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Higher Ed offers "Dressed Up with Someplace to Work"

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 2:13pm

Cook County Higher Education (CCHE) is the recipient of a $2,500 grant from the Cook County Community Fund to foster local employment.

The “Dressed Up with Someplace to Work” collaborative project is designed to help local college students gain resume and job interview skills and provide the start of a “dress for success” wardrobe.  Many of CCHE's clientele have little resources to spend on the wardrobe needs necessary for new employment.  The "Dressed Up" project provides a fun, unique way of solving this dilemma.

The concept of providing a startup wardrobe is relatively common in metropolitan areas, so why not here in Cook County?  CCHE approached the First and Second Thrift Shop and they were intrigued by the possibilities and agreed to partner for the project. 

CCHE’s “Dressed Up” project will be accomplished in three steps. First, students will attend a free resume writing workshop at CCHE. The event Landing the Perfect Job is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the North Shore Campus.

Next, students will work one-to-one with CCHE staff and a local volunteer to refine and polish their resume and practice their job interview skills.

Finally, students will be given a voucher to go to the local nonprofit First and Second Thrift Shop and receive help picking out clothing and accessories appropriate for their upcoming job interview and/or employment.

CCHE expects that local students will come away from the project with a strong resume and the skills to conduct themselves confidently in a job interview. Students will obtain a wardrobe of at least two work outfits, will learn how to dress appropriately for their new occupation, and can use those new skills to expand their work wardrobe.

Hwy. 61 re-design presentation and open house: October 28

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:06pm

The City of Grand Marais will hold a presentation and open house as part of the planning for the re-design of Highway 61 as it travels through Grand Marais. WTIP volunteer Joe Detrick spoke with City Administrator Mike Roth and Moving Matters Coordinator, Kristin DeArruda Wharton, on North Shore Morning. 

Join the City of Grand Marais on October 28th for an open house and presentation of concept designs for Highway 61 through Grand Marais. Your feedback and input is needed! A light meal will be provided and free childcare will be available at the Cook County Community YMCA.
Tuesday, October 28th
6 - 8 pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
417 1st Ave. West, Grand Marais
Questions? Contact Mike Roth, City Administrator, at or call (218) 387-1848. For more information and updates, visit

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County approves $2.4 million Superior National Golf Course loan

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:02pm

At the October 21 board meeting, the Cook County commissioners put their stamp of approval on a number of documents aimed at improving the Superior National at Lutsen Golf Course with a $2.4 million loan.

The process began with a positive report from Bruce Kimmel of Ehlers and Associates, the county’s bond counsel. Kimmel announced the sale results of the Series 2014A General Obligation Tax Abatement Bonds. The bids were received just prior to the Tuesday morning board meeting. Kimmel said the winning bid of the three submitted was for a 3.12 percent true interest rate, which is 1.99 percent better than what was projected. That translates into about a $164,000 annual bond service fee, a savings of about $3,000 per year compared with the original estimate, said Kimmel.

“This is an excellent rate for the county, and it is fixed,” Kimmel said. “It’s definitely a positive.”

The financing plan calls for net revenues of the Superior National at Lutsen Golf Course to pay debt service on the bonds, and the 2 percent lodging tax to be available only if those funds are insufficient.

After some discussion, the board approved and signed off on three resolutions setting the bonding process in motion.

The improvement plans for Superior National include the acquisition of four acres of land, and renovation of 18 of the existing holes (nine holes on the Canyon Course and nine holes on the River Course).

Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Committee seeks public input

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 4:48pm

What makes the Gunflint Trail special, and how should it be preserved and maintained? WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson spoke with Nancy Seaton of the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Committee on North Shore Morning.


The Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Committee is working on an update of the Gunflint Trail National Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan.  The purpose of the update will be to acknowledge changes that have occurred since the 2008 plan such as the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway’s designation as a National Scenic Byway and also to evaluate the progress of goals and strategies identified in the previous plan.

Public input is being requested through participation in the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Survey, which asks participants for their input on aspects of the Corridor Management Plan, specifically what they feel are the strengths, weakness, and opportunities of the Gunflint Trail.  The survey will be distributed to members of the Gunflint Trail community and will also be made available at  The survey will be open through October 23rd.

For further information on the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Survey, please contact Ryan Miller, Associate Planner at (218) 529-7552 or


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Ghosts and goblins are invited to the Birch Grove Community School Halloween Carnival October 26

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:02pm

Once again the Birch Grove Community School is hosting a day of Halloween fun for all ages. Everyone is invited to Birch Grove in Tofte on Sunday, October 26 from 2 - 4 p.m.

There will be kids’ games, bingo, and an always popular cake walk. Bring your little ghosts and goblins for lunch and stay to decorate some Halloween cookies.

Wear a costume or come as you are. Birch Grove School Director Diane Blanchette said, “Everyone is welcome!”

Learn about 'Life on the Ground in Palestine' - October 25

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 8:38am

Joyce and Peter Fergus-Moore will be guest lecturers at Cook County Higher Education with ‘On the Ground in Palestine:  An Eyewitness Account of Life Under Occupation.’  The talk starts at 2pm Saturday, October 25th.  WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Joyce and Peter about their experiences on North Shore Morning.


Living and working with Palestinians under military occupation, Joyce and Peter Fergus-Moore monitored checkpoints, witnessed demonstrations, visited villages and spoke with both Palestinians and Israeli peace activists. They saw why and how Palestinians are forced to live under difficult conditions, and how an occupied people refuse to surrender.

The lectures are held at Cook County Higher Education’s North Shore campus, located at 300 West 3rd Street in Grand Marais.

For more information please contact Cook County Higher Education at 387-3411 or or and

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