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Cook County Extension offers workshop on family land ownership issues

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 9:32am

What plan do you have in place for keeping your home, land or cabin in the family for the next generations? How do you deal with inheritance taxes, emotional aspects of family communication between members, and legal ramifications?
A workshop specifically designed to walk families through this process will be offered by Cook County Extension on Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cook County Senior Center.
This class is being offered to address intergenerational land transfer issues for either your primary residence or your cabin/vacation property. The overall objective is to bring families together to discuss what makes for a successful transfer of a treasured property between one generation and the next.
Attend this class to learn various tools to help plan for the successful transfer of property.
If you want to start that conversation with your family, this is an opportunity to talk with attorneys who have helped families make conscious decisions about the distribution of their property. Families that attend and determine the best plan for property transfer are more likely to succeed than a family that leaves the heirs or state to decide distribution issues after one’s death.
The cost of attending this all-day class is $100 per family or extended family. This cost includes two workbooks, a DVD and lunch. Having multiple generations attend this class together is encouraged. If you are a person with disabilities and require special accommodations, please let us know.
To register for this class or for more information, contact Cook County Extension at 218-387-3015.

Minnesota State Patrol "Maroon Day" is Wednesday, Sept. 5

Tue, 09/04/2012 - 11:26pm

The Minnesota State Patrol announces that this year’s statewide "Maroon Day" will be on Wednesday, September 5. All sworn personnel shall set aside all other business and duties to work road patrol on that date. Regional Public Information Officer, Sgt. Curt Mowers says that, “The date is selected to coincide with the annual return to school for students.”

Mowers also said, “Traffic crashes remain the number one killer of our youth. Impaired driving, speed, lack of seat belt use and aggressive driving remain the top contributing factors of traffic crashes and injury outcome. Our agency focus on maroon Day will be to visibly target those violations and pay particular attention to traffic going to and from school and school-related events.

District commanders will be coordinating high visibility efforts throughout the day to the degree possible with available staff. Commanders will also be coordinating the involvement of Minnesota State Patrol Aviation in their local plans. The involvement of local law enforcement in these efforts is encouraged and welcomed.

Cook County Community Center Steering Committee defers decision on gym flooring

Tue, 09/04/2012 - 10:22am

On Friday, August 12, the Cook County Community Center 
Steering Committee started to tackle the tough question of what sort 
of flooring should be installed in the new Community Center gymnasium—
wood or a multipurpose surface.
Steering Committee Member and Commissioner Fritz Sobanja said, “We 
need to look at this scientifically. We need to look at who wants 
which flooring and calculate who uses it most.”
After debating the merits of different flooring, the steering 
committee deferred a decision until after a meeting with a 
representative from Anderson Ladd, a flooring company. Miller will set
up a site visit for the company to present facts regarding each 
flooring option.
At the subsequent county board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 
Commissioner Sue Hakes, also a member of the steering committee, 
summed up the discussion by saying a wood floor is more expensive to 
maintain but lasts about twice as long, she said.  Wood is preferred 
for basketball, a dark multi-purpose surface is preferred for tennis, 
and either one works fine for volleyball, she said.
Commissioner Hakes said she would vote for whatever surface would 
benefit the most users.
“We took a straw poll,” Hakes said, “and most people voted undecided!”

Local author a finalist for Carol Awards

Tue, 09/04/2012 - 10:20am

Grand Marais writer Susan May Warren received the honor of 
being named a finalist in the Carol Awards given out by the
professional organization American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).  
The Carol Awards honor the highest achievements for published authors 
of Christian fiction in the previous calendar year.
Warren has been nominated for this award 11 times in previous years 
and has won it four times.  More than 40 of her books have been 
“With over 360 entries in this year’s contest, making the finalists 
list is a noteworthy accomplishment,” said a press release from ACFW. 
Warren’s contemporary romance, My Foolish Heart, is one of three 
finalists in the Long Contemporary category. The 2012 Carol Award 
winners in each category will be announced at ACFW’s Awards Gala on 
Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the annual conference in Dallas, Texas.

Join WTIP for two days of music this weekend

Mon, 09/03/2012 - 1:13pm
Radio Waves 2011 - photo by Carah Thomas

The 5th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival is September 8-9 in Grand Marais. It features non-stop music by local and regional artists in an outdoor venue on the shores of Lake Superior. The festival offers fantastic food, children’s activities, dancing, and on-site camping. Tickets are only $5 per day, available at the gate. More information is available by clicking here 

Enjoy the Labor Day holiday

Mon, 09/03/2012 - 10:12am

Wishes from all of us at the Cook County News-Herald  for a safe and happy rest from your labors this Labor Day!