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Missing plane search moves to Cook County

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 5:57am

A Lakeville man and his twin engine airplane are still missing as of this morning, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office. There remain few clues on where he may have gone or why.

The Duluth News-Tribune reports Michael Arthur Bratlie, a 67 year old seasoned pilot with thousands of hours of U.S. Navy and airline flight time, went missing Friday night north of Duluth. Air, ground and water searches have turned up no sign of the twin engine Piper PA-31 Navajo.

The last radar and cell phone contact with Bratlie placed the aircraft just northeast of Silver Bay.

The search is focused on a broad area of the North Shore, mostly in Cook County. Several Civil Air Patrol aircraft searched Monday but were temporarily  grounded because of high winds.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fire-spotting planes are now involved and the Border Patrol also has been notified, as have local sheriff’s offices. The Coast Guard also used boats and aircraft in the search.

Election in Grand Portage Tuesday

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 9:43pm

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will hold 
its 2012 general election on Tuesday, June 12. Two people are running 
for the Reservation Tribal Council (RTC) committeeman seat, Robert J. 
Hull and Marie Spry.  The candidates are running for the seat 
currently held by William “Bill” Myers.
Polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. at the Old Log Community 

Scenic flights on the Grand Marais harbor again

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 9:42pm

At the last meeting of the Grand Marais City Council on June 
9, Dan Anderson of Anderson Aero was granted permission to offer 
scenic airplane rides out of the harbor this summer. Anderson said he 
plans to operate basically the same as in past years, but has to work 
out some issues with the Dragon Boat Festival so as to avoid conflicts
in the harbor during the weekend of their event.

For information or reservations with Anderson Aero, call (218) 370-0645 or visit



Grand Portage elections Tuesday

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 6:09am

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa holds it 2012 general election on Tuesday. Polls open at 8 a.m. in the old log community building and remain open until 8 p.m.

Marie Spry and Robert J. Hull  are seeking the Tribal Council committeeman seat currently held by William “Bill” Myers.


Workshop on customer service training June 13

Sun, 06/10/2012 - 10:51pm

Cook County mostly makes its living as a beautiful, rustic 
place visitors come to relax, recharge and have fun. But the 
attraction can be fragile: Provide visitors a great experience, and 
they probably will stay longer, spend more and come back; provide a 
miserable experience, and they probably won't.
Dr. Charles Metelka has made it his life's work to understand how 
destinations like Cook County can make visitors feel at home. Metelka 
is chair of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism at the 
University of Wisconsin-Stout. He will share his insights into good 
customer service in two Cook County training sessions Wednesday and 
Thursday, June 13 and 14.
This customer service training opportunity is sponsored by the Cook 
Visitors Bureau and is available free of charge to anyone, in any 
who wishes to attend. Cook County Higher Education organizes the 
training on the Visitors Bureau’s behalf.
The first training session will run from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at
Higher Ed's North Shore Campus in Grand Marais. The
second training session will be 8 a.m. to noon at Lutsen Resort.
The training will not only be informative, it will be fun. Even those 
been through half a dozen of these customer-service sessions will find 
worth their while. Metelka is a lively, highly entertaining expert who
focuses on the creation of tourism experiences, visitor expectations 
and the
challenge of providing quality service by area residents and employees 
To register for both the Grand Marais and Lutsen sessions, call Higher 
Ed at

Alcohol Server Training offered June 13 and 14

Sun, 06/10/2012 - 10:48pm

In June, Cook County Higher Education will coordinate Alcohol 
Server Training at Cascade Lodge and Windigo Lodge, and CCVB Customer 
Service Training at the North Shore Campus and Lutsen Resort.
The Cook County Visitors Bureau Customer Service Training will take 
place from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Cook County Higher 
Education's North Shore Campus in Grand Marais, and 8 a.m. to noon 
Thursday, June 14 at Lutsen Resort. The training is free and open to 
Presenter for the customer service training will be Dr. Charles 
Metelka, chair of the Hospitality and Tourism Department at the 
University of Wisconsin –
Stout. Metelka is a seasoned veteran of customer service training and
is familiar with the tourism industry of Minnesota's North Shore.
He is a lively and engaging speaker who promises training sessions 
guaranteed to engage even those who are in their fifth or sixth 
training. His general theme will be the need for everyone in the 
village to help ensure visitors have a grand time and will want to 
The Alcohol Server Training will be presented by Cook County Sheriff 
Mark Falk and Brian Kringen of the Minnesota Department of Public 
Safety. It will be offered from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 
at Cascade Lodge and 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 19, at Windigo 
Lodge on the Gunflint Trail.
This training carries a cost of $5 and is open to everyone.
Kringen will provide individual and establishment certificates from 
the Department of Public Safety.
To sign up for Alcohol Server Training, the Customer Service Training 
or both, call Cook County Higher Education at 387-3411 or email