Around Cook County
Sugarloaf Cove is pleased to announce that naturalist Margie Menzies is offering Master Naturalist volunteer training. The program is developed through the University of Minnesota Extension Service that educates adults about Minnesota's natural resources, empowers them to teach others and provides opportunities to participate in conservation projects.
Students will learn about the fascinating geology, plant and animal communities, inland lakes and bogs, ecology and human interactions of the North Woods, as well as Lake Superior.
The course will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every other Saturday (a three-week gap over the Easter stretch) for six sessions beginning Feb. 22 and ending May 10. Field trips will be incorporated into the scheduled class days.
The course cost is $200 and includes manuals and materials.
The Youth Ski League is sponsoring a spaghetti feed fundraiser on Feb. 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Cook County Community Center. Youth Ski League is a North Superior Ski and Run Club program that engages children (K-6) in the life-long sport of cross-country skiing through games, activities, and trail skiing.
The Grand Marais Ole Opry, a classic country showcase featuring local and regional musicians playing tunes made famous by artists such as Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, and Roy Acuff will be offered at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Art ’Round Town is sponsoring a gala art show/fundraiser for public art at the Johnson Heritage Post during Presidents’ Weekend, Feb. 14-17. Local artists are donating original 12-inch by 12-inch works, which will be available for a donation of $100 each, and there will be a number of miscellaneous pieces as well (pottery, wind chimes, jewelry, etc.).
The grand opening from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 14 will be open to the public, and the A’RT Committee encourages everyone to attend, whether to indulge in a variety of hors d’oeuvres, sip a glass of wine, revel in live jazz by Mike DeBevec (piano) and Eric Hahn (sax), or to select artwork to enhance your home.
Grand Marais City Councilor and Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) liaison Tim Kennedy told his city council colleagues that he was “pretty sure” there would be no state financing this legislative session for a proposed Grand Marais district biomass heating facility, as the project was not included in the governor’s bonding bill. At the January 29 city council meeting, Kennedy said there may be other ways to pursue funding, such as through grants or other sources, but it appears likely it will be put on hold another two years.