Coldwell Banker North Shore’s Newest Agent!!

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We are pleased to introduce our newest agent to Coldwell Banker North Shore, Aimee Luick!!

Aimee has been a Cook County resident for 37 years.  She and her husband, Marlo, raised two children here and both Krista and Korey have settled in the county which allows for quality time with the grandchildren. They both enjoy the outdoors whether its hiking, skiing, golfing, snowshoeing or fishing.  You will often see them at school athletic events cheering on our local students.  Nearly 30 years working in the county auditor’s office gives her useful land records experience and building their own homes and helping children build theirs has added another perspective that will be invaluable in her new career.

Give her a call at (218)370-0239 or send an email to and she will happily help you with your real estate needs.



You must only to love them, Lessons Learned in Turkey

Check out this new memoir by local autMershon Bookhor Ann Marie Mershon titled, You must only to love them, Lessons Learned in Turkey. 

It’s part travelogue, part romance and part adventure, though mostly a heartfelt account of the seven years she spent teaching in Istanbul. A perfect summer read for travelers, teachers, and those who love (or might be curious about) Turkey. The reviews have been fantastic – 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

It’s available through Amazon—a mere $3.99 for the e-book and $14 for the paperback. Here’s the link: You must only to love them, Lessons Learned in Turkey

Happy reading!



Grand Marais, MN  – Virginia Detrick Palmer of Grand Marais, Broker and Owner of Coldwell Banker North Shore, has been named to the company’s 2015 International President’s Elite. Only the top two percent of all sales associates / representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker® system qualified for this distinguished group.

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In 1991, Virginia graduated from St. Cloud State University, earning her degree with a Real Estate Management Major and a Real Estate Appraisal Minor.  Later that year she took over the reins of the family business from her father, John Detrick.  Coldwell Banker North Shore just celebrated 15 years of affiliation.


Virginia is a proud and active member of the local community. When she is not selling real estate in Cook County, or doing a remodel project with her husband Rich, Virginia is likely spending time with family, friends or her beagles enjoying the many recreational & cultural opportunities afforded by living in the Coolest Town!


Coldwell Banker North Shore, located at 101 W. Highway 61 in Grand Marais, can be reached at 218-387-2131. Coldwell Banker North Shore has proudly been serving the north shore since 1973!

Coldwell Banker North Shore’s Newest Agent!!

We are pleased to introduce our newest agent to Coldwell Banker North Shore, Julie Joynes Carlson!!

julie 010Born and raised in Grand Marais, Julie has been an active member of the Cook County community her entire life. She grew up working in the family business, Joynes Department Store and Ben Franklin, which she managed until 2014 with her husband Rodney Carlson.
Julie’s lifetime of experience on the North Shore has provided her with an extensive familiarity of the area and the people who live here. Julie is knowledgeable, detail-oriented and invested in the community. In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her two sons, Aaron and Nate, volunteering for a number of local organizations, and hosting a morning program on the local radio station, WTIP 90.7.

Fall Slowdown in Real Estate? Not so fast…..

DSCN7173It’s officially fall, bringing with it cooler temperatures, changing colors and a presumed end to the “busy summer real estate season.” Contrary to popular belief, the fall real estate market is plenty busy, with buyers and sellers eager to strike a deal before winter sets in.

Don’t believe us? Check out this article by Deena Weinberg explaining some of the reasons for a strong fall market: Buying a Home in Fall

If you are looking to buy vacant land, it truly is the best time of year to explore your options and be able to get a feel for the lay of the land. When the leaves are down, you can see the potential views and it is easier to visualize where to site your dream home or cabin.

In addition to a busy market, there are plenty of reasons to head up the shore this season: Hiking through the forests with leaves in multitudes of yellows, oranges and reds; Fishing some of Minnesota’s premier lakes as fish become more aggressive and predictable before bedding down for winter; Camping without the heat of summer (and the bugs that come with it!) are just a few. For more ideas for your fall trip up north, check out Visit Cook County’s North Shore Fall Bucket List.

While you’re up, stop in to Coldwell Banker North Shore, and see what’s new on the market! We are happy to help you find your Northwoods Getaway!“>http://

Moving North

14 Months ago I moved north to Grand Marais from Eau Claire, WI. Before that, I had spent four years in Milwaukee – Quite the change…

Boss/Aunt Virginia asked me to jot down some thoughts on the transition to a small town in Northeastern Minnesota, and here they are:

The Good

Whirlwind Summer: Between keeping up with the increased business brought on by all the wonderful people visiting Grand Marais and finding time to enjoy the fantastic weather, summer on the North Shore is a whirlwind. There are festivals with great art and lively music. There are fish to catch, trails to hike, and blueberries to pick. There is more, lots more, and you’ll have to spend an entire Summer up here to fit it all in!

The Food: Not much more to say here, the food rocks. Whether you’re in the mood for tacos, pizza, fish, burgers, or breakfast all day, your culinary needs will be met in Grand Marais.

