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County, contractor to share cost of YMCA floor fix

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 9:45pm

Work to correct a water drainage problem at the Cook County YMCA will soon be under way, thanks to an agreement reached Nov. 18, 2014 by the county commissioners and the designer responsible for the faulty design.

County Attorney Molly Hicken said that JLG Architects of Alexandria was not willing to admit there was a flaw in the design – but the firm is willing to contribute to the fix.

Hicken told the board that JLG said they designed the space with the expectation of far fewer members, and they’ve never had this problem before.

Hicken added that the architects were not willing to say the proposed fix would result in “bone-dry floors or no other problems,” but they conceded it will help and are willing to invest in the repairs.

The drainage problem creates water pooling on the locker room floors, with water flowing under the wall into the closet that adjoins the men’s locker room. The proposed solution – the second attempt at a fix – was designed with assistance from JLG, ORB Management and YMCA representatives.

The work will be done by County Plumbing & Heating of Lutsen and is expected to start by the end of the month and take about one week per bathroom to complete. In order to minimize inconvenience, the work will be done in one bathroom at a time, with the affected users of the closed area being directed to use the nearby locker rooms in the school.

The cost of the work is set at $8,370 per bathroom, for a total of $16,740. Under the terms of the agreement with the county, JLG will pay $11,000 and the county the remainder of $5,740.

New board members join Great Expectations

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:23pm

Great Expectations School (GES) in Grand Marais held its annual meeting on Tuesday, November 11. 

Attendees received an update on the school’s performance in connection with Minnesota’s “World’s Best Workforce” legislation and elected new board members.  As a public charter school, GES is run by a board made up of parents, educators, and community members. 

Elected Tuesday were Mike Carlson, community member, and Kathryn Nelson-Pedersen, educator member. The two joined Sue Butter, Sara Hingos, Jeff Kern, Jeanne Monson, and ex-officio members Amy Henrikson and Peter James on the board.    

“Including teachers in governance roles is a key aspect of the charter school law,” said GES Director Peter James. “Having their perspectives combined with those of parents and outside community members helps ensure we’re keeping the focus on what’s best for our students.” 

Great Expectations School is in its 12th year of operation and serves the families of students in kindergarten through eighth grade from across Cook County. 


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Forum: Completing your health care directive, November 25

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:04pm

The North Shore Health Care Foundation hosts a Community Open Forum Tuesday afternoon, November 25th, designed to help people get going on their health care directives.  North Shore Morning host Sherrie Lindskog spoke with Jerry Lilja and Katie Anderson, board members of the North Shore Health Care Foundation.
Honoring Choices:         
Completing your health care directive
A community open forum
Tuesday, November 25, 2014  –   4:00 to 6:00 pm                                                                                                               
Sawtooth Mountain Clinic (classroom lower level)
A program of the North Shore Health Care Foundation designed to help you get started on your Health Care Directive.     
This is a repeat of our June 2014 event.
Beginning with…   a panel presentation featuring medical, legal, family and spiritual resource people from our community    
Followed by…  questions and discussion time with the panel. 
The panelists will be:                                                                                                         
Hilja Iverson - Social Worker, North Shore Hospital and Care Center                                                                                        
Jeanette Lindgren - Clinical Care Coordinator, Care Partners                                       
Milan Schmidt - Physician, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic                                    
Ruthanne Vos  - Attorney, Mathison Law Office                                                         
Seamus Walsh - Priest, St. John’s Catholic Church
After the program…  panelists will be available for conversation with attendees for additional information and assistance.  
More information from the Foundation at 387-9076.


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Weekend News Roundup for November 21

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:59am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top news stories. An update scheduled on barrels dumped in Lake Superior, a fisheries management plan review, and a new areas hospital collaboration…all this and more in the week’s news.


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North Country Creations Holiday Bazaar is Saturday at Schroeder Town Hall

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:20am

‘Tis the season! Coming up soon on the calendar are Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday and Cyber Monday all intended to get everyone in the holiday shopping mode. There are also a number of other shopping opportunities right here in Cook County featuring local artists, crafters and vendors. The many talented artisans that take part in the North Country Creations Holiday Bazaar are putting the finishing touches on their assorted handmade items and delicious baked goods. They will be at the Schroeder Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 22. In addition to exquisitely unique gifts of all kinds, you can enjoy coffee, tea and treats.  If you go, don’t forget to stop by the Cross River Heritage Center to say hello to Mrs. Santa Claus and enjoy watching lefse being made.


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CCHS Vikings All-Conference honors

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:18am

Several Viking athletes have been recognized as fall sports came to a close. Owen Anderson has been named by the region’s football coaches to the first team of the Great Polar Alliance All-Conference team. Earning All-Conference Honorable Mention were two other Viking football players, Noah Warren and Jamie Wick.

In volleyball, Linden and Meredith Sutton were also recognized by Polar League coaches.  Meredith, a freshman earned second team All-Conference honors while Linden received Honorable Mention.

Congratulations to all of these student athletes!


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