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Dave Tersteeg, the city’s parks manager, presented a request to the Grand Marais City Council at its Wednesday, October 17 meeting. On the recommendation of the park board, Tersteeg said
he wanted the council to approve a list of firm quotes from
contractors that will allow work on the community connection to begin
The list totals $41,884 and includes quotes of $9,664 from Skadberg
Masonry for concrete sidewalk and steps, and Edwin E. Thoreson for the
remainder – retaining walls, aggregate, channel stabilization,
grading and stabilization, and bituminous trail (8 feet wide by 2 feet
Based on contractor schedules, said Tersteeg, the timeline for project
build-out has two phases: concrete and stormwater work with grading
and creation of a compacted aggregate trail this fall; and spring
completion which involves trail paving, bridge installation and
Tersteeg said pending council approval, he expects work to begin soon
and to be performed by the same crews who worked so well on the
neighboring North House Folk School’s project. “We hope we can keep
some of that good synergy going,” Tersteeg said before council voted
unanimously to approve the quotes and get the project rolling.
Some people in Cook County live on roads that are not
officially kept open in the wintertime. That makes getting in and out
a bit difficult.
Two Hovland residents asked the county board on October 9 to consider
creating a subordinate service district (SSD) so that the county could
collect money from property owners for regular plowing of 10-11 miles
of road leading to 77 different parcels west of the Arrowhead Trail.
Steve Sopata and John Muhich requested an SSD on connected portions of
the Irish Creek Road, the Tom Lake Road, and the Devilfish Tower
Road. Muhich has been sharing snowplowing duties with another
resident for the last 10 years but said it has been costing him a lot
Sopata said the reasons for officially keeping the roads open are
twofold: economics and safety. A lot of people along these roads
need to be able to get out to go to work, and the property owners
would appreciate being reachable in case of emergency.
Some but not all of the people along the proposed route live there
full-time, and some of them own more than one parcel. Sopata said in
the six years he has lived there, traffic has increased “amazingly.”
Muhich and Sopata had obtained 24 signatures from people supporting
the SSD, although several of them were not property owners along the
proposed route. They requested that property owners share the costs
equally no matter how much land they have.
For an SSD to proceed, 10 percent of qualified voters would need to
sign a petition in support of it, or in lieu of that, 5 percent could
request a referendum vote. The county would need to hold a public
It’s time for a little craziness in Cook County. Moose Madness hits Friday, October 19 and runs through the weekend, offering all kinds of moose activities. Stop by “Moose Central”—the Grand Marais/Gunflint Trail Visitor Information Center on Broadway Avenue or visit http://grandmarais.com/moosemadness for the latest about Moose Madness.
The Moose Medallion Hunt is underway and there are lots of other fun activities. The Cook County News-Herald is offering a Moose Cartoon contest. Pick up a form at Moose Central and submit your cartoon and you could be published in an upcoming issue of the News-Herald.
Have a great Moose Madness Weekend!
October at the North Shore Care Center includes many fun themes to enjoy all month— like Oktoberfest, Country Music Month, Columbus Day, Viking High School games, National Pizza Month, and of course Halloween. Fall also brings more baking, craft projects, and movies.
The annual Oktoberfest weekend will include a history session, movie, baked pretzels, and lots of music. On Saturday, October 20 there will be a brat and sauerkraut lunch, followed by the Lioness Social at 3 p.m. with music and a sing-a-long by Irene Thompson and Nora Bockovich. Later that day there will be a polka dance at 6:30 p.m. featuring accordion music by Jim and Mary Schliep. All are welcome to join the fun!
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or visit our website www.nshorehospital.com.
Minnesota artist and Hawk Ridge illustrator Betsy Bowen of Grand Marais will be at a book event for her new book (with author Laura Erickson) Hawk Ridge: Minnesota's Birds of Prey (University of Minnesota Press).
The book signing will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Sivertson Gallery.
Written by one of Minnesota’s best-known bird authorities, with images by one of the state’s favorite illustrators, Hawk Ridge is both fun and informative. Filled with curious facts and practical information for experts and amateurs alike, it is at once a guide to the hawks of Minnesota and a beautifully illustrated album of the most regal members of the avian kingdom.