The Big Lake: I still gape in awe of Superior every time I drive down the Gunflint  or watch its angry waves crash over the breakwaters during those gloomy November gales. Pack a lunch and a book, find a spot in the harbor and enjoy the majesty of big lake they call Gitche Gumee.

The Wildlife: Every time you venture up the trail, you never know what you might spot. In my first year up here I was fortunate enough to see a number of creatures you won’t find roaming city streets: Wolves, foxes, owls, hawks, eagles, snapping turtles, beavers, snakes, loons, deer and moose all made an appearance. That’s not even counting the some of the best fishing in the country. AND, if you’re into dogs, I think I saw just about every breed known to man make its way through Grand Marais at some point or another.

The Not-so-Good

Mosquitoes: Duh! I knew they were thick in the Northwoods, but the swarming clouds of the unofficial State Bird were astounding. Bring your bug spray and buy a net, they’re hungry.

Closed-for-Winter: While winter on the North Shore isn’t all bad – there’s ice-fishing, winter sports, and always something to commiserate about with strangers at the post office – it can be a bummer when your favorite restaurants are closed. On the other hand, the mandatory break from the local food joints makes it all the more exciting when they open their doors come spring.

Winter Blues: It’s dark, it’s cold, it’s winter. The roads are slick and the days are short. BUT, a nice pair of boots and a snowsuit will keep you warm enough to enjoy some of it. Of course, you could just stoke the fire and crack a good book. Yes, the winters are tough, but they’re a price I’d pay gladly to enjoy this place when everything thaws out.

The Unexpected

Community: I knew it was a small town, but it was unexpected how connected everything in Grand Marais, and even Cook County, appears to be. For me, getting involved in the community meant volunteering at WTIP North Shore Community Radio. For others, there are many different ways of getting involved;  the clubs, the classes, the festivals, the high school sports and adult leagues, the boards and committees, it seems like everyone you meet is entrenched in the community in some way or another.

The Hub: Everything you need to know about the tip of the arrowhead can be found from two websites: and Everything from community news to classified ads to music venues, all can be found in these two places, and that’s pretty cool.

On The Whole

The move to the North Shore has been an positive experience. I’m not sure how long this move will last, but one thing is for sure: I’m glad I made it. The North Shore has so much to offer. Whether it’s two weeks, two years or a permanent move, it’s something everyone should experience. The people are welcoming, the food is delicious, and the woods, trails and lakes are always waiting.



Joey Detrick

Change is good……

STRESS!!!  This i2014-05-14-10-12-242s my first blog posting ever and it is a little intimidating!!!  Go figure, I can talk to anyone about darn near anything and yet public speaking and writing both freak me out.

As many of you know, Coldwell Banker North Shore is a family real estate business that John and Lucie Detrick started in back in 1971, when they lived in Duluth.  Dad LOVED the north shore and we spent all of our family vacations mid-trail fishing.  Great memories!  Dad eventually talked mom into moving up here in 1976 and the bought Ted & Mary Liebsch’s house, which is now Dr. Lindquist’s office.  Jack Sarchett, Dale Johnson, Barb Borman and Chuck Beberg are just a few of the faces that worked at Detrick Realty.  Eventually John went into partnership with Marland Hansen and that was the beginning of Detrick-Hansen Ltd.

During the 1980’s, dad moved the office to County Road 7 so he could drive his tractor down the hill from his house to the office.  Dean worked for him at that time and it would be pretty entertaining hearing Dean tell stories of working for John.  Keep in mind that the real estate market was incredibly soft and it was tough to earn a living.  Eventually Dean moved to Eau Claire, married Amy and they had two beautiful sons.

For years I said I was NEVER moving to GM and I was NEVER selling real estate.  When we found out dad was terminally ill with brain cancer back in 1991, he asked me to move home and take over the business since I was single and had graduated from SCSU with a degree in Real Estate.  Would never have chosen this path and yet I can’t imagine living my life any other place.  Truly makes you believe in destiny.

Through the years, we went through a lot of changes.  Mom got her real estate license and loved selling homes. Dean rejoined us back in the late 1990’s. We bought the CB franchise and gave up the family name.    The MLS and internet totally changed the dynamics of real estate and were contributing causes to the escalation of our market and the eventual crash.

The good news with surviving the down times is that it makes you work harder and pursue increasing the value that you offer to your customers because they deserve it.  So now we are adding the blogs, facebook, twitter – the social media is the next phase in our business.   We get excited when we see what we can do online marketing!  We are lucky because Joey is the 3rd generation of Detrick’s to work this business and he is far more “computer literate” then I will ever be!

This photo was taken about month or so before we knew dad was sick.  I don’t think John, Lucie or Dean ever dreamed that Joey would some day be working at the business that they all worked so hard to build.  Imagine the pride that they would feel seeing Joey now working at Lucie’s desk (which was originally John’s!)?  Truly gives meaning to the circle of life.

Change is good…….