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Cook County Whole Foods Co-op annual meeting Tuesday

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 1:04pm

Fifteen months ago the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op moved into its new, larger more efficient grocery store with high hopes its members and the public would support the multi-million dollar expansion and redesign.

Not to worry. In the co-op’s most recent newsletter Jennifer Stoltz, general manager stated, “I am happy to report that we exceeded projections and had a very successful year. Sales grew by 44 percent and topped $3.2 million. We even managed to end the year in the black, which wasn’t expected until 2016.”

Goals for the upcoming year include lowering the price for some organic staples, planning wage increases for employees, and looking at ways to purchase more locally grown organic crops.

Because of the early success, a garden was added outside of the storefront and picnic tables were put on the beach. A new fan system was also installed that has helped keep people warmer (and cooler) when needed.

 “Making a net profit was a huge step after one year of operation in the new space,” said Stoltz, “but there was not enough profit to offer a dividend to owners. However, we will continue to give back to our owners and to the community over the coming years.”

The Co-op is holding its 2014 Owners’ Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 28, with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. with beverages and light appetizers, followed by a membership meeting at 7 p.m.

The guest speaker is Cindy Hale, PhD presenting Can Local Food Production be Profitable, One Farmer’s Story.



Winter is around the corner

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 9:48am

Snow, wet and heavy but not much of it. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Mike Stewart about winter around the corner.


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Birch Grove School hosts Halloween Carnival today, 2-4 p.m.

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 11:03am

Once again the Birch Grove Community School is hosting a day of Halloween fun for all ages. Everyone is invited to Birch Grove in Tofte on Sunday, October 26 from 2 - 4 p.m.

There will be kids’ games, bingo, and an always popular cake walk. Bring your little ghosts and goblins for lunch and stay to decorate some Halloween cookies.

Wear a costume or come as you are. Birch Grove School Director Diane Blanchette said, “Everyone is welcome!”

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



County to consider changing fees for some services

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 10:58am

Coming up on Tuesday, October 28 at 10 a.m. the county board will hold a public meeting to consider changes in fees charged by the county for various services. State statute (MN 373.41) requires the county to hold a hearing before increasing fees but does not require that the county publish a list of those fees prior to the meeting.

Auditor Braidy Powers said he does ask department heads to get that information to him in advance of the meeting so the county board knows what it will be considering.

However, Powers said there have been rare occasions when a request to change a fee has been introduced—and adopted—at the public hearing.

Powers also said there are some items that the county charges for which no public

At press time, Auditor Powers said he had received a few requests for changes to the fee schedule, from Planning and Zoning, the Recorder’s Office, the Auditor’s Office and the MIS (Information Services) Department.

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.