Around Cook County
The Grand Marais Playhouse is in full swing preparing for the summer! The plays are in rehearsal and the crew is assembled and working on the productions.The first production opens on June 27. Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain and Samuel French Publishers is directed and designed by Jackson Nickolay with the cast of Kevin Kager as Sigmund Freud and David Warren as C.S. Lewis.
The play centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud who invites the young, rising Oxford Don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. On the day England enters World War Two, Freud and Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life, just weeks before Freud took his own life. Freud’s Last Session is a deeply touching play filled with humor, exploring the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.
The play has gotten fantastic reviews wherever it has been offered—visit www.grandmaraisplayhouse.com for tickets today. Performances are June 27 – 30 and July 4-7. Tickets re $17 adults and $7 students 18 and under.
The solar hot water installation at the Grand Marais Recreation Area is a local energy victory.
WTIP’s Ann Possis spoke with Virginia Danfelt of the Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) about it on Monday's North Shore Morning.
(Click on North Shore Morning link below to hear interview.)
Come visit with the Arrowhead Transit staff at the Cook County Senior Center in Grand Marais on Tuesday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and check out one of the new buses!
There will also be free hot dogs, chips and something cold to drink. Everyone will receive a free fold-a-way polyester shopping bag, and 20 lucky people will win an Arrowhead Transit jacket or an Arrowhead Transit portfolio.
Arrowhead Transit covers all eight counties within the Arrowhead – the largest rural transportation service in the United States. In Cook County there is one full-time driver, Mark Quello, who has been driving the bus for over 25 years, and four part-time drivers. The local supervisor for Cook and Lake counties is Katy Keranen. Her office is in Two Harbors and she can be reached at 218-834-2280, ext 101.
Arrowhead Transit has dropped its fares for the bimonthly rides to Duluth. From Grand Marais, the cost is now $10; round trip is $20. From Silver Bay, the cost is $5; round trip is $10. The bus takes off from Grand Marais at 7:15 a.m. the second Tuesday and every fourth Thursday of the month. Call (218) 370-1515 for reservations by noon the day prior. A minimum of five passengers is required.
The Arrowhead Transit bus also makes daily trips, Monday through Friday, every morning and every afternoon, from Grand Marais to Grand Portage. This run is primarily to bring people from Grand Marais to work in Grand Portage, but people from Grand Portage may also use the bus to get to Grand Marais.
The Town of Lutsen is opening the doors of its renovated and expanded Town Hall and Fire Hall on Monday, June 24 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. for citizens to tour the new facility. The open house is also an opportunity for community members to meet—and thank—the volunteer firefighters and First Responders who are based in the building.
Members of Lutsen’s emergency services are always on call; ready to drop whatever they are doing to help their neighbors. All of the responders are volunteers who leave their families and their jobs, sometimes losing money to fight a fire or provide medical assistance. In the last two weeks, Lutsen firefighters spent hours at two major fires, at Bluefin Bay Resort and a fire that destroyed two houses in Grand Marais.
The Lutsen Town Board invites the community to stop by for a bowl of Fireman’s Chili, a tour, and the chance to say thanks to the hardworking folks who work to keep the community safe.
Visit the Grand Marais Public Library June 25 for an informative and entertaining visit by the Minnesota Zoomobile naturalists and a variety of animals.
Some of the animals you might meet include a great horned owl, ball python, opossum, tarantula, lizards, and bugs from the rainforest. The goal of all Zoomobile programs is to create a sense of stewardship and respect for the diversity and complexity of all life on earth. To accomplish this goal, the Zoomobile naturalists provide a foundation of information and knowledge for their audiences as they capture imaginations and stimulate curiosities about the natural world.
The program begins at 10:15 a.m. For more information call (218) 387-1140.
Beginning next Monday, no packages, bags, purses, sacks or containers of any type will be allowed in courtrooms of the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth.
The Duluth News Tribune reports the policy was announced on Friday in a news release from the Sixth Judicial District, which includes St. Louis, Cook, Lake and Carlton counties.
Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Leslie Beiers said the policy is a concession to reality.
“These days we use a variety of tools and strategies to do what we can to keep our public buildings safe,” Beiers said. “This is one of those strategies to make sure people who appear in the court and who work in the courthouse are safe.”
Mark Hoyne, court operations manager for the Sixth Judicial District in Duluth, cited a 2011 shooting at the Cook County Courthouse as an example of security risks.
Although that shooting didn’t occur in a courtroom, it illustrates the kind of situation that can occur, Hoyne said.
“Throughout the country there’s been an increasing trend of courtroom violence,” he said, adding that bags and other containers are potential hiding places for weapons.
Bans already have been in place for a couple of months in the county courthouses in Virginia and Hibbing with no incidents or complaints,