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Scholarships available at Cook County Higher Ed

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:42pm

If you live and work in Cook County and are planning on attending college classes via online, ITV or correspondence, there are two scholarship programs available through Higher Education.

Scholarships can be used toward developmental courses through Master’s and Ph.D. coursework.

The two scholarship programs are:

  * The Wes Hedstrom Scholarship – in honor of longtime resident and Cook County Commissioner Wes Hedstrom. Due Nov. 1 for spring 2015 semester classes. Maximum Award is $300 per year. The scholarship is available for year-round Cook County residents who are enrolled in a distance degree program. Applicants must have completed high school or equivalent.   

 * Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation Scholarship – created through the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation in honor of Lloyd K. Johnson. Due Nov. 1 for spring 2015 semester courses. Maximum Award is $2,000 per year, for up to $8,000. The scholarship is available for year-round residents who are enrolled or in the process of enrolling in a distance degree certificate, diploma or degree, and have completed high school or equivalent. 

 Contact Higher Ed at 218-387-3411 for more information.

Get your deer license early

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:40pm

With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any potential system issues associated with the high sales volume. Licenses are now available.

The 2014 Minnesota firearms deer season begins Saturday, Nov. 8.

“Buying now beats buying later as last year we sold more than 150,000 licenses on the Thursday and Friday before the firearms season,” said Steve Michaels, DNR licensing program director. “A lot of those folks end up standing in lines who didn’t need to be.”

Deer licenses can be purchased by Minnesota resident adults for $30 at DNR license agents across Minnesota, by phone at 888-665-4236 or online at There are additional fees for telephone and Internet transactions.

Hunters who purchase licenses by phone and Internet will receive their deer license and tags by mail, which can take three to five business days to arrive.

Hunters must have a valid deer license and tag in their possession when hunting deer.

The information center and license center at DNR headquarters in St. Paul will extend their hours on opening weekend to accommodate additional phone calls from deer hunters. Phone lines will be open on Friday, Nov. 7, until 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Hunters need to be familiar with deer hunting regulations, which are available at any DNR license agent or online. License questions should be directed to the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.


Vendors gather for benefit for Angie Cook

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 2:14pm

Angela Cook of Schroeder is facing a difficult course of treatment for cancer. Angie works at the Cook County Auditor’s Office but has not been seen much lately as she has been making frequent trips to undergo—and recuperate from—medcial treatment. Her friends are hoping a benefit will cheer her up while raising some money to help offset medical and travel expenses. Join them at “Vendors for Angie” on Sunday, October 26 at the Schroeder Town Hall at 124 Cramer Road in Schroeder.

At the event will be a number of vendors—Erin Larson with Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Dawn Byholm with Pampered Chef, Bryann Bockovich with Origami Owl, Kelly Goldstein with Tupperware, Buffy Butz with Tastefully Simple, Nancy Backlund with Thirty-One, and Laura LaFavor with Mary Kay. All of these vendors are donating a portion of proceeds to Angie.

It’s the season to begin shopping for gifts, and what better reason to shop than to help out a friend and neighbor.

If you are unable to make it to the benefit but would like to order online, just let the vendors know.

An account has also been set up at Grand Marais State Bank to accept donations.


This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald ~

Higher Ed offers "Dressed Up with Someplace to Work"

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 2:13pm

Cook County Higher Education (CCHE) is the recipient of a $2,500 grant from the Cook County Community Fund to foster local employment.

The “Dressed Up with Someplace to Work” collaborative project is designed to help local college students gain resume and job interview skills and provide the start of a “dress for success” wardrobe.  Many of CCHE's clientele have little resources to spend on the wardrobe needs necessary for new employment.  The "Dressed Up" project provides a fun, unique way of solving this dilemma.

The concept of providing a startup wardrobe is relatively common in metropolitan areas, so why not here in Cook County?  CCHE approached the First and Second Thrift Shop and they were intrigued by the possibilities and agreed to partner for the project. 

CCHE’s “Dressed Up” project will be accomplished in three steps. First, students will attend a free resume writing workshop at CCHE. The event Landing the Perfect Job is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the North Shore Campus.

Next, students will work one-to-one with CCHE staff and a local volunteer to refine and polish their resume and practice their job interview skills.

Finally, students will be given a voucher to go to the local nonprofit First and Second Thrift Shop and receive help picking out clothing and accessories appropriate for their upcoming job interview and/or employment.

CCHE expects that local students will come away from the project with a strong resume and the skills to conduct themselves confidently in a job interview. Students will obtain a wardrobe of at least two work outfits, will learn how to dress appropriately for their new occupation, and can use those new skills to expand their work wardrobe.

Hwy. 61 re-design presentation and open house: October 28

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:06pm

The City of Grand Marais will hold a presentation and open house as part of the planning for the re-design of Highway 61 as it travels through Grand Marais. WTIP volunteer Joe Detrick spoke with City Administrator Mike Roth and Moving Matters Coordinator, Kristin DeArruda Wharton, on North Shore Morning. 

Join the City of Grand Marais on October 28th for an open house and presentation of concept designs for Highway 61 through Grand Marais. Your feedback and input is needed! A light meal will be provided and free childcare will be available at the Cook County Community YMCA.
Tuesday, October 28th
6 - 8 pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
417 1st Ave. West, Grand Marais
Questions? Contact Mike Roth, City Administrator, at or call (218) 387-1848. For more information and updates, visit

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County approves $2.4 million Superior National Golf Course loan

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:02pm

At the October 21 board meeting, the Cook County commissioners put their stamp of approval on a number of documents aimed at improving the Superior National at Lutsen Golf Course with a $2.4 million loan.

The process began with a positive report from Bruce Kimmel of Ehlers and Associates, the county’s bond counsel. Kimmel announced the sale results of the Series 2014A General Obligation Tax Abatement Bonds. The bids were received just prior to the Tuesday morning board meeting. Kimmel said the winning bid of the three submitted was for a 3.12 percent true interest rate, which is 1.99 percent better than what was projected. That translates into about a $164,000 annual bond service fee, a savings of about $3,000 per year compared with the original estimate, said Kimmel.

“This is an excellent rate for the county, and it is fixed,” Kimmel said. “It’s definitely a positive.”

The financing plan calls for net revenues of the Superior National at Lutsen Golf Course to pay debt service on the bonds, and the 2 percent lodging tax to be available only if those funds are insufficient.

After some discussion, the board approved and signed off on three resolutions setting the bonding process in motion.

The improvement plans for Superior National include the acquisition of four acres of land, and renovation of 18 of the existing holes (nine holes on the Canyon Course and nine holes on the River Course).