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You can download the application for the 2020 Great Place Project here

Previous Great Place Projects

2014 Great Place Project Grant Recipients
  • Art House B&B, four Little Free Libraries across Cook County
  • Art ‘Round Town, mounting for student mural on Johnson Foods
  • Birch Grove Foundation, seating, garden, info board around outside hearth oven
  • Como Oil and Propane, Betsy Bowen steelhead mural on propane tank
  • Cook County Tennis Association, public seating at tennis courts in Grand Marais.
  • Cook County Whole Foods Co-op, picnic tables behind building.
  • Grand Portage Health Services, athletic equipment for a borrowing bank.
  • Grand Marais Art Colony, outdoor seating area, built local artists.
  • Grand Marais Garden Club, Planting the triangle across from Buck’s Hardware.
  • Gunflint Lodge, destination with seating and plantings along South Gunflint Lake Road.
  • Joy Enterprises, courtyard fence behind store with bike rack and items for play.
  • Northwoods Food Project, expansion of children’s garden at Community Center.
  • Schroeder Township, wheelchair accessible picnic area near Father Baraga’s Cross.
  • Tofte Township, bike rack and wheelchair accessible picnic area for town park.
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, bench, addition to picnic area, sign for trail.
  • WTIP Radio, “rest stop” adjacent to Gitchi Gami State Trail.
2015 Great Place Project Grant Recipients
  • Arrowhead Pharmacy, Betsy Bowen fox paintings under pharmacy windows.
  • Birchbark Books and Gifts, Four mural panels by Tim Young.
  • Dave Woerheide, bench for Lutsen town trail, adjacent to Caribou Trail.
  • Cook County Higher Education, landscaping and plants.
  • Grand Portage Wellness Committee, gathering table and grill for community park.
  • Java Moose, rustic chairs for outside seating.
  • Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery, raised flower beds, plants, chairs.
  • Last Chance Gallery, plaid moose metal sculpture by Tom Christiansen.
  • Odds and Ends Store, planters, plants, chairs for area in front of store.
  • Schroeder Area Historical Society, telescopic viewer at Taconite Harbor.
  • Tofte Historical Society, two planters for front of commercial fishing museum.
  • Visit Cook County, benches and planters for front of visitors center.
2016 Great Place Project Grant Recipients
  • Mila Horak and Birchbark Books and Gifts, public participation mural.
  • Sivertson Gallery, benches and plants in front of  Sivertson framing shop.
  • Sarah Hamilton and Beaver House, restoration of Beaver House murals.
  • Cooperation Station, whimsical animal figures painted on fence.
  • Joy & Co., Sound wall and other child-friendly enhancements to playground area.
  • YMCA, creation, materials for playground out front of the building.
  • Schroeder Township, refurbish playground and public gathering area.
  • Putt ‘n Pets, stand-behind face cutouts of farm scenes.
  • Lockport Market, colorful bike rack.
  • Nordic Wooden Ware, beautify area behind workshop next to Joy & Co.
  • Ann Possis, outdoor ping pong table on grassy area in front of Library.
  • Chris and Anne Hegg, two wooden benches for wildflower sanctuary.
2017 Great Place Project Grant Recipients
  • Kay Costello, Grand Marais, bench and landscaping near the street in her front yard.
  • First Congregational Church, 3 double wooden chairs for outdoor gatherings.
  • Schroeder Township, small free library near the town hall.
  • Quiet Waters and Norshor Insurance, plantings, benches near the Gitchi Gami Trail.
  • Drury Lane Bookstore, bench on the area between the bookstore and the lake.
  • YMCA and Community Ed, build play area for older children.
  • Gunflint Trail Historical Society, ADA picnic table for the Chik Wauk Museum.
  • Mila Horak, phase two of her participatory community mural painting project.
  • Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, hammock stand, hammocks for Rec Park.
  • Beaver House, two bobber benches for front of store.
  • North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum, cut-out featuring a fisherman and fish.
  • Art Round Town, new banners to be installed seasonally on light fixtures.
2018 Great Place Project Grant Recipients
  • Grand Marais Art Colony, Inspiration Exchange Metal Sculpture.
  • Chik Wauk Museum, flower boxes, soil, plants.
  • Betsy Bowen, convert buckthorn tree into sculpture.
  • Cook County Extension,  paint, deer fencing for raised beds at community garden
  • Cross River Heritage Center, metal sculpted bike rack, $1,000
  • Sara Hingos, waves mural on side of Crooked Spoon, $800
  • North Shore Winery, benches for trail, $1,000
  • Schroeder Township, dog waste station for park area, $250
  • Trinity Lutheran, picnic table, benches, plants for trail and public gather area
  • Mila Horak, paint-by-number community mural, $1,000.
2019 Great Place Project Grant Recipients
  • Mila Horak, continue creating her public paint-by-number mural.
  • Schroeder Township, pet waste station at Father Baraga’s Cross.
  • Cook County Felters, a felted animals trail near elementary school.
  • Anne Hegg, a permanent sign heralding the wildflower sanctuary.
  • Grand Marais Evangelical Free Church, public children’s playground.
  • Cook County Extension, additional work on the community gardens.
  • Cook County Community YMCA for window screens celebrating YMCA values.
  • Gunflint Trail Historical Society, interpretive  canoe rest.
  • Jeremy Ridlbauer, picnic table, benches out front of Grand Marais Pharmacy building.
  • Grand Marais Art Colony, metal tables, chairs, tubs for flowers to adorn Founders Hall.

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