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Baby Bear Cubs Rescued From Dumpster in Lutsen, MN

Bears Cubs Rescued From Dumpster in Lutsen, MN

Two bear cubs were rescued from a dumpster at the Cascade Vacation Rentals campus in Lutsen.

Baby bear cubs rescued from dumpster

Lutsen, MN, October 25, 2015 – Two bear cubs had gotten trapped inside of a dumpster at the Lutsen campus of Cascade Vacation Rentals early Wednesday morning. The mother of the cubs had managed to escape on her own but the two juveniles were trapped inside the dumpster. CVR employees worked to free the two cubs and they were reunited with their mother by Wednesday afternoon.

  •  At 7:31 AM Cascade Vacation Rentals employee Bara Raah Gregoire was going to dispose of her trash in the dumpsters at the Cascade Vacation Rentals Lutsen campus, where she lives. Although the dumpster was secure with two bear bars, which were securely in place, Bara opened the lid to find a bear within.
  •  “I just went to dumpster and both bars were on it and when I opened it the bear was sitting in the dumpster!! I wonder how that is even possible with it being barred shut?!? I ran off with my trash but didn’t put the bars back on or look to see if the bear jumped out.” That is the text Bara sent to the CVR maintenance team.
  • Around 9AM CVR owner Steve Surbaugh went up to the campus building, located two blocks behind the main office building along Highway 61 in Lutsen, to investigate. Upon going to check the dumpster for damage he spotted two cubs trapped inside. They were too small to escape on their own. An adult bear was in a tree nearby.
    For release 6:00 PM CST, October 25, 2017
  • With the help of employees Andrew Beavers and Mike “Chili” Groth, they fashioned a
    ladder out of a broken futon frame which was then lowered into the dumpster. From
    the other side Andrew and Chili create noise and banged against the side of the
    dumpster until one of the cubs slowly ascended the make-shift ladder and leaped out of
    the dumpster. The cub quickly joined its mother in the tree. The second cub was more
    reserved, popping its head out but then going back in a couple of times before it finally
    made the leap out and was reunited with its family.
  • Cascade Vacation Rentals employees Sarah Somnis and Sarena Nelson captured the
    rescue on video, which can be viewed at
    https://www.facebook.com/CascadeVacationRentals/videos/10154892050091406/
  • None of the bears were harmed in the rescue and all three quickly descended from the
    tree and ran off into the nearby woods. The staff is investigating how the bears
    managed to get into the dumpsters with the bear bars attached and the lid secured. It
    just goes to show how tricky it can be to keep the bears at bay as they try to fatten up
    for their winter hibernation.

Cascade Vacation Rentals is Northern Minnesota’s largest local vacation rental company. They
rent vacation homes in along Lake Superior’s North Shore from Duluth to the Canadian border
with over 170 vacation rental properties. Cascade Vacation Rentals is owned by Steve
Surbaugh of Grand Marais, MN and Mike Larson of Lutsen, MN
For more information please contact Jaye White or Laura Muus at 218-663-7971.

by Jaye White For more information please contact Jaye White or Laura Muus at 218-663-7971. Jaye White

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Vote for Grand Marais in Minnesota Monthly’s Best MN Town Contest

sail boat on the water in Grand Marais

sail boat on the water in Grand Marais

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Kjersti Vick | Visit Cook County, Marketing Manager | PH#: 218.387.2788 + Email:  kjersti@visitcookcounty.com

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Lynn Nelson | LIN Public Relations, Inc. | PH#: 612.990.0126 + Email: lnelson.linpr@gmail.com

 

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Vote for Grand Marais in Minnesota Monthly’s Best MN Town Contest

 

Grand Marais, Minn. – Sept. 20, 2017 – This week, Grand Marais, Minn., was chosen as a contender for the “Best MN Town” contest sponsored by Minnesota Monthly Magazine.  Grand Marais is competing against nine Minnesota towns, including Owatonna, Walker, Duluth, Hopkins, Waconia, etc.  See www.bestmntown.com for more contest details and to VOTE!

“Grand Marais has won three national contests in the past three years,” said Linda Jurek, executive director of Visit Cook County. “These contests are about far more than just driving tourism to our area. As a born-and-raised ‘local gal’, I’m excited about the hometown pride these sorts of awards have inspired.

“When we won the Coolest Small Town in America award in 2015, we weren’t sure what to expect. We anticipated an increase in visitor traffic and media attention, but the biggest win was the boost in community pride. Over 35 businesses have made substantial improvements to their buildings since then, which has improved the look of our town, but more importantly has reinvested money directly back into our local economy. That has been the most significant benefit of these awards.”

Grand Marais Mayor, Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux suggests that “Residents and visitors to join us in showing how proud we are of this little town near the big lake. There aren’t many places that are located right in the midst of a protected wilderness area, an ancient mountain range, and the largest fresh water lake in the world, Lake Superior. There are many other reasons that Grand Marais is unique, but our natural amenities can’t be beat!”

