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Visit Cook County announces new Heart of Hospitality event which kicks off this week!

Feb 21, 2023 08:28AM ● By Editor
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From Visit Cook County - February 17, 2023

In an ongoing effort to thank and celebrate the area’s “Heart of Hospitality,” Visit Cook County wants to thank the emergency services that keep our community and visitors safe. 

Heart of Hospitality - Lunch Break 

From Feb. 23-25, 2023 emergency service employees and volunteers, as well as local hospitality and tourism workers, are able to get a complimentary lunch item from one of the following participating restaurants:

“In December, our area was hit by 60 mph winds and experienced power outages, we had downed trees everywhere, local buildings were damaged,” said Linda Jurek, Executive Director of Visit Cook County. “This is one way we can thank all of the community members that work hard to keep our area safe and welcoming, as well as the rest of our hospitality industry.”

Who is eligible? Emergency service employees such as electricity employees and line workers, ambulance and hospital staff, volunteer EMS, firefighters, members of the Cook County Sheriff’s department, plow truck drivers and more. Also eligible are all hospitality and tourism workers, such as front and back of house staff that work in hospitality-based industries like dining, retail, lodging, and activities. A short list includes servers, bartenders, housekeepers, receptionists, maintenance, cooks, clerks, trail groomers, managers, guides and so much more.

This event is part of a greater program initiated by Visit Cook County titled the “Heart of Hospitality” to celebrate the workers in the hospitality industry.

About Visit Cook County 

Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as “the Arrowhead” and the “North Shore of Lake Superior”.  Grand Marais, Minn., has earned several national accolades — most recently it was named USA Today’s Best Midwestern Small Town, Outside Magazine’s The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016, and Budget Travel’s 2015 Coolest Small Town in America. Rekindle your sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest or paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Discover what makes the communities of Cook County, Minn. “Naturally Unforgettable.” Connect on social media using #donorthmn, Twitter @CookCoVisitorsFacebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Learn more at

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