First phase of course’s $4.5 million renovation | All 9 holes of Superior National’s River Course are complete


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First phase of course’s $4.5 million renovation | All 9 holes of Superior National’s River Course are complete

Lutsen, Minn. – Sept. 23, 2015 – The River Course at Superior National in Lutsen, Minn. is scheduled to open Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, but the first two holes (River 1, 2 and 9) opened on Monday, Sept. 14, giving golfers a sneak peek at the course’s improvements.

 

“The course provides spectacular views of Lake Superior with the Sawtooth Mountains serving as backdrop while the rugged Poplar River winds its way through the cavernous geological cuts of the golf course.  Superior National was rated by Golf Digest Magazine as the Number 1 course in the state,” says Linda Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County. “I am fortunate to golf there with my league weekly, and am extremely excited about the improvements that have been made during the past couple years.”

 

Logan Dahlke, club house manager added: “The bunkers have been reshaped and filled with new “Ohio’s Best” White Sand. We’ve added a new set of tee boxes, allowing golfers to play from a broader range of yardages including new wall-to-wall irrigation throughout entire renovation. In addition, we’ve widened the fairways, improved drainage and made them more golfer friendly. The signature hole (River 2) is patterned after Augusta’s famous hole #12.”

 

A ribbon cutting with Superior National’s designer Jeffrey D. Brauer of Mansfield, Texas, and the course’s board of governors is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. Brauer’s work has been spotlighted in most major golf magazines. Golf World ranked him as one of the top 20 golf course architects, and Golf Inc. ranked him as the world’s fourth best value in golf architecture in 2010.  https://youtu.be/1hkaXj2vDyI

 

About Superior National Golf Course

 

Since opening in 1991, Superior National at Lutsen has become a favorite golf destination, and was rated #1 in the state of Minnesota by Golf Digest. It is undergoing an overall $4.5 million renovation on the River and Canyon courses.  The Canyon renovation is scheduled to be completed by the opening of summer 2017. The course offers 27 holes (River, Mountain and Canyon 9’s), including grand elevation changes, sloping fairways, as well as breath-taking views of Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountains.  Stay in touch with Superior National  via http://www.superiornational.com/, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/superiornational, or Twitter https://twitter.com/superior_natl.

 

 

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Superior National Golf Course - New River 9


 

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

Now there’s an app for Coolest Small Town in America (Grand Marais, of course!)

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Now there’s an app for Coolest Small Town in America

(Grand Marais, of course!)

COOK COUNTY, Minn., (DATE) – Making reservations and finding things in the Coolest Small Town in America just got easier.  A new app designed to give visitors quick access to places to eat, stay and play in Cook County has been available to locals for the past couple months. Now it’s available to visitors and anyone else who wants quick access to directions and phone numbers of businesses in Cook County, Minn.

 

“The app also includes an events directory that is synced automatically each day with the event calendar on the Visit Cook County website, ensuring up-to-date information,” says Linda Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County. “You can contact listed businesses by phone and email, and, if online, visit business websites and social media tools, all without leaving the app.” (Local businesses pay a fee to be included on the Visit Cook County web site and app, so most but not all Cook County businesses are listed.)

 

Android users can find the app by searching in the Google Play store for “Visit Cook County” or by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1RUiuPPiOS

 

Apple users can find the app by searching in the iTunes app store for “Visit Cook County” or by clicking here: http://apple.co/1MKs69i

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. This 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. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

 

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First phase of course’s $4.5 million renovation | All 9 holes of Superior National’s River Course are complete

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

First phase of course’s $4.5 million renovation | All 9 holes of Superior National’s River Course are complete

Lutsen, Minn. – Sept. 23, 2015 – The River Course at Superior National in Lutsen, Minn. is scheduled to open Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, but the first two holes (River 1, 2 and 9) opened on Monday, Sept. 14, giving golfers a sneak peek at the course’s improvements.

 

“The course provides spectacular views of Lake Superior with the Sawtooth Mountains serving as backdrop while the rugged Poplar River winds its way through the cavernous geological cuts of the golf course.  Superior National was rated byGolf Digest Magazine as the Number 1 course in the state,” says Linda Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County. “I am fortunate to golf there with my league weekly, and am extremely excited about the improvements that have been made during the past couple years.”

 

Logan Dahlke, club house manager added: “The bunkers have been reshaped and filled with new “Ohio’s Best” White Sand. We’ve added a new set of tee boxes, allowing golfers to play from a broader range of yardages including new wall-to-wall irrigation throughout entire renovation. In addition, we’ve widened the fairways, improved drainage and made them more golfer friendly. The signature hole (River 2) is patterned after Augusta’s famous hole #12.”

 

A ribbon cutting with Superior National’s designer Jeffrey D. Brauer of Mansfield, Texas, and the course’s board of governors is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. Brauer’s work has been spotlighted in most major golf magazines. Golf World ranked him as one of the top 20 golf course architects, and Golf Inc. ranked him as the world’s fourth best value in golf architecture in 2010.  https://youtu.be/1hkaXj2vDyI

 

About Superior National Golf Course

 

Since opening in 1991, Superior National at Lutsen has become a favorite golf destination, and was rated #1 in the state of Minnesota by Golf Digest. It is undergoing an overall $4.5 million renovation on the River and Canyon courses.  The Canyon renovation is scheduled to be completed by the opening of summer 2017. The course offers 27 holes (River, Mountain and Canyon 9’s), including grand elevation changes, sloping fairways, as well as breath-taking views of Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountains.  Stay in touch with Superior National  via http://www.superiornational.com/, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/superiornational, or Twitter https://twitter.com/superior_natl.

 

 

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Superior National Golf Course - New River 9


 

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

First Annual North Shore Readers and Writers Festival Nov. 5-8 in Grand Marais

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First Annual North Shore Readers and Writers Festival Nov. 5-8 in Grand Marais

COOK COUNTY, Minn., Sept. 25, 2015 – The North Shore will become an inspirational retreat this Nov. 5-8, 2015 for literary artists gathering in Grand Marais for the North Shore Readers and Writers Festival: A Minnesota Voice.

“The community of Grand Marais has long been known for its love of the arts, including the written word, and for providing a place of inspiration and retreat for writers and artists,” says Linda Kratt, executive director for Visit Cook County.

“We look forward to hosting an event that celebrates the literary arts across the spectrum, from reading to publishing.  We are pleased to offer sessions with over 20 authors and book professionals as we focus this year’s festival on the contemporary Minnesota book scene as well as the history of the literary arts on the North Shore,” says Ruth Pszwaro, program coordinator for Grand Marais Art Colony.

Festival events will include workshops, craft seminars, special events including panel discussions and reading panels, and an address by keynote author, Lorna Landvik.

Famous authors share their techniques

Below is just a sampling of the kinds of events and workshops that will be featured.

Well-known authors Lorna Landvik, Faith Sullivan, and Judith Guest will discuss how writers achieve well-crafted, saleable stories, fiction or non-fiction, and if the “how-to” books have it right during the festival’s special event: “The Method to our Madness” on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 7-8:30 p.m., with a question-and-answer period to follow.

Laurie Hertzel, senior editor for books at the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune will spark a discussion about the purpose and the art of reviewing books at the workshop: “The Art of the Book Review” on Friday, Nov. 6 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Former travel editor for the Star Tribune Catherine Watson will highlight the travel memoir during the craft seminar: “Telling the Traveler’s Tale” on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m.  The travel memoir is one of the oldest forms of literature and Watson will talk about the genre’s more than 2,000-year history, along with tips on how to sharpen travelers’ tales.

MPR Broadcast Journalist Cathy Wurzer will share how she told the story of Bruce Kramer’s struggle with ALS in her recent book, We Know How This Ends: Living While Dying and the loss of a friendship with educator/musician Bruce Kramer at a special book talk and book signing Saturday, Nov. 7 from 4:45-6 p.m.

Registration Rates and Membership

Workshops | $60/Art Colony member and $65/non-member.

Craft Seminars | are $30/Art Colony member and $35/non-member.

Full Festival Pass | $370 Art Colony member and $395 non-member.

Grand Marais Art Colony membership | $25 individual, $50 family, $75 sustaining, $100 sponsor, $250 patron, $500 benefactor, and $1,000 + partner.

Event Partners

Grand Marais Arts Colony, Drury Lane Books, and Grand Marais Public Library.

Event Sponsors

Best Western Superior Inn & Suites, Milkweed Editions, University of Minnesota Press, North Shore Visitor, Ritzman Realty, Inc., Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, and Minnesota Historical Society Press.

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. This 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. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

 

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

Brave the November Gales Attend Lake Superior Storm Festival in Lutsen and Grand Marais Nov.6-8

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Brave the November Gales

Attend Lake Superior Storm Festival in Lutsen and Grand Marais Nov.6-8

Cook County, Minn., (September 30, 2015) – This year marks the 40th anniversary of the shipwreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior.  Storm-lovers will gather in Cook County Friday, Nov. 6 – Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 at the Lake Superior Storm Festival for cool weather events, including a history lesson on transit on the Big Lake, a fashion show, wave dash, musical performances and more.

“Treat yourself to a storm-season retreat before the bedlam of the holidays begins,” says Linda Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County. “This event honors the power and wild beauty of the Big Lake.”

Watch as a few brave-souls shed their fall clothes before the annual “Wave Dash”, which takes place Saturday, Nov. 7 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.  Participants in “Wave Dash” can often be seen at a roaring fire, sipping warm cocoa after this bone-chilling event.

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 in Grand Marais is hosting “Taking Fashion by Storm”, featuring the latest fall inspired outdoor and lifestyle fashion trends on Friday, Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Split Rock Light House near Two Harbors, Minn., is commemorating the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald during the 40th Anniversary beacon lighting ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 10 from noon-6 p.m.  To learn more about the shipwreck, join historian Jim Shinners in Grand Marais at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, as he speaks about the Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of its 29 crew members during the big storm that took it down.

Tune into local Grand Marias WTIP Radio (90.7 FM).  They will have special storm-themed broadcasting throughout the weekend, and will live stream from their website, http://www.wtip.org/ Programming includes a live call-in trivia hour on Lake Superior storms.  Call in at 1-800-473-9847 or locally at 218-387-1070.

For a complete schedule of events at the 2015 Lake Superior Storm Festival, click on the link:http://www.visitcookcounty.com/plan-your-trip/activities-by-season/fall/stormfest/

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. This 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. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

 

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