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Excel training offered by Higher Ed

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 1:01pm

Cook County Higher Ed is offering two modules of Excel training in one day on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the North Shore Campus in Grand Marais. An instructor from the Center for Economic Development at UMD will provide the training.
From 9 a.m. to noon, the training will cover Excel I: Create data-rich, professional-looking spreadsheets. Covers the very basics of spreadsheets, from creating and saving to editing and formatting. Create easy-to-understand charts.
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., training will cover Excel II: Beyond the basics of spreadsheets. Use comments, create conditional formatting, work with IF statements, link workbooks, insert headers and footers, sort lists, do more with charts, and create mailing lists.
Cost for each module is $60, or $120 for the day. This is the same price put on this training by UMD in Duluth classrooms. But to get the two modules, you would need to travel to and from Duluth on two separate days. Both are offered here on the same day, saving those who attend the cost and time of two trips to Duluth.
It is possible to sign up for one module only, but those signing up only for Excel II will be expected to know the basics and not require the instructor to review what is covered in the morning session.
Excel is the spreadsheet element of the Microsoft Office Suite. It is the best known and most widely used spreadsheet software, used for creating all sorts of numerical documents, including budgets, balance sheets, timesheets and others.
To register for the Excel workshops, email or call 387-3411.

Court rejects bid to block Minn. wolf hunt

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 8:47am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals is refusing to block the scheduled opening of Minnesota's inaugural wolf hunting season on November 3rd.

In an order Wednesday, a three-judge panel said two groups that sued to stop the hunt failed to show that letting the season proceed would cause irreparable harm.

The Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves claimed in their lawsuit that the Department of Natural Resources failed to allow for adequate public comment before it adopted its regulations for the upcoming wolf season. The DNR countered that it received extensive public input.

Collette Adkins Giese, an attorney for the center, says they'll discuss whether to appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

County Commissioner election forum on WTIP Thursday night

Wed, 10/10/2012 - 11:33am

WTIP Community Radio will broadcast a Cook County commissioner candidate election forum live from the Grand Marais studios on Thursday, October 11 from 6 - 7 p.m. WTIP’s Jay Andersen and Rhonda Silence of the Cook County News-Herald will share the questioning, with the public invited to call in or e-mail questions before or during the broadcasts.
The forum will focus on candidates in Commissioner districts 2 and 4.
District 2 Incumbent Fritz Sobanja is running for re-election. He is being challenged by Garry Gamble.
The second commissioner race is for District 4, currently held by Commissioner Jim Johnson who did not run for reelection. Running for his board seat are Rick Austin and Heidi Doo-Kirk.
Coming up on Thursday, October 18 will be another election forum featuring Grand Marais mayoral candidates, incumbent Larry “Bear” Carlson and challenger Adam Harju. They will followed by the candidates running for vacant seats on the School District 166 board, Lorrinda “Sissy” Lunde and Ed Bolstad.
Tune in to WTIP at 90.7 Grand Marais; 90.1 Grand Portage; or 91.7 Gunflint Trail on the night of the forums to hear from the candidates.
Questions for candidates may be e-mailed in advance of the broadcast to the Cook County News-Herald at

Open Houses at Cook County Curling Club -- give it a try!

Wed, 10/10/2012 - 11:24am
Scott Puch throws the rock

With the change of weather, comes a change in sport.  It is time to think of curling! It's time to put the golf clubs, fishing poles, canoe paddles, etc. away and pull out the curling shoes and brooms.  
There will be open houses at the Cook County Curling Club on Tuesday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 24 from 6 – 8 p.m. for people who want to give curling a try. For more information, contact Monica Webster at 370-8479 or Joanne Smith at 387-2052.
The Cook County Curling Club will be starting its season in mid-October at the Cook County Community Center. The club will have a split season as they did last year and they will again offer curling lessons to individuals who would like to learn how to curl. 
There will also be a Halloween Bonspiel on October 26, 27 and 28 to help kick-off the season and the public is welcome to come and watch. 
For more information about Curling, contact one of the Curling Club board members:
Bill Parish, President
Andrew Smith,Vice President
Joanne M. Smith, Secretary
George Maruska, Treasurer
Steve Hudler, Member Representative
As always, the Cook County Curling Club appreciates the support from the community.

AEOA offers help for homebuyers on North Shore

Tue, 10/09/2012 - 12:02pm


The Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) is inviting prospective homebuyers to a workshop that will help them learn about the process and responsibilities of homeownership, and how to overcome barriers.

The Homestretch Workshop will be held Saturday, October 13 in the Rec Building next to the Silver Bay Arena, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required. More information is available from Home Ownership Counselor Tom Lundquist at 800-662-5711 or via Email at (Click on A.M. Community Calendar link below to hear an interview with Tom Lundquist.)

AEOA's Homeownership Program is designed to promote and encourage homeownership by providing down payment and closing cost loans to income-eligible, qualified buyers.  It is designed to give prospective homebuyers an understanding and knowledge of:

-How real estate transactions work

-Qualifications of homebuyer financing

-Responsibilities of homeownership


  • Potential buyer must attend the complete series of the Homestretch Workshops.
  • Buyer must complete the Homestretch Workshops and 1-on-1 counseling to qualify for AEOA financial assistance
  • Potential buyer must qualify for a mortgage. The Counselor will assist homebuyers in shopping for an appropriate mortgage.
  • Family income must be at or below 80% of the area median income in St. Louis, Cook, and Lake County (Please call if you are uncertain that you qualify).
  • Potential buyer must be a first-time homebuyer.


Cook, Lake, and St. Louis County (excluding the City of Duluth).

Grand Marais Recreation Area had busy summer

Tue, 10/09/2012 - 10:07am

The Grand Marais Recreation Area was busy  this summer, Manager Dave Tersteeg reported to the park board on October 2, 2012. 
This September’s income was up 20 percent over last September. 
Year-to-date revenue through September was $898,709, up 5 percent over last year, with monthly campsite rentals up 10 percent, harbor income up 15 percent, daily campsite rental up 18 percent, and fuel sales up 30 percent.
“We had record heat in the south and drought and we were reasonably cool,” Tersteeg said. 

He said the WTIP Radio Waves music festival and North House Folk School’s Unplugged weekend brought in people.  Contractors working throughout the county are also using the campground for short-term housing, Tersteeg said.
Portions of the park will continue with full service through MEA weekend October 18-21.