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Tofte branch of Grand Marais State Bank offers "Giving Tree"

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 10:39am

The Tofte Branch of Grand Marais State Bank will have a "Giving Tree" again this year for the holidays.  The bank is collecting referrals of anyone who could really use an extra surprise or two this holiday season.  In order to keep it confidential, they ask for the gender and age, and the person or group who will be responsible to pick up the gift at the bank by December 18 to deliver before Christmas.

For information, talk to Nancy at the bank in Tofte or e-mail Patty Nordahl at Birch Grove Community Center at or call 663-7977.

The tree goes up right after Thanksgiving.

Chili Cook Off and Meat Bingo at Grand Portage Lodge Thursday

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 10:37am

The Grand Portage Elders will be holding their annual Chili Cook Off & Meat Bingo on November 15 at the Grand Portage Lodge. Anyone can enter a chili and all can enjoy bingo with prizes of meat. For the last game the prize is a complete turkey dinner. Included with this fundraiser is a 50/50 raffle and prize table.

All proceeds will go towards the Elders' annual Christmas shopping overnight trip to Duluth.

Planning Commission to consider changes to tower ordinance

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 6:55pm

Energy technologies continue to evolve, and county ordinances need to evolve with them.  The Planning Commission will meet at 5 p.m. on November 14 to discuss adding new provisions to the Cook County Tower Facility Ordinance. 
The proposed provisions relate to allowing vertical axis wind turbines. Vertical axis wind towers spin horizontally around a tower and tend to be shorter than traditional propeller-type wind towers.
Vertical axis wind turbines under 35 feet would be allowed without a permit, and those over 35 feet would require land use permits or conditional use permits depending on where they are.
Wind towers of any kind over 199 feet are not allowed. 
Planning Director Tim Nelson said someone in the community is interested in developing a vertical axis wind turbine business in Cook County.  He said he has been told they are quieter than propeller-type turbines.

Care Center celebrates birthdays on November 14

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 1:57pm

The resident birthday party will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 14 for Dorothe Vaughn, Irma Toftey, Marian Kimball, and Mary Liebsch. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. along with piano music by Doug Sanders.
For information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Dept at 218.387.3518 or the website

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.