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Support local nonprofits on November 15 Give to the Max Day

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 1:55pm

Howard Hedstrom, chair of the Cook County Community Fund Advisory Board, recently noted that it's the time of year when thoughts turn to snow, family, holidays…and giving. At year’s end, many people not only give gifts to friends and family, they make gifts to organizations and causes they care about. As we enter into the season of generosity, Hedstrom invites community members to think about what they love most about this special place. "For me, it’s the wonderful people and the sense of community we have here. Together, we can ensure that this and other important aspects of our community are here for generations to come," said Hedstrom.
Nov. 15 is “Give to the Max Day,” a day for Minnesotans to come together to raise as much money as possible for nonprofits. Give to the Max Day’s aim is to engage as many donors as possible to give to their favorite Minnesota charities in one day. During last year's Give to the Max Day, $13.4 million was raised to benefit Minnesota nonprofits. Check out for details on how to give on this special day. You can search for your favorite Cook County nonprofit(s) at the top of the page.
For a comprehensive list of nonprofit organizations that serve the Cook County area, go to You’ll find information on what each nonprofit does and how to contact them, whether it’s to make a gift, volunteer your time, or make use of their services. The print version is also available at various locations around the county.
To benefit Cook County nonprofits in general, consider a gift to the Cook County Community Fund (CCCF). The CCCF, an affiliate fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, was created in 2003 to be a resource for the Cook County region. 

Christmas tree benefit for Care Partners

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 1:47pm
Vicki Biggs-Anderson with her African geese Sophie and Olivia.
Magnetic North Farm in Colvill is hosting a “Cut Your Own Christmas Tree” fundraiser for Care Partners of Cook County.

Everyone is invited to come by the farm from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on three upcoming Sundays; November 18, November 25or December 2 to select and cut a Christmas tree in exchange for a donation to Care Partners.  There will be hot cider, cookies and critters from the farm for the kids to pet. Volunteers will be on hand to help with the trees.  Magnetic North Farm is located east of Grand Marais at 122 Caspers Hill Road, off East County Road 14. There will be signs to the farm from Highway 61, east of Grand Marais.  

(Click on link to WTIP below to hear an audio feature recorded at Magnetic North Farm.)

About Care Partners

After years of community work to build an end-of-life care program for Cook County, Care Partners was established in 2010 as a collaborative of the Cook County North Shore Hospital, North Shore Health Care Foundation and the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. Care Partners provides comfort care (palliative care) for those with advanced illness as well as those at end of life.

Care Partner’s RN, Jeannette Lindgren meets with clients with advanced illness and their caregivers. She coordinates support for a whole range of concerns they might face. Examples include medical concerns, managing uncomfortable symptoms, health care planning, the practical issues of staying in the home—even emotional, social or spiritual issues. Care Partners’ goal is to support clients in living the best quality of life possible according to their goals.

Senior Center hosts Duluth shopping trip

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 10:28am

On Friday, November 16, the Cook County Senior Center bus is 
heading to Duluth for a shopping and lunch extravaganza. Play bingo on 
the bus on the way down, enjoy lunch at the China Star, and stock up 
on supplies or start your holiday shopping. Each person can bring one 
cooler. Cost for the transportation is $20.
Leave the Cook County Senior Center at 8:15 and return at about 6:30 
p.m. Some in-town pickup is available.

CCHS band members perform with UMD Honor Band

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 10:25am

Members of the Cook County High School band participated in 
the University of Minnesota-Duluth Honor Band performance on Saturday, 
November 3. Seniors Colin Everson, Mara MacDonell, Luke Fenwick, Bjorn 
Johnson, Sarah Larsen, and sophomore Libby Zafft joined two bands with 
200 students from 57 high schools from Minnesota and Wisconsin, 
performing beautiful works by composer/conductor Dr. Frank Ticheli.
The band students performed at UMD Marshall Performing Art Center on 
Saturday. CCHS Band Director Keri Bilben said, “It was a fantastic 
weekend of music and performances. Make sure to ask the students what 
they thought of the weekend.”

Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 15th

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 9:38am

GIve to the Max Day is Thursday, November 15th.  It's the "Great Minnesota Give Together," coordinated by Give MN to provide people across the state an opportunity to support the causes and efforts they care about through one website:

Through this one site, you can choose to support many local non-profit organizations, including WTIP.  On Thursday, November 15th, please go to and support local non-profit organizations for Give to the Max Day!

Veterans honored on Monday, Nov. 12

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:35am

The Grand Portage Veterans Memorial Association is holding its traditional Veterans Day commemoration on Monday, November 12 at the Grand Portage Veterans Memorial, beginning with a drum ceremony at 10:30 a.m. and flag raising at 11 a.m. Butch Deschampe will be the guest speaker. The Veterans Room will be open after the ceremony and there will be refreshments.

Cook County School District 166 is hosting a concert in recognition of Veteran’s Day. This year’s event 
will be held the day after Veteran’s Day, on Monday, November 12 at  2:30 p.m. The concert is conducted in cooperation with American Legion  Post 413.
The concert will be held in the varsity gym and is open to all  community members. All kindergarten through 12th grade students will  attend. There will be patriotic music by the Cook County High School 
band, conducted by Kerri Bilben, as well as other special music and  speakers.
There is no admission charge for this special community event, but  anyone who would like to may bring a package of cookies for the senior  high student council’s “Cookies for Troops” project is asked to do so. 
Just drop them off on your way into the concert.
The student council is also looking for addresses of military personnel for the project. Contact Pam Taylor at the school at (218)  387-2271 with addresses or with questions.

Later in the evening, American Legion Post 413 Auxiliary invites veterans to dinner. The meal will be from 5 - 8 p.m. and is free to all  veterans. The cost is $7 for non-vets.

Thank you veterans!