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Historic Cook County announces the release of the new book Chasing the North Wind

Grand Marais, MN, January 9, 2024 — Histor­ic Cook County is pleased to announce the re­lease of the new book titled Chasing the North Wind, a Memoir of One Woman’s Lifelong Love Affair Flying a Vintage 1941 Piper J-3 Cub Aircraft and Growing up in Minnesota’s Famed Arrowhead Region, by Kathryn Krotz-Finn, with Richard C. Struck, forward by Wolfgang Greiner, and edited by Rose Arrowsmith.

In the book, Krotz-Finn shares her own person­al story of growing up as one of the daughters of Clarence Krotz, a WWII bomber pilot, who was largely responsible for introducing avia­tion to Cook County. The family ran the sea­plane base and resort on Devil Track Lake in Grand Marais, Minnesota, now known as Sky­port Lodge. Krotz-Finn also provides insight into her experience as a female pilot during a time when it was unusual for women to fly planes.

Through Kathryn’s text and historical imag­es embedded throughout the book, she shares how the Krotz legacy lives on today in the his­torical Skyport Lodge, as well as the Cook Coun­ty airport, which serves as a gateway to the tip of the Arrowhead.

A book launch event was held on January 27 at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery in Grand Marais, MN (115 Wisconsin Street). Excerpts from the book were read, and Kathryn Kro­tz-Finn was available to sign copies.

Chasing the North Wind was produced by Northern Wilds Media, Inc., with support from the Wolfgang Charitable Trust, and in partnership with the Grand Marais State Bank, and Cook County Historical Society. All proceeds from the sale of the book support the Cook County Historical Society. Copies of the book can be purchased in person during winter business hours at the Johnson Heritage Post (Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), the Cook County History Museum (Friday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.), or online at cookcountyhistory.org. They are also available at the Drury Lane Bookstore in Grand Marais.

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