 

About Visit Cook County

Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as “the Arrowhead” and the “North Shore of Lake Superior”.  Grand Marais, Minn., has earned several national accolades — most recently it was named USA Today’s Best Midwestern Small Town, Outside Magazine’s The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016, and Budget Travel’s 2015 Coolest Small Town in America. Rekindle your sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest or paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Discover what makes the communities of Cook County, Minn. “Naturally Unforgettable.” Connect on social media using #visitcc, Twitter @CookCoVisitorsFacebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Learn more at www.visitcookcounty.com.

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Minnesota Monthly MEDIA CONTACTS Kjersti Vick | Visit Cook County, Marketing Manager PH#: 218.387.2788 + Email:  kjersti@visitcookcounty.com Or Lynn Nelson | LIN Public Relations, Inc. PH#: 612.990.0126 + Email: lnelson.linpr@gmail.com

Newly renovated Canyon 9 course opens for limited play at Superior National Golf Course on September 7, 2017.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Newly renovated Canyon 9 course opens for limited play at Superior National Golf Course on September 7, 2017.

Lutsen, Minn. – August 17, 2017 – The much anticipated newly-renovated Canyon 9 course at Superior National at Lutsen is opening for play on September 7, 2017. This is the last phase of a $4.5 million improvement plan to enhance the 27-hole course.

Superior National Golf Course opened in 1992. It quickly became known as one of the premier destination golf courses in Minnesota. The Lake Superior adjacent 27-hole championship course with nearly 6,900 yards of sloping fairways and grand elevation changes earned it the title of “#1 Public Golf Course in Minnesota” by Golf Digest magazine. After several years of superior play, renovations began in 2014 on the River 9 course.

The multi-phased improvement project was designed by renowned golf course architect Jeffrey Brauer. The improvements to the courses include “Ohio’s Best” white sand, five sets of tees, wider fairways and idyllic greens. The new tee box design offers beginner friendly forward tees as well as an opportunity for a greater challenge to the veteran long-hitting golfer with extended back tees.

The River 9 course was completed in 2016 and play will be from River to Canyon. Advanced reservations for tee times are recommended due to popular demand.  Conditions of daily play will be determined by management as growth of the new turf will be monitored closely. The Mountain 9 course is also open for play through October. A grand opening for the completed project is scheduled for the spring of 2018.

Book your tee times and Stay and Play packages online at superiornational.com.

Superior National at Lutsen is owned by the Cook County/Grand Marais EDA whose mission is to diversify the economy, create employment through retention and expansion of existing businesses and development of new businesses, support the development of housing and increase the tax base.

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Heath Ekstrom, 218-663-7195 snlproshop@gmail.com

Superior National Golf Course aerial view

Media contact: Heath Ekstrom | Ph# 218-663-7195 | email: snlproshop@gmail.com 

WTIP gearing up for 10th annual Radio Waves Music Festival Sept. 8 to 10

Radiowaves Music Festival Grand Marais

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WTIP gearing up for 10th annual Radio Waves Music Festival Sept. 8 to 10

Grand Marais, Minn., Aug. 1, 2017 – Music fans get ready! WTIP Community Radio is gearing up for the annual Radio Waves Music Festival, Sept. 8 to 10, at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Recreation Area. This marks the 10th year of the family-friendly festival, which features three days of live music from a diverse mix of local and regional artists.

 

Twenty-nine acts will take the stage at this year’s festival, with eight new bands, and six that have not played in several years. The weekend will feature performances by local and regional favorites, including: Dusty Heart (Americana, roots), Earth Wind & Todd (Early ‘70s rock, pop funk soul and disco), Floydian Slip (classic rock, rock), Plucked Up String Band (Astroturf), SplinterTones (eclectic dance music), the Step Rockets (indie alternative) and more.

 

The full music lineup is online at www.wtip.org – just look for “Radio Waves Music Festival” under the EVENTS drop-down menu. Festival hours are Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

A favorite of both visitors and area residents as well as performing musicians, Radio Waves is held rain or shine – with two stages housed under a large tent – and includes on-site food as well as children’s activities for a portion of Saturday and Sunday. Admission – available at the gate – is $10 per day or $20 for the weekend, and free to children 12 and under.

 

The Radio Waves Music Festival is made possible in part with funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and is also supported by a grant from the Grand Marais Area Tourism Association and Visit Cook County.

 

About WTIP:

WTIP is an independent, nonprofit radio station broadcasting from the north shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais since 1998. This community radio station features local news, weather and events as well as eclectic music and programming highlighting the arts, culture and history of the region. Listeners can tune in at 90.7 FM Grand Marais/North Shore, 90.1 FM Grand Portage, and 89.1 FM Gunflint Trail, or stream online – via computer, tablet or phone – at www.wtip.org.

