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Fourteen Grand Portage Elders were able to attend this year’s Wisdom Steps Convention in Morton, Minnesota at Lower Sioux’s Jack Pot Junction Casino & Event Center. We went from the top of the state to the bottom. The Elders raised money to help pay the cost of a shared coach bus with Fond du Lac attendees. This was great. Riding the bus was comfortable and helped break up the trip as we stayed at Black Bear Casino two nights. Patty was happy, as she didn’t have to drive the whole way.
There were many interesting workshop sessions that included everything from Medicare info, yoga, mental health, nutrition, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, health screenings, Grandparents raising Grandchildren and a presentation of Who is an Elder?, just to name a few.
We enjoyed visiting with friends especially Lorna and Marisa Anawaush.
Once again Ralph Tesser won the cribbage tournament winning a new hat and our own Ellen Olson created a one of a kind “Fun Hat” that won her first place for her efforts.
Eddie Hertzberg led the water aerobics class one morning showing what we do three times a week in Grand Portage.
Elders work hard throughout the year to attend this convention. They walked at least 46,000 steps, had health screenings, attended one health fair and one Medicine Talk. Any Elder 50 years and older is welcome to join. Please call Carol Hackett to enroll or for more information.
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The North Shore was hammered by rain and hail over the holiday weekend, but the latest improvements to weather radar at the National Weather Service in Duluth got the flash flood warning out sooner than usual. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Mike Stewart,
Hedstrom Lumber Company invites everyone to join in celebrating their 100th Anniversary. Community Appreciation Days are Monday and Tuesday July 7th and 8th, with displays, mill tours and refreshments from 9am to 3pm.
Mill tours, for ages 10 and up, last about 1 1/2 hours and involve walking and many stairs. Tours on July 7th and 8th will fill ‘first come, first served’.
Hedstrom Lumber Company offers sawmill tour evary summer. This year mill tours continue through August 22nd; tours are Tuesdays at 12:30 and Fridays at 10am. Reservations with Missy at 387-2995 ext 10.
WTIP's Veronica Weadock went on a tour with Missy Smith of Hedstrom Lumber.
Cook County Commissioners heard recommendations on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from the county revolving loan fund committee on two projects. Auditor Braidy Powers introduced the revolving loan fund (RLF) projects, which were approved by the RLF committee on May 21, for the Cook County Visitors Bureau and Harbor House Grille.
Harbor House continues improvements
The Harbor House Grille project is well under way and it is the continuation of renovation already completed by owners Ed and Cindy Straub since purchasing the former Chez Jude restaurant in November 2012. The Straubs requested a RFL loan of $28,390 to be used toward installing energy efficient windows, siding, heating improvements and to add a handicap accessible entrance and addition for improved bathrooms.
Auditor Powers said another piece of property is being offered as collateral. The total project cost is estimated to be $85,000. The county board passed a unanimous motion to support the loan.
Visitors Bureau moving ahead with moving plans
The Cook County Visitors Bureau (CCVB) requested a loan of $50,000 to improve a building the organization is purchasing, the former Gunflint Realty building (next to Grand Marais Dairy Queen). The CCVB plans to invest $235,000 in the project to purchase the building and to make improvements that will allow the CCVB to combine its administrative offices and the Grand Marais Information Center to one building.
Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk noted that the payment CCVB would be making for the new facility would be less than what it is currently covering in rent of two separate buildings.
Commissioners agreed to award a $50,000 loan to the CCVB, with the county as the second on the mortgage.
Best wishes for a safe and happy Independence Day weekend from all of us at the Cook County News-Herald.