A Review of 2014: from Great Places to Highway 61

Cook County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Jim Boyd, and Local Artist, Betsy Bowen, at Como Oil & Propane's 2014 Great Place

Cook County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Jim Boyd, and Local Artist, Betsy Bowen, at Como Oil & Propane’s 2014 Great Place

Looking back over this past year, 2014 has brought a lot of firsts for the Moving Matters project and our communities. Two of these firsts (and most popular on our website) were the Great Place Race and the start of the Highway 61 Redesign (Highway 61 Revisited).

In 2015, the Great Place Race will be reborn as the Great Place Project. This joint initiative with the Cook County Chamber of Commerce will continue to give small grants to spur the creation of more great places in Cook County and Grand Portage. Stay tuned for the 2015 Great Place Project application! Wondering what Great Places were created in 2014? Check them out here.

The Highway 61 Revisited process will continue in the new year, with the third public meeting on Tuesday, February 24th. Our community has come out in full force for these conversations about this vital corridor through Grand Marais. To complement this process, a Health Impact Assessment is also underway looking at the potential health impacts of this project on our community.

Check out the top posts and pages of 2014:
Highway 61 Revisited
The Great Place Race
Kick-off of Highway 61 Revisited: Share your input today!
Active Living Policy
Highway 61 Revisited: Help Redesign Highway 61
Pop-up Sidewalk with the City of Grand Marais

What do you want to see in 2015?

Community Feedback Needed on Highway 61 Concept Designs

Opportunity for Feedback

After two public meetings and over 100 comments from community members, first concept designs for Highway 61 through Grand Marais were presented to a group of over 60 interested community members on Oct. 28th. At the meeting, folks gathered to view the 12 foot long drawings and shared comments, questions, and conversation. If you didn’t make the meeting, or have additional comments after viewing the designs, the City of Grand Marais welcomes feedback through November 20th at www.becausemovingmatters.org/highway61. The final public design meeting will be held in January, so now is the time to comment!  Your input will help shape the future of Highway 61 and our community.

Questions? Contact Mike Roth, City Administrator, at 218-387-1848 or cityhall@boreal.org.

Start the School Year with a Walking School Bus – Wed, Sept. 3rd

Don’t miss the first Walking School Bus of the new school year on Wednesday, September 3rd! Join in for a fun walk to school and enter to win a door prize

Walking School Buses are groups of people walking or biking to school together, organized by Cook County Safe Routes to School. The Walking School Buses (WSB) in Grand Marais meet in three locations:

  • West WSB leaves at 7:20 a.m. from 8th Ave. West & 2nd Street (passes Birchwood Apts on the way to school)
  • Central WSB leaves at 7:20 a.m. from the Courthouse Parking Lot.
  • East WSB leaves at 7:30 a.m. from 7th Ave. East & County Rd 7.

Each WSB stops at ISD 166 and GES on time for school to begin. If the student normally gets a ride to school, come in a little early to meet at one of the WSB locations and walk or bike to school with friends! Law enforcement and local community leaders will accompany each WSB. Volunteers are always needed; please contact Safe Routes to School Coordinator Maren at maren@sawtoothmountainclinic.org or 387-2330 if you are able to help or have questions.

While every day is a great day to walk or bike to school, every Wednesday this fall will be a Walking/Biking Wednesday! See the designated walking and biking to school routes on the updated Safe Routes to School Map. Other Walking School Buses this fall will be on October 8th and November 19th.

WSB Map

Walking School Buses are organized by the local Safe Routes to School group, with support from the State Health Improvement Program.