Radio Waves Music Festival Grand Marais

Radio Waves Music Festival Grand Marais

CONTACT: Jana Berka, Development Director WTIP North Shore Community Radio Phone: 218-387-1070 Fax: 218-387-1120 jana@wtip.org www.wtip.org

After 20 successful years, ‘Crossing Borders Studio Tour’ replaced by ‘Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour’ Sept. 29 – Oct. 8

Betsy Bowen at work in her studio

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After 20 successful years, ‘Crossing Borders Studio Tour’ replaced by ‘Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour’ Sept. 29 – Oct. 8

Cook County, Minn. – August 9, 2017 – 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. The event will give visitors an opportunity to meet with artists in their home studios, as well as visit with guest artists at local art galleries. The dates for the Fall Studio Tour are Sept. 29 – Oct. 8, 2017.

 

Artists on the fall tour include Betsy Bowen Gallery & Studios in Grand Marais, Dan and Lee Ross of Hovland, who helped start the Crossing Borders event 20 years ago, and painter Hazel Belvo and other artists at Frykman Art Studio in Grand Marais. Click here for the complete list of artists and galleries.

 

For many of the featured artists, these 10 days will be the only time they open their studios to the public all year. “We have had customers fly in from around the country to come to the Studio Tour,” said Dan and Lee Ross, who are sculpture and print artists. “When it comes to the new tour there is an added sense of discovery this year with 11 new stops and 35 new artists. Painters are joining the tour for the first time. The tour is moving forward, and we are excited about it.

“Lake Superior is the backdrop, the boreal forest is the setting and the artwork is the centerpiece. This fall come and experience new sculpture, prints, wood turning, paintings, weavings, and more in the setting that inspired them.”

 

Visit Cook County supports many art events throughout the year, including the Grand Marias Arts Festival, Plein Air Grand Marais, Unplugged, and Art Along the Lake: Spring, among others.

 

The name for the Fall Studio Tour is derived from the spring art tour event, which occurs on Memorial Day weekend and features events and demonstrations at Cook County galleries. Visit Cook County Executive Director Linda Jurek sees art events as an important part of the local economy, noting that a 2015 regional study shows that “The Arts Economy in Cook County is the third largest in the state per capita, behind only Minneapolis and St. Paul, contributing almost $900 for each of the county’s more than 5,000 residents.”

 

A few weeks before the Fall Studio Tour, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host the annual Plein Air 2017 Painting Competition.  The competition allows Cook County visitors to participate or watch 60 artists depict scenes from 3,000 square miles of North Shore beauty from the Canadian Border to the Caribou River in Schroeder Friday, Sept. 8 – Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

 

About Visit Cook County

Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as “the Arrowhead” and the “North Shore of Lake Superior”.  Grand Marais, Minn., has earned several national accolades — most recently it was named USA Today’s Best Midwestern Small Town, Outside Magazine’s The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016, and Budget Travel’s 2015 Coolest Small Town in America. Rekindle your sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest or paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Discover what makes the communities of Cook County, Minn. “Naturally Unforgettable.” Connect on social media using #visitcc, Twitter @CookCoVisitorsFacebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Learn more at www.visitcookcounty.com.

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS Katie Krantz | Visit Cook County Ph# 218.387.2788 katie@visitcookcounty.com OR -- Lynn Nelson | LIN Public Relations, Inc.  Ph# 612.990.0126  Email: lnelson.linpr@gmail.com                                                                   

North Shore Water Festival Expands: Get wet, watch films and meet author July 21-23 in Grand Marais

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North Shore Water Festival Expands:

Get wet, watch films and meet author July 21-23 in Grand Marais

COOK COUNTY, Minn., (July 5, 2017) – The fourth annual North Shore Water Festival (NSWF) in Grand Marais offers visitors a chance to get wet and participate in water activities and more on Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 23, 2017 in Stone Harbor.

“With Lake Superior to its south, the BWCA to its north, Isle Royale to its east, and inlands lakes throughout, Cook County has long been a mecca for paddling enthusiasts,” says Jack Stone, owner of Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply.

The NSWF will have experts on-hand offering fishing, touring kayak and canoe demonstrations, stand-up paddle board (SUP) demo activities in the harbor, including SUP yoga, plus check out what new water and outdoor gear is available this year.  Most activities are free to the public, and only require signing a waiver and/or registering in advance for SUP board yoga.

To register for SUP yoga, please click here | http://booking.stoneharborws.com/details/127030/water-festival-activities

The NSWF has expanded this year to include a film festival hosted by local Voyageur Brewing Company for $10 per person.  The $10 fee includes all three films: Superior Dream, When the Waves Call, and Cold Love and a cold pint of beer.

Another new festival feature includes a presentation and book signing hosted by Drury Lane Books on Sunday, July 23 at 5 p.m.  Author Mark Neuzil will tell visitors about a book he co-authored with Norman Sims, Canoes: A Natural History in North America.

