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A discussion of complementary and alternative medicine in Cook County

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 9:31am

Cook County Higher Education's June guest lecture will focus on complementary and alternative medicine in Cook County.

The discussion will be presented at 7 p.m. June 24 by Mona Abdel-Rahman, Kim Falter, and Margy Nelson.

Topics included will be non-massage bodywork options, acupuncture, herbs and supplements, and homeopathy.

Abdel-Rahman is a nationally certified and licensed acupuncture practitioner with an M.S. in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from the

American Academy of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in Roseville. She previously worked as an RN for 22 years at the Cook County North Shore Hospital. Her clinic "Crescent Moon Acupuncture" is located on the lower level of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.

Falter currently holds a B.S. in biology from Northland College and

an M.S. in holistic nutrition from Clayton College. She works as the Wellness Coordinator at the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op.

Nelson has been practicing various massage and bodywork modalities for over 18 years. After having created and coordinated a natural medicine/homeopathy study group in Cook County that met for several years in the late ’90s, Nelson graduated in 2013 from a four-year professional training program with the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy in Golden Valley. She is located in the lower level of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.

The guest lecture series of Cook County Higher Education is offered to the community free, although donations are appreciated. The series is sponsored by the Grand Marais State Bank, the Lake Superior Trading Post, Drury Lane Books, George F. Maruska Ltd., Mike's Holiday, White

Pine North, Como Oil & Propane, Sawbill Outfitters, Beth's Fudge and Gifts, and Johnson's Foods.

The lectures are held at Cook County Higher Education's North Shore campus at 300 W. Third St. in Grand Marais.

Volunteers and odd props wanted at Grand Marais Playhouse

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 1:44pm

The Grand Marais Playhouse has shifted into high gear! The casts of "Nunsense: The Mega Musical" and "Nana’s Naughty Knickers" are busy learning their parts, set designs are finished, ready for the crews to begin, props and costumes are being found and created! More than 25 community members are already at work making theater happen once again in Grand Marais.

There is still room for more! Construction and painting will begin next week in the afternoons from 2-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays beginning June 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Please use the backstage door entrance.

The costumers are seeking more nighties, slippers, sleepwear (especially pink) for Nana’s closets. Yes, we are also looking for a little leather… Some items may be worn for costumes, the rest (majority of it) will be hung in closets or around the set.

So if you are looking to get rid of some items, call the Playhouse at 387-1284 ext. 2

The play also calls for the top half of a mannequin. If you have one we could borrow, please call the above number. 


Grand Portage Pigeon River border crossing offers Global Entry Protection program

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 1:43pm

For the cost of $100 and a clean background check one can make traveling through U.S. borders much quicker and less stressful when entering the United States at larger international airports, said Brian King, port director/public affairs liaison for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency.  King, who is located in Warroad, Minnesota, was in Grand Portage on Thursday, May 29 to unveil the Global Entry Protection program to the staff at the Pigeon River border crossing.

Begun in April 2008 as a pilot program at the John F. Kennedy International airport in Jamaica, New York, and two other airports, Global Entry is one of four “Trusted Traveler” programs U.S. Customs and Border Protection uses throughout the country and abroad to screen pre-identified, lower risk populations.

“These programs allow our CBP officers to quickly process low risk travelers,” King explained.

Interested individuals must apply online, said King, and undergo a background investigation and complete an in-person interview with a CBP officer. If no disqualifying information is found, travelers will get a Global Entry card they can use at nearly 300 kiosks located at 34 U.S. airports and 10 preclearance locations in Canada and Ireland.

The $100 application fee allows for a five years of membership, “but if the applicant doesn’t pass the security check, it’s non-refundable,” said King.

CBP Officers at Grand Portage will each receive several days of training to learn the new protocol. In Warroad, all of the agents have been trained in the Global Entry Program, said King.

Global Entry has reduced wait times more than 70 percent with more than 75 percent of travelers using their cards to pass through the check-in gate in less than five minutes.

Odds and Endz Store Opens in Grand Marais

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 7:19am

There's a new business in Grand Marais called 'Oddz & Endz.'  WTIP volunteer, Marnie McMillan, spoke with EvaLyn Carlson and Arvis Thompson on North Shore Morning about this new non-profit thrift/consignment store.

Oddz and Enz is located at 2066 West Hwy. 61 in the former bowling alley. Current hours are Mondays and Tuesdays 1 to 6pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays 9am to 2pm; and open for donations Thursdays from 9 to noon.  More information from Sharon at 387-1714.

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Alcohol server training offered by Higher Education and Cook County Sheriff's Office June 17-18

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 12:32pm

Cook County Higher Education, working with the Cook County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, will offer alcohol server training June 17 and 18.

 On Tuesday, June 17, the training will be held 5-7 p.m. at Cascade Lodge; the following day training will be held 10 a.m. to noon at Windigo Lodge on the Gunflint Trail. Cost of the training is $5.

 Bartenders, wait staff and all owners and operators of alcohol-dispensing establishments are highly encouraged to attend this informational training. In the state of Minnesota, liability charges can be levied against the individual serving the alcohol as well as the owner. At this course you will learn Minnesota statutes relating to the sale/service of alcohol; procedures for checking identification; how to identify minors; how to manage customer drinking; methods of intervening with intoxicated persons; and factors and signs of intoxication.

 The course will be taught by Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk and Brian Kringen, law enforcement liaison officer with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement. Register at Cook County Higher Education by calling 387-3411

Funding issues unzip Superior Ziplines project

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 12:30pm

Grand Marais developer Matt Geretschlaeger has confirmed the widely circulating rumor that he will not build a zip line on 22 acres of land he purchased from the city of Grand Marais in April 2012.

Reached by phone on July 9, and asked what was happening with his Superior Ziplines development, Geretschlaeger replied, “Absolutely nothing.”

Geretschlaeger said the obstacles to completing the project were insurmountable. He said, “There was too much of a path of resistance. I’m not going to deal with it anymore. I’m completely selling out.”

The property, which Geretschlaeger purchased from the city on April 25, 2012 for $75,000, is located about a quarter mile up from the city’s water tower just off of the Gunflint Trail on the hill overlooking Grand Marais.

At the time of the sale some citizens voiced concerns that Geretschlaeger, the former director of the Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA), would like to see the property used for a high-end housing development.

Geretschlaeger assured the community and his funders that was not the case.

Geretschlaeger’s business plan relied on a $250,000 loan from the county’s revolving loan fund, which the county agreed to lend in July 2012. The agreement was contingent on Geretschlaeger securing a loan of $350,000 from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB).

This year, on January 28, 2014, the county board decided to the void the agreement to loan $250,000 from the county revolving loan funds, stating that Geretschlaeger hadn’t met all of the criteria.

Geretschlaeger also told the News-Herald that he was contacted by Cook County Planning & Zoning Administrator Dave Demmer, notifying him that some of the work conducted last fall had caused damage to a protected wetland.