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The Odd Couple coming to the Playhouse this summer

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 1:16pm

Rehearsals continue for the delightful female version of The Odd Couple by Neil Simon, which will play at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts this summer. The Odd Couple will run July 19, 21, 25, 27 and Aug. 2, 4, 8 and 10. This hilarious comedy is by one of America’s funniest playwrights, Neil Simon. Publisher Samuel French offers the following description of the female version of the play: Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pigeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.
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Portage to perform at North Shore Care Center Saturday

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 1:14pm

The band Portage will perform their classic country music at the North Shore Care Center on the last Saturday of the month on June 29 at 6:30 p.m. Community members are always welcome!
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at North Shore Care Center. For more information please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or go to our website:

Thunderwolves pick up former CCHS player

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 7:48am

In Thunder Bay Ontario, the Lakehead University Thunderwolves women’s basketball team announced Wednesday that they’ve added six-foot post player Essa Jacobsen to their roster for the 2013-14 Ontario University Athletics season.

Jacobsen, a native of Grand Marais, played last season for Mesabi Range Community and Technical Junior College after closing out her high school career with the Cook County Vikings.

The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal reports that Jacobsen was named to the high school all-conference team three times and is also the only player at Cook County High School to record over 1,000 points (1,249) and 1,000 rebounds (1,444) during her career. She is also the all-time shot blocks leader at CCHS.

Law enforcement activity on the increase

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 4:48pm

It’s been a busy five months for Cook County law enforcement. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Sheriff Mark Falk about vehicle accidents, fires and a sharp increase in bookings.

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"Freud's Last Session" opens tonight, June 27

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 11:11am

The Grand Marais Playhouse is ready for summer! The first production opens on June 27. Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain and Samuel French Publishers is directed and designed by Jackson Nickolay with the cast of Kevin Kager as Sigmund Freud and David Warren as C.S. Lewis.
The play is described as centering on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud who invites the young, rising Oxford Don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. On the day England enters World War Two, Freud and Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life, just weeks before Freud took his own life. Freud’s Last Session is a deeply touching play filled with humor, exploring the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.
The play has gotten fantastic reviews wherever it has been offered—visit for tickets today. Performances are June 27 – 30 and July 4-7 at 7 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.Tickets are $17 adults and $7 students 18 and under.

Commercial rehab loan granted to GunFlint Tavern

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 10:41am

The Grand Marais City Council approved a $9,500 commercial rehab loan request from the GunFlint Tavern June 12.
GunFlint Tavern owner Jeff Gecas attended the meeting along with Housing Administrator Nancy Grabko and Hal Greenwood of the Grand Marais - Cook County Economic Development Authority. City Administrator Mike Roth explained that the loan comes from a commercial rehab revolving loan fund established through a grant from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. A similar loan was recently granted for a rehab project at The Garage; overall the program has funded about $234,000 worth of improvements for downtown Grand Marais businesses.
Grabko said the loan recipients are chosen by an independent community review committee comprised of Greenwood, Vicki Wentz and Jan Sivertson. The GunFlint Tavern was one of four applicants ranked.
Plans for the GunFlint Tavern project call for replacement of window units, pointing of 06-27-13 all exterior walls, and installation of new doors and heat/air conditioning units. Total cost of the work is estimated at $79,500 which will be funded by the city IRRRB grant, Cook County Revolving Loan Fund ($26,500), EDA Small Cities Development Program grant ($38,500) and a $5,000 commitment by the business owner