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Eric Thomas remembered with scholarship at Grand Marais Art Colony

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:15am

The Grand Marais Art Colony and Leah Thomas are excited to announce the creation of the Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award, in memory of Leah’s brother Eric (1956 - 2013).  This annual scholarship will provide full tuition and cost of materials for a young Cook County artist to attend a Grand Marais Art Colony class of their choice.

Eric Thomas grew up one block from the Grand Marais Art Colony.  As a child, he took classes there and developed a life-long appreciation for the work of north shore artists.  Leah Thomas said, “This award is designed to support and encourage gifted young artists and to remember my brothers’ spirit of generosity, love of the north shore, artistic talent, and appreciation of fine art.” 

Cook County high school students who are completing their sophomore or junior year, or the equivalent home school program, are eligible to apply.  The winning scholarship recipient will demonstrate clear artistic interest, originality, and motivation.  “This is such a great opportunity for our students to expand on what they are learning in school.  Art allows students to hone artistic skills but also gain confidence and explore something they’ve never done before,” said high school Art Teacher Mary MacDonald.

Applications will be available beginning March 15 and must be submitted by April 23.  More information and applications are available from the Art Colony or Mary MacDonald. The scholarship will be presented at the annual ISD 166 award ceremony each spring. 

Art Colony Executive Director Amy Demmer commented, “The Art Colony is honored to offer this scholarship in partnership with the Thomas family.  The arts have been a part of Cook County culture for a long time.  It is important that local youth have the opportunity to experiment creatively as part of their legacy of growing up here.”

The Great Place Project wants to know about your special place

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:32pm

It’s the second year for the Great Place Project, offering mini-grants for places that reflect the unique character and identity of the community. WTIP host Mark Abrahamson spoke with Kris Garey and Maren Webb about the Great Place Project. 

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Applications are available online or at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic front desk and are due by March 31st.  More information from Maren at 387-2330 or online at www.becausemovingmatters.org.

 

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Commissioners resolve tower controversy – for now

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:02am
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On Tuesday, Cook County Commissioners unanimously voted to support a 180 foot ARMER radio tower for the Cascade tower location. MnDOT had considered a 330 foot tower but after further investigation, concluded redundancy and coverage needs would be satisfied by the shorter tower.

MnDOT representative Shane Chatleain said the mandated coverage for the emergency system is 95 percent coverage and MnDOT estimates their coverage in Cook County is 98 percent.
The question of putting up a tower at the end of the Gunflint Trail near Seagull Lake was raised. Chatleain said any decisions were at least a year away and it was not clear at this time if the tower was needed. Some confusion exists over who suggested the Seagull tower. Chatleain said it wasn’t MnDOT. County IS Director Rena Rogers said it may have been suggested by members of the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department a while ago.

Commissioners Garry Gamble and Frank Moe made clear they wanted any towers to be a matter of negotiation between MnDOT and the county no matter on whose land the tower would be built. Chatleain agreed the process should be mutual.

Commissioner Jan Sivertson wanted to be sure tower construction was driven by the public safety needs of the ARMER system and not by commercial cell phone interests. Chatleain assured the board he had no authority to offer tower space to commercial interests. He said if MnDOT were approached by a commercial user, they would need to consider it, but he said any income generated by tower space rental would be minor toward offsetting maintenance or power costs.

 

Grand Marais considers seeking "Dark Sky" city designation

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:09am

At the Wednesday, March 11 Grand Marais City Council meeting, Counselor David Mills and Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux spoke of the possibility of Grand Marais pursuing a designation as a “Dark Sky” city, a name which is bestowed on cities that have very low light pollution and thus allow better-than-average viewing of the nighttime heavens.

Arrowsmith DeCoux said he believes the city already meets many of the requirements of the International Dark Sky Association and is about three-quarters of the way there.

But City Administrator Mike Roth said he disagreed and noted that there is no street light policy in town, and only those newly-installed lights in the downtown district are designed to direct their light downward. More research will be done on the topic.

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This local news is provided by Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com

 

Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award seeking applicants

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 2:56pm

The Grand Marais Art Colony recently announced the Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award.  Youth Radio Project hosts Sean MacDonnell and Lynden Blomberg spoke with Art Colony Director Amy Demmer, ISD 166 Art Teacher Mary MacDonald and selection committee member Michael McHugh.

The Grand Marais Art Colony and Leah Thomas are excited to announce the creation of the Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award, in memory of Leah’s brother Eric (1956 - 2013).  This annual scholarship will provide full tuition and cost of materials for a young Cook County artist to attend a Grand Marais Art Colony class of their choice.
 
This scholarship is open to youth who are currently a sophomore or junior in highschool.

Application can be found here and is due April 23.
 

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Winter hangs on, snow in forecast

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:01pm

Sunny, then snowy, but temps generally below average for the coming week. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson.

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