What | North Shore Water Festival

 

Where | Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply

22 East 1st Street

Grand Marais, Minn. 55604

 

When | Friday, July 21, from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 22, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 23, from 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

 

Please click here for additional event info |

https://www.visitcookcounty.com/entry/_442/

Vendors | The North Shore Water Festival is hosted by Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, with the support of local Grand Marais businesses including: Voyageur Brewing Co., Drury Lane Books, and Visit Cook County.  A variety of vendors will be on hand to show and offer demos of their gear and equipment.

For hi-rez photos of past year’s NSWF event, please click here | https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j6aibukqpy1cduc/AAAF18v7ENqarJQ5EjRZrN2za?dl=0

About Visit Cook County

Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as “the Arrowhead” and the “North Shore of Lake Superior”.  Grand Marais, Minn., has earned several national accolades — most recently it was named USA Today’s Best Midwestern Small Town, Outside Magazine’s The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016, and Budget Travel’s 2015 Coolest Small Town in America. Rekindle your sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest or paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Discover what makes the communities of Cook County, Minn. “Naturally Unforgettable.” Connect on social media using #visitcc, Twitter @CookCoVisitorsFacebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Learn more at www.visitcookcounty.com.

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#OptOutside and Ski Free at Lutsen Mountains on Black Friday

#OptOutside and Ski Free at Lutsen Mountains on Black Friday

Nov. 17, 2016  Last year REI stores across the country eschewed the craziness of Black Friday shopping, closed their stores and encouraged employees and customers to #OptOutside.  It became a movement, and 1.4 million people spent the day enjoying the outdoors.  Now in its second year #OptOutside is gaining momentum, Minnesota State Parks have joined the movement with free access to all 75 parks and now Lutsen Mountains is a proud supporter offering a Free Ski Day on Friday, Nov, 25.

“Skiers and snowboarders are outdoor enthusiasts, a perfect community to engage in the movement,” says Jim Vick, marketing director at Lutsen Mountains.  “The ideal of #OptOutside encourages people to reflect on friends and family and what’s truly important.  Outdoor experiences create memories that last a lifetime.”

Lift tickets at Lutsen Mountains will be free on Friday, Nov. 25 for all who attend.  People who don’t ski can take a free gondola ride to the Summit Chalet and scenic overlooks on Moose Mountain.  Guests who come for the long weekend can take advantage of Lutsen’s Half Price Holiday packages – with the Free Friday, essentially skiing three days for the price of one.

Lutsen Mountains anticipates opening for the season on Thanksgiving Day with one mountain and two – five runs.  With snowmaking simultaneously occurring on three mountains, additional terrain and lifts are likely to open over the weekend.  A winter storm is forecast for this Friday with good snowmaking temperatures into next week adding to the likelihood of a snowy Thanksgiving weekend on the mountain.

To participate in the #OptOutside movement, Lutsen Mountains encourages guests to visit www.rei.com/opt-outside, take the pledge, share with friends and family, and join us for a Free Ski Day on Friday, Nov. 25.

 

About Lutsen Mountains: Lutsen Mountains, located in Lutsen, Minn., is just a few miles from Grand Marais, named “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel Magazine in 2015. It’s new gondola transports visitors to the highest peak along the North Shore for unparalleled views of Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountains. For additional information, visit lutsen.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/LutsenMountains and on Twitter at twitter.com/lutsenmountains.

 

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Jim Vick | Lutsen Mountains 218.406.1300 JimVick@Lutsen.com Lynn I. Nelson | LIN PR 612.990.0126 lnelson.linpr@gmail.com

Fourth Annual Lake Superior Storm Festival in Lutsen and Grand Marais Nov. 11-13

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Fourth Annual Lake Superior Storm Festival in Lutsen and Grand Marais Nov. 11-13

Cook County, Minn. – August 30, 2016 – Storm-lovers will brave the November gales at the fourth annual Lake Superior Storm Festival to witness the power and beauty of the big lake in Lutsen and Grand Marais, Friday, Nov. 11 – Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016.   The family-friendly festival has cool weather events, including a history lesson on transit on the Big Lake, a fashion show, wave dash, musical performances and more.

“There’s nothing quite like a November gale — wind howling, icy waves lashing the rocks, a shiver of awe running down your spine,” says Linda Jurek, executive director of Visit Cook County.  “Whether the lake is stormy or serene, Storm Fest offers plenty of excitement and one last nature’s getaway before holiday activities begin.”

Those who have visited the North Shore during the fall months know that it requires weather-appropriate clothing, as the North Shore’s storm season can get a bit chilly.  Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply in Grand Marais is hosting “Taking Fashion by Storm”, featuring the latest fall inspired outdoor and lifestyle fashion trends on Friday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. The event is FREE, and donations for the Cook County Food Shelf (canned goods/non-perishables/money) will be accepted.  Stone Harbor’s doors will remain open until 9 p.m. for post-show shopping.

