Around Cook County
For 11 years now, Nashville songwriter Jon Vezner has been
spearheading a phenomenal weekend of music at the North House Folk
School campus in Grand Marais. What started as a simple thank you
gesture from Vezner for the wonderful North Shore welcome he received
just when he needed it most has grown to a tradition for hundreds of
people—from the North Shore and far beyond. This year’s event is
September 13 – 16.
Unplugged: The Northern Harvest has grown to three nights of music,
still offering Unplugged on Saturday with Vezner and friends inviting
the audience to a Nashville style musicians showcase. For the second
year, the event includes two nights of music with NPR’s Mountain Stage
with Larry Groce.
The Thursday night Mountain Stage show, featuring Trampled by Turtles,
LOW, Rhett Miller, Barbara Jean, Minnesota feat Peter Himmelman, sold
out as soon as the line-up was announced.
Fortunately, there are tickets available for the Friday September 14
Mountain Stage 7 p.m. performance which features Chris Hillman, Herb
Pedersen, Jonathan Edwards, Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore, Gretchen
Peters and Chip Taylor.
The Saturday September 15 show at 7:30 p.m. is the Unplugged
Songwriter’s Performance with Mollie O’Brian & Rich Moore, Jonathan
Edwards and of course, Jon Vezner and special guests.
Get your tickets for either the Friday night Mountain Stage or the
Saturday night Unplugged performance by visiting the waterfront North
House campus or by visiting the website www.northhouse.org and click
on “UP XI Tix on Sale Now.”
More than 160,000 children miss school every day out of fear
of attack or intimidation by other students. One out of five kids
admits to being a bully or doing some “bullying.”
Adults are often part of the problem. Adult intervention occurs only
about 4 percent of the time.
“I Am Unafraid” is a presentation by Jay Banks, a nationally known
entertainer and educator who gets to the heart of the harassment,
bullying and disrespect matter. He will be giving two performances at
the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Sept. 11, the first at
10 a.m. for 3rd – 5th grade students. The second performance will be
at 1:40 p.m. for 6th – 8th grade youths. Any auditorium seats not
used by students are available to parents, teachers and interested
For more information, contact Cook County Extension at 218-387-3015.
Arrowhead Electric Cooperative has provided electricity to
rural Cook County since 1953. The cooperative’s vision is,
"Connecting the Tip of the Arrowhead" and AEC Director of Member
Services Joe Buttweiler said, “We believe we are still fulfilling that
However, Arrowhead Electric Cooperative is soon to be much more than
an electric cooperative. The co-op will be a full-service local
provider of electricity, high-speed Internet, TV and phone services.
“With growth of the co-op, a new name and logo is needed that reflects
the co-op and all of the services provided to members. The co-op is
seeking ideas as it looks to rename and re-brand,” said Buttweiler.
Persons interested in submitting entries for a new name, logo or a
combination name and logo should send their ideas to AEC Customer
Service Representative Jenny Kartes at email@example.com by noon on
Friday, Oct. 5.
Name and/or logos must be submitted in a digital form along with your
name, address and telephone number. The winning entry will be awarded
one year of free broadband, TV and phone service. If two winners are
chosen, each winner will receive six months of free service.
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Oshki Ogimaag Charter School is $3,890 better off this year
thanks to a raffle fundraiser that culminated in the K-1 classroom on
September 4, the first day of school.
This is the first year the school has raised money this way. Five
hundred fifty-eight tickets were sold over the summer, bringing in
The first-place winner, Donna McNamara of Minneapolis, won $2,790 --
half of the revenue from ticket sales. She turned around and donated
$500 of her winnings back to the school. “We are very appreciative!”
said Oshki Ogimaag Director Anna Deschampe.
Deschampe also expressed appreciation to Grand Portage Lodge & Casino
and North Shore Dairy for donating the second- and third-place
prizes. Tony LaRose of the Twin Cities won the second-place prize, a
two-night stay at Hollow Rock Resort. Marie Morrin of Grand Portage
won third prize, a gift certificate for $200 from North Shore Dairy.
The winning tickets were drawn from the drum by the K-1 students.
In addition to ticket sales, individuals and businesses donated $1,100
toward the cause.
Director Anna Deschampe said, “Thank you to everybody who
participated.” She expressed gratitude to Grand Portage Lodge &
Casino, Grand Portage Trading Post, and Joynes Ben Franklin in Grand
Marais for selling tickets, to those who sold tickets at community
events throughout the summer, and to everyone who bought a ticket.
Deschampe hopes that the raffle will become a regular fundraiser for
the school. Up to 2,000 tickets were available this year, for a
potential grand prize of $10,000.
The 10th annual plein air competition and exhibition will be held Sept. 14 - 30 at the Grand Marais Art Colony. This wonderful event offers something for artists and art lovers alike. Although participants in the Plein Air competition will be painting around the community beginning on September 7, the event kicks off for the general public with an opening reception at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday, Sept. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.
What is plein air? It is simply painting outdoors. Artists leave the studio and venture outside to celebrate the unique beauty of the North Shore landscape. Visitors are invited to witness blank canvasses become exquisite moments in local history. An exhibition sale of the week-long competition work will be on display from September 14 - 30 at the Grand Marais Art Colony.
A very interesting part of the event is the Quick Paint set for Sept. 13, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Artist Point. Artists are given 90 minutes to complete a painting. Kjersti Vick of the Art Colony said, “With a shotgun start and the North Shore’s ever-changing weather, it is a spectacle to watch!”
Kids’ plein air instructions will be held Sept. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Harbor Park. “Grandpa David” will teach youth the basics for creating a work of art. Participants are asked to bring a pencil and paper.
Plein Air Grand Marais is a great way to connect with the artistic community of the Grand Marais. Vick said, “The reputation of this festival precedes itself, having become known as the best place to view and purchase a wide variety of local scenic paintings from acclaimed regional and national artists.”
For a detailed schedule of events and more information about Plein Air Grand Marais contact the Grand Marais Art Colony at (218) 387-2737.