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Sheriff's Office reports incidents of property damage

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:58pm

The Cook County Sheriff's office states in the last three weeks there has been an influx of property damage reports in the Grand Marais area. There have been nine separate incidents, reporting the following damages:

--Graffiti at the water tower, skateboard park, and school baseball field
--Vandalized equipment at the Recreation Park
--Broken windows at the Community Center and High School
--Broken vehicle windows in town.

The method of breaking windows has usually been thrown rocks. The graffiti has been profanities, and “mmm… Sulfide” along with a picture of a fish.

If you have any knowledge about who may be committing these acts, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 387-3030.

Lutsen Fire Department's Fall Pancake Breakfast is Sunday, Sept. 21

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 1:09pm

For 18 years, the Lutsen Volunteer Fire Department has been sponsoring a Fall Pancake Breakfast. This year's event will be held in the new Lutsen Town Hall at the corner of Highway 61 and the Caribou Trail on Sunday, September 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Visitors can expect a hearty breakfast of pancakes made with former firefighter/chef Sonja Helland's delicious secret recipe, real maple syrup from local maple syrup producers and sausage. Along with the great food is the good company of friends and neighbors from all over the county, who know that this is a breakfast not to be missed.

Over the years the breakfast has netted thousands of dollars for the Lutsen Fire Relief Association, which benefits the volunteer firefighters. The firefighters decide how the proceeds of the pancake breakfast should be used. In the past, money raised has been used to meet a variety of equipment needs for the department, such as for a television for training and for emergency vehicles. Proceeds have also been donated to the Red Cross after the 9/11 tragedy, Hurricane Katrina as well as for a scholarship for local graduates pursuing a career in emergency services. Proceeds from last year’s pancake breakfast went toward an additional fryer to increase the number of filets that can be cooked at the annual West End 4th of July celebration in Tofte—another event put on by the Lutsen firefighters.

Stop by and enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast, check out the new Lutsen Rescue truck and other equipment, and say “thanks” to the hardworking men and women of the Lutsen Volunteer Fire Department.

Lioness Club to host monthly social at North Shore Care Center Saturday

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 1:06pm

The Grand Marais Lioness Club will once again be hosting their monthly socials at the North Shore Care Center on the third Saturday of the month beginning September 20. There will be special desserts for everyone at 3 p.m., along with favorite piano tunes by Irene Thompson.

For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities at the North Shore Care Center, please contact the Activity Department at (218)387-3518 or visit the website:

Briand Morrison's Blues Galaxy CD release concert

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:41pm

There will be a CD release concert for Briand Morrison's Blues Galaxy at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on September 20. North Shore Morning host Jana Berka spoke with Kate Fitzgerald of the North Shore Music Association about this concert.  

Briand Morrison’s Blues Galaxy CD Release Concert
Arrowhead Center for the Arts
September 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM

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Forum for Commissioner District 1 candidates at Hovland Town Hall Saturday

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:07am

Frank Moe and Kristen DeArruda Wharton survived a tough primary and will now square off in the general election to see who will be the elected District 1 Cook County Commissioner.

Three of the candidates they defeated, Harry Drabik, Steve Fleace and John Bockovich are joining to sponsors a Saturday, September 20 forum at the Hovland Town Hall to see whom they will throw their support to.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“We are going to ask them some tough questions and record their answers. We want them to be accountable for what they say and not waffle on their answers later on if they are elected,” said Steve Fleace.

DeArruda Wharton won the primary with 127 votes, Moe was second with 86 votes, Drabik tallied 73 votes, Fleace received 40 votes and Bockovich got 20 votes.

After the meeting the three former candidates will sit down and decide whom they will support. Moe and DeArruda Wharton are vying for the seat currently held by Commissioner Jan Hall.


This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald


Workers on Wheels program winding down

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:06am

Fall is in the air. School has started and the international workers that visit the North Shore each summer are heading home. As they say goodbye, they are stopping by the First Congregational Church/United Church of Christ to return the bikes lent to them by the WOW (workers on wheels) program.

The WOW program started five years ago as part of the church’s outreach program.  WOW worker Dan Strayer reports that 2014 has been a very active “season” for the WOW bikes project. Nearly 50 “cycles” were distributed to interested international workers,” he said, explaining how the program works.

International workers come to the “Congo” church, deposit $40, and take possession of a bike to use until they leave Cook County. WOW workers help the international visitors with bike repairs if needed.

Strayer said that interaction with visiting workers is priceless. “It’s an uplifting experience to meet with the international workers and extend our concern and friendship towards their wellbeing. We offer not only mobility and possible bike maintenance and repairs, but a helping and responsive ‘hand’ for some of their needs.”

The project has grown from less than a dozen loaned bikes, to approximately 60.  “Who would have thought the magnitude of the program would be this extensive?” asked a delighted Strayer.

He added, “Possibly the most significant aspects of WOW have been the continued bike contributions by the local residents and businesses; the offer by Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply to store the bikes; the smiles from our church membership as they realize the outreach accomplished, and a ‘help/help’ relationship with a similar program in Thunder Bay.”

Not to mention, said Strayer, “The ‘shoe leather’ saved for our international workers!”