New Sidewalk Ready for Walking, Rolling, and Strolling

Over the past few weeks, a transformation has taken place along County Road 7/5th Street in Grand Marais. It started with some digging…and resulted in a safe place for people to walk to school, to a doctor’s visit, to the YMCA, and to the rest of Grand Marais.

When the crew first showed up, it almost seemed too good to be true. Was the sidewalk really coming?


But of course it was true and a sidewalk was in the works. Over time, the transformation progressed…


And before too long, a sidewalk was poured, and folks started to use it right away.P1000195

On August 6th, the community gathered to celebrate the new sidewalk and the prioritization of safety for people of all ages walking and biking. We want to thank the young helpers from Cooperation Station Daycare for their excellent ribbon holding and cutting performance. To see more photos, check out the Moving Matters Facebook page.

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Thank you to the Cook County Board of Commissioners, the County Highway Department, Northland Construction, and the many people who advocated for this sidewalk.

Update: the crosswalk striping across 5th Ave. West/Old Gunflint Trail is completed, connecting the two sidewalks. Check it out on one of these beautiful summer days!


Great Places Popping Up Around Cook County

From Schroeder to Grand Portage and up the Gunflint Trail, Great Places are popping up all around us this summer. Moving Matters staff has been traveling the county, documenting the creation of these new great places. Some are hidden gems, while others are right out in the open. Wondering if a project is one of these new great places? Keep an eye out for the Great Place Race sticker!

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The Great Place Race projects bring lots of new ideas (and some great oldies) to spots near where we live, work, and play. These ideas are making places that welcome people in to spend time there. And the folks that came up with these ideas? They are are community members: friends, neighbors, family, local business owners, and Cook County doers.

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As we make our rounds to all the projects, we’ll continue to post updates on our Facebook page: We can’t wait to see all of these projects completed over the next weeks. Stay tuned for more photos and a cool video about these great places!

Thank you, Sheriff Falk, for your Commitment to Safety and Active Living.

On behalf of Moving Matters and the Active Living Steering Committee, we would like to thank Sheriff Mark Falk for his support of safety and active living in Cook County. He has helped make our community a better place.

Over his time as Sheriff Falk has:

  • Supported Safe Routes to School, assisting with community walk to school days;
  • Increased school zone safety with routine morning patrols in the school zone;
  • Continued the DARE program in the schools, building relationships with the next generation; and
  • Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to health and wellness.

Please thank Sheriff Falk for all he has accomplished during his time as Cook County Sheriff and wish him well on his next endeavors.


Mark Falk on the value of Active Living in Cook County:

Moving Matters Is A Home-Grown, County-Wide Project Of The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic And Many Local Partners. We Strive To Create Safe And Accessible Walking And Biking Routes For People Of All Ages And Abilities.

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