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Celebrate Minnesota’s most legendary season with Winter Tracks, a 10-day family-friendly festival from February 1 - 13, 2013 in Cook County featuring the Lutsen Mountains Family Fun Fest, Cook County Ridge Riders Snowmobile Fun Run and Easter Seals 10th annual Grand Portage Snowarama along with a Plein Air Painting Competition, snow sculptures, luminary lit ski trails, guided snowshoe tours, dog sled or horse-drawn sleigh rides, live music and more.
The various events will take place throughout the county including Lutsen/Tofte, Grand Marais, Grand Portage and the Gunflint Trail.
For more information contact the Cook County Visitor’s Bureau at (218) 387-2788 or see http://www.visitcookcounty.com/wintertracks
What is Ink Day? It is a family-friendly opportunity for the community to come into the Grand Marais Art Colony print studio and make a unique print.
The first event is Print Your Valentines. Drop in anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. on Feb. 2 and for $5 create your own Valentines.
The Art Colony invites all ages to this printmaking event – an afternoon of hands-on creative fun. Experience the Art Colony's professional print studio with coaching and assistance from experienced printmakers. All supplies are provided for you to make your own unique printed Valentines and art pieces. Stop by at any point throughout the afternoon. (Youth under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Nancy Larson, recently appointed Gunflint district ranger for the Superior National Forest, will speak at Cook County Higher Education's January Business Networking Luncheon.
Larson's talk will begin at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Harbor Light Supper Club, 1615 West Highway 61 in Grand Marais. The event will conclude by 1 p.m. Cost is $20.
Larson is a 23-year U.S. Forest Service veteran who comes to Grand Marais from the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake. She has served in a variety of roles at national forests from West Virginia to California—including five years in Cook, MN. as LaCroix District ranger on the Superior National Forest. Larson holds a degree in forestry from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI.
Larson's Jan. 30 talk will include a general overview of the national forest system and policies, an introduction to who she is and details of the 2013 work program for the Gunflint District.
To attend the Larson luncheon, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-387-3411. Please register by Monday, Jan. 28.
Although many Minnesotans are thinking of what to do in the recent snowfall, staffers at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) state forest nurseries are looking forward to warmer weather. Nursery workers are gearing up for their spring seedling sale.
Millions of seedlings are available for the 2013 planting season, including 20 species of native bareroot trees and shrubs grown from seeds collected in Minnesota. Seedlings vary in size from 6 to 18 inches in height.
“Pines, spruces, oaks, maples, wildlife shrubs and much more are available with prices starting as low as 24 cents per piece,” said Craig VanSickle, nurseries supervisor.
New Assessor Betty Schultz has taken on an ambitious challenge. Under orders from the state, she and her staff will be assessing 20 percent of the county’s private properties—called a quintile—each year from here on forward.
In addition to that, they will be collecting more detailed information on each property than was collected in the past and putting the data into a new software system. To accomplish all that, Schultz asked the county board on January 22 to consider adding a new staff position to her department.
“The full 20 percent quintile requirement has not been met for a number of years due to the Assessor’s Office workload and maintaining personnel to cover the office on a daily basis,” Schultz wrote in a January 22 memo to the board.