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Father and son rescued from Temperance River rapids

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 11:56am

Rescuers were paged to Temperance River on Sunday, June 30 to rescue a father and son who had become trapped in the rushing water.
Russell Brown, 16, of Northfield, Minnesota, apparently did not realize how rapid the river was while swimming near the southernmost bridge on the river. The water pulled him under several times and his father, Gregory Brown, 49, also of Northfield, jumped in to try to save him. He too became trapped in the current.
Russell was swept to the east side of the river and was able to climb out of the water onto a small sand bar. 
Gregory Brown was unable to reach him and clung to a rock in the current. Some bystanders found the life ring kept in a box near the river. They were able to toss the ring to Gregory Brown who was then able to float downstream and to shore with their assistance.
Russell however remained trapped by the rushing water. Emergency responders from Tofte and Schroeder responded. Tofte Assistant Fire Chief Tim Norman and Pete Borson of the Schroeder Fire Department were able to drop a life jacket to the teen. Once he rested and got the life jacket on, he felt he would be able to swim to safety. Coached by Borson from above, the young man swam and let the current carry him down the river and to the riverbank.
Tofte First Responders monitored the father and son as they warmed up and calmed down. Cook County Ambulance responded to the scene but neither man needed further medical attention.
Assistant Fire Chief Norman said the spot were Russell Brown experienced difficulty is where other deaths have occurred on the river. Norman said, “It looks so innocent, you can almost step over it, but it can be deadly.”

"Freud's Lasts Session" continues this weekend

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 11:54am

Audiences have enjoyed the first Grand Marais Playhouse production of the season, Freud’s Last Session. The play 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 centers 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, including Grand Marais!
Visit for tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office an hour before the performance. Remaining performances at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts are July 5-7 at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $17 adults and $7 students 18 and under.

Happy Independence Day!

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 6:42pm

 All of us at the Cook County News-Herald wish you you a safe and happy weekend. May all your summer news be good news.

Grand Marais Evangelical Free Church celebrates 50 years in July

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 6:40pm

Biblically speaking, 50 years isn’t very long. But by today’s standards, when countries form and dissolve within 50 years and technology races at an unimaginable rate, 50 years is a long, long time.

That said, the entire month of July will be one of celebration for members and friends of the Grand Marais Evangelical Free Church as they celebrate 50 years of worship and service.

Kicking off the celebration on July 7 will be a program denoting the church’s first half century. There will be a short review by the Sunday School children and worship music led by Jennifer Horen Gould of Faberweesa, Colorado.

At 1 p.m. the church will host a coffee fellowship with pictures of the church throughout its five decades and the opening of the time capsule, which was cemented into the walls of the church addition 25 years ago.

On July 14, Dr. Bruce and Kate Dahlman, longtime missionaries in Africa, will lead Sunday worship time.

On July 21, two young men who grew up in the church, Ben Brandt and Andrew Peterson, will lead the service. Ben will lead the music and Andrew will deliver the sermon.

Last but not least, July 27 and 28 will begin with a banquet on Saturday evening (reservations must be received by July 7) and ending in a Sunday morning praise and worship celebration. All former pastors will take part on Saturday or Sunday, and Pastor Ron Carlson, the second pastor to serve at the Evangelical Free Church, will bring the morning’s message.

Everyone is invited to share in the month of worship and praise.

Col. William Colvill, a hero at the Battle of Gettysburg

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 8:03am

WTIP's Jay Andersen spoke with former director of the Cook County Historical Society, Pat Zankman about the man for whom the town of Colvill was named. Along the way, we learn about another important Civil War veteran with a local tie.

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"Light up the Night" at Grand Marais July 4 events

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 11:25am

The theme for events in Grand Marais on the Fourth of July is “Light up the Night” and everyone is invited to join the fun.
Head downtown to watch—or take part in the parade—at 8 p.m. Anyone wishing to be a part of the parade should line up at the Cook County Senior Center a bit early. Come on out and show your patriotic spirit.
The parade will be followed by music in Harbor Park. Enjoy Mysterious Ways as you wait for fireworks over the Grand Marais Harbor at dusk.