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Volley for a Cure--a fun fundraiser at CCHS

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 8:40am

On Monday, October 7, the third annual Volley for a Cure will start at 4 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. in the high school gym. The event is open to everyone and a free will offering will be taken

“Last year we made $700. This year I hope we make $1,000,” said 8th grade volleyball Coach Kelly Roberts.

Games will be played between the 7th and 8th grade teams, the C-team versus the B-team, and the varsity will play the alumni and parents  “If there are enough alumni we might have a game where the alumni play the alumni,” said Roberts.

“The games between the kids should be fun, and the games between the parents and the kids should be even more fun,” said Taylor.

“We invite all cancer survivors out there and anyone affected by cancer to come out and take part,” Roberts said

On sale will be memory ribbons and raffle tickets. All proceeds will be donated to the Cook County North Shore Health Care Foundation.for its cancer assistance fund.

Coach Roberts said the fight against cancer hits home for her, having lost her mother to breast cancer and having seen Varsity Coach Pam Taylor go through treatment over the last year, "This means a lot to me,” Coach Roberts said.


Grand Marais Art Colony offers chance to "Make-a-Bowl"

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 8:34am

Don't miss a chance to Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls this weekend! It’s a great way to learn more about pottery while serving a good cause – raising money for the local food shelf.

Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls will be held now until Oct. 14 on Sundays at 2 p.m., and Mondays at 7 p.m. There is a $5 tuition fee per session, and pre-registration is required.

Twelve percent of Cook County residents are hungry every month. Therefore, each year the Art Colony organizes the Empty Bowls Dinner& Silent Auction (Nov. 14), a community art fundraiser for the local food shelf.  The bowls made will be donated to the event, and participants will learn the basics of pottery and create two kinds of bowls: hand-built and a wheel-thrown.

The sessions are open to all levels and ages. Register by contacting the Art Colony at 387-2737.

Weekend News Roundup for October 5

Sat, 10/05/2013 - 10:18am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. A group of Native Americans protest the proposed tar sands pipeline, wolves and bears are back in the news, state officials visit a closed Wisconsin copper mine, and more …all in this week’s news.


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Cook County Community Fund celebrates 10 years

Sat, 10/05/2013 - 9:49am

Ten years since its formation, the Cook County Community Fund has become a major resource for non-profits and donors in the area. Each May, non-profits can apply for grants from a variety of funds that have been established through estate or other gifts. To date, this equals 58 grants totaling $63,897, with 32 non-profits receiving grants.

In addition, donors have the option of establishing a variety of different funds to best meet their long-term charitable giving goals. Or, they can support the unrestricted fund, which is an endowed fund that is focused on supporting the changing needs of the region in the areas of: arts, community development, education, environment, human services and youth.

This individual fund sits at over $200,000 and is just one of many success stories within a community committed to supporting itself.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved with the Cook County Community Fund, join organizers for the 10th Anniversary Celebration on October 8, 5-7p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post. If you are interested in making a donation tto the fund, call (218) 726-0232 or visit:

Grand Marais Art Colony Tour d'Art a success

Sat, 10/05/2013 - 9:40am

The Grand Marais Art Colony’s first Tour d’Art, held September 28, 2013, was a grand success.  The event featured four homes from Schroeder to Grand Marais whose owners, according to Executive Director Amy Demmer, designed their dwellings around their art collections rather than placing art as an afterthought.

Fifty-seven art enthusiasts traveled in Arrowhead Transit buses from home to home.

Back at the Art Colony, a wine and cheese reception was followed by a presentation by local artist and Minneapolis College of Art and Design Professor Emeritus Hazel Belvo, who talked about the artwork of local artists she had curated for the exhibit surrounding them in the main hall. 

“Artists come here because they’re inspired by nature,” Belvo said.  She talked about how the artists whose work she had chosen demonstrated natural themes in their work, from Bonnie Cutts’ paintings of brain cells to Nancy Seaton’s glass totems – “a perfect example of inspiration from nature” – to plein air paintings by Neil Sherman, whose work she called “very poetic.”  One of her own paintings, a vibrant red tree trunk inspired by the Little Cedar Spirit Tree in Grand Portage, is called “The Matriarch” and exhibits her interpretation of the tree as a personage.

Ken Bloom, director of the Tweed Museum at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, concluded the event with a discussion on collecting art.  “I do have some experience collecting art,” he said.  “Fortunately, I’m spending other people’s money!”

Make your reservations for the Cook County Historical Society Annual Dinner now

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 2:15pm

Cook County Historical Society's Annual Dinner will be held Oct. 15 at the Landing. The featured guest speaker will be journeyman blacksmith/archaeologist Tom Sanders. Sanders is the site director at Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site.
Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations are required by Oct. 8, by calling (218) 387-2883.