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Summer conservation apprentice opportunity at Cook County

Fri, 03/22/2013 - 7:32pm

A summer apprenticeship position for a young adult, age 18-25, is 
available at the Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District 
(SWCD) through Conservation Corps Minnesota. Apprentices spend their 
summer working alongside natural resource professionals. The goal is 
to train and mentor future conservation professionals by providing 
apprenticeship service opportunities to Soil and Water Conservation 
Districts.
Apprentices will serve as AmeriCorps members and will receive a 
monthly living stipend and an education award of $1,468 to use towards 
qualifying education and student loan expenses. The member will serve 
from May 20 through August 23.
The SWCD has been chosen as one of several placement sites throughout 
the state. The program is funded through the MN Environment and 
Natural Resource Trust Fund and LCCMR.
Applications are required and available online at www.conservationcorps.org/apply
. The application deadline is March 29, 2013. For more information, 
please contact the SWCD at (218) 387-3649 or Conservation Corps 
Minnesota at (651) 209-9900.
 

Community health coverage program focus of March 26 Business Luncheon

Fri, 03/22/2013 - 7:30pm

Two representatives from HealthShare, a Duluth-based 
“community health coverage program,” will explain what HealthShare 
offers Cook County's small businesses and their employees at Higher
Education's March Business Networking Luncheon. The luncheon will 
begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Higher Ed's North Shore 
Campus. The program will conclude by 1 p.m. Cost is $15.
HealthShare executive director Jenny Peterson and business services 
representative Wyn Mathews will explain how the program works and how 
it collaborates with health care organizations and the communities it 
serves. Several Cook County employers already have signed on with 
HealthShare. HealthShare is unique in Minnesota and one of only a 
handful of similar organizations nationwide. It  provides coverage to 
the uninsured – including many part-time employees – who work for 
small businesses that cannot afford health benefits.
HealthShare costs employers and employees about $60 each per month, 
with the remainder financed by Generations Health Care Initiatives, a 
foundation in Duluth; St. Luke's; Essentia Health; Northland 
Foundation; Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation; and others. In past years, 
the program has received significant federal and state grants to 
sustain the program. A key feature of HealthShare is its strong 
emphasis on behavior change to promote health and wellness.
To register for the program (formerly known as the Women’s Business 
Networking Luncheon), call (218) 387-3411 or email jboyd@northshorecampus.org
  by noon on March 25.
 

Hospital faces sequestration and insurance cuts

Fri, 03/22/2013 - 9:17am

The Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center is facing a couple of $200,000 income reductions. One from the federal government and one from an insurance provider. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with hospital administrator Kimber Wraalstad in this extended interview.

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Dan and Lee Ross works on display at the Art Colony March 22-April 7

Thu, 03/21/2013 - 9:43am

Local artists Dan and Lee Ross, nationally recognized stone and clay sculptors, spent two weeks in January at the Grand Marais Art Colony exploring an unfamiliar media – printmaking. This opportunity led the Rosses in new directions, challenging them to redefine their artistic language through ink, paper and the printing press.
The result is a collection of original prints entitled “Entry Points” which will be on display at the Art Colony from March 22-April 7 in the Founder’s Hall. The public is invited to attend the Opening Reception and Artist Lecture at 5 p.m. Friday, March 22. The artists will also be available on Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to speak with exhibit visitors.
Dan and Lee's paths crossed in 1972 as students at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Subsequently a collaboration began that continues to this day. They work side by side from initial design to the finished piece. Their work ranges from small hand-held clay pieces to large scale commissions carved out of granite. Moving to Hovland in 1991 had a dramatic impact on their work. New forms and shapes evolved after they observed how tumultuous storms and shifting ice sheets rearrange their boulder strewn shoreline.
This is the second Artist-in-Residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony. In the 2012 inaugural residence, visual artist Hazel Belvo spent two weeks developing a large scale body of paintings which she shared with the community through open studios and public lectures. For generations, the Art Colony has been a nurturing sanctuary for the creative spirit - welcoming artists of all skill levels and backgrounds into the artistic community of the North Shore. The Artist-in-Residence program provides established artist(s) with access to our studio spaces to expand and explore their creativity. For more information see www.grandmaraisartcolony.org or call (218) 387-2737.

Debate over donations at Schroeder annual meeting

Thu, 03/21/2013 - 9:39am

A rather heated discussion ensued at the Schroeder Township annual meeting on Tuesday, March 12, when donation requests totaling $21,000 came up. It was noted that could push the projected 2013 budget almost $4,000 higher then revenues, which concerned some citizens.
Donations requested were: Schroeder Area Historical Society asked for $10,000, Birch Grove Foundation requested $3,500, Birch Grove Community School $5,000, Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center $1,000 and the Town of Tofte asked for $1,500 for the July 4th fireworks and music.
After much discussion, a motion was made to not fund the $1,000 request to Sugarloaf and to donate $1,000 (not $1,500) to Tofte for fireworks and then to reduce all the other requests by 10 percent. This passed with a majority of support by the voters and the budget requests granted were $17,650 instead of $21,000.

Cook is healthiest NE county

Thu, 03/21/2013 - 4:53am

Northeastern Minnesota’s most-rural county is also the region’s healthiest.

The Duluth News Tribune reports Cook County ranks among the top 30 in the state in the two major areas evaluated in the fourth annual County Health Rankings, released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Out of 87 counties, Cook County ranked 29th in “health outcomes” — up from 42nd last year. The health outcomes category considers premature deaths, low birth weight and similar data.

Cook County ranked 23rd in “health factors,” which includes a wide array of measures ranging from adult obesity to sexually transmitted infections to the violent crime rate.

St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties have ranked relatively low in all four years of the County Health rankings.

Although Cook County falls well below some of the counties in the suburban Twin Cities and most of those in southeastern Minnesota, it stands out in the region. St. Louis County ranked 72nd in health outcomes and 59th in health factors; Lake County ranked 83rd in health outcomes but 28th in health factors; and Carlton County ranked 81st in health outcomes and 36th in health factors.