North Shore Music Association will host fundraising dance

On January 19, the North Shore Music Association, with support from the Opp-Hvidston Foundation, will host a winter gathering and dance on the East End of Cook County, featuring the tremendously talented, high-octane band the SplinterTones. From 7 to 10 p.m. at Hovland Town Hall (4957 E. Highway 61), people of all ages are invited to come listen to great […]

Lake trout fishing opens in BWCAW

The special season for lake trout ice-fishing on lakes within the Boundary Waters will start on Dec. 30 this year, and will run until March 31, 2019. The BWCAW trout opener arrives about two weeks before lakes in the rest of the state are open to lake trout fishing, thanks to 2009 legislation. Some lake trout fishing tips from the […]

Community Calendar

I.S.D. 166 Organizational and Regular School Board Meeting The School Board of I.S.D. 166 will meet for an Organizational Meeting and Regular Meeting, Thursday, January 3, 2019, 5:00 p.m., Jane Mianowski Conference Center, 101 West 5th Street, Grand Marais, MN. Ruby’s Pantry Cook County Ruby’s Pantry, 2nd Tuesday of the month food distribution 5 – 6:30 p.m., $20 (cash only) […]

North Shore Arts League forming

A North Shore Arts League is forming, with the first organizational meeting slated for Tuesday, January 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery. If you have wanted a way to network with other artists in a supportive environment, this group may be for you. This includes potters, fiber artists, photographers, woodworkers, painters, sculptors, […]

Fireworks coming to Lutsen Mountains

Once again Lutsen Mountains will host a fireworks display to bring in the New Year on New Year’s Eve. The slope side fireworks display will start at 8 p.m. A great place to watch them is from the deck on Papa Charlie’s. Lutsen Mountains offers the Midwest’s only true mountain ski area experience. Four interconnected peaks overlooking Lake Superior bring […]

Gingerbread house a big hit with customers

Many people have made gingerbread houses. It’s a creative, somewhat messy, fun-filled activity to do, especially with children. But few people have gone to the lengths that Lutsen Resort pastry chef Blake Shellabarger and Allison Reedy (an experienced cook at Lutsen) did in creating a holiday chocolate house in the gingerbread house tradition. “Alison and I spent three days, working […]

Minnesota unemployment rate steady at 2.8 percent— Annual employment gains 1.1 percent over last November

Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held at 2.8 percent in November, according to data released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). In November, Minnesota lost 800 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis. October’s previously announced gain of 3,400 jobs was reduced to 2,500 after revision. Minnesota’s unemployment rate remains the lowest since May 1999 and […]

Lutsen supervisors consider a request from Tofte for Birch Grove Community Center

After reviewing an application from Tofte Township to help pay utility costs at the Birch Grove Community Center, Lutsen township supervisors voiced their preliminary support for Lutsen to pay $7,000 in 2019 toward those costs. The decision came at the board’s December 18 township meeting and follows voter approval given at the 2018 annual meeting. A delay in approving the […]

DNR seeks comments on Grand Marais area lake and stream management plans

People interested in DNR strategies for managing Grand Marais area lakes and streams are encouraged to review current management plans and submit comments for the plans scheduled for review this winter. This annual review process includes several waters located within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Comments on lakes and streams in the Grand Marais area will be accepted […]

As long as you can … do

It’s that time of year again….giving, giving, giving, receiving, receiving, receiving. Yet I challenge you to ask yourself and your loved ones to name one gift they gave or received last year that was a true gift from the heart. I may be getting old but the commercialism of the season wears me out not just financially but emotionally as […]