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On Thursday, January 23, 2014, the School District 166 school board picked two architects to interview to see who will be selected to design a new industrial arts complex for the school.
The estimated cost to build the 2,500-foot addition onto the existing space is $750,000, with $200,00 of that dedicated to purchasing new equipment and $450,000 dedicated to the construction. The remaining $100,000 will be used to pay architect fees and for any possible overruns in other areas.
AgStar Financial Services employees Bob Madsen and Aaron Knewtson met with the Cook County North Shore Hospital Board on Thursday, January 23 to discuss ways to possibly finance renovation of the hospital and care center.
Over the last year the hospital board has been contemplating upgrading the care center and organizing the space in the hospital to more useful and hopefully more profitable purposes.
Superior National at Lutsen (SNL) Grounds Superintendent Mike Davies gave an update on SNL activities at the January 14 meeting of the Cook County - Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA). Davies was laid off in December 2013, but has been working on equipment along with Maintenance Worker Jim Zunker. Davies said winter maintenance is very important. “Any success we have in the summer is directly tied to the work we do in the winter,” said Davies.
Caucuses are the grass roots of the democratic process regardless of the party you choose. North Shore Morning host Mark Abrahamson spoke with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie about the Tuesday caucuses. More is available online at mnvotes.org. The site links to the secretary of state website, includes caucus details and locations, and lets you confirm or change your voter registration.
In November 2013, the Cook County commissioners approved an expenditure of $63,000 to install a tower at the Cook County Law Enforcement Center in Grand Marais to elevate a public safety radio on the roof of the building. However, a variance to allow the 130-foot tower must be approved by Grand Marais Planning Commission.