Around Cook County
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.
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
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 www.skydanairtours.com
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.
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
challenge of providing quality service by area residents and employees
To register for both the Grand Marais and Lutsen sessions, call Higher
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