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The UMD Center for Economic Development has announced the 42 nominees for the 22nd annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards program, recognizing entrepreneurs and business owners from throughout the Twin Ports and Northeastern Minnesota. Four nominees are from Grand Marais.
The recipients will be announced at the Labo Awards luncheon on Wednesday, April 23, at the DECC.
In the award category of Micro Entrepreneur, Fika Coffee and Joshua Lindstrom, of Grand Marais is among the finalists. In the Emerging Entrepreneurs category, Joy Enterprises’ The Garage and Threads — Jill Terrill, Grand Marais. In the Mature Entrepreneur category, two long-time Grand Marais businesses are among finalists: Beth’s Fudge & Gifts and Birchbark Books and Gifts – Beth Kennedy and Sivertson Gallery – Jan Sivertson.
Once again the Grand Marais harbor is drawing a lot of interest. The city of Grand Marais and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have been working together to plan some improvements to city’s public boat access in the southwest corner of the recreation park next to the dog pound, as well as the possible reclamation to wetland of about an acre of land in that area.
Among other things, a first draft of the boat launch area shows the current 100-foot long rubble mound break wall extended to the left another 105 feet. Plans also call for the parking lot to be extended and paved and a small removable dock that is compliant with the American with Disabilities Act for canoeists and kayakers near the pavilion.
The improvements were discussed at the park board’s April 1 meeting, which was held at Grand Marais City Hall.
The park board reviewed more than 40 written comments from the public and hosted the public meeting on April 1to hear more. Eight people came to listen or to voice concerns or questions about the concepts seen on the city’s webpage.
Park Manager Dave Tersteeg said he welcomes comments from the public. The draft plan can be seen at www.grandmaraisrecreationarea.com and on Facebook. Tersteeg will share comments he receives with the DNR and present them at the park board’s May 6, 2014 meeting where, hopefully, either Larry Killien or Joe Russell of DNR Trails and Waterways Division (or both) can attend to further answer the public’s questions and concerns.
John and Sandra McHugh of Red Pine Realty appeared before the Cook County – Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) to talk about becoming the realtors handling sales at the Cedar Grove Business Park. They asked questions about how the EDA had marketed the business park and offered suggestions on what they could do to help the EDA sell lots. John McHugh noted that it is currently hard to find information on lots for sale.
Sandra McHugh said, “With us, you’d have the power of the Red Pine Realty brand behind you.”
“And there are two of us,” added John McHugh, “So someone would always be available.”
It was agreed that board members Mark Sandbo and Abby Tofte and Consultant Pat Campanaro would meet with the McHughs to work out the details on the realtor contract.
The next meeting of the EDA is Tuesday, April 8 at 4 p.m. at the Grand Marais City Council Chambers.
Have you ever wondered how to help your local fire department and First Responders, but don’t know how? The Hovland Fire Department and Safety Team Operational Patrol (STOP) team is offering a training opportunity that could help you become part of the emergency services team as a traffic control incident manager.
Keck Melby of the Hovland Fire Department and coordinator of the department’s STOP team said his department has seen firsthand how effective traffic control protects all responders and victims. Melby said, “First Responders could use your help to make sure everyone gets home safe.”
Melby said it is especially important to establish STOP teams in other areas of Cook County and encourages community members to join the Hovland Fire Department for the day to complete the training to become a traffic control incident manager and certified Minnesota flagger.
Attendees do not need prior experience as firefighters, First Responders or with law enforcement, but that experience does not disqualify them. The training is available to anyone who would like to help their local department or First Responders. It is based on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard for Traffic Control Incident Management Professional Qualifications.
The training will start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12 at the Hovland Town Hall with classroom and desktop exercises, followed by a practice roadside scene. Lunch will be provided, as well as a barbecue at the end of the day.
For more information or to sign-up for the training, call (218) 475-2766.
The Grand Marais Playhouse is working on two upcoming special events. Details are still being worked out but mark your calendar, as you will not want to miss them. On May 8, the Grand Marais Playhouse will present a Mother’s Day Dinner Theater at Lutsen Resort. One show only! The Grand Marais Playhouse will present "Momologues2: Off to School" Moms will laugh along with the four women who share their stories from surviving homework, multi-tasking, play dates gone wrong and finding the perfect babysitter.
Auditions for "Momologue"s will be April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. There are roles for four women.
Oh fer sure! "Church Basement Ladies" is returning to Grand Marais as dinner theater! One weekend only May 23-25 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church social room! That’s right, dinner prepared by the real church ladies of Bethlehem Lutheran making the food right out of the musical. Come enjoy this wonderful, funny and far too familiar musical brought to life with all the sights and smells of the pale food we all love.