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County commissioners consider security improvements at county buildings

Sun, 03/17/2013 - 3:58pm

At the March 12 meeting, Cook County commissioners wrestled to balance security concerns with fiscal responsibility as they discussed recommendations for security improvements at the courthouse and other county buildings on March 12, 2013.  The recommendations came from a security committee that was formed after the December 2011 courthouse shooting.  After working with a consultant, the committee formulated a list of improvements they considered of highest priority.

Recommended were security cameras in the courthouse, Community Center, and Highway Department buildings, duress buttons in all offices and meeting rooms, an intercom system, a keycard access system that would be programmed by computer to allow various levels of access, a walk-through x-ray machine and a metal detector like those at airports, and two full-time entry-level bailiffs to staff the x-ray machine and metal detector during normal courthouse business hours.  The total cost of the equipment would be just over $164,117 and the cost of two new employees was calculated at $119,100 a year.

Commissioner Garry Gamble said he understood the important of safety but thought the recommendations were an overreaction to the shooting.

Financial Aid information night at Cook County Higher Education Tuesday, March 19

Sun, 03/17/2013 - 3:54pm

Need money for college education or training?  Come hear financial aid professional LaNita Robinson speak about federal financial aid and application tips in this interactive presentation.

Robinson will be able to answer your questions about financial aid whether attending a community and technical college or a four-year program. Topics include: what is the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal student Aid); completing the FAFSA (common trouble spots); when should you apply; and what is the difference between a grant, scholarship and loan? This presentation is for adults going back to college, high school juniors and seniors, parents and guardians.

Robinson lives in Duluth, and is currently the director of financial aid with Lake Superior College. She has over 12 years of experience in federal financial aid and says despite all her years of experience, “She still sees new things every day which is part of the challenge and reason why financial aid rarely tends to get monotonous.”

Area youths invited to leadership training

Sat, 03/16/2013 - 12:35pm

On March 22, youth are invited to join together for a free leadership training filled with fun, friends and food.

Leadership is about standing up, inspiring others and being responsible even when it may not be convenient or pleasant.  In this two-hour session, young people in grades 6-8 will explore a variety of leadership models, begin to analyze their personal style and work together in teams experimenting with a shared leadership model.  The workshop facilitators are Pat Campanaro, Dr. Kathy Ogle and Dr. Val Ulstad.  Each one of these women brings years of leadership experience and an interest in sharing her knowledge on the topic of leadership.

After the workshop, all of the participants are invited to stay for pizza and a movie on the big screen at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.  The event will last until 8:15 p.m.  Students are to meet at the Cook County Community Center at 3:45 and be picked up by 8:15 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. 

Weekend News Roundup for March 16

Sat, 03/16/2013 - 10:17am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. The senate acts on a wolf hunt moratorium, Rep. Nolan petitions the EPA, protests and petitions seek action against the county attorney, Iron Range cancer report was released, Chisholm musher takes the Beargrease and the railroad wants to fill in part of Twin Ports harbor…all in this week’s news

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Caregiver support group begins Tuesday, March 19

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 10:26pm

The first meeting of a monthly caregiver support group is Tuesday, March 19, noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room of the First Congregational Church in Grand Marais.  Care Partners, the group sponsor, is providing facilitators and refreshments. Participation is free.

Care Partners will also provide a trained volunteer, at no cost, to stay at home with the loved one in need of care or supervision so that the caregiver can attend the group.

Roberta Olin, Grand Marais, and Vicki Biggs-Anderson, Colvill, will facilitate. Both have been caregivers to family members. 

Grand Marais Library presents harp and flute performance Saturday

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 10:21pm

"The Timeless Beauty of Harp and Flute" will be presented at the Grand Marais Public Library at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16.

The free program will be presented by Betty Braunstein, flute and Janell Lemire, harp, members of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.

Betty and Janell play two of the world’s most beloved instruments; the ancestors of these two instruments are amongst the oldest in the world. Using their modern flute and harp, images from the past, actual instruments from other times and places, and music for flute and harp, these musicians will explore the question of why human beings have been music-makers since the beginning of time.

The program is suitable for audiences of all ages, and is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.