Around Cook County
After months of gathering documentation on Cook County’s
housing situation, Cook County – Grand Marais Economic Development
Authority (EDA) Housing Coordinator Nancy Grabko was happy to share
some good news this week. At the May EDA meeting, Grabko said she
didn’t expect notification about a Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Small Cities Development Program grant until late June, however
on June 4, 2012, she sent out an e-mail to the various “housing
partners” announcing that DEED had fully funded the EDA’s Small SCDP grant request of $291,000.
The funding will be used for five residential owner-occupied and four
commercial rehabilitation projects in the City of Grand Marais.
Grabko initiated the grant application process at the beginning of the
year to meet the April 15, 2012 deadline. Because it has been several
years since a community housing survey had been completed, the EDA was
required to complete another survey, something that took longer than
expected. The initial survey had a poor response, so it was
redistributed and enough responses were eventually received to offer
valid results. However, because of the unexpectedly long time spent
collecting and compiling housing survey results, there was no time to
get the application to the DEED office, even by over-night mail. The
application was hand-delivered.
The application received some help with a letter of support from Iron
Range Resources Commissioner Tony Sertich touting the collaboration of
the EDA, Cook County, the City of Grand Marais, the Northeastern
Minnesota HOME Consortium, Cook County’s Local Energy Project and
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today announced that her bipartisan legislation allowing Cook County to move forward with the County Road 8 reconstruction project has been signed into law.
A parcel of land required for the project was previously owned by the U.S. Forest Service and designated for the Grand Marais Cook County Airport, and legislation was required to transfer the land from the airport to the road project before work could begin.
Klobuchar introduced the bill along with 8th District Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack and worked to pass it in the Senate last month. Senator Al Franken cosponsored the legislation.
Although the airport no longer needs the land, federal restrictions prevented the land from being used for any other purpose. Klobuchar and Cravaack’s legislation facilitates the transfer of the land from the airport to Cook County, removing the barrier and allowing the County and Minnesota Department of Transportation to move forward with the road project.
Tomorrow, Saturday, June 9, is the long-anticipated Grand Marais Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Car Show. Last year the car show was moved from windy Coast Guard Point to the main street of town, Wisconsin Street, a warmer location right next to your favorite shops and restaurants. There are 11 classes of cars, trucks and bikes with 25 awards. It is $20 to register your classic car, hot rod or muscle car—or whatever unique and interesting vehicle you want to show off.
It’s free to stroll down memory lane though. There will also be music in Harbor Park throughout the day, so come on out from 10 – 2 p.m. and enjoy the Chamber’s Annual Car Show.
Anyone with questions is asked to contact Bev at (218) 370-8904 or email@example.com.
The cottages at Hollow Rock Resort in Grand Portage are warm and welcoming, with fireplaces and northwoods décor. There are many options available, from the cozy one-bedroom cabins to the larger cottages that offer room to gather kids and grandkids. But no matter which cabin becomes “home” at Hollow Rock Resort, it is the scenery that steals the show.
The star of the show is of course, the rock formation known as Hollow Rock. The reason for the name is immediately—and awe-inspiringly—evident.
The smaller rocks on the beaches of Hollow Rock call out for attention too. There are rocks to skip; rocks to stack; rocks that sparkle when dunked in the water; smooth rocks to pocket; and of course rocks to climb on and sit on.
Hollow Rock Resort is now owned by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and operated by Grand Portage Lodge. It now boasts seven beautifully constructed or renovated cottages. The Grand Portage Lodge is hosting an open house at Hollow Rock Resort on Saturday, June 9, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The resort is 35 miles east of Grand Marais and just three miles west of the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino.
For more information about Hollow Rock, call (800) 543-1384, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hollowrockresort.com.
Get ready to celebrate Timberjack Logging on the North Shore this summer as the Schroeder Area Historical Society has fun and interesting exhibits and events highlighting logging and the lumber industry of yesterday and today.
The Schroeder Area Historical Society annual meeting will include a brief meeting and lumberjack dinner at the Schroeder Town Hall at 5 p.m. June 9.
There will be good food, an entertaining presentation by the U. S. Forest Service and toe-tapping music by Joyce Krueger.
On July 14 plan to attend a free and open to the public presentation at
10:30 a.m. at the Cross River Heritage Center by Dale Mulfinger (architect, author and professor) of Cabinology, on the art and science of building or remodeling a vacation home or cabin. Also, visit the Lundie Room at the center, which features architectural models of the timber frames designed by Lundie and built along the North Shore as well as information about Lundie and his work.
To sign up for the Lundie Vacation Home Tour call the Cross River Heritage Center at 663-7706 or e-mail email@example.com.
Heavy rains dumped about four inches of rain on Thunder Bay the last weekend in May and left the city in a state of emergency. Roads were washed out or had water running across them and hundreds of basements flooded with water, requiring the municipal utility department to shut off electricity to some homes. Then the city’s sole sewage treatment facility, the Atlantic Avenue Secondary Sewage Plant, failed and added to the flooding.
In order to reduce water usage, the city turned off its fountains and closed numerous facilities including the Canada Games Complex, the 55 Plus Centres, and the West Thunder Community Centre.
The Salvation Army and the Canadian Red Cross became involved in relief efforts, providing meals and transportation, and set up a relief fund to help homeowners recoup some of the costs of dealing with the emergency and its aftermath.
According to the city of Thunder Bay’s website, as of June 6, roughly 900 flood victims had registered with the Canadian Red Cross. Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs said, “We are the City with a Giant Heart and our people have a history of rallying together to help one another. We want everyone to check on their neighbours to make sure they are in good health, ask if they need help and encourage them to register with the Red Cross for clean-up assistance. We want to make sure that no one is left behind.”
The community of Grand Portage will be lending its neighbor a helping hand. According to Grand Portage Lodge & Casino Marketing Director Frank Vecchio, all ticket sales from the Retro Rock Review Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30 will be donated to help with flood relief efforts.