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Head downtown Grand Marais Saturday for Chamber of Commerce Car Show

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 5:34pm

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

Open House at Hollow Rock Resort Saturday

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 5:32pm

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 or visit

Logging exhibit at Cross River Heritage Center kicks off with lumberjack dinner June 9

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 5:31pm

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

Grand Portage Retro Rock Review to benefit flood victims in Thunder Bay

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 1:23pm

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.

33rd Annual Tofte Trek 10K Run Walk on July 4

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 9:55am

The Sugarbush Trail Association will present the 33rd Annual Tofte Trek 10K Wilderness Run/Walk on July 4.
Same-day registration is $30. Registration will be held at the Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte, starting at 7:45 a.m. Pre-registration, $25, is currently open and can be found at Pre-registration closes on June 27.
The 10k walk will start at 9 a.m.; children's races (free) will take place at 9:05 a.m.; the 1-mile race will begin at 9:20 a.m. and the 10K run at 9:30 a.m. The race/walk is open to all abilities.
Jan Horak, an avid outdoorsman, cross-country skier and fitness enthusiast from Tofte started organizing the Tofte Trek 33 years ago and continued to do so for 25 years. The 10K wilderness run/walk winds its way through the
Superior National Forest along the cross-country ski trails, snowmobile trails and Superior Hiking Trail. Nature is always generous with providing runners and walkers with plenty of mud, so come prepared for it.
Age group awards will be provided along with a commemorative T-shirt to the first 200 registrants. Proceeds will be donated to Cook County nonprofit organizations.

A full ballot for November county commissioner contest

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 12:50pm

When the election filing period closed at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, there were candidates in all the seats that will be on the November 2012 ballot. Each of the two county commissioner districts, there is a three-way race.

Fritz Sobanja currently holds Commissioner District 2. He has filed to run for re-election. Filing to run for against Sobanja is Garry Gamble and Kelly Swearingen.

Commissioner District 4 is currently held by Jim Johnson. Johnson has stated he will not run for re-election. Three people have filed to run for that district, Gail Anderson, Rick Austin and Heidi Kirk. 

Three seats are also on the ballot for the Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District. District 1 is currently held by Donald Goodell who has filed for re-election. District 3 is currently held by Joan Farnam who has also filed to run again. District 5 is currently 
held by Jesse Derscheid, who did not file for re-election. Jerry Hiniker has filed for that seat.