Visitors sip wine and take home a painting with a stormy Lake Superior theme on Friday evening (time TBD) at the Kah-Nee-tah Gallery in Lutsen.  The event will be led by local artist Kathy Fox-Weinberg.

Watch as a few brave-souls shed their fall clothes before the annual “Wave Dash”, which takes place Saturday, Nov. 12 at noon at Lutsen Resort. This quick and chilly dash into Lake Superior supports the YMCA Member Scholarship fund and rewards its participants with bragging rights, and a logo fleece beanie.

Join local historian Jim Shinners in Lutsen at the Caribou Highlands Mountain View Conference Room at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, as he speaks about the Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of its 29 crew members during the 1975 storm that claimed it.

Peter Geye is the author of the popular book, Wintering, set in Northern Minnesota. Come join him at the Voyageur Brewing Company in Grand Marais, Saturday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. as he reads a stormy section of his new novel. He’ll discuss why he chose the North Shore as the setting for all three of his books. He’ll conclude with a Q & A session.

Singer and Songwriter, Timmy Haus from Northern Minn. will perform favorites from Gordon Lightfoot including “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday evening at the Moguls Grille in Lutsen.  A dinner after the concert at 7 p.m. will  showcase local fare from in and around Lake Superior, as well as a selection of storm related cocktails and beverages for $39 per person. There will be four courses and each course is paired with a story of a shipwreck on Lake Superior. Call 218-663-7241 ext. 4507 for more information. Reservations required.

About Visit Cook County

Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage commonly referred to “the Arrowhead” and the “North Shore of Lake Superior.” Cook County, Minn. has earned numerous accolades recently including “2015 Coolest Small Town in America” contest by Budget Travel and “The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016” list by Outside Magazine. Visit Cook County invites visitors to rekindle their sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest, paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and discovering the Lake Superior watershed basin. Be inspired by connecting on social media using #visitcc, Twitter @CookCoVisitors, Facebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Discover more www.visitcookcounty.com or by downloading the Visit Cook County mobile app.

 

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Kjersti Vick Visit Cook County MN kjersti@visitcookcounty.com 218-387-2788

Chik-Wauk Nature Center Grand Opening Sunday, July 3 on the Gunflint Trail

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Chik-Wauk Nature Center Grand Opening

Sunday, July 3 in Grand Marais

 

Cook County, Minn. – 6/9/2016 – The Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, located near the end of the Gunflint Trail National Scenic Byway in Grand Marais, Minn. is revealing a brand new nature center at the grand opening celebration on Sunday, July 3, 2016.

 

Visitors can enjoy FREE admission all day, along with shuttle service, refreshments, hourly presentations and kids’ activities at the event.  One of the hourly presentations will be by Jacqueline Mallinson, a naturalist who is now on staff at the new nature center. Another will be by local artist Keith Morris who created an “underwater” loon sculpture, which is mounted from the ceiling so spectators can view it as if they were under water looking up. The grand opening will also feature an exhibit on bird songs titled “Heard but not Seen”, which includes an interpretive panel and audio recordings of eight types of birds found on the center grounds.

 

The brand new Chik-Wauk Nature Center includes:

 

  • Six work stations with activities based on each topic: mammals, birds, plants, weather, water and insects
  • Informational panels and flip books to learn about nature on the Gunflint Trail, and interactive activity bins

 

What |        Chik-Wauk Nature Center Grand Opening

Where |      Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

28 Moose Pond Dr., Grand Marais, MN 55604

When |        11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday, July 3, 2016

 

For additional event info, please click on this link:  https://www.visitcookcounty.com/entry/Nature_Center/

 

History of the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

 

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center tells the story of the Gunflint Trail. “Chik-Wauk” means “jack of the pines” in Ojibwe; the lodge, which houses the museum and nature center, is surrounded by tall Jack Pine trees and is located on beautiful Saganaga Lake. Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center presents the area’s cultural and natural history through interpretive and interactive exhibits. Learn about the Gunflint Trail’s prehistoric beginnings, and the people who helped shape today’s unique, rural community, including Native Americans, Voyageurs, miners, loggers, resort owners and current residents.

 

A network of nature trails crisscross Chik-Wauk’s 50-acre grounds. Visitors can immerse themselves in the Gunflint Trail forest with Chik-Wauk’s family-focused, naturalist program.

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is a partnership of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Superior National Forest, Gunflint Ranger District.

 

Chik-Wauk Museum hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., now through Oct. 23, 2016

Chik-Wauk Nature Center hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., now through Oct. 23, 2016

 

To view additional Chik-Wauk events, please click on the link: http://www.chikwauk.com/event.php

 

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Last spring, Grand Marais was named the 2015 Coolest Small Town in America by Budget Travel, thanks to a social media voting contest. Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore. Download the Visit Cook County app in the Google Play or iTunes App store to gain quick access to the events calendar, places to eat, stay, and play right at your fingertips. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

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LYNN NELSON | LIN PR 612.990.0126 lnelson@linpr.com KATIE KRANTZ | Visit Cook County 218.387.2788 Katie@visitcookcounty.com

With spring break right around the corner: Make the most of Minnesota winter: Lutsen Mountains has plenty of snow

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March 10, 2016

With spring break right around the corner:

Make the most of Minnesota winter: Lutsen Mountains has plenty of snow

Lutsen, Minn. — Despite metro headlines that recommend Minnesotans “pack their parkas”, Lutsen Mountains predicts six to eight more weeks of skiing and related winter activities.  “It is 15-20 degrees cooler here, which makes a huge difference in snow conditions,” says Lutsen Mountains Marketing Director Jim Vick, who is an avid skier.

