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Forum for Commissioner District 1 candidates at Hovland Town Hall Saturday

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:07am

Frank Moe and Kristen DeArruda Wharton survived a tough primary and will now square off in the general election to see who will be the elected District 1 Cook County Commissioner.

Three of the candidates they defeated, Harry Drabik, Steve Fleace and John Bockovich are joining to sponsors a Saturday, September 20 forum at the Hovland Town Hall to see whom they will throw their support to.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“We are going to ask them some tough questions and record their answers. We want them to be accountable for what they say and not waffle on their answers later on if they are elected,” said Steve Fleace.

DeArruda Wharton won the primary with 127 votes, Moe was second with 86 votes, Drabik tallied 73 votes, Fleace received 40 votes and Bockovich got 20 votes.

After the meeting the three former candidates will sit down and decide whom they will support. Moe and DeArruda Wharton are vying for the seat currently held by Commissioner Jan Hall.

 

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

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Workers on Wheels program winding down

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:06am

Fall is in the air. School has started and the international workers that visit the North Shore each summer are heading home. As they say goodbye, they are stopping by the First Congregational Church/United Church of Christ to return the bikes lent to them by the WOW (workers on wheels) program.

The WOW program started five years ago as part of the church’s outreach program.  WOW worker Dan Strayer reports that 2014 has been a very active “season” for the WOW bikes project. Nearly 50 “cycles” were distributed to interested international workers,” he said, explaining how the program works.

International workers come to the “Congo” church, deposit $40, and take possession of a bike to use until they leave Cook County. WOW workers help the international visitors with bike repairs if needed.

Strayer said that interaction with visiting workers is priceless. “It’s an uplifting experience to meet with the international workers and extend our concern and friendship towards their wellbeing. We offer not only mobility and possible bike maintenance and repairs, but a helping and responsive ‘hand’ for some of their needs.”

The project has grown from less than a dozen loaned bikes, to approximately 60.  “Who would have thought the magnitude of the program would be this extensive?” asked a delighted Strayer.

He added, “Possibly the most significant aspects of WOW have been the continued bike contributions by the local residents and businesses; the offer by Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply to store the bikes; the smiles from our church membership as they realize the outreach accomplished, and a ‘help/help’ relationship with a similar program in Thunder Bay.”

Not to mention, said Strayer, “The ‘shoe leather’ saved for our international workers!”

North Shore Campus Open House: September 17

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 2:38pm

The Cook County Local Energy Proejct (CCLEP) and Cook County Higher Education (CCHE) are celebrating the completion of the remodel done at the North Shore Campus building this year and successful completion of CCLEP’s Residential Energy Efficiency Program (REEP), a two-year pilot project. There will be an open house at the Campus on September 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson
spoke with Virginia Danfelt, CCLEP coordinator, about this event on North Shore Morning.

Open House 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Short presentation at 6:00
Light refreshments will be provided

CCHE North Shore Campus
300 W 3rd Street
Grand Marais  Minnesota  

For more information:
Virginia Danfelt
CCLEP Coordinator
localenergy@boreal.org
www.cookcountylocalenergy.org

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Learn more about energy audits and improvements at Open House at Cook County Higher Education

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:55am

Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) and Cook County Higher Education (CCHE) will host an open house and celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the North Shore Campus in Grand Marais. CCLEP and Higher Ed utilized the energy audit feature of CCLEP’s Residential Energy Efficiency Program (REEP) to identify areas of energy need for CCHE’s recent remodel. Cook County Higher Ed was able to use the energy findings for securing grant dollars for the construction.

CCLEP’s REEP, a two-year pilot project from 2012 through 2014, was reviewed and evaluated over the summer. The CCLEP board decided to transition this program into an ongoing service.

The program is designed to increase the energy efficiency of homes in Cook County by using home performance energy audits before and after improvement work.  The program is open to all income levels. Homeowners pay for the audits ($400) and improvements, but audit rebates ($300) will be available with completion of selected improvements.

Stop by on Wednesday evening to see the newly remodeled Higher Education North Shore campus and learn about the REEP pilot project and ongoing program. There will be a debut of three new energy videos and a slide show of CCHE construction and other REEP projects.

Energy auditor Chris Norman will be available to discuss what an energy audit can tell you. CCLEP Coordinator Virginia Danfelt will be available to discuss how REEP works. CCHE Executive Director Paula Sundet Wolf will give tours of the remodeled building and give information about the process.

A short presentation about REEP will be given at 6 p.m. and upon request. Come learn how REEP can benefit your home and how to participate in the program. Light refreshments will be provided.

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

 www.cookcountynews-herald.com

 

Sawtooth Ridges celebrates 20 years

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:23am

This Saturday, September 20, Sawtooth Ridges Apartments celebrates 20 years in the community. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with manager Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.

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Celebration planned in recognition of grants awarded to local nonprofits: September 16

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:05pm

Six local nonprofit organizations recently received grants, and a celebration is planned on September 16th in recognition. The Cook County Community Fund's board chair, Tracy Benson, spoke with WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson about these grants on North Shore Morning.

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Cook County, Minnesota – The Cook County Community Fund, an affiliate fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, is pleased to announce six grants totaling $11,680.57 were awarded this year to nonprofit organizations serving the Cook County area. 
 
“The Cook County Community Fund is able to fund and encourage important projects and organizations in our community, from health care to the arts to the environment, and more, thanks to the strong support of our many donors.  Please join us on Tuesday, September 16th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post as we recognize our grantees and celebrate our donors,” said Tracy Benson, CCCF board chair.
 
 
 

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