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Few filings for city, hospital and school board so far -- deadline is August 12

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:50pm

In the first week of the filing period to run for seats on the Grand Marais City Council, North Shore Hospital board and School District 166, only a handful of citizens have come forward.  There are no contested races at this point. The filing period is open until August 12.

In Grand Marais there are three seats on the ballot, for mayor and two council seats. Those seats are currently held by Mayor Larry Carlson and Councilors Bob Spry and Bill Lenz. The News-Herald was unable to reach Carlson and Lenz, however, reached by phone, Bob Spry said he was not running for reelection.

Spry encouraged others to run. He said, “It’s not a thankless job, some people appreciate what we do. I’ve enjoyed my last eight years on the council, but it’s time for someoneelse to step up.”


Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, owner of the Art House B&B in Grand Marais, has filed to run for mayor. Dave Mills of Grand Marais has filed to run for a city council seat.

For School District 166, there are also three terms expiring this year. The seats are District 1 and District 5. District 1 includes Colvill, Hovland and Grand Portage. District 5 serves Lutsen, the Pike Lake area, Tofte and Schroeder. Deb White holds the District 1 seat. Jeanne Anderson currently holds the District 5 seat. Anderson also currently serves as board chair. 

Reached by phone, White said she was going to run for reelection. “I feel there is a lot of work to be done yet. It’s a really exciting time to be at the school.”

The other seat, District 3, is currently held by Leslie Ann Sullivan. She was appointed to fulfill the term when Mary Sanders retired from the board in December 2013. The News-Herald reached Sullivan on July 30 and she said unfortunately she cannot run. She has moved out of the district.

Hospital Board - As anticipated by the News-Herald last week, Howard Abrahamson in District 3 and Thomas Spence in District 5 have both filed to be on the November ballot. District 1 incumbent Sharon Bloomquist is expected to run again but has not filed yet.

To run for a city office, apply at Grand Marais City Hall.  For the School and Hospital board, file at the Cook County Auditor’s Office. The fee to file for any of these offices is $2.

Search & Rescue called to Eagle Mountain for rescues twice last week

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:36pm

The Eagle Mountain hiking trail has proven especially treacherous this summer. A 29-year-old man died after collapsing on the trail in June and Cook County emergency responders were paged to the site twice last week to rescue hikers in distress.

The first call for help came at 2:48 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23. A 54-year-old female, Nancy Meinholz of Cross Plains, Wisconsin, hiking with three other people, had fallen three times on the trail and was unable to go any further. She was about two miles in on the trail, above and west of Whale Lake.

Grand Marais First Responders, Cook County Ambulance and Cook County Search and Rescue responded to the Eagle Mountain Trailhead and began the trek to reach Meinholz.  Search and Rescue called the Grand Marais and Maple Hill Fire Departments for assistance. Because the windstorm the day before had dropped so many trees on the trail, U.S. Forest Service personnel also responded. Because Meinholz was within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness boundary, the six Forest Service responders used crosscut saws to clear the trees.

Responders reached Meinholz at 4:41 p.m. Carrying her out on the difficult terrain took until 9:34 p.m.

Meinholz was transported to Cook County North Shore Hospital and treated for a knee injury.

Emergency responders were paged to Eagle Mountain again on Saturday, July 26 at 3:45 p.m. to help a 63-year-old male who was injured and couldn’t walk. The 30-year-old man who made the emergency call said the injured man was 1.5 miles from the trailhead.

Cook County Search and Rescue, Grand Marais First Responders, the Grand Marais Fire Department, and Cook County Ambulance were paged.  Three U.S. Forest Service personnel also assisted. The rescuers reached the patient and were back to the trailhead at 7:01 p.m.

The man, whose name is not available, was transported to Cook County North Shore Hospital.

Cook County Law Enforcement said the 3½-mile trail to the 2,301-foot peak of Eagle Mountain is very difficult right now because of the recent extreme weather.


Grand Marais Lions Club has a new ride -- catch the train!

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:25pm

Fisherman’s Picnic Kiddie Rides are open! This year there is a new ride to try. At one time Cook County was home to more than one train serving logging camps and pioneer communities. The footprint of the old locomotives can be seen in the names of many of our roads—Railroad Drive in Lutsen, Trestle Pine in Grand Marais, Lima Grade Road up the Gunflint Trail and many others. Harking back to those days is a new Kiddie Ride being introduced at Fisherman’s Picnic 2014—the El Paso Express.

The shiny little three-car train will be replacing the little cars, which have far outlived their recommended life span. The cars have been repaired and patched more times than the Grand Marais Lions can count.

The El Paso Express will join the other returning rides, the Ferris wheel and airplane swings. The future of the little cars is unknown, as they have been repaired more times than the Lions can count.

The Fisherman’s Picnic Kiddie Rides are not only fun for local and visiting kids, they are a great opportunity for local nonprofits. The Grand Marais Lions Club offers the opportunity to local groups to take shifts operating the rides, paying them for their time.

The new ride should be a welcome addition, as adults can also ride, making it easier for nervous toddlers. So come on down and get on board!

The following content was contributed by WTIP North Shore Community Radio

County board votes to remove Scannell from office

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:31am

GRAND MARAIS — The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously this morning to remove County Attorney Tim Scannell from office, six days after his conviction on two felony sex crimes.

The Duluth News Tribune reports, the board made the decision at a special 8:30 a.m. meeting at the Cook County Courthouse. The vote came following discussion with attorney Dyan Ebert, who was hired by the county to advise the board on the Scannell matter. Ebert advised board members that case law and precedent support Scannell’s removal by the commissioners.

Assistant County Attorney Molly Hicken was appointed as Scannell’s successor.

Scannell’s term was set to expire at the end of the year, and he is not seeking re-election. He was not in attendance at the meeting.

Scannell was convicted last Friday by a St. Louis County jury of two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct following a weeklong trial. `

Grand Marais Lioness Buffet Dinner: July 30

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 9:53am

Fishcakes will be just one of the menu items at this Wednesday’s Grand Marais Lioness Club’s annual buffet dinner. WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan spoke with Katie Anderson and Jean Spry of the Grand Marais Lioness Club on North Shore Morning.

2014 Grand Marais Lioness Annual Fish Cake Buffet Dinner and Silent Auction.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

St. Johns Catholic Church
10 East 5th Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604

This annual dinner and silent auction hosted by the Grand Marais Lioness Club is the kick-off event to Fisherman’s Picnic Weekend!


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'By Way of Water: Our History with Lake Superior' opens July 29

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:00am
Cook County Historical Society has a new exhibit at the museum:  “By Way of Water: Our History with Lake Superior” opens today at 8 South Broadway in Grand Marais. Before a highway made the North Shore accessible to automobiles, people came to Cook County by boat. The exhibit shares the story of how the lake shaped the people and communities of this region.

The Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 to 4.  More information at 387-2883. 

In the exhibit you'll learn about: Grand Marais Harbor and East Bay as ideal locations for settlement, the docks that steamships visited regularly, the shipwrecks America and Stranger, the United States Coast Guard, and the people and boats that passed through Cook County. Featured in the exhibit are the Fresnel Lens from the Grand Marais Lighthouse; the wheel from the S.S. America; multimedia stories about Isle Royale, heroic fishermen, and the lighthouse keeper’s family; and wonderful local art depicting a time when life depended on the Big Lake.  


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