Events This Week: Independence Day Celebrations and more!

Posted: July 1, 2016 by Katie Krantz
Happy Independence Day Weekend

Events This Week: Independence Day Celebrations and more!

It’s officially the season of events and this weekend will be no exception.

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The Hovland Arts Festival will be taking place Saturday and Sunday this weekend from 10 am - 4 pm. The Festival features locally made Arts & Crafts, Food, Fiber Arts, Lathe-Turned Bowls, Jewelry, Artwork, Photography, Fused Glass, Basketry, Ojibwe Bead Work, Handmade Soaps, Sculpture & Stone Carving, Wood Art & Furniture and Live Music each day.

On Friday, be sure to head to downtown Grand Marias to enjoy First Friday’s Block Party from 5 - 7 pm. Enjoy refreshments, live music and other activities at participating businesses.

On Sunday there will be a Grand Opening of the brand new Chik-Wauk Nature Center on the Gunflint Trail. Along with free admission all day, there will also be refreshments, hourly presentations and kids’ activities.

Monday there will be numerous Independence Day celebrations across the county. From a 10k to a Dunk Tank to an Ice Cream Social, you can do it all on the 4th of July in Cook County. Click here for events in Tofte, Grand Marais and Grand Portage.


This letter to the editor appeared in the June 29th 2016 issue of the Cook County News Herald. We found this letter very moving and wanted to extend a "Thank You" to the anonymous donor.

A Very Special July 4th Fireworks Celebration

This Fourth of July will be of special significance to me. I have chosen this day as my 10-year anniversary celebration of surviving Stage IV cancer – and also turning 60.

I received the disturbing prognosis that my cancer had returned, and therefore, based on the “law of averages” I had 180 days or so to live. Not encouraging – a tough road ahead.

I am not writing this letter for attention, but instead for others that are struggling with cancer, or who are going to.

I’ve decided to sponsor the Grand Marais Fourth of July fireworks.  The expense of the fireworks is my gift to myself and others that will hopefully find strength.

I chose not to accept cancer as my destiny and I did my best to take back control of my life. Cancer does not have to be a death sentence, never give up.

It won’t be easy.  It is a struggle, but it could be the last fight of your life, so why not make it a good one. Resist and do your best.

I want to thank my friends that supported me and let me lean on them. Thank you to the ones that did not shy away or abandon me.  Thank you for being there for me in any way you could.

So, for those who want to share with me the fireworks display of this night, I hope it gives you strength.  It’s there – just find it.


Grand Marais

Thank you anonymous donor!


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