Carpet dealer Cemal Uzun is touring the U.S. with his carpet selection because a downturn in Turkish tourism has hit the business he works for, Anatolian Carpets, hard. He was here in Grand Marais along with local resident Ann Marie Mershon, who spent years living in Turkey and has written several books about her experiences. They chatted with Dave the day before the big carpet show at the Cook County Community Center.
After 30 successful years, Superior North Outdoor Center owners Mark and Melinda Spinler are selling the local bike shop to Grand Marais mayor Jay Arrowsmith Decoux, who plans to turn it into a member
A team at the U of MN has invented a new technology to produce renewable car tires from trees and grasses. Lead researcher Prof. Paul Dauenhauer joined CJ to explain how it works and why it's an important breakthrough.
The Outpost Motel east of Grand Marais was owned by Jim and Jennifer Plahuta for over 25 years. In January, Holly Johnson and Todd Zins became the new owners.
The Cook County Local Energy Project & Cook County Extension will offer a workshop on best energy construction practices Thursday, Feb. 9, in Grand Marais. Sean Meyers is an architect with CR-BPS, a firm located in Isabella that specializes in passive building techniques, and he'll be in town to present at the workshop. He spoke with Dave about passive building, energy conservation, and more. You can contact Cook County Extension at 387-3015 to register.
Steve Harwin bought his first diner in 1987..and has been preserving this special part of American history ever since. Dave caught up with him to learn how he got into the business, why it's important to save these unique structures, and much more. You can learn more about Steve's business, Diversified Diners, here.
Usually closed through the winter, the Angry Trout Cafe is trying something new this year.
The basic idea of the circular economy is that in production, nothing should be wasted, and everything at the end of its life should be made into something else. Dave talked with Nathaniel Springer, an economist in the U of MN Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, to learn more. Here's a great article about it from the Institute on the Environment (U of MN). Nat also recommends the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a place to learn more.