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County board approves conditional use permit for cell phone tower in Tofte

Sun, 10/13/2013 - 10:05am


Before too long cell phone users should see an improvement in signal reception when in Tofte. The county board approved a conditional use permit for a cell phone tower in Tofte at its October 8 meeting.  Some of the neighboring homeowners objected to locating the tower behind the Tofte Cemetery, but Tofte Township Supervisor Jim King told the county board he estimated that 65-70 community members had voiced their support for locating the tower there.  Planning & Zoning Administrator Bill Lane said 40 of 55 comments submitted to the county were in support of the tower.  Its location will allow continuous coverage with towers to the northeast and southwest. 

According to Shane Begley of Minnesota Tower, it will be the color of galvanized metal to blend in with the gray skies that are predominant in this area

Library Friends of Cook County invites public to annual meeting

Sat, 10/12/2013 - 11:01am

The Library Friends of Cook County will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Grand Marais Public Library. The public is invited to attend.

A short business meeting will be held prior to the guest speaker, Joan Drury, owner of Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais. The Lutsen author has written four books, three as part of her Tyler Jones feminist mystery series—Closed in Silence, The Other Side of Silence and Silent Words. Drury authored a fourth book, Those Jordan Girls. Drury’s topic will be My Life With Words.

Refreshments will be served following the presentation.  

The Library Friends of Cook County is an all-volunteer, nonprofit service organization, which supports the Grand Marais Public Library and the Cook County School libraries (Birch Grove, Great Expectations, ISD 166 and Oshki Ogimaag.  Additional activities include the annual used book sale and supporting special events and programs.

Sign up now for Moose Madness Family Fun Run/Walk Oct. 19

Sat, 10/12/2013 - 11:00am

The Moose Madness Family Fun Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Pincushion trailhead on the Gunflint Trail above Grand Marais. Pre-registration is required by Oct. 14 at

Registration will also be held the day of the race from 7:30 to 8:50 a.m.

Youth run/walk for 8 and under (1/4 mile) and the youth run/walk for those 9-12 years old (1 mile) start at 9 a.m.; and adult run/walk (5K) start at 9:50 a.m. Registration fees are $5 for youth; $20 pre-registration; and $25 race day. Proceeds benefit the Cook County Kids Plus, and ski and run programs.

Moose medals will be awarded to all participants and may be redeemed at the visitor center in Grand Marais for a moose buck.

For more information contact 218-387-2502, e-mail


Outdoor photography workshop to be held at Sugarloaf Cove Oct. 12

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 2:25pm

Sugarloaf Cove is offering an outdoor photography workshop at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 with landscape photographer Chris Sandberg.

Sandberg will lead a workshop designed to help photographers advance their photo artistry and technical skills for outdoor shooting. The class will focus on the two most important parts of the photographic process: finding outdoor scenes that that have the power to impact viewers, and capturing those scenes in a way that reflects the photographer's vision.

Also in October, visitors will be afforded a chance to learn more about bird banding. The sessions will be offered from 7 a.m. to noon every Saturday.

Increased security will soon be in place at the Cook County courthouse

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 2:23pm

Security at the Cook County courthouse is ramping up.  By a vote of 4-1 on October 8, 2013, the county board approved the purchase of a portable X-ray machine and walk-through metal detector to be used at the courthouse.  Commissioner Garry Gamble cast the sole no vote.

The cost of the X-ray machine, including delivery, set-up, and training, will be $21,950.  The cost of the walk-through metal detector, including delivery, will be $2,550.

Sheriff Mark Falk had previously talked to the board about an opportunity to obtain an X-ray machine for free from the FBI.  It was not portable, however, and it would only be able to process small bags, he said. 

City considers its handicap parking policy

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 2:43pm

Grand Marais City Council’s Sept. 25 meeting began with a visit from Rebecca Thompson of the American Legion.

The manager of Post 413 was there to request a handicap parking space in front of the Legion’s First Avenue West building. Thompson said there are many elderly veterans who are experiencing difficulty walking and having trouble getting into the building from their vehicles, especially when there are no vacant parking spaces nearby.

“We have older clients now, and there is a whole generation of military veterans with severe issues of mobility,” said Thompson, noting that that has changed in recent years, and will probably continue to worsen. “Our concern is for our clients as they become more disabled.”

Thompson requested that one parking space in front of the Legion’s building be designated as handicap only during the Legion’s hours of business—a request which was granted by council following a brief discussion.