On Monday, October 22, members of the entities that support
the Cook County - Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA)
and its board members gathered to discuss the future of the authority.
For nearly two hours city councilors, county commissioners and EDA
board members discussed and debated the EDA budget, the housing
program, the Cedar Grove Business Park bonds, the EDA director
position and the mission and role of the EDA.
The group attempted to tackle the EDA’s mission statement. EDA Board
Chair Mark Sandbo read the existing mission statement. City Councilor
Tim Kennedy asked how current the mission statement is. EDA Board
Member Scott Harrison said that was a good question. He said it needed
to be reviewed and revised.
Talk turned to the Cedar Grove Business Park and the difficulty in
selling lots and thereby making infrastructure bond payments. Harrison
said that under the current contractual agreement with the city on the
bonds, the EDA’s “hands are tied.” He said without the ability to
negotiate lot prices, the EDA cannot market and sell the lots.
Sandbo said the EDA has an “ethical obligation” to sell the lots to
repay the city, but noted that is just not happening.
Commissioner Sue Hakes expressed frustration that the EDA has come to
the county seeking an increase in its levy without a consistent budget
or a plan with some strategies to sell lots and create jobs. “I want
to see an updated mission statement and a business plan. If you came
to us with a plan, I’d go for it,” said Hakes.
Harrison said that the EDA was waiting for a countywide economic study
COOK COUNTY WHOLE FOODS CO-OP
We will be closed Thursday and Friday for cleaning; fresh pumpkin and classic apple pies today. Closing this afternoon at 3.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota has quickly sold out its remaining wolf hunt licenses for the early season.
The licenses sold out within five minutes Monday afternoon. The sale was first-come, first-served.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offered more than 600 licenses that were not purchased by hunters who won the chance to buy them through a lottery.
Minnesota's first regulated wolf hunt starts this Saturday. A separate hunting-and-trapping wolf season begins Nov. 24.
Last week, the Minnesota Supreme Court rejected an effort to block the state's wolf hunting season.
November already.....Spaghetti n' Meatballs....$5.95! Still having this favorite every Thursday night!
Happy Hour 3-6pm with 1/2 price appetizers and drink specials.
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For a treat tonight how about dinner at Cascade?? Red Ribs! Or stop in for Happy Hour and enjoy our 1/2 price appetizers!!
3719 W. Highway 61, Lutsen