Another successful year for Gala for the Grove

The Gala for the Grove was held May 19, 2012, giving Cook County residents the opportunity to dress up and enjoy a semi-formal evening at Surfside on Lake Superior in Tofte. The evening also gave the partygoers the opportunity to contribute to the financial future of Birch Grove Community School. Community members enjoyed a champagne reception while perusing delightful raffle […]

Erickson earns double masters from St. Scholastica

The College of St. Scholastica held its graduation ceremony on May 13, 2012 in the Amsoil Arena in Duluth. Among the graduates was Renee Erickson, who earned double masters, in business administration and arts management. Renee is a 1999 graduate of Cook County High School. She is the daughter of Tina Hanson of Grand Marais and Frank Georg of Hopkins, […]

Vikings ousted from playoffs

The South Ridge Panthers ended the Vikings’ baseball season on Wednesday, May 30, beating the Vikings 12-6 at Esko. The Vikings’ Richie Furlong was 2-4 at the plate to lead Viking hitters. The Vikings gave up 3 runs in the first inning and 1 run in the second inning. Colin Everson hit an RBI single in the third inning, but […]

Summer tennis for kids continues

Eighty-plus local kids participated in the after-school tennis program, having a great time learning new skills. There is another opportunity for fun on the courts with the USTA/ National Junior Tennis League this summer with the Cook County Tennis Association. USTA Jr. Team Tennis offers the opportunity to play organized matches against players of similar age and ability in a […]

Spring Jr. Team Tennis Program a success

This spring 80-plus boys and girls, ages 5 – 16, participated in the 5-week 2012 USTA Junior Team Tennis program. Teams, or groups, were organized by matching players of similar age and ability. Players practiced and competed in one of four divisions: QuickStart Tennis 8 & Under Division; QuickStart Tennis 10 & Under Division; Stars Division (Grade 5) and Stripes […]

Track season ends at Section Finals

Fans of Cook County High School track know that we went to the Section 7A finals with hopes of moving one or both of our talented sprinters, Molly Zafft and Peter Warren, through to the State Meet. Unfortunately, they didn’t make it. It wasn’t for lack of training, effort or skill – they showed plenty of those attributes. I’m probably […]

Old Minnesota offers intriguing look at the past

With only three pages of text, Old Minnesota by North Shore author Nace Hagemann should be a quick and easy read. However, the 139 pages without words captivate the reader. The pages of old barns, sheds, fish houses and more, tickle the imagination with untold stories. As Hagemann notes in his brief comments about the aging buildings, each scene raises […]


Tofte Town MeetingHeld the 2nd Thursday of each month, 7:00 p.m. at theTofte Town Hall, 7240 Tofte Park Road.Lutsen Township Monthly MeetingsHeld the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at theLutsen Town Hall located at 116 Caribou Trail.Schroeder Town MeetingsningHeld the second/10/2012Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.Meetings are held at Schroeder Town Hall, 124 CramerRoad, Schroeder.

Visitor services training offered June 13-14

Cook County mostly makes its living as a beautiful, rustic place visitors come to relax, recharge and have fun. But the attraction can be fragile: Provide visitors a great experience, and they probably will stay longer, spend more and come back; provide a miserable experience, and they probably won’t. Dr. Charles Metelka has made it his life’s work to understand […]


Cook County AA Meetings Mondays: Open Meeting, 7:00 PM, Grand Marais Senior Center (1st Monday of the month is desserts and coffee at 6:30 PM and speaker at 7:00 PM.) Tuesdays: Big Book Study Group, Open Meeting, 6:00 PM, First Congregational Church in Grand Marais. Wednesdays: At Trinity Lutheran in Hovland at 6:00 P.M. Step meeting. Thursdays: Women’s Meeting, Noon, […]