“We have more snow on the mountain than ever before. With recent improvements to snowmaking infrastructure and an unprecedented commitment to snowmaking hours during prime weather, we were able to produce more base than Lutsen has ever seen.  Assuming normal weather vagaries, we feel this base will carry us into May this year.

Skiing through mid-April

“Last year we tracked almost to the day with the similar temperatures in early March and we were open until April 19.  We have not missed skiing into April in over 25 years.  There is nothing in the 2016 forecast that suggests otherwise.”

Lutsen and surrounding communities average 15 degrees cooler than points South.  Due to the ski area’s location near Lake Superior, lake-effect cooling will continue through March and April, with averages running nearly 20 degrees cooler than its land-locked neighbors.  This ‘lake effect’ gives Lutsen some of the best spring ski weather in North America, says Vick, and has established Lutsen as a spring break tradition for thousands of families.  Accordingly, 40 percent of Lutsen’s skier visits occur after March 1 each season.

Comparison of weather in Minneapolis versus Lutsen

Lutsen Mountains Temperatures 2016


Reservation Guarantee: All lutsen.com reservations come with a snow guarantee.  “Our guarantee is simple…make your reservation, assured that you can expect the conditions that draw you to Lutsen: long runs and a variety of terrain. If we cannot meet our goal of 40 or more runs open, you may cancel your reservation without any obligation.”

About Lutsen Mountains:

Lutsen Mountains, located in Lutsen, Minn., is the largest ski area in the Midwest, offering four interconnected mountains, 95 runs and 820-feet of vertical, spread over 1,000 acres. Lutsen Mountains, located in Lutsen, Minn., is just a few miles from Grand Marais, named “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel Magazine in 2015 and is located next door to Superior National Golf Course, one of Minnesota’s top rated courses. It’s new gondola transports visitors to unparalleled views of Lake Superior, and the resort is nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains, boasting some of the highest elevations in Minnesota. For additional information, visit lutsen.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/LutsenMountains and on Twitter at twitter.com/lutsenmountains..

 

 

 

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March 10, 2016

With spring break right around the corner:

Make the most of Minnesota winter: Lutsen Mountains has plenty of snow

Lutsen, Minn. — Despite metro headlines that recommend Minnesotans “pack their parkas”, Lutsen Mountains predicts six to eight more weeks of skiing and related winter activities.  “It is 15-20 degrees cooler here, which makes a huge difference in snow conditions,” says Lutsen Mountains Marketing Director Jim Vick, who is an avid skier.

“We have more snow on the mountain than ever before. With recent improvements to snowmaking infrastructure and an unprecedented commitment to snowmaking hours during prime weather, we were able to produce more base than Lutsen has ever seen.  Assuming normal weather vagaries, we feel this base will carry us into May this year.

Skiing through mid-April

“Last year we tracked almost to the day with the similar temperatures in early March and we were open until April 19.  We have not missed skiing into April in over 25 years.  There is nothing in the 2016 forecast that suggests otherwise.”

Lutsen and surrounding communities average 15 degrees cooler than points South.  Due to the ski area’s location near Lake Superior, lake-effect cooling will continue through March and April, with averages running nearly 20 degrees cooler than its land-locked neighbors.  This ‘lake effect’ gives Lutsen some of the best spring ski weather in North America, says Vick, and has established Lutsen as a spring break tradition for thousands of families.  Accordingly, 40 percent of Lutsen’s skier visits occur after March 1 each season.

Comparison of weather in Minneapolis versus Lutsen

Minneapolis:

Lutsen:

Date

Forecast

Daily High

Date

Forecast

Daily High

2016

2015

2016

2015

10-Mar

52

66

10-Mar

41

57

11-Mar

66

58

11-Mar

45

46

12-Mar

67

62

12-Mar

50

39

13-Mar

58

62

13-Mar

44

39

14-Mar

62

61

14-Mar

46

46

15-Mar

66

70

15-Mar

49

39

16-Mar

55

62

16-Mar

43

52

17-Mar

45

45

17-Mar

40

39

Avg High

58.87

60.75

Avg High

44.75

44.6

Reservation Guarantee: All lutsen.com reservations come with a snow guarantee.  “Our guarantee is simple…make your reservation, assured that you can expect the conditions that draw you to Lutsen: long runs and a variety of terrain. If we cannot meet our goal of 40 or more runs open, you may cancel your reservation without any obligation.”

