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Cook County Invasives Team hosts hikes to look at native and non-native plants

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:01am

The Cook County Invasives Team (CCIT) will be hosting a series of hikes this summer to look at native and non-native plants.

The hikes will be held on June 16 at Cascade River, June 30 at Temperance River, July 7 at George Washington Pines, July 21 at Sweetheart's Bluff, Aug. 4 at Oberg Mountain, and Aug. 18 at Kadunce River.

These hikes are free, and no registration is required. For more information, call Angelique Edgerton at 387-3772.


This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald

Hennessy retires from Grand Marais Liquor Store

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 9:54am

Long time Grand Marais Liquor Facilities Manager Pat Hennessy worked his last day on the job on Friday May 30, 2014, calling it quits after a career that he began in 1978 as a part time bar tender at the Grand Marais Municipal (Muni) bar, space that has undergone many changes since the Muni closed, but has now been converted into the Grand Marais Public Utility Commission and Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority offices.

Hennessy is leaving a business that he says, “I tried to run like it was my own. I wanted customers to have a good experience when they came in here.  I hope they got that.

This was by far the best job that I have ever had in my life. I really enjoyed my stay here.”

 From 1978 to 1982 Pat worked in the Muni, but he left to take a job with the county.

“I came back in 1989 and was the part-time liquor store clerk. In October of 1994 I became the Liquor Store Facilities Manager,” said Hennessey.

Under Pat’s supervision, the Grand Marais Municipal Liquor Store has grown in volume, sales and profitability for the city. Every year the Grand Marais Municipal Liquor Store is the most profitable municipal liquor store in the region.

“It wasn’t too long ago that our sales were under $1 million, but last year we were over $2 million. Part of that I think is because Grand Marais has become more of a destination. More and more people are coming here. It’s a nice town to visit with a lot of amenities. We have nice shops, good restaurants, and good lodging.

“But I would also like to think that we provide good service at the liquor store. As manager I have been fortunate to have real honest, hard working help. There have been a lot of great people working here over the years. They have to be given credit too, for the success,” Hennessy said.

Becky Rom of Sustainable Ely on mining in Cook County

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 2:17pm

On May 21, Becky Rom, one of the founders of the Sustainable Ely project gave a presentation in Grand Marais about the effects of copper and precious metal mining in Northeastern Minnesota, including Cook County. WTIP'S Will Moore spoke to Becky after the presentation about these effects.


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Rumble fill work to continue on Hwy 61

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 9:55am

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation will resume work filling in centerline rumble strips on Highway 61 in Cook and Lake County in July.

MnDOT began filling some of the centerline rumble strips last fall after hearing from numerous local residents who complained that the rumble strips created too much noise.

MnDOT will fill in all of the centerline rumble strips in Cook County except those located north of Grand Portage where there aren’t any adjacent homes. MnDOT will also fill in all of the centerline rumble strips in Lake County.

“Housing density along the North Shore is much different than on most rural highways,” said Jim Miles, MnDOT District 1 acting traffic engineer. “To passing motorists it looks as if there aren’t many homes along the highway. In reality, the housing density is comparable to suburban neighborhoods. Considering this, and the mix of tourist and local traffic, which leads to increased passing and driving over the centerline rumble strips, we decided to fill them in.”

MnDOT is reviewing its centerline rumble strip policy, including criteria on where centerline rumble strips should or should not be installed and is researching the effectiveness of other rumble strip designs that have less of a noise impact.



Morrison, Hull and Morrin take Grand Portage RTC seats in election

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 10:22pm

Members of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa went to the polls today, Tuesday, June 10 to vote for three Reservation Tribal Council seats—secretary/treasurer, committeeperson I and committeeperson II. The votes have been counted and all of the races were very close.

Running for secretary/treasurer were incumbent April (Clearwater Day) McCormick and former secretary/treasurer Dennis B. Morrison. Morrison won the seat with 55.15 percent of the vote to McCormick’s 44.85 percent.

For the committeeperson I seat, the candidates were Rob Hull and Amber Porter. Hull won the committeeperson seat I with 52.15 percent of the vote to Porter’s 47.40 percent.

Candidates for the committeeperson II seat are incumbent John Morrin and former committeeperson William “Bill” Myers. Morrin narrowly defeated Myers with 50.62 percent of the vote to Myers’ 49.38 percent.

The Grand Portage Reservation Tribal Council is the governing body of Grand Portage. The enrolled members of the band elect the tribal council officers. The council oversees health care, social services, education, jobs, housing, public safety, and more


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Birthdays to be celebrated at North Shore Care Center June 11

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 10:18pm

The warmer spring weather is certainly welcomed this year by residents at the North Shore Care Center. Many elders have enjoyed time on the patios and a fun picnic on Memorial Day. Everyone is looking forward to summer.

The month of June is National Gardening Month, Men’s Month, and Dairy Month – which also includes Flag Day, Father’s Day, and the first day of summer!

Many activities are planned to get folks outdoors whenever possible, beginning with the planting of flowers and vegetables. Other activities will be reading sessions, trivia, patio games, another picnic, and some outings in the community.

The monthly birthday will take place on Wednesday, June 11 to honor Janet Morgan, Donny Schulte, and Donna Willett. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. along with piano classics by Doug Sanders.

There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information about volunteering or about any of the activities going on, please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or visit the website: