Watercraft weekend in and around Grand Marais Cook County, Minn. hosts both Boundary Waters Expo and Wooden Boat Show June 16-18

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Cook County, Minn. – April 27, 2017 — Cook County will celebrate the theme of boating with two events on the weekend of June 16-18. There will be the Boundary Waters Expo on the Gunflint Trail and the Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival in downtown Grand Marais.

 

The third annual Boundary Waters Expo is a family-friendly, hands-on event that features speakers, exhibitors and activities for everyone. The event takes place at the end of the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway, right on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Amy Freeman will be one of many speakers at the event, and will share about her year in the BWCAW. Named by National Geographic as the Adventurers of the Year in 2014, Amy and her husband Dave Freeman have traveled over 30,000 miles by kayak, canoe and dogsled through some of the world’s wildest places.

 

North House Folk School celebrates 20th anniversary

 

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival will be hosted by North House Folk School (NHFS) in Grand Marais. The school is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and the annual event will be bigger and better than ever. The event includes rows of hand-made and unique watercraft, a boat parade, craft demonstrations, an evening square dance, boat and tool auction, and the Summer Solstice Pageant to top it all off. The pageant is a performance, which includes giant life size puppets, artists on stilts and joyful music – all with Lake Superior in the background.

 

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”.  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 at www.visitcookcounty.com or by downloading the Visit Cook County mobile app.

 

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS Lynn Nelson | LIN Public Relations 612.990.0126 lnelson.linpr@gmail.com Katie Krantz | Visit Cook County 218.387.2788 katie@visitcookcounty.com

Grand Marais wins USA TODAY’s Best Midwestern Small Town contest

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Grand Marais wins USA TODAY’s Best Midwestern Small Town contest

 

Grand Marais, Minn. – April 28, 2017 – Today, Grand Marais, Minn., was voted the winner of the “Best Midwestern Small Town” contest sponsored by 10 Best Readers’ Choice, a division of the travel arm of USA TODAY.

 

Grand Marais competed against 19 other small Midwestern towns, including Bayfield, Wis.; Lanesboro, Minn., Galena, Ill.; Charlevoix, Mich.; and many others. Voting ended Monday, April 24 at 11:59 a.m. EDT, and the winners were announced today at 11 a.m. CST.

 

“Thanks to the thousands of people who love our charming small town nestled between the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior, and the approximately 10,000 who voted throughout this month-long contest,” says Linda Jurek, executive director of Visit Cook County. “During the contest, thousands of people throughout the country learned about our fabulous community via social and traditional news media.

 

“We held the lead for most of the past few weeks, but got some tough competition from the other finalists – particularly from Charlevoix, Mich., and Chagrin, Ohio.  Lanesboro, Minn. was often in the top 10. We were surprised that Bayfield, Wis., didn’t place higher. We regard Bayfield as a tough competitor for tourist dollars. People who love Bayfield typically also love Grand Marais, because we both have the charm of East Coast seaside towns, thanks to our respective locations on Lake Superior.”

 

USA TODAY contest description of Grand Marais

 

Situated at the end of Minnesota’s North Shore Scenic Drive, the town of Grand Marais charms with its art galleries, quirky restaurants, local shops and diverse lodging. While there’s plenty to do in town (it’s home to one of the nation’s best art colonies), this harbor village also serves as a gateway to outdoor adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

 

About 10 Best Readers’ Choice Contest

 

10Best.com provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the United States and around the world. No business pays to be listed. At its core is a team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about, and provide constantly updated content. Digitally, The USA TODAY Travel Media Group sites rank among the top 10 most-visited travel information sites in North America as measured by comScore.

 

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”.  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 at www.visitcookcounty.com or by downloading the Visit Cook County mobile app.

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MEDIA CONTACTS Lynn Nelson | LIN Public Relations, Inc. 612.990.0126 lnelson.linpr@gmail.com Kjersti Vick | Visit Cook County 218.387.2788 x 103 kjersti@visitcookcounty.com

Memorial Day Weekend in Cook County, Minn. Gravel grinding, art along Lake Superior and Ham Lake fire remembered

Memorial Day Weekend in Cook County, Minn.

Gravel grinding, art along Lake Superior and Ham Lake fire remembered

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Cook County, Minn. – April 20, 2017 — Cook County is kicking off summer on Memorial Day Weekend with events for sports, arts and history enthusiasts. From gravel cycling to art with a view, Cook County will be the place to be. Events include the Le Grand Du Nord Gravel Cycling Classic biking event, Art Along the Lake gallery events and the opening of Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center on the Gunflint Trail, which will feature a brand new exhibit commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Ham Lake Fire.

 

Le Grand Du Nord is a gravel cycling event on Saturday May 27 with 100-mile and 50-mile distances. This will be the event’s second year and up to 300 riders are expected to attend. The event begins and ends in downtown Grand Marais. Riders take off from Artists’ Point and (new this year!) will complete their rides at Voyageur Brewing Company for live music, food and beer. Spectators are welcome at the start or the finish line.

 

Art Along the Lake highlights a collaboration of the art galleries in Cook County. The galleries will host a variety of events, Friday May 26 – Sunday May 28. Events include artist demonstrations, children’s activities and a bronze pour where visitors can watch an artist pour hot bronze to create a cast bronze sculpture.

 

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is located 54 miles up the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway and will open on May 27 for the season. A brand-new exhibit will tell the stories of the Ham Lake Fire, which occurred in May 2007.  A panel designed by Split Rock Studios in Arden Hills, Minn., displays the fire progression via a map and photographs.  Using a tablet device, visitors to the museum are able to listen to WTIP Community Radio audio interviews and view Good Measure Media’s Ham Lake Fire video. An electronic photo frame shows photographs received from the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department, Cook County, local residents and others. This compelling new exhibit will be open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day beginning on Saturday May 27.

 

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”.  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 at www.visitcookcounty.com or by downloading the Visit Cook County mobile app.

 

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS Lynn Nelson | LIN Public Relations 612.990.0126 lnelson.linpr@gmail.com Katie Krantz | Visit Cook County 218.387.2788 katie@visitcookcounty.com