Northern Sustainability Symposium to focus on where our food comes from

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 2:09pm

Where does your food come from? With a little skill, the answer can be your own yard!

Foods: Grown and Gathered is the focus of this year’s Northern Sustainability Symposium, May 1-4, at North House Folk School, which features a buffet of coursework, speakers and gatherings to explore how food, sustainable living and health are linked.

Featured speakers at this year’s event include straw bale gardening pioneer Joel Karsten, who will lead a workshop and give a presentation on this simple method of producing food featured in his popular book Straw Bale Gardens. Also participating is bee researcher Mike Goblirsch, permaculturist Chad Johnson, and a Modern Hunter Gatherer roundtable discussion with wild crafting instructor Eric Edgin and hunting and fishing instructor Shawn Perich.

Event coursework includes 17 courses ranging in length from a half day to 4.5 days. Course topics include bee keeping, alternative heating, apple grafting, micro housing, herbal healthcare, fermentation and more. Registration is required for coursework.

Programming during the event also features a screening of the film Beyond the Lightswitch, a walk-along energy audit and grid-tied solar systems presentation, and a wood-fired community pizza bake potluck. A complete schedule of events is available at the school’s website, or call (218) 387-9762 for more information.

City and union employees reach agreement on 2014-2015 contract

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 2:02pm

The city’s union employees have a new contract.

Grand Marais City Council approved the terms of a two-year deal at their April 9 meeting. Union members approved the contract the following morning.

Mayor Larry Carlson, who participated in the negotiation process, said he was confident the union would approve the tentative agreement councilors reviewed at their meeting. “We ultimately agreed to what they asked for at the last meeting,” he said.

The new contract is retroactive to the beginning of 2014 and remains in effect through the end of 2015. It grants the approximately 20 members of the local union a 1.5 percent pay increase each year and spells out some minor changes in employment policies.

Also, as in past years, council voted to award supervisors the same wage increase as that given to union members.

FREE 36" Toshiba TV

36" Toshiba TV. Great picture, no remote, 196 pounds. If you can haul it, you can have it. Please call John Peterson at 475-2621 if interested.

(Please do not respond to this e-mail as I am posting this for a co-worker)

CONTACT: John Peterson
PHONE: 475-2621
DATE: 04/23/2014 01:26pm

LG Washer/Dryer in one


LG washer/dryer in one. No vent. 110 volt plug in. Works great. Direct drive system. Very quiet and efficient.

$750 or best offer

CONTACT: Cassidy Gecas
PHONE: 370-0569
DATE: 04/23/2014 12:52pm

City of Grand Marais - Seeking Seasonal Washroom Custodian

The City of Grand Marais is seeking applications for the position of Seasonal Washroom Custodian.

 Responsibilities include: cleaning and maintaining park wash rooms on a daily basis 4-5 hours per day; part-time up to 30 hrs/week.

 Flexible schedule, including weekends. Starting pay is $12.16/hour.

 Seasonal positions run May through October, with the opportunity to be recalled next year.

 Contact the Park Office: 387-1712 or City hall: 387-1848 for more information.

 Applications can also be found online at

 Deadline to apply is 4PM, May 9th, 2014.

CONTACT: Dave Tersteeg
PHONE: 218-387-1712
DATE: 04/23/2014 11:58am

Cascade Lodge Looking for Housekeepers

Cascade Lodge is seeking to fill a fulltime, year-round, housekeeping position. The housekeeper position reports to the Housekeeping Manager and is responsible for insuring all units are cleaned to Company specifications. 

We are seeking individuals that are dependable, have strong cognitive and communicative skills, works well in a team and/or can work independently and that takes pride in producing high quality work.

Qualified candidates will have housekeeping experience in a hotel or resort setting and/or the hospitality/cleaning industry.  Excellent references, reliable transportation and ability to work weekends a must.

Wages are competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include: company match IRA, paid vacation and health insurance premium contribution.

Applicants may apply by filling out an application in person or sending a resume by email to: . Address Subject line to Jon Haggard.

Questions regarding this position can be directed to Jon Haggard, 218-387-1112, ext. 107.

DATE: 04/23/2014 11:28am