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Maple Hill Community Fire Department gathers for annual meeting tonight

Wed, 09/12/2012 - 10:31am

The Maple Hill Community Fire Department is holding its annual meeting on Wednesday, September 12 at the firehall at 1392 Gunflint Trail at 6 p.m. Maple Hill residents are invited to come show their support for the Maple Hill Community Fire Department. All Maple Hill/Devil Track residents are encouraged to attend.

Plein Air Competition under way--Quick Paint event on Thursday

Wed, 09/12/2012 - 10:30am

A very interesting part of the Grand Marais Art Colony’s 10th annual plein air competition and exhibition 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!”
Artwork created during the plein air competition will be on display Sept. 14 - 30 at the Grand Marais Art Colony.
For a detailed schedule of events and more information about Plein Air Grand Marais contact the Grand Marais Art Colony at (218) 387-2737.

Quetico fire brings smoke to Gunflint Trail

Wed, 09/12/2012 - 6:27am

There is a small fire burning within one quarter mile of the northern shore of Knife Lake near Emerald Lake in Quetico Provincial Park.  

The U.S. Forest Service has had aircraft fly over the area  and confirms that is what's causing the smoke in the upper Gunflint trail area. 

Patty Johnson, the Gunflint District Zone Fire Officer, spoke with Canadian officials and they have confirmed that they are monitoring the blaze fire but not actively suppressing it at this time.

The Forest Service will continue to monitor the fire daily during regular detection flights.

A day of remembrance

Tue, 09/11/2012 - 11:32am
Grand Marais Fire Department remembers 9/11

Across the country this morning, Americans paused and remembered the events of September 11, 2001. The fear and sadness of the terrorist attacks on the United States will never be forgotten, but neither will the heroism of so many. Take some time on this special day to remember those who were lost.
In the words of Sandy Dahl, the wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl:

"If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate."

Check out the on-line auction for Unplugged: Northern Harvest

Tue, 09/11/2012 - 11:07am

Since the first Unplugged: Northern Harvest event, in addition to talented performers, there have been amazing opportunities to bid on silent auction items donated by generous community members. The only problem was guests had to be in attendance at Unplugged: Northern Harvest. A decidedly different twist this year is the opportunity to bid on amazing auction items—on-line!
Visit and enjoy a panoramic virtual tour of Cook County and all its shopping, dining, entertainment opportunities. It’s easy and it’s fun. Check out before the bidding ends at 10 p.m. on Sunday, September 16!
It’s all for a good cause. The proceeds of the Unplugged concert and the on-line and on-campus auctions go toward North House Folk School’s endowment fund and to fund campus improvements.

Birthdays to be celebrated at Care Center Wednesday

Tue, 09/11/2012 - 11:05am

The monthly birthday party at the North Shore Care Center will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 12 at 3 p.m. with piano music and sing-a-long by Laura Laky. There will be cake and ice cream, for residents and families to honor Irene Leng and Gerri Futterer. The community is invited to celebrate their special day.

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