of DFA.

With Kate Vasyliw’s guidance this February, Sivertson Gallery added nearly 30 new images to its already outstanding collection of Cape Dorset prints. The DFA Annual Graphics Collection has been released yearly since 1959.

Once again the Inuit event will feature Canadian throat singers to Grand Marais for five presentations over the premiere weekend, in addition to a performance in Duluth on March 20. Nina Segalowitz returns with a special guest partner for another year of fabulous performances.

The annual Inuit premiere is the only one of its kind in the lower 48 states featuring original Canadian Inuit prints, soapstone carvings and native Alaskan sculptures formed from walrus tusk, whale bone, baleen and soapstone.

Cook County preparing for Chili Cook Off

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:02pm

Who needs the notorious Iron Chef when Cook County offers its own culinary competition, the Cook County Chili Cook Off? The Cook County Chili Cook Off isn’t as cutthroat as the Food Network program, but you can be sure there are plenty of secret ingredients in the chili prepared by local chefs.

Whether you like a tomato and hot pepper chili, a five bean dish or with a flavorful white sauce, you’ll be sure to find a favorite at the 6th annual chili cook off at St. John’s Catholic Church on Saturday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Organizers are accepting registrations now, so sign up today at Team registration is $50 by March 18th. Dig out that old family recipe and see if you can claim the cornucopia trophy for Cook County’s best chili. Rumor has it that three-time winners Steve and Deb Veit may be returning. Come on out and see if your chili can top theirs!

And if you don’t feel like channeling Iron Chef, just come out and enjoy tasting the delicious offerings. The cost is $8 for adults; $4 for children 12 and under and kids 2 and under are free. For $12 you can get “The Real Deal,” which includes admission, entry to raffle drawings and a Chili Cook Off commemorative mug.

The event is a lot of fun but also benefits the Cook County Youth Snacks and Pack program and the Coldwater Foundation, a leadership development organization.

Come on out to see whose chili will reign supreme.


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County Board votes in support of local dairy

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:16am

The Cook County Board has voted on a resolution to support the rights of Lake View Dairy in their conflict with the state’s department of agriculture…but not the resolution with which they were originally presented. WTIP’s Will Moore has this report.

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