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Care Partners introduces Senior Rides program

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 9:56am

The Care Partners Senior Rides program is an exciting new resource for seniors in the community. Senior Rides is a volunteer assisted transportation program that fills in the gap for transportation needs not met by Arrowhead Transit or friends and relatives.

“Arrowhead Transit is a great resource in Cook County,” commented Debi LaMusga, the program’s new coordinator. “But there are times when the Duluth schedule doesn’t work for them, or the day gets too long. They may need someone to walk with them to the office or help with grocery bags.”

In addition to medical trips to Duluth or other regional centers, Senior Rides will offer rides within Cook County for medical appointments as well as wellness and social activities for those over 60. “Care Partners is pleased to offer another way to help seniors live independently and safely and another resource for their caregivers,” says Care Partners Program Director Kay Grindland. 

Care Partners is currently recruiting Senior Rides volunteer drivers. Volunteers must have a reliable vehicle and good driving record. Care Partners will reimburse mileage and provide a short training. Providing this one-on-one service can be very rewarding and the schedule is very flexible. Volunteers can choose to provide rides to Duluth, or just around town.

Statewide ATV association to hold fall convention and rides

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 9:54am

The All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota (ATVAM) will be holding its 30th annual fall convention the weekend of Sept. 20-22 in at the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) State Recreation Area in Gilbert.  Cook County ATV enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the convention, which is three days packed full of activities for the entire family, such as organized ATV trail rides, meatball and rigatoni buffet served by Valentini’s Supper Club, guided ride from Chisholm to Buhl through retired mining areas, information about new ATV laws and safety trainings, and opportunities for members to discuss ATV-related issues with ATVAM's leadership and government relations staff.

The convention is hosted by Northern Traxx ATV Club based in Chisholm.

George Radke, president of ATVAM, said, "We are thrilled to bring ATV enthusiasts from across the state to the Chisholm/Gilbert area on the Iron Range and enjoy the wonderful trail riding opportunities and the many other activities the local communities offer.  ATVAM encourages all ATV enthusiasts from across the state to join us for ATV riding and many family-fun events.”

Nominations wanted for Grand Portage Elder Advisory Council

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 9:53am

It is time for elections for the Grand Portage Elder Advisory Council. All Elders 50 years and older are eligible to run for positions on this council. Please contact Marie Spry, Carol Hackett or Patty Winchell-Dahl if interested or for more information. Elections should be held at the end of September.

The ENP Director will be mailing out a Needs Assessment for the Tile VI grant. This is done every three years and is a component for the grant. Watch your mail for it and please send it in as soon as you complete it. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Patty at 475-2655.

Cook County Girl Scouts kicks off the scouting year today!

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 12:43pm
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A kick-off event is being held today, Thursday, September 12, for Cook County Girl Scouts—members of the Girl Scouts Minnesota - Wisconsin Lakes & Pines Council. Girls in 1st through 5th grades are encouraged to attend to find out more about scouting.
Girls at Sawtooth Elementary and Great Expectations School will be met at classrooms by Girl Scout leaders and can walk to the kick-off at the Evangelical Free Church in Grand Marais with friends. Other interested girls can meet their fellow Scouts at the Free Church.
The first meeting includes all Cook County Scouts and is an informal chance just to meet one another and get reacquainted—and to learn a little bit about scouting. Girls of all ages are welcome—come out and find out if you are a Daisy, a Brownie, a Junior or a Cadet Scout.
There will be treats, songs, a simple activity and the opportunity to become a Girl Scout! If your girl misses the kick-off, but is interested in scouting, don’t worry, it’s not too late! A troop leader would be happy to talk to you. Contact Rhonda Silence at (218) 387-9844 for information.
Leaders are still needed for Cook County troops. Unfortunately there is no kindergarten Daisy group this year because of lack of a leader—if you are interested and would like to learn more about becoming a leader or just want information on how your girl can become a Scout, contact Rhonda Silence or Arvis Thompson at (218) 370-1105.

Study Skills course offered at Cook County Higher Education

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 12:22pm

Cook County Higher Education is pleased to work with Dr. Robert Pratt in offering the program The Academic Warrior:  Becoming a Purposeful Learner.
This four-session program beginning Sept. 18 helps participants of all ages learn the characteristics, study skills and strategies of a successful student.
The program consists of different modules, and participants may choose to participate in any number of the session, which include “Memory and Note-taking,” learn to draw upon the strengths of memory to improve comprehension, retention and retrieval; “Power Reading,” learn specific strategies, techniques, and tips on reading textbooks for comprehension, retention and recall; “Becoming an Academic Warrior,” students will learn how to set goals, create new habits and draw upon their personal resources to help them succeed in their studies; and “Critical Thinking,” students will cultivate and practice rational well-reasoned thinking and learn the power of asking questions and engaging the brain.
This interactive course is being taught by Dr. Robert Pratt, a retired education professor and college student counselor. Classes are offered on Wednesdays, beginning September 18 and run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the North Shore Campus in Grand Marais.  Participants can take one session or all four sessions.  The cost per session is $15 each or attend all four sessions for $40. Scholarships are available.  The course fee includes a free copy of Dr. Pratt’s book The Academic Warrior: Becoming a Purposeful Learner.
For more information and to register, contact Cook County Higher Education at highered@northshorecampus.org or call 387-3411.

EDA housing program is busy

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 12:20pm

At the August meeting of the Cook County-Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA), the EDA board heard an update on a number of commercial rehabilitation projects.
Nancy Grabko and Steve Grabko of Community Fundraising Solutions (CFS), the EDA housing program administrators, gave the report, starting with Steve Grabko’s description of the work to be done at the GunFlint Tavern on Wisconsin Street in Grand Marais. Grabko said that project, which consists of tuck point repairs to the brick on the old bank building and installation of new energy-conserving windows will got underway on October 20, tourist season slows down.
Steve Grabko said owners Jeff and Susan Gecas are also adding a brew pub to the building while the rehab work is taking place. Grabko said the tavern owner anticipates an addition of four to six new jobs with the brew pub.
Another commercial rehab project, at Beth’s Fudge on Broadway Avenue in Grand Marais, is nearly ready for work to begin. Steve Grabko said he believes the work—installation of all new commercial glass, new high-efficiency heating and a building addition—should begin in mid-October.
Steve Grabko said a third commercial rehab project, at Java Moose, is still in the preliminary stages. He said he expects the agreements for the work to be completed by mid-November.
Kudos to housing program
Nancy Grabko shared an e-mailed letter from the owners of the Mangy Moose Motel on Highway 61 in Grand Marais, thanking Nancy and Steve Grabko of CFS for their hard work on the commercial rehab of their motel and the beauty salon housed in one of its units.