September 25, 2020 - April 10, 2021
12:00 am

Bears Hibernate
Bears Hibernate

True hibernators’ body temps drop, their heart beat slows, and they don’t ‘wake up’ when prodded or exposed to loud noises. Black bears, chipmunks, snakes, frogs, toads and some turtles hibernate. Other mammals go into torpor, a state of deep, temporary sleep from which they wake to eat, drink, release waste.

Learn more about bear hibernation.

October 16, 2020 - December 5, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cook County Through My Eyes Vol. II

Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery | Grand Marais MN

A Photo Art Exhibit by David R. Johnson

Join the JHP Art Gallery for an exhibition of new works.

Stop in to see the exhibit during our regular business hours: Fridays 1 – 4 pm & Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm

You may also schedule an online viewing of the exhibit

November 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020
All Day

Grand Marais Art Colony November Offerings
Grand Marais Art Colony November Offerings

Grand Marais Art Colony | Grand Marais MN

Workshops, opportunities and events

The Art Colony will offer multiple virtual mentorships with Sun Yung Shin, Donna Bruni, Shannon Gibney, and Ernest Miller.
Check our site for additional information

Nov 7 :: 9-noon, Once Upon a Folktale
Nov 14 :: 10-noon, Paint a Tile for ages 10-adult
Nov 17 :: 10am-5:15pm, Develop Your Portfolio: Hire a Professional Photographer
Nov 18 :: 9-11am :: Summinagashi

November 1, 2020 - April 19, 2021
12:00 am

Warmer by the Lake + Sea Smoke Season
Warmer by the Lake + Sea Smoke Season

With an average temp of 42°, Lake Superior acts like a hot water bottle emanating a little warmth up the hillsides. This occurs November through April when daily highs air temps drop below 40°. The warmth sits in the bowl created by the hills. Once you pass the hilltop, temps can drop by 15°.

When very cold winter air meets the relatively warm lake water, fog is created. This fog hovers over the surface and is known as sea smoke. You will most often see sea smoke in January when it is really cold.

November 21, 2020 - December 18, 2020
12:00 am - 11:30 pm

Cook County Historical Society Properties Closed

Cook County Historical Society – Museum | Grand Marais Minnesota

Due to the State of MN Emergency Executive Order 20-99, the Cook County Historical Society properties including the History Museum & the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery will be closed to occupancy by members of the public starting November 21st – December 19th. We hope everyone stays safe during these difficult times and look forward to seeing you again in December.

If you have any questions or a research request please contact Katie at: 218.387.2883 or

November 22, 2020 - December 28, 2020
All Day

Moose Lick Road Salt
Moose Lick Road Salt

When the first snow hits inland roads, they are salted to keep ice from forming. Like many of us, moose crave a little salt. Carefully drive paved roads – like the Gunflint Trail or Minnesota Highway 1 – at dusk [around 4 pm this time of year]. Keep an eye out and be prepared to stop. The same thing happens when temps warm in the spring in mid- to. late-March into April.

See more photos here

November 30, 2020
3:45 am

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow, or penumbra. During this type of eclipse the Moon will darken slightly but not completely.

November 30, 2020 - December 1, 2020
6:00 pm - 6:30 am

Full 'Beaver Moon'
Full 'Beaver Moon'

Known as the Beaver Moon as it is the time of year beavers store branches near their lodge for winter food. Since beavers are nocturnal, I wonder if their work is made easier under the light of a full moon. This moon is also known as the Frost Moon as November is when first frost occurs for many [not on the North Shore – where it happens in September].