Courtesy of Cook County Historical Society
Traveling the Old North Shore

Traveling the Old North Shore – Kristine Monker

Monker Lake is a small and somewhat unremarkable lake located near Grand Marais. It was named for Claus and Kristine Monker, early Scandinavian homesteaders in the area.

In this edition of Traveling the Old North Shore, producer Martha Marnocha tells the history of the four years the Monkers lived next to Monker Lake,

and how Kristine Monker left behind piece of Russian history.

Special thanks to the Cook County Historical Society for providing archival records on the family history of Claus and Kristine Monker and a photo of the couple.