Kratt Chat: Cook County MN pride

Posted: July 31, 2014 by Kjersti Vick
I truly enjoy strolling through Grand Marais during the summer. For those of us that reside here 12 months a year, one can appreciate a walk where you need to share the sidewalk with visitors and their dogs while greeting unfamiliar faces. This walk is far different than in November.  I’ve had multiple opportunities during the past few weeks to do a little small town bragging.  We live in one of the most inspiring places.

pulling in the herring nets

We just finishing wrapping up our summer video shoot with the crew Capture Film Co. This crew understands how unique and beautiful our landscape is, if you haven't yet watched our winter video I strongly encourage you to. You will see that they truly love Cook County. Spending a few days touring them around reminds me to look through a different lens at this place we call home.


Apparently there are a few others who feel the same way we do about Cook County MN.

Our communities have been popping up in a wide variety of Best of lists and articles from publications around the country. Grand Marais has just received several accolades from Fodor's, Huffington Post and Lake Superior Magazine this month alone!

Fodor’sTravel  begins like this: “As the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Grand Marais is home to cozy restaurants…” The brief description is part of a travel blog titled “10 Charming Midwestern Towns to Visit This Summer.”

Another feel good appears in Lake Superior Magazine’s “Best of the Lake.”   More than 1,200 readers voted in this annual survey.  The list covers everything from Best Art Gallery to Best Events and in many cases we received the big red star indicating top vote getter.

This past weekend, I participated in the Dragon Boat Festival with my team of nine years “The Fired Up Puppies” and in a new event with the Cook County Chamber’s Dragon Dash team.   Congratulations WTIP, North House Folk School and the North Shore Health Care Foundation  for another successful year.

In all my years of enjoying Cook County, growing up here and visiting frequently, I’ve only missed one Fishermen’s Picnic.  I encourage everyone to try to take a break and enjoy the weekend festivities.   If you have some spare time, talk to a Lion or Lioness about volunteer opportunities and at the very least, thank them for organizing this annual celebration.  It certainly is OK for the locals to puff up your chest and do a little home place bragging.

Stop by and say hi at the fish burger stand on Saturday.  I’ll be there wrapping the delicious tradition.

“They’re all red-ready and they’re all red hot, the fish in the middle and the tartar on top.”   Happy summer on the Shore and Trail.


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