Crossing Borders Studio Tour coming soon

A group of local artists and gallery owners joined with Visit Cook County to revive and reimagine the Crossing Borders Studio Tour, which retired last year after 20 successful years. The new event, Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour, will feature 14 stops and more than 40 artists along one of the most scenic fall color drives in Minnesota. […]


Community Calendar

Free High Speed Internet Free Thursdays! Office Outpost, your fully equipped office space in downtown Grand Marais is now open for free on Thursdays. Use high speed internet, print, teleconference, video conference, use the conference room. To arrange access go to officeoutpost.space! I.S.D. 166 Regular School Board Meeting The School Board of I.S.D. 166 will meet for a regular meeting, […]

Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Association bike ride celebrates 17 years and 17 miles

The 17th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Association (GGTA) North Shore Bike Ride will take place Saturday, Aug. 19 on the Gitchi- Gami State Trail (GGST) and connecting roads, with 8-mile, 28-mile, 37-mile, and 55-mile route options. The recreational ride will once again begin and end in Gooseberry Falls State Park on scenic Highway 61. All riders must wear helmets and agree […]

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Summer Gatherings

The best thing about summer in a small town is the traditional gatherings. Here in Annandale the Fourth of July is celebrated over five days with a carnival, parade and great music (thank you to the Fabulous Armadillos). It’s basically the same in Cook County only in Grand Marais the traditional gathering is Fisherman’s Picnic, which is also celebrated over […]

Drawing visitors in, one registration at a time

At Visit Cook County, we continually strategize on new ways to draw visitors to our area during slower times. We’ve generated ideas like waterfalls, storm season, hygge and most recently, we’ve marketed Cook County as a training ground. Many of these marketing campaigns are bolstered by an event component. Event marketing can be an effective way to advertise visiting our […]

Fisherman’s Picnic Tennis Tournament a hit

The 41st annual Fisherman’s Picnic Tennis Tournament was held Friday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 6 at the public tennis courts in Grand Marais. The weather cooperated enough to finish all of the matches and make it an enjoyable event for the participants. My Sister’s Place and the Cook County Tennis Association provided a nice barbecue lunch on Saturday. There […]

Good running at 31st Fisherman’s Picnic Trail Run

A field of 165 runners took part in the annual trail run and walk sponsored by the North Superior Ski and Run Club on the Pincushion Ski trails. The weather was perfect and the trails were nicely mowed and in excellent running condition. Shane Steele formerly of Rochester and now living in Grand Marais won the race for the fifth […]