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Care Partners training begins May 21

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 12:21pm

The gift of friendship can mean a lot for those on the journey of aging or serious illness—just someone to hear their stories, be with them or remind them of their significance.
Care Partners volunteers provide companionship in the client’s home, at the Care Center, or the hospital. Volunteers provide ongoing friendly visits, a compassionate presence at end-of-life, phone check-ins, or caregiver respite—each volunteer finds his own niche.
The 2013 Spring Care Partners volunteer training will be held for three Tuesdays, May 21, 28, and June 4 from 1-4 p.m. Contact Kay Grindland at 387-3788 for more information. Pre-registration is required.

DNR adds burning restrictions for 4 additional counties

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 7:22am

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is placing burning restrictions on four additional counties in northern Minnesota because receding snow cover has created conditions conducive to wildfire.

The restrictions took effect at 8 a.m., Monday, for Cook, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis counties.

Minnesota has had numerous wildfires so far this spring, but most have been small.  While debris burning will be curtailed, the use of campfires, if smaller than 3 feet in diameter and 3 feet in height, are allowed.

 

Spring creeps in slowly

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:02am

Looks like the snow squalls may be over and warmer weather is on the way. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson about spring creeping into the Northland.

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"Growing the Arts" panel set for May 13 discussion

Sun, 05/12/2013 - 8:52am

Cook County is awash in artists, artisans and crafts people, joyfully so. It's a good bet we have more creative folk of assorted varieties than any other county in Minnesota.

While most celebrate this fact of North Woods life, few stop to think about what it means in economic terms – households sustained, careers fashioned and jobs created directly and indirectly by the application of art and craft skills. Fewer still have any reason to think deeply about what it could mean for county life if this sector of the economy were further developed.

Four people with extended, first-hand experience in arts and crafts economics will offer their views and visions on “Growing the Cook County Arts and Crafts Economy” at a gathering May 13 from 4-6 p.m. at Cook County Higher Ed. All are welcome, and there is no charge.

Come hear Greg Wright of North House Folk School, Amy Demmer of the Grand Marais Art Colony, Jan Sivertson of Sivertson Gallery and Jay Andersen of WTIP share their perspectives on what arts and crafts mean to the county – and what they could mean if the community united behind a program to grow and sustain them further.

Given Cook County's need for new economic vitality, there are all sorts of good reasons why the arts and crafts sector should be further developed: It builds on what we already do well; it enhances the existing character and culture of Cook County; and it adds another economic arrow to the county quiver, one that is related to tourism but has its own independent center of economic energy.

This is the first in a number of presentations on the projects and plans growing out of work by the Cook County Go Team and supported by the newly formed Cook County Chamber of Commerce.

 

EDA offers informational meeting for building contractors

Sun, 05/12/2013 - 8:46am

The Cook County - Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) housing program has been working on residential rehab projects for several years now, improving the living conditions of low income homeowners and giving building contractors the opportunity for repair and renovation work. For contractors who would like to learn more about working with the EDA, there is a Building Contractors Informational Meeting at Grand Marais City Hall on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

If you would like to learn more but are unable to attend the meeting, contact Steve Grabko at (218) 398-2473 or e-mail sgrabko.cfs@gmail.com.

Award-winning Cook County High School Band to perform in concert May 13

Sat, 05/11/2013 - 1:48pm

The Cook County High School Band earned high praises from the judges at the Section 7A State-Section Band Festival in March for their performance of Gustav Holst’s First Suite in Eb. The band’s Jazz Ensemble also performed at the festival, playing Adele’s Skyfall.
The next Cook County High School band performance is Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. and will feature the music of The Beatles. The community is invited.