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The band Portage will also perform their classic country music for a dance on June 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Shore Care Center. Portage performs the last Saturday of each month at the Care Center and the community is always welcome to join in the fun.
There are volunteer opportunities of all kinds at North Shore Care Center. Please consider giving some time this summer to assist with a garden project, an outing, Thursday Bingo games, or a dance. For more information about activity programs and volunteer programs, you can contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or the website www.nshorehospital.com.
Things are heating up in the Lake Superior basin. Temps are rising, ice cover is shrinking and life is changing. There are 60 days less ice now then 100 years ago on the big lake. That’s about two months. This drastic shift is affecting communities, businesses, economies, and the way people live all around the lake.
Lodging tax revenues for the fifth month of 2012 were down for the most part compared to May of last year county-wide. According to the latest report from the Cook County Auditor-Treasurer’s office, the year-to-date totals were down 3/10ths percent across the board for reporting tourism organizations.
Lutsen-Tofte revenues were down 2.7 percent from last May. Grand Marais revenues however were up 9.5 percent from this time last year. The Gunflint Trail revenues for May were up 4.2 percent.
The Auditor’s office emphasizes that not all businesses report taxes at the same time each year and revenues are an “apples-to-apples comparison.” That means only businesses which reported lodging tax revenues both in May of this year and last year are included in the monthly accounting.
The county board has received suggestions for use of its building fund that far outweigh the money actually sitting in that fund. Commissioners spent part of the afternoon of June 19 discussing capital requests and future capital needs.
Maintenance Director Brian Silence described 16 projects that have been identified:
1. Radio tech office space.
2. Cooling system for Law Enforcement Center computer server room.
3. Bigger computer server room at the Law Enforcement Center.
4. Larger emergency operation center at the Law Enforcement Center.
5. Commissioners’ room audio system.
6. Information technology director’s office chair.
7. Consolidating information technology (IT) staff into one space.
8. Highway Department maintenance shops in Hovland and Tofte.
9. Highway Department main campus on County Road 7.
10. Public Health & Human Services “card swipes” for entry into the department.
11. Remodeling of the former law library space.
12. Lawn and grounds maintenance equipment storage.
13. Security improvements.
14. ARMER program.
15. Replacement of furnaces in current Community Center building.
16. Normal building maintenance in upcoming years, such as roof replacements.
“We’re going to run out of money in the building fund,” said Silence. He wanted to know how the county board was going to set priorities and how the building fund was going to be replenished. “We’re eating it up faster than we’re putting into it,” he said.
Sheriff Mark Falk said he doesn’t want to overspend, either. “I’m a taxpayer, too, just like everybody else,” he said.
“This is a lot to think about,” said Commissioner Jan Hall.
The Grand Marais Playhouse opens "Lethal Lecture," by Craig Sodaro, a Murder Mystery Dinner theater Thursday, June 28 at the Harbor Light Supper Club.
The cast includes Kevin Kager as Professor Hazelton Crandall; Gerry Grant as Mrs. Crandall; Sarah Stover as the professor’s assistant, Dr. Hillary Scheckle; Stefanie Mitchell as Diana Darling and Jackson Nickolay as Jackson Philips, a reporter. Tina Krauz plays Miss Peabody, who leads the lecture and then the investigation while waiting for the police to show up.
The show runs June 28 - July1 and July 5 - 8. Tickets, seat selection and dinner choices are available by calling the Harbor Light at (218) 387-1142. Reservations are required. The evening (or matinee on Sundays) includes a 3-course dinner of your choice of beef tenderloin, chicken breast w/champagne sauce or breaded walleye and desert during intermission of chocolate decadence cake or lemon-berry torte.
The show itself runs about an hour and enthusiastic audience members are needed to help figure out who-done-it! This comedy mystery will make for a delightful evening out.
Lake Superior: Fresh. Beautiful. Inspiring.
The world’s largest and cleanest freshwater lake has been described in many ways.
WTIP wants to know: What does Lake Superior mean to you?
We’re inviting the public to submit creative pieces that answer this question. It can be artwork, poetry, video, or anything that captures your perspective. We’ll display your work during our Lake Superior Film Festival on Lake Superior Day, July 15th. The film festival will be held at the Cook County Historical Society, 8 South Broadway Street in Grand Marais.
Please submit your creative piece(s) in person at WTIP, 1712 West Highway 61 in Grand Marais, or via e-mail to email@example.com by July 9th. Please include your name, address, and return instructions.
Please call Deb at WTIP with any questions: 218-387-1070.