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The Odd Couple (female version) opens tonight at Arrowhead Center for the Arts

Fri, 07/19/2013 - 10:07am

The Grand Marais Playhouse will open the Grand Marais Summer Theater Festival on July 19 with the production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female version). The cast includes Kerri Bilben, Yvonne Block, Julie Fredlund, Jane Gellner, Gerry Grant, Erin Larsen Jack Nickolay and Jason Winters. The Odd Couple (Female Version) by Neil Simon runs July 19, 21, 25, 27, Aug. 2, 4, 8 and 10. Thursday - Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.
This hilarious comedy by one of America’s funniest playwrights. Samuel French publishers offers this description: Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.
Tickets for summer festival productions are $20 adults, $10 students (18 and under). Save $5 when you buy a ticket to both shows! Available in advance at or at the door one hour before the performance.

"Fanciful Flights" at West End Garden Club Flower Show Saturday

Fri, 07/19/2013 - 10:04am

The Cook County West End Garden Club will hold its annual Flower Show on Saturday July 20 at the Schroeder Town Hall, 124 Cramer Road (Cook County 1) in Schroeder from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  This year’s theme is “Fanciful Flights.”
The Garden Club members cordially invite anyone, whether resident of the community or visitor, to participate in this event by bringing a display that follows the theme to the Schroeder Town Hall by no later than Saturday July 20 by 8:30 a.m. (the day of the show).
Refreshments will be served and Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about gardening in the North Shore area.  Admission is free.

Storyteller at Grand Marais Playhouse Friday, July 19

Fri, 07/19/2013 - 10:03am

On Friday, July 19 from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts the Grand Marais Playhouse will present a storytelling workshop for educators, counselors and clergy. Participants will learn how storytelling can break down walls that keep people from learning from one another.
The presenter is Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff, a professional Jewish storyteller, poet, educator and coach based in Baltimore, MD. Rudick Zunikoff’s story, Rina and The Exodus was featured in the anthology Mitzvah Stories, a finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Award. Her CD The Growing Season contains original stories based on traditional tales, and is available on iTunes and
Rudick Zunikoff is brought to town by Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, a local storyteller. Arrowsmith DeCoux is an animated and interactive storyteller with roots in theatre (and a love of mime). She has performed around the US, and in India and Sweden. Arrowsmith DeCoux’s stories are often Scandinavian. She is also an actor, writer, creative coach and stilt-walker. Arrowsmith DeCoux lives in Grand Marais where she leads workshops and retreats for artists.
Arrowsmith DeCoux and Zunikoff met over 10 years ago at a National Storytelling Conference. They have been Tuesday night “story buddies” ever since, practicing stories over the phone.
The two will present an evening of story telling Tricksters and Trolls, Emperors and Elves, Fairies and Fools… You never know who you’ll meet when two friends get together to tell their favorite stories.
Kids and adults are invited to an evening of high-spirited stories from around the world. Performance is at the ACA at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 adults and $5 students 18 and under.

Superior National at Lutsen hosts Rally for the Cure

Wed, 07/17/2013 - 11:57am

On July 20 – 21, Superior National at Lutsen is hosting a Rally for the Cure women’s 18-hole scramble. The rally is a fundraiser intended to increase breast cancer awareness and mammography screenings to ensure early detection. More than 2 million people have participated in rally events—golf, tennis and social events—across the nation since its inception in 1996. This is the seventh year that golfers have gathered at Superior National at Lutsen to rally against breast cancer.
At press time Superior National had 70 participants registered for the Rally and the golf course invites last minute participants. The activities start on Saturday, July 20 with a social hour. On Sunday, July 21 there is a 10 a.m. shotgun start.
Prizes will be awarded at the end of the event and each golfer receives a goody bag filled with important breast health information and some fun rally items.
“We are proud to open our facility and host a Rally for a Cure event. The event is a fun way for us to bring together our members and the community to support an important cause while playing a sport they are passionate about,” said Heath Ekstrom, PGA member and rally ambassador.
Golfers have a great time as they spread across the golf course greens in their primarily pink attire. Many teams dress in a theme for the day on the links. Everyone has a good time.
“The success of rally is attributed to volunteer ambassadors like Heath who have said ‘It will be an honor to have a rally at our club.’ It is their enthusiasm, energy and support we value in our commitment to support Susan G. Komen,” said Diane Perillo, program manager, Rally for the Cure.
For further information about Superior National’s Rally for the Cure or to register, visit www.superiornational/tournaments or call (218) 663-7195.

Wolf numbers down, but hunt still on in 2013

Wed, 07/17/2013 - 11:56am

Even though there are fewer wolves in the state this year than five years ago, the wolf hunt will go on in 2013, said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in a recent press release.
According to a comprehensive survey taken last winter, the state has 710 less wolves in 2013 then it had in 2009.
Despite the decline, the amount of wolves estimated exceeds the state’s minimum goal of at least 1,600 wolves and is still higher then the federal recovery goal range of 1,251 to 1,400 animals.
New survey results taken over last winter estimate there are 438 packs and 2,211 wolves, down from the 2,921-survey estimate taken five years ago.
Pack sizes have decreased from 4.9 to 4.3 wolves. John Erb, DNR research biologist, said the reduction in average pack size likely is a combination of reduced prey and the harvest of wolves in the two months immediately preceding the mid-winter wolf pack counts.
In 2012 trappers and hunters harvested 413 wolves and the DNR expects to set up similar hunting/trapping guidelines for 2013. The DNR said it will more closely monitor pack and territory sizes in the next few years. More frequent radio collaring of wolf packs will provide additional data on the population's response to wolf season harvest.
Minnesota wolves were removed from federal protection under the Endangered Species Act and handed over to state management on January 2012.
“Results from the 2013 wolf survey continue to demonstrate that Minnesota’s wolf population is fully recovered from its once threatened status and the population is responding naturally to the availability of deer, wolves’ primary food source,” said Dan Stark, DNR large carnivore specialist.

Higher Ed guest lecture speaker to present key points on mining issue

Tue, 07/16/2013 - 9:44pm

At Cook County Higher Education’s next Guest Lecture event, the speaker will be Margaret Watkins, water quality specialist, presenting Mine Effluent Treatment Technology and Financial Assurance. Watkins will speak on Thursday, July 18, 2013, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the North Shore Campus in Grand Marais. 

The presentation will raise questions and discuss key points around this controversial issue, including: Will sulfide/non-ferrous mining come to northeast Minnesota? If so, what are the nuts and bolts of mine waste treatment?  Is financial assurance related to long-term water treatment options?  What water treatment options have been tested in northeast Minnesota mining projects?  What water treatment options could be applied to copper/nickel mine projects? How do they work? Where have they been tested? How effective are mine effluent treatment technologies? Bring your questions (and possibly your notebooks) to this fascinating discussion.

Margaret Watkins has been employed as the water quality specialist for Grand Portage Reservation since 1996. Watkins has 14 years of experience reviewing existing and proposed mining projects in northeastern Minnesota.  Other work activities have included the development of human health criteria for subsistence fishing and the protection of wild rice waters for federally approved Grand Portage Water Quality Standards, ground and surface water monitoring and assessment, wetland delineation and functional value assessment, source water assessment, National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System/ Sanitary Disposal System permit review, and review of major industrial projects in the 1854 ceded territory.