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Cook County/Grand Marais EDA hosts Open House today at 4:30 p.m. today, May 13

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 10:14am

The Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) invites the public to stop by its office in Grand Marais City Hall today, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. to learn about what is happening at the economic development entity. There will be information on small business assistance, affordable housing planning, on opportunities in the Cedar Grove Business Park and more. The open house follows the regular EDA meeting at 3:30 p.m. There will be light refreshments and everyone is welcome.

"Senior Prom" to be held at North Shore Care Center

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 10:12am

The 8th annual “Senior Prom “will be held at the North Shore Care Center on Wednesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.  The semi-formal dance will feature pianist Doug Sanders, followed by the big band sounds of the North Shore Community Band. Guest swing dancers will get residents, families, and guests in the mood for the big night.

If you’d like to help out with “Prom” or for more information about volunteer opportunities at North Shore Care Center, please contact the Activity Department at 218.3518 or visit the website:

Register today for Cook County Senior Center trips up the Gunflint and to Grand Portage

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:56pm

On Wednesday, May 14, the Cook County Senior Center bus will head up the scenic Gunflint Trail to Trail Center for lunch. Join the trip at 10:45 from the senior center. Cost is $7 for transportation. Seniors will receive a 20 percent discount on lunch, courtesy of Trail Center. Please register by Monday, May 12.

On Monday, May 19, the Casino Express will take off for Grand Portage Lodge & Casino at 4:15 p.m. and be back at the Senior Center at 10:30 p.m. On both trips, there will be games of Bus Bingo.

There is no charge for transportation unless you want in town pickup, which is available for $1. Mondays are Senior Day at the casino, so seniors will receive free slot play plus a 2-for-1 drink coupon.

You can register for any of the Senior Center events by stopping by the senior center on Broadway Avenue or by calling (218) 387-2660.

Cook County Soil and Water to hold public hearing on water plan May 13

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:54pm

Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District is in the final stages of revising the Cook County Comprehensive Water Plan, and a public comment meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. May 13 at the courthouse.

The plan, when adopted, will be good for 10 years and a revision will take place in five years.

The Water Plan Advisory Committee has identified five priorities in the plan to focus on in regard to water management in the county: education, impaired water resources, land use and development impact on watersheds (including wetlands and stormwater), sub-surface sewage treatment systems, and surface and groundwater monitoring. These concerns were identified through community and agency input. The plan will be used as a guidance document for future work.

Within the plan there is an implementation schedule, identifying goals, objectives, actions, cost, watersheds, outcomes, lead agencies, and possible partners.

For more information contact Ilena Berg, water plan coordinator, at 218-387-3648.

Take a Hike with the Cook County Invasives Team

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:46pm

The Cook County Invasive Team works to control the introduction and spread of invasive species across the county.   WTIP's Jana Berka spoke with the coordinator of the Cook County Invasive Species Team, Angelique Edgerton, about a new species showing up in Cook County -- dalmatian toadflax.  

Angelique will also be discussing invasive species at the Minnesota Forestry Association ‘field day’ this weekend at the Cloquet Forestry Center, and the Team will be offering plant identification hikes starting in June at various locations in Cook County. 

More information is available from Angelique at 387-3772.

(Photo by Pictoscribe on Flickr)

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Wet week ahead with sun at the end of the tunnel

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 9:06am

Rain and cool weather for the week, but a sunny weekend ahead. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson.

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