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Don't miss "We Happy Few" at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 12:16am

We Happy Few, an uplifting and touching play set in World War II Britain opened at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Friday, December 5. The community was invited to join the Grand Marais Playhouse cast and crew in an opening night celebration with an after show reception in the lobby. The play has received rave reviews from all who attended.

The Imogen Stubbs play continues at the Arts Center on December 11-14, Thursday. - Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 adults and $5 students Advance tickets are available at or at the door one hour before the show.

We Happy Few shares the story of a group of women who travel across Britain during World War II performing Shakespeare and other plays to children and people in remote areas. Inspired by the true wartime history of the Osiris Players, this dramatic comedy tells the stories of these women as they live and work and produce up to four plays a day with little money but a lot of heart.

The play is directed by Sue Hennessy.


We Happy Few cast:

Brandon Bockovich

Lucy Calendar

Lollie Cooper

Beth Faraone

Finn Garry

Brenna Hay

Jan Healy

Linnea Henrikson

Wellesley Howard Larsen

Kevin Kager

Aliya Marxen

Erica Marxen

Santina McMillan

Louise Reavis

Melanie Stoddard

Kathy Ann Travis


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

Dragon Boat Festival future is uncertain

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:10am

The future of the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival is uncertain. For eleven years, three of Cook County’s nonprofits – WTIP Community Radio, North Shore Health Care Foundation and North House Folk School – have collaborated leading the event forward. Together they have insured the event’s overall success and managed details ranging from on-water safety to on-shore parades, team training to community engagement.  

“We’re proud of the joy and excitement that the Dragon Boat Festival creates every year and appreciative of the many volunteers, invested business sponsors and talented staff who have made it possible,” noted WTIP’s Debbie Benedict. ”The three partners have worked well together, but now we have other commitments to the community that need to come first. New dragon boat leadership is needed.”

There is little doubt that the words “joy and excitement” accurately capture the dragon boat festival’s decade-plus on the water. Photo finishes, shouts of “Paddles Up,” water-drenched yet smiling paddlers, a harbor filled-to-overflowing with community members & visitors – the festival’s unique character is satisfying for many reasons.

Karl Hansen with NSHCF agrees: “We know the Dragon Boat Festival is an important part of the summer here in Cook County. Given this, we want to work hard to find a great new organization to lead the dragon boat festival forward.” Many of the key event puzzle pieces are already in place - colorful web site, safety protocols, clearly defined monthly tasks, etc - “Our years of working together have created an event with systems and plans that truly work,” Hansen said.  

Formally speaking, the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival is a 501-c-3 nonprofit with a mission to Paddle for Community. Like most dragon boat festivals around the world, the festival aspires to at once celebrate, build and support communities. “Dragon boat festivals around the world engage projects ranging from breast cancer to youth projects,” said North House’s Greg Wright. “We know the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival is great for our community in many ways. The event has and can continue to make an impact on important local cause. Our goal is to keep the event paddling into the future, and we want to work with the community to find a strong and positive new plan to keep it going.”

New leadership for the dragon boat festival needs to be in place by January 15th or the 2015 event may need to be cancelled. Jim Boyd with Cook County Chamber of Commerce has been active engaging potential partners.  Business leaders and community members are welcome to contact any of the current dragon boat staff or board - Benedict, Hansen, Wright, Dave Tersteeg, Julie Carlson and Matthew Brown - for more information.


Care Center to celebrate birthdays December 10

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 6:46pm

The monthly birthday party at the North Shore Care Center will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 10 to honor Nancy Brazell and Victor Roderick. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. along with piano music by Doug Sanders.

The spirit of giving is always in season at North Shore Care Center thanks to the commitment of over 70 volunteers this past year. The residents count their blessings for family, friends, employees, and community members who give so much.

For more information about upcoming activities or volunteer opportunities at Cook County North Shore Hospital & Care Center, please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or the website


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Commissioners keep county board salary and per diems the same for 2015

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 6:45pm

Auditor Braidy Powers informed Cook County commissioners that it was time to set per diem rates and salary for the county board for 2015. After brief discussion at the December 2 meeting, a unanimous motion passed to keep the salary and per diem the same as in 2014. The per diem rate is $100 for all approved activities, in- or out-of-county. Per diems are only allowed for meetings on the county list of boards and commissions. Per diems are not allowed for regularly scheduled or special board meetings.

The 2014 salary, to continue to 2015 is $22,395. The county board chair makes an additional $1,500 per year.

After the motion offered by Commissioner Gamble and seconded by Commissioner Doo-Kirk passed, Gamble quipped, “It looks good to have the two commissioners who will live with the consequences make the motion.”

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High school student will give arctic canoe trip presentation: December 11

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 2:29pm

Local high school student, Carrie Palmer, will be giving a presentation on her recent Arctic canoe trip. WTIP host Jana Berka spoke with Carrie and her mentor, Bob Pratt, about her trip and upcoming presentation on North Shore Morning.

Carrie Palmer's presentation will be December 11 at 7 pm at Cook County Higher Ed.

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Soon-to-be former commissioners recognized at Dec. 2 coffee

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:33pm

The Cook County commissioners’ room filled with friends and co-workers on Tuesday, December 2 who came to wish the soon-to-be former commissioners well. Jan Hall and Bruce Martinson will attend two more county board meetings, but for Sue Hakes, this was her last meeting as she has other obligations.

Before the cake was cut, Auditor Powers spoke to those in attendance, stating, “If you don’t follow the workings of local government closely, you might be surprised at the breadth and volume of the issues facing commissioners. I know I was when I came here.

“I think candidates are often very interested and knowledgeable about a few important issues that probably get them interested in the job, but one of the real challenges I think is to gain that knowledge and judgment about a wide variety of issues that come before a county board that affect so many lives. Local issues that start and stop here, but also statewide issues that have a big impact on us but require so much interaction with other counties and state agencies to keep our interests from getting lost in the shuffle.

I have really come to appreciate the commitment of county commissioners in general—and these three outgoing commissioners in particular—to maintain their focus and dedication to the public’s service.

“And I think we should all thank them,” said Powers.


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