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Wildflower Hikes

Cook County Invasives Team
Mon, 07/06/2015 - 5:00pm - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 6:00pm
The Cook County Invasives Team hosts a series of hikes this summer to look at native and non-native plants. Hikes begin at 5 pm. No registration is required for this family-friendly and pet-friendly event.  

July 6th: Temperance River; hikers will gather on the north side of Hwy 61.  
July 20th: Cascade River SP Shoreline; hikers will gather at river parking area on Hwy. 61
Aug 17th: Sweetheart’s Bluff; hikers will gather at trail entrance - Grand Marais Campground

More information from Laurel Wilson at 387-3772 or online at

Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library
Tue, 07/07/2015 (All day) - Sat, 08/01/2015 (All day)

The Grand Marais Public Library hosts a variety of events and programs for families, children, and adults. 
Old MacDonald Storytime: Tuesday July 7, at 10:30 am.  Storytime and activity geared toward pre-school and young elementary age kids.  Outside in front of the library, weather permitting, otherwise inside the library.

Third Wednesday Technology Open House:  July 15, 6-8pm.  All who have technology questions are invited to attend, as are those who would be willing to serve as a tech mentor to others. "Beginners or below" can spend time with a mentor to learn the basics of using a computer or mobile device. The sessions are unstructured. Depending on need, attention may be highly individualized. Participants may bring their own devices or use those owned by the library.

Annual Used Book Sale:  July 29 - August 1, hosted by Library Friends of Cook County at the Community Center. Wednesday, July 29, Sale set-up day Thursday, July 30, 5-7 p.m. Library Friends member only sale Friday, July 31, 8-4 General sale - open to the public Saturday, August 1, 8-noon, bag sale day.  Volunteers needed to work during the set-up, sale and cleanup; more information from Jill Levene,

No additional donations of books will be accepted until September 9th.  The Library Friends shelves are full and they appreciate the generous donations.  

Many of the Library's public events are sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded in whole or in part by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The library is located one-half block off Hwy 61 on 1st St and 2nd Ave W in downtown Grand Marais. The library is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 10 am to 5 pm; on Wednesdays from 10 am to 8 pm; and on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. The library is closed on Sundays and holidays. More information on library programs is available from Patsy Ingebrigtsen, 387-1140 or, and on the website,

Cook County Historical Society events and offerings

Cook County Historical Museum, 8 So Broadway, Grand Marais
Tue, 07/07/2015 (All day) - Tue, 09/29/2015 (All day)

The Cook County Historical Society operates the Cook County Historical Museum at 8 South Broadway in Grand Marais, and the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery at 115 Wisconsin Street in Grand Marais, in addition to several historical sites -- including the Chippewa City Church and Bally Blacksmith Shop.

Exhibit: "Music from the Tip o' the Arrowhead" is on display at the museum through the summer, featuring 100 years of local music. As part of this “growing” exhibit, community members are encouraged to add their own memories and memorabilia to the community music scrapbook, as well as to play a tune on the exhibit’s electric piano. Summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. More information is available at 387-2883 or online.

Planked Trout Dinner: The annual Planked Trout Dinner will be held at 5:30 pm Saturday, July 11, at the Recreation Hall at the Grand Marais RV Park. Discounted advanced tickets are available at the museum until July 8.
120th Anniversary of Chippewa City Church: A fundraiser will be held from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, July 19 at Chippewa City, to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the church. The event will feature live music by the SplinterTones and a history talk.
Bally Blacksmith shop demonstrations: The Historical Society will offer shop demonstrations outside the Bally Blacksmith Shop on Fridays and Saturdays, July 24-25, and July 31-August 1, at a time to be announced.
"Small Talk": Gene Glader will give a historical presentation on Grand Marais businesses at the museum on Saturday, September 12, at 4 pm. 

Annual Meeting and Dinner:  The Historical Society's annual meeting and dinner will be held September 29 at a location to be announced.

Hedstrom Lumber Sawmill Tours

Hedstrom Lumber Company
1504 Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais
Tue, 07/07/2015 (All day) - Fri, 08/28/2015 (All day)

Hedstrom Lumber Company opens a new season of sawmill tours starting June 23rd.  The 90-minute tours are held Tuesdays at 12:30 and Fridays at 10am.  With a limit of twelve people, tours do fill; reservations with Bob at 387-2995 ext 14.

Healthy Shorelands and Aquatic Vegetation Workshops

Cook County Soil & Water and Invasives Team
Tue, 07/07/2015 - 12:00pm - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 12:00pm

Cook County Soil and Water and the Invasives Team will host free healthy shorelands and aquatic vegetation workshops on Tuesday, July 7th, and Wednesday, July 8th. 

Healthy Shorelands Workshop: Tuesday, July 7th, 12:00PM-4:00PM; Grand Marais Campground Rec Hall.  There will be indoor learning regarding shoreland buffers (light lunch included) followed by an opportunity to plant and restore a shoreland. Participants can come for all or part of the workshop.
Aquatic Vegetation Workshop: Wednesday, July 8th, 8:30AM-12:00PM; Cathedral of the Pines.  Participants will have a pontoon ride on Caribou Lake to learn about native and invasive aquatic plants. Indoor learning will take place prior to being on the lake for a better understanding of the plants.  Participants are welcome to bring in aquatic vegetation for identification and to stay for a free lunch after the workshop.

