Around Cook County
A lot has been happening at the Birch Grove Community Center
in recent months—and some of the work has been done by HOBBITs. No,
not the fictional characters of J.R.R. Tolkien novels, but some hard
working community members who have dubbed themselves the Hearth Oven
Bread Baking Initiative Team—HOBBITs.
The folks that built the brick hearth oven were supervised by Derek
Lucchese of North House Folk School. There were nine people in the
class, but there was a wider community involvement in the creation of
Support for the construction of the oven and the upcoming bread baking
classes was from grants, financial donations and in kind donations
from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, Cook County Community Fund, the
Town of Tofte, Lutsen Resort and Bluefin Bay, Doug Nordahl and many
The first community bake will be Sept. 29 at the Birch Grove 1% Grand
Opening Celebration. The HOBBITs will be cooking pizza at the event
from 2 – 5 p.m.
As a reward for their hard work, the HOBBITs were on hand for the
placement of a time capsule. All of the builders contributed something.
After the kick-off bread baking, the HOBBITs will help develop
policies for future use of the oven. Birch Grove Community Center
Director Patty Nordahl said, “We hope to have lots of classes
pertaining to the use of the oven!”
Grand Marais’ preliminary tax levy for 2013 has been set, and
what it means is that the city can collect 6.3 percent more in local
taxes than it did last year.
Council members formally adopted the levy Sept. 12 after discussing it
with department heads during two work sessions and prioritizing
proposed capital improvement projects. The budget that was unanimously
approved sets the levy at $866,552.44, up from this year’s
$815,057.51. It also calls for general fund spending of $1,893,496 –
up from the current $1,863,218 – and revenue of $616,406.34.
Local governments by law have to set a preliminary levy in September
each year. They can then lower the figure for a final levy, but cannot
raise it when the final version is ratified at year’s end. Councilors
and City Administrator Mike Roth said there are a number of options
available for reduction of the levy increase, and it is likely
taxpayers will see the figure fall in December.
“There are some choices we have that can get this number down
significantly, even to flat, by the end of the year,” said Mayor Larry
“Bear” Carlson. “And that’s what we’re going to be working toward.”
Councilor Tim Kennedy also acknowledged the need to further reduce the
levy increase. “We know people are struggling in this economy, and we
need to do what we can to keep the numbers down. This is our chance to
The band "Portage" will perform their classic country music at
the North Shore Care Center on the last Saturday of the month on
September 29 starting at 6:30 p.m. As always, families and community
members are welcome to join in the fun.
There are volunteer opportunities, such as making music and many other
options, for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more
information please contact the Activity Department at 218-387-3518 or
visit our website www.nshorehospital.com.
Arrowhead Electric Cooperative has provided electricity to
rural Cook County since 1953. The cooperative’s vision is,
"Connecting the Tip of the Arrowhead" and AEC Director of Member
Services Joe Buttweiler said, “We believe we are still fulfilling that
However, Arrowhead Electric Cooperative is soon to be much more than
an electric cooperative. The co-op will be a full-service local
provider of electricity, high-speed Internet, TV and phone services.
“With growth of the co-op, a new name and logo is needed that reflects
the co-op and all of the services provided to members. The co-op is
seeking ideas as it looks to rename and re-brand,” said Buttweiler.
Persons interested in submitting entries for a new name, logo or a
combination name and logo should send their ideas to AEC Customer
Service Representative Jenny Kartes at email@example.com by noon on
Friday, Oct. 5.
Name and/or logos must be submitted in a digital form along with your
name, address and telephone number. The winning entry will be awarded
one year of free broadband, TV and phone service. If two winners are
chosen, each winner will receive six months of free service.
As before, participants must be 18 years or older, be of childbearing age, and must eat some Minnesota-caught fish. For focus group data to be valid, only one person from a household or two from a family group may be included (e.g., a sister-in-law would be fine). Compensation: $25.00 Visa gift card. Child care and a light supper will be provided.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 in Grand Marais
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (but come a little early to get settled)
(*Click on the AM Community Calender link below to hear a WTIP interview with Deborah Durkin of the Minnesota Department of Health.)