Down Memory Lane

FEB. 8, 2008

Huge crowds all over the country turned out to vote on Super Tuesday, and the caucuses in Grand Marais were no exception. Both the Republicans and the Democrats had record-breaking crowds at their caucuses. Republicans met at the Senior Center with a turnout of more than 80 people; more than 300 Democrats crowded into the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Birch Grove Community School celebrated two milestones this week – and the Minnesota Commissioner of Education was part of it. Commissioner Alice Seagren presented the school with its first Q-Comp check for more than $12,480 – the first installment in a comprehensive program to improve reading and teacher skills at Birch Grove. Seagren then joined students for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new timber frame outdoor classroom in the woods behind the school.

FEB. 9, 1998

State Representative Tom Bakk said last week that he will sit on the bill to phase out motors on the Boundary Waters portion of Seagull Lake. Introduced on the last day of the 1997 session, the Morse Bill would nail the lid shut on hopes Seagull Lake property owners have that motors could continue to be used on a large part of their lake. There is a 1999 sunset on motors called for in federal legislation that will make the wilderness portion of the lake paddle-only.

According to an enrollment projection compiled by interim superintendent Ron Luoma, Cook County schools are looking strong for the future, at least where enrollment figures are concerned. Luoma said he found that the number of incoming elementary students is generally larger than the number of graduating seniors. Since 1993, total enrollment in Cook County schools has risen steadily from 702 students to 742; starting in the 1998-99 school year, projections show that number will continue to rise until the 2001-02 school year.

FEB. 8, 1968

Mrs. Russell Meredith sustained head injuries last week when she slipped on ice and fell backwards near her home. She was taken to the hospital where she had several stitches taken and was otherwise treated. She is now at home recuperating.

“E-J” Croft, who makes a hobby of playing as many pianos as he can find, says he has now played on 368. He has been asked to play for the Fish Derby at Kakabeka Falls on Feb. 24-25.

Vianne Anderson, CCHS graduate, Class of ’66, continues to do well at Stout Lake University, Menomonie, Wisconsin. She was one of five students in a group of over 400 to be given an A in one of her courses and also received A’s and B’s in her other courses. She is majoring in kindergarten education.

Gerald Gervais, Tofte, took second place in the Winnipeg to St. Paul snowmobile race held last week Monday-Thursday. He copped a fine trophy plus two cash prizes of $300 and $500. The rugged 487-mile course was a rough one, Gervais said, but he made it in 11 hours, 53 minutes and 53 seconds, which was but 23 minutes behind the winner, Dale Krandits from Crookston.

FEB. 9, 1928

A new troop of Girl Scouts has just been organized for Grand Marais. It is called the “Sea Gulls.” Miss Marjorie Edgar is the organizer and Miss Helen Wahlstrom has been chosen to be the leader.

John Loh of Lutsen has purchased a new seven-tube radio set which was installed in his home one day last week.

Glenn Johnson fell in the bay Sunday, out by the lighthouse. We are informed that he climbed back on the ice unassisted.

Boys and girls, beware!

Lost – License 1928 car plate No. A 56-784. Return to Tom Hussey.

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