Around Cook County
The North Shore is a very special place for the Knutson
family. Karen Knutson and her family make the trip from their home in
Minneapolis to their Lutsen cabin at least three or four times each
year. And each year, Karen Knutson says, the trip “fills her soul.”
She always paints while there and KahNeeTah Gallery in Lutsen has
featured her work for the past 20 years. Many of those pieces will be
featured at Johnson Heritage Post in Traditional versus abstract
interpretations of the North Shore— Watercolor, and mixed media
painting until September 9.
Knutson’s work has been featured in a number of publications such as
Watercolor—The Spirit of Spontaneity, Watercolor without Boundaries
and others. She has been teaching watercolor workshops since 1988 and
has taught several at the Grand Marais Art Colony.
Both traditional and abstract interpretations of the North Shore will
be featured at the exhibit. Knutson prefers painting abstract or semi-
abstract these days, but also will bring some traditional paintings.
She will have an interactive corner, where the viewer will vote on
their favorite interpretation of Split Rock Lighthouse.
Learn more about her watercolors online at www.karenknutson.com or on
her blog: www.karenknutson.blogspot.com
Another great event coming up for the Cook County Senior Center is a trip to Duluth for a cruise on Monday, August 27. Those who go will enjoy a delicious Chinese Lunch at Huie's Chopsticks Inn and will then board the Vista Star for a wonderful scenic and informative 1¾ hour tour of the Duluth Harbor and Lake Superior.
Cost is $39 per person which includes roundtrip transportation and Vista Fleet boat cruise. In case of bad weather, the trip will be Wed., August 29.
Stop by the Senior Center or call (218) 387-2660 for more information.
Great Expectations School (GES) is looking at some changes for the upcoming school year. People driving by the school might have noticed the big change—a new modular building being added to the existing school.
The building is being leased from Innovative Modular Solutions, a firm that specializes in designing classrooms. The modular building, which will be used as a stand-alone kindergarten and will also offer space for special education programming, will be connected to the existing building via an enclosed walkway off the back. The building will have its own restrooms and water fountains.
GES Director Peter James said there are 10 students in kindergarten at GES and the multi-age classrooms have no more than 20 students. Enrollment for the coming year is 80 students.
The school has also done remodeling in its current building to accommodate the growth.
Now that the city of Grand Marais can legally participate in the planning process for a new community center, there was some difference of opinion expressed Aug. 8 about just how much that participation should amount to.
“We can now discuss this…and we paid a lot of money to be able to do that,” observed Councilor Jan Sivertson in reference to council’s decision at its prior meeting to sign a settlement agreement with Burbach Aquatics. The agreement calls for the city to pay $57,500 in exchange for a mutual release of any claims related to a 2005 contract between the two parties, the terms of which Burbach alleged the city breached by taking part in the early phases of planning for a Cook County community center that includes a swimming pool and aquatics center.
Although the county has been moving the facility’s planning process forward, the city has refrained from participating or even talking about the issue since the litigation was threatened.
Council voted in May of this year to initiate its own litigation, and in June served Burbach with a complaint for declaratory judgment to have certain provisions of the contract thrown out. The May 9 resolution also affirmed the city’s “desire to support the Cook County community center’s future operations and maintenance…in an annual amount not to exceed the $156,000 average annual net operating loss the city incurs in operating and maintaining the city’s municipal swimming pool.”
Last week’s discussion was prompted by a letter sent to council by the community center steering committee requesting that two city representatives be appointed to the group. “We appreciate the expertise the city brings to parks, recreation and pool management and look forward to having that expertise on our steering committee once again,” the letter states.
It’s “Hawaiian Week” at the North Shore Care Center with something tropical added to resident activities each day. On Friday night, August 24 the band Portage will perform their country music for a Hawaii Five O Dance at 6:30 p.m. Families and community members are welcome to join in the fun.
Many thanks to the volunteers, who continue to give so much of their time during these busy summer months. There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387.3518 or visit our website www.nshorehospital.com.
The final show of the Grand Marais Playhouse summer season is the delightful comedy The Kitchen Witches by Caroline Smith. The first performance is August 23.
Isobel Lomax (played by Grace Bushard) and Dolly Biddle (played by Marcia Hyatt) are two "mature" cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for 30 years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other.
When circumstances put them together on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, the insults are flung harder than the food!
Dolly's long-suffering TV producer son Stephen (played by Kevin Kager) tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly's dressing room is one inch closer to the set than Isobel's, it's a losing battle, and the show becomes a rating smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer!
Michael Peterson also has a role in this production and he even has a line in this one!
Performance dates are August 23 - 26 and Aug. 30 – Sept. 3. Thursday – Saturdays 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 adults and $7 Students (no additional fees). Friday, August 24 is Food Shelf First Friday. Bring five or more items or a $10 plus donation to the Cook County Food Shelf and receive a buy one-get one free offer for that evening’s performance. Sunday, Aug. 26 is donation at the door day. Pay any amount for your ticket to that performance.