About Lutsen Mountains:

Lutsen Mountains, located in Lutsen, Minn., is the largest ski area in the Midwest, offering four interconnected mountains, 95 runs and 820-feet of vertical, spread over 1,000 acres. Lutsen Mountains, located in Lutsen, Minn., is just a few miles from Grand Marais, named “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel Magazine in 2015 and is located next door to Superior National Golf Course, one of Minnesota’s top rated courses. It’s new gondola transports visitors to unparalleled views of Lake Superior, and the resort is nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains, boasting some of the highest elevations in Minnesota. For additional information, visit lutsen.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/LutsenMountains and on Twitter at twitter.com/lutsenmountains..

 

 

Jim Vick | Lutsen Mountains 218.406.1300 JimVick@Lutsen.com

Mush! 2016 Gunflint Mail Run set for Jan. 9-10


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mush! 2016 Gunflint Mail Run set for Jan. 9-10

COOK COUNTY, Minn. – Dec. 29, 2015 – Thanks to generous snowfall in Cook County, the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race will take place on Saturday, Jan. 9-Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 and will feature two races: the original event, which is a 12-dog, 100-mile race that includes two runs, approximately 50 miles each, over a two-day stretch, and this year for the first time, the GMR will feature an eight-dog shorter and faster race (70 miles).

Mushers (and volunteers) are still being recruited for the upcoming race. Some racers to watch include:

  • Leanne Bergen from Sioux Lookout, a town in northwestern Ontario, who won last year’s race.
  • Mike Betz from Minnetonka has been involved in racing for eight years with previous races including the Midnight Run, Copper Dog, Ironline, TCSDR, and Apostle Islands.  This is his first time running the Gunflint Mail Run.
  • Chad Shouweiler and Jennifer Freking, who have both completed the notorious Iditarod, with a trail that runs from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.
  • Michael Bestgen of St. Cloud, who sells cars by day and races by night.
  • Mark Luttinen who moved to Grand Marais because it’s the dog-sledding capital of the Lower 48 States.

Up to 30 mushers will start and finish the Gunflint Mail Run at Trail Center Lodge, 7611 Gunflint Trail, on Poplar Lake, Grand Marais, Minn. (For non-locals, Trail Center Lodge is approximately 30 miles up the Gunflint Trail.) Here’s a link to the trail map: http://www.gunflintmail.com/map/

Where and When to Watch the Race

According to GMR Co-Director Jack Stone, owner of Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, “the best place to watch the races is Trail Center for the start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, and when they start coming back late that evening or Sunday morning.

 

“At the north end of the trail, we will have a spectator area at the Old Blankenberg Pit, where the 12-dog teams will be turning around. The eight-dog teams will be turning at King’s Road, which is a good place to watch, but not ideal. There are our road crossings where people can watch as the teams go by, but these crossings should be approached with caution, because the teams will be moving very quickly.  Just a reminder: It’s more important than ever to obey all traffic laws and drive with extra caution during the races. “Volunteers at road crossings get the best views of the races. They will be up close and personal.”

 

GMR Race Co-Director Sarah Hamilton, owner of Trail Center Lodge and the founder of the wilderness food line Camp Chow, reminds people not to bring their own dogs. “Small dogs look like Scooby snacks to the race dogs,” she says. “Even larger dogs can get into trouble, since the excitement of a sled-dog race can make dogs act out. We don’t want any dogs or humans injured during the course of our races.”

 

Race Schedule

 

Saturday, Jan. 9th

7 a.m. Blessing of the dogs

8 a.m. First 12-dog team is off!

9 a.m. First 8-dog team is off!


early afternoon – teams begin arriving back at Trail Center from first course

8-dog teams have a 3 hour mandatory layover

12-dog teams have a 5 hour mandatory layover

midafternoon – Eight-dog teams begin leaving for the second course

late afternoon – 12-dog teams begin leaving for the second course

evening – Eight-dog teams begin arriving back at Trail Center from the second course

late night – 12-dog teams begin arriving back at Trail Center from the second course

The arrivals from both the eight-dog and 12-dog races are expected to well into the morning of the 10th

 

Online auction goes live on Jan. 1

The total purse for both races is expected to be $6,000, depending on the success of the online auction and the raffle for the new ATV, which is on display at the Holiday Station in Grand Marais. Gifts donated for the online auction include: pictures, paintings from many local artisans and gift certificates for local businesses. The online auction will go live at Midnight on Friday, Jan. 1 and will remain active until 10 a.m. on Jan. 10, 2016.  The link to the auction web site will be shared on the GMR Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/GunflintMailRun

Thanks to Generous Gunflint Mail Run Sponsors

 

