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Two Community Groups in Cook County Holding Clean-Up Events Saturday, June 8th

On Saturday, June 8, volunteers will work hard at spring clean­ing in two areas of Cook County. Local folks and visitors are welcome to pitch in to brighten up the Colvill Town Hall and the Gunflint Trail.

The Colvill Com­munity Club holds its annual meeting at 9:00 a.m. at the Colvill Town Hall, 2965 East Highway 61. Fol­lowing the meeting, the community has a “Spruce Up Day,” cleaning and fixing the town hall and sprucing up the exterior.

“It’s that time of year again for our annual meeting,” wrote The­resa Luther-Dolan, a C4 member. “We need all hands on deck.”

The Colvill Commu­nity Club Committee will provide morn­ing refreshments, and lunch will be ready at about 1:00 p.m.

According to Lu­ther-Dolan, they need handy people, tools, cleaning supplies, and the unbounded ener­gy of neighbors and friends. They even want people to show up and just cheer them on in their efforts.

For more information, call Arvis Thompson, a C4 member, at 218-387-2487 or email Luther-Dolan at theresa.luther-dolan@aeoa.org.  You may also check out the Facebook page at “Colvill Community Club.”

The annual Gunflint Clean Up Day is happening on June 8th as well. The event’s focus is “to draw more community awareness and improve the natural landscape of the Gunflint Trail and surrounding BWCA lakes with help from you. Imagine what we could accomplish if everyone picked up one piece of litter or reduced their weekly household waste. Together, we can work to keep this wilderness pristine, appreciated, and respected by ALL for years to come.”

The Clean Up runs from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 8th. Volunteers will meet at the Schaap Community Center, 7401 Gunflint Trail, at 11:00 a.m. for a “Trash Bash!” celebration, with food, activities, and prizes donated by various Gunflint Trail businesses.

The Clean Up is di­vided into 42 sections along the Trail, each one to two miles long. To participate, you must register online.

Clean Up group leaders should pick up a registration bag at the Schaap Commu­nity Center on Friday, June 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The bags contain high-visibility vests, garbage bags, and even free T-shirts while supplies last. On Saturday, make sure to bring gloves, insect re­pellant, and water.

Volunteers are not only making a positive impact on the environ­ment but also have the chance to win excit­ing prizes at the Trash Bash by sharing pic­tures of unique trash found on the trail. The fun-filled cleanup ends with a free lunch at the Community Center, Trail Trash Trivia, and the awarding of prizes from businesses that call the Gunflint Trail home.

The good people of Loon Lake Lodge or­ganize Gunflint Clean Up Day. They encour­age you to get friends and family together to make a difference on the Gunflint and have fun doing so. For more information, contact Andrea at 218-388-2232 or by email at loonlakelodgemn@gmail.com.  

Steve Fernlund
Steve Fernlund
Typically these “about me” pages include a list of academic achievements (I have none) and positions held (I have had many, but who really cares about those?) So, in the words of the late Admiral James Stockwell, “Who am I? Why am I here?” I’m well into my seventh decade on this blue planet we call home. I’m a pretty successful husband, father, and grandfather, at least in my humble opinion. My progeny may disagree. We have four children and five grandchildren. I spent most of my professional life in the freight business. At the tender age of 40, early retirement beckoned and we moved to Grand Marais. A year after we got here, we bought and operated the Cook County News Herald, a weekly newspaper in Grand Marais. A sharp learning curve for a dumb freight broker to become a newspaper editor and publisher. By 1999 the News Herald was an acquisition target for a rapidly consolidating media market. We sold our businesses and “retired” again, buying a winter retreat in Nevada. In the fall of 2016, we returned to Grand Marais and bought a house from old friends of ours on the ridge overlooking Lake Superior. They were able to move closer to family and their Mexico winter home. And we came home to what we say is our last house. I’m a strong believer in the value of local newspapers--both online and those you can wrap a fish in. I write a weekly column and a couple of feature stories for the Northshore Journal. I’m most interested in writing about the everyday lives of local people and reporting on issues of importance to them.
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