Registration for either workshop by July 3rd with Kerrie Berg at 218-387-3649. More information online at

Ultimate Frisbee

Cook County ISD 166 Multi-Purpose Field
Wed, 07/08/2015 - 6:30pm

People of all ages are invited to play "Ultimate Frisbee" -- a limited-contact team sport, similar to football and soccer, but played with a flying disc -- every Wednesday starting at 6:30 pm at the Cook County ISD 166 multi-purpose field.  More information is available from Josh at 387-4040.

North House Folk School classes, events, and activities

North House Folk School, Grand Marais
Thu, 07/09/2015 (All day) - Mon, 09/21/2015 (All day)

North House Folk School, on the harbor in Grand Marais, offers classes in northern craft and hosts a variety of public events and activities.
Timber Raising: A Crash Course in the Craft | Fridays 10 am-Noon  A timber framed tiny house in two hours? Tenons and timbers, mortises and more.  An opportunity to participate in an old-fashioned barn raising, working as a group to assemble an 8x8 timber framed structure; learn about the history of timber framing and see several examples of completed frames.  Ages 10+ with adult.
Instructor in Residence Live Demonstrations:  most Thursdays - Sundays 10 am- 4 pm.  North House instructors demonstrate their work for the public on the Commons at North House. 
    July 9-12 | Angela Robins / Scandinavian Green Wooden Bowl Turning
    July 16-19 | Mary Cowen / Wet Felting
    July 23-26 | Allen Holzhueter / Spinning
    July 30-8/2 | Emily Derke / Willow Basketry
    Aug 6-9 | Nate Johnson / Traditional Hide Tanning
    Aug 13-16 | Lindy Lind / Black Ash Basketry
    Aug 20-23 | Robert Burns / Blacksmithing
    Aug 27-30 | Candace LaCosse / Shoemaking
    Sept 3-6 | Elise Kyllo / Wet Felting
    Sept 10-13 | Jim Sannerud / Bowl Turning

The North House Folk School campus is located at 500 West Hwy 61, on the harbor in Grand Marais. Local residents receive a 25% discount on class fees. More information is available at 218-387-9762 or 888-387-9762, by email at, and on the website, Registration for classes and events is available by phone and on the website. 



Schroeder Clean Up Day

Cook County Invasives Team
parking area west of the Cross River
Thu, 07/09/2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

The Cook County Invasives Team hosts a Schroeder Clean Up Thursday, July 9th from 9am to noon.  Activities include invasive plant control; please wear long sleeves and bring gloves and hand tools.  Volunteers will meet in the parking area west of the Cross River across from the Heritage Center; lunch will be served.  More information from Laurel Wilson at 387-3772.

"Hot Dish" gatherings

Cook County Community Center, Log Cabin, Grand Marais
Fri, 07/10/2015 - 6:30pm

"Hot Dish" is a place for young folks of Cook County to find community, meet new people, and share art, music, writing and food. Gatherings are held on the second Friday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Cook County Community Center Log Cabin in Grand Marais. More information is available from Stefanie at 218-232-0566.

Drury Lane Books events

Drury Lane Books. Grand Marais
Sat, 07/11/2015 (All day) - Tue, 10/27/2015 (All day)

Drury Lane Books, on the East Bay in downtown Grand Marais, hosts a variety of events and readings.

The Muffin Man: Stories for young children, every Saturday at 11 am, through August (except August 2).

Writer’s Salon: Saturday, July 11, at 5 pm. Author Mary Relindes Ellis reads from The Bohemian Flats.
Writer’s Salon: Saturday, July 18, at 5 pm. Author Thomas Maltman reads from Little Wolves.
Writer’s Salon: Saturday, July 25, at 5 pm. Author Caroline Giles Banks reads from Picture a Poem: Ekphrastic and Other Poems.
Writer’s Salon: Saturday, August 8, at 5 pm. Author Shannon Drury reads from The Radical Housewife.

Writer’s Salon: Saturday, August 22, at 5 pm. Author Margi Preus reads from Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods Mystery.

Full Moon Reading: Saturday, August 29, at 5 pm, outside on the lakeshore, featuring Kate Fitzgerald.

Writer’s Salon: Saturday, September 5, at 5 pm. Jim Pearlman (editor), Deborah Cooper (editor), Mara Hart (editor), Pamela Mittlefehldt (editor) Lake Superior poets reading from their newest anthology, Amethyst and Agate: Poems of Lake Superior.

Writer’s Salon: Saturday, September 12, at 5 pm. Authors Jim Armstrong and Kim Chapman read essays from Nature, Culture, and Two Friends Talkings.

Full Moon Reading: Saturday, September 26, at 5 pm, outside on the lakeshore, featuring Amy Schmidt.

Writer’s Salon: Saturday, October 3, at 5 pm. Poet Jill Breckenridge reads from Sometimes…: poems.

Moose-a-Rama with The Muffin Man: Saturday, October 17, 11 am. 

Full Moon Reading: Tuesday, October 27, 5 pm, outside on the lakeshore, featuring Tom Mc Cann.

More information on these events is available at  or 387-3370.

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