Visit Cook County, Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, Trail Center Lodge, Camp Chow, Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association, George Humphrey Contracting, LLC, Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway, Apirlaat, Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters, Outdoor Research, Blue Water Café, Como Oil & Propane, My Sister’s Place, Dockside Fish Market, Art House B+B, Beth’s Fudge & Gifts, East Bay Suites, Big Bear Lodge, World’s Best Donuts, Cook County WholeFoods Co-op, North House Folk School, NorWester Lodge & Canoe Outfitters, White Pine North, Joy & Co., Sheryl Hinderman, Java Moose, Best Western Plus, Subway, Lake Superior Trading Post, Sven & Ole’s, Grand Marais Municipal Liquor Store, Lutsen Resort, Betsy Bowen Studio, Windigo Lodge, Nace Hageman, Photography by Travis Novitsky, Voyageur Brewing Company, Hillsound, Bradley Donner, Mark Tessier, Frost River, Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery & Cottages, Beaver Bay Sport Shop, Hughie’s Taco House, Fika Coffee, Sivertson Gallery, Joynes Ben Franklin, Granite Gear, Beaver House, The Dog Hus, Sysco, Gunflint Mercantile and Superior Light Source.

 

About Visit Cook County – dogsled capital of the Lower 48 States

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Last spring, Grand Marais was named the 2015 “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel, thanks to a social media voting contest. Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesot

a’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

 

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Photo by Nace Hagemann: Gunflint Mail Run 2015 Leanne Bergen & Team
CONTACT LYNN NELSON | LIN PR 612.990.0126 lnelson@linpr.com KJERSTI VICK | Visit Cook County 218.387.2788 ext. 103 kjersti@visitcookcounty.com

Towers for the new Lutsen Mountains gondola to arrive by helicopter next week

Towers for the new Lutsen Mountains gondola to arrive by helicopter next week

What | The most exciting phase of construction on Lutsen Mountains’ new $7 million gondola begins next week, with the helicopter installation of 11 steel towers at the North Shore resort.  A Sikorski 61 helicopter will pick up 31 loads, some as heavy as 8,000 pounds, and air lift them to remote and sometimes precarious locations on the mountain.  A ground crew will receive the load, securing it to the foundation, then scaling the tower to catch and attach the top assembly, all while working under a whirlwind of turbulence created by the giant helicopter overhead.

When | Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 – subject to weather

Where | Lutsen Mountains

Background | The only gondola system in the Midwest is getting a major facelift, and will be ready for the opening day of skiing at Lutsen Mountains in mid-November.

About Lutsen Mountains Lutsen Mountains, located in Lutsen, Minn., is the largest and highest elevation ski area in the Midwest, offering four interconnected mountains, 95 runs and 820-feet of vertical, all spread over 1,000 acres. Lutsen Mountains is the largest business employer in Cook County, Minn. and generates $29 million of the county’s $159 million tourism economy. The new gondola, proposed terrain expansion and other planned investments are expected to double skier visits, and double the ski area’s economic contribution to the county’s economy to $60 million. For additional information, visit lutsen.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/LutsenMountains and on Twitter at twitter.com/lutsenmountains.

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Lynn I. Nelson | LIN PR 612.990.0126 lnelson@linpr.com Jim Vick | Lutsen Mountains 218.406.1300 JimVick@Lutsen.com

Save the date for the first-ever Boundary Waters EXPO at Seagull Lake Friday, June 12- Sunday, June 14, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Save the date for the first-ever Boundary Waters EXPO at Seagull Lake

Friday, June 12- Sunday, June 14, 2015

COOK COUNTY, Minn. – April 20, 2015 – The first-ever Boundary Waters EXPO will be held at Seagull Lake on the Gunflint Trail near Grand Marais on Friday, June 12- Sunday, June 14, 2015.  The BW EXPO is family-friendly, and will feature speakers, activities, hands-on demonstrations, a raffle with prizes, campfire storytelling, a shrimp boil, bake sale and more!

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) was named one of the world’s “50 Places of a Lifetime” by National Geographic.  “The dense wilderness and vast waterways attract tourists from all over the world to the BWCA,” says Linda Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County.  “Those who come to the Boundary Waters enjoy enriching outdoor activities, such as backpacking, canoeing, camping and more.  The EXPO is a great way to gather information from experts about the area, and to discover what activities are available.”

The BW EXPO is sponsored by more than 18 businesses associated with creating ultimate outdoor adventures, and over 10 speakers will guide visitors with their first-hand experiences of fishing, paddling and exploring the Boundary Waters.

The BWCA Wilderness has a million acres, more than 1,000 lakes and streams, and over 1,500 miles of canoe routes.  The truest of the wilderness experiences can be found in the BWCA, without the sound of motors running, electricity buzzing, and no telephone lines to interrupt the peace and quiet, and no roads into the inner lakes.

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

2015 Boundary Waters Expo

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CONTACT LYNN NELSON | LIN PR 612.990.0126 lnelson@linpr.com KJERSTI VICK | Visit Cook County MN 218.387.2788 ext. 103 kjersti@visitcookcounty.com