Inuit Soapstone Carving workshops and Fireside Chat

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 11:00am

In collaboration with Sivertson Gallery during its 12th 
Annual Inuit Premiere in Grand Marais, North House Folk School is 
offering several workshops at its waterfront campus. David Ruben 
Piqtoukun will teach two workshops on Inuit soapstone carving.

The first class, "Romancing the Stone: An Introduction to Inuit 
Soapstone" will be held March 14-16. On March 18 – 19, the course will 
be "Inuit Soapstone Carving: Speaking through Sculpture."

For further information and tuition rates contact North House Folk 
School at or call 218-387-9762.
Piqtoukun will be the featured guest at Sivertson Gallery on Saturday,
March 17 at the 6 p.m. Fireside Chat. The Fireside Chat is free and 
open to the public.
There are a number of other activities during the Inuit premeire—see 
the full schedule on-line at

Birch Grove Community School welcomes new board members

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 10:57am

Birch Grove Community School is happy to introduce two new 
school board
members, Jackie Dillenbeck and Plamen Dimitrov. Both live on the
West End and have children who attend Birch Grove.
"We feel it is necessary to have parents on our board. It gives us a 
perspective that can be quite valuable when making decisions, 
especially when it comes to programming. We never want to lose parent
input," said school director Diane Blanchette. "We also appreciate the
energy that comes with new members. Sometimes we need that."
The new board members join Judy Motschenbacher, Skip Lamb, Colleen 
Brennan, Natalie Shaw and Dave Erickson.

BWCAW wildfire aftermath includes campsite closures

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 9:32am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With just a few weeks before the spring camping season opens in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the U.S. Forest Service expects as many as 76 campsites on 23 lakes to be unavailable in a hangover from last year's big Pagami Creek fire.

Rangers had hoped to have most back in operation when paddlers returned. But spokeswoman Kris Reichenbach says standing scorched trees known as snags and burned latrines raise safety and sanitation issues that still must be addressed.

Foresters hope the wind and snow will take down some snags before crews return to the area.

CCHS wins "Superior" ratings

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 5:15pm

The Cook County High School Band is heading to the State Band 
Festival after receiving superior ratings at two competitions last week.
On Friday, February 10, the Cook County High School band sent two 
ensembles to perform at the Section 7A Small Group Festival at Two 
Harbors High School. Minnesota
State High School League uses a judging system based on a total point 
system of 40 points. The "Superior" range is 35-50. An "Excellent" 
rating is 28-34
Points. A “Good" rating is 22-27 points. "Fair" is anything below 21 
points. Only "Superior" ratings advance on to State.
CCHS was represented at the small group festival by a seven-member 
Brass Choir and a Saxophone Quintet. The Brass Choir performed 
Reinhold Gliere's Russian Sailor's Dance. The Brass Choir earned a 
"Superior" rating with 37 points.
The Sax Quintet performed The Pink Panther by Henry Mancini. They also 
earned a "Superior" rating with a score of 39 points.
The full high school band performed at the Section 7A Large Group 
festival on Monday, February 13 at Duluth Marshall High School. The 
full band performed in front of three judges, as well as other 
schools. The band even had a surprise audience member as former, and 
beloved, band teacher Bill Tormondsen was there to enjoy the band's 
The band played On a Hymnsong of Phillip Bliss by David Holsinger as 
well as Raging Machines by Brian Balmages. The judges awarded the band 
three "Superior" ratings—36,
37 and 38 respectively.
The full high school band, along with the two ensembles, will be 

Schroeder seeks tourism support

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 5:13pm

The Cross River Heritage Center operated by the Schroeder 
Area Historical Society doesn’t just connect visitors to the past.  
Next to a major North Shore waterfall (Cross River), a Highway 61 
wayside rest, a bakeshop, and a post office in the first organized 
township east of the county line, hosts at the Heritage Center connect 
visitors to amenities and events throughout Cook County.  According to 
Vice President Linda Lamb, Schroeder “really is the gateway to Cook 
Lamb spoke to the Schroeder Town Board on February 14, 2012, asking 
them to request that Schroeder keep the small percentage of 
Schroeder’s lodging tax it is entitled to keep for tourism-related 
endeavors to help pay the gift shop salesperson’s salary.
Right now, most of the amount collected goes to the Cook County 
Visitors’ Bureau (CCVB), but the word “Schroeder” isn’t very prevalent 
in CCVB’s promotional materials.  “You wouldn’t really know that 
Schroeder was there,” Lamb said.
“If you’re on their website,” Lamb told the Cook County News-Herald in 
a separate interview, “it’s several clicks until you see the name 
‘Schroeder.’”  Schroeder’s contribution to the CCVB is included in the 
Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association’s portion of the CCVB budget.  Lamb 
said she has been told, “Schroeder represents too much verbiage in the 
“At one time,” Lamb said, “the only object of interest named in their 
materials was the post office.  It is just strange that Schroeder is 

Lutsen 99er returning June 23

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 5:08pm

Lutsen 99er bike race organizer Adam Harju expects 500 riders 
to trek across Cook County roads and trails on June 23.  The 99- and 
39-mile races will begin on the Lutsen Ski Hill Road, take a brief 
spin along Highway 61, travel up the Caribou Trail, and eventually 
lead riders as far east as Devil Track Lake and farther west than the
Sawbill Trail before ending back at Lutsen Mountains.
The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a special event permit
on February 28, 2012 with several contingencies including a 
requirement that race sponsors will pay all costs associated with 
traffic control.  “Last year they did a great job,” County Highway 
Department Maintenance Supervisor Russell Klegstad told the board.