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News-Herald welcomes new staffer

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 7:14am
Steve Fleace

The Cook County News-Herald is pleased to introduce our newest employee, Steve Fleace of Hovland. Steve is joining the News-Herald staff with split duties—he will be selling advertising and helping cover all the meetings and events throughout the county.

Steve and his wife, Mary Kay, formerly lived in Foley, Minn., but have been frequent visitors to Cook County since 1993. They enjoyed many stays at Nelson’s Traveler’s Rest in Grand Marais before they purchased property in the Tom Lake area in 1999. They have been Hovland residents since 2007.

Steve and Mary Kay worked in the financial collection field for 25 years. They have also done tax preparation, something that Mary Kay will continue to do.

Steve is an avid ATVer and also enjoys running. He has participated in about 400 races in Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota, including Grandma’s Marathon and the Twin Cities Marathon. “My favorite run is the Superior Trail 50-mile through the Lutsen area,” said Fleace.

Asked if he has hobbies besides running and ATVing, Fleace said in the past he raced bicycles and rode bareback and bulls in the rodeo.

Steve said, “I’m excited about working at the local newspaper. If you’d like to support the local paper—while growing your business—get in touch with me. This could be a mutual partnership.”

Call or email Steve Fleace at  (218) 387-9100  or

Master Naturalist training to be offered at Sugarloaf Cove

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 8:24pm

Sugarloaf Cove is pleased to announce that naturalist Margie Menzies is offering Master Naturalist volunteer training. The program is developed through the University of Minnesota Extension Service that educates adults about Minnesota's natural resources, empowers them to teach others and provides opportunities to participate in conservation projects.

Students will learn about the fascinating geology, plant and animal communities, inland lakes and bogs, ecology and human interactions of the North Woods, as well as Lake Superior.

The course will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every other Saturday (a three-week gap over the Easter stretch) for six sessions beginning Feb. 22 and ending May 10. Field trips will be incorporated into the scheduled class days.

The course cost is $200 and includes manuals and materials.

Spaghetti feed to benefit Cook County Youth Ski League

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 11:07am

The Youth Ski League is sponsoring a spaghetti feed fundraiser on Feb. 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Cook County Community Center. Youth Ski League is a North Superior Ski and Run Club program that engages children (K-6) in the life-long sport of cross-country skiing through games, activities, and trail skiing. 

Grand Marais Ole Opry is Saturday night

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 11:06am

The Grand Marais Ole Opry, a classic country showcase featuring local and regional musicians playing tunes made famous by artists such as Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, and Roy Acuff will be offered at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Public invited to Art 'Round Town exhibit at Johnson Heritage Post Feb. 14

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:19pm

Art ’Round Town is sponsoring a gala art show/fundraiser for public art at the Johnson Heritage Post during Presidents’ Weekend, Feb. 14-17. Local artists are donating original 12-inch by 12-inch works, which will be available for a donation of $100 each, and there will be a number of miscellaneous pieces as well (pottery, wind chimes, jewelry, etc.).

The grand opening from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 14 will be open to the public, and the A’RT Committee encourages everyone to attend, whether to indulge in a variety of hors d’oeuvres, sip a glass of wine, revel in live jazz by Mike DeBevec (piano) and Eric Hahn (sax), or to select artwork to enhance your home.

City continues to look at financing for district biomass heating facility

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:16pm

Grand Marais City Councilor and Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) liaison Tim Kennedy told his city council colleagues that he was “pretty sure” there would be no state financing this legislative session for a proposed Grand Marais district biomass heating facility, as the project was not included in the governor’s bonding bill. At the January 29 city council meeting, Kennedy said there may be other ways to pursue funding, such as through grants or other sources, but it appears likely it will be put on hold another two years.