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MidTrail celebration is a fundraiser for Gunflint Fire Department

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 1:42pm

A fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department will be held Saturday, Aug. 18 at Fire Hall 1, 28 miles up the Trail, from 1 to 4 p.m. A flea market, boutique and cake, coffee and lemonade will start at 1 p.m.
The live auction will start at 1:30 p.m. with the winning raffle ticket for our quilt being pulled after that. The quilt is queen-size, and features animals and elements of our woods.  It is hand quilted.
Tickets may be purchased ahead of time at The Loon’s Nest in Mid-Trail or Crystal’s Quilt shop in Grand Marais. Tickets will also be available at the event. A few of the auction items are: hand-made tables, wood turned cake stand, set of Christmas, cabin dishes, antique nail kegs, pottery, fused glass, quilted and knit items. Mid-Trail resorts have been generous also offering gift certificates, etc.
All proceeds go to the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department which now covers a wider area including Greenwood Lake, East Twin Lake and West Twin Lake.

ISD 166 welcoming six new teachers this fall

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 1:40pm

Six new teachers will be joining the Cook County Schools faculty this fall.  Several current teachers came in on their own time to help with the interviewing.  Principal Gwen Carman reported that the hiring decisions were difficult because the applicant pool was so good. 
Superintendent Beth Schwarz said the interview team was asked to consider more than salary levels and coaching ability in their hiring recommendations.  The candidates who were interviewed were asked to demonstrate their teaching by giving a lesson or an example of how they would approach the first day of class during the interview.
In a separate phone interview, Superintendent Schwarz said the district is going to have considerable turnover with expected teacher retirements in the next several years.  They deliberately hired teachers with significant education and/or experience in order to be prepared for these retirements.  She said she believes they hired the best, strongest candidates in the pool.  They will all be on probationary status for at least the first year of their employment.
Kassie Felts will be teaching early childhood special education half-time.  Former ISD 166 employee Natalie Shaw will be returning from Birch Grove Community School to teach first grade.  Todd Toulouse will be teaching middle school math and science, and Sarah Malkovich will be teaching middle school science, health, communications and reading.  David Liechty, who has “significant experience” in juvenile corrections and autism, according to Carman, will be teaching secondary social studies, and Tim Dennison will be teaching secondary math. 

Congressman discusses issues affecting Cook County, upcoming campaign

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 10:31am

Recently, Congressman Chip Cravaack was in Cook County to celebrate a newly-signed law that allows road crews to expand a section of Cook County Highway Eight.
Cravaack introduced the legislation that cleared the way for the development of the four-mile stretch near the Cook County Airport. The bill was signed earlier last week by President Barack Obama. Crews are now repaving and widening the road.
The Congressman spoke with WTIP’s Roger Linehan on Thursday, August 16 about the legislation as well as about the upcoming election campaign.
To hear their conversation, click on "Attached file" below..

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Soccer registration is August 21

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 11:30am

Soccer registration day is Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Pappy Wright Field, and parents of children ages 5 – 10 are asked to meet at 4:45 p.m.; parents of children ages 11-18 meet at 5 p.m.
Registration day is the best way to get your child registered for youth soccer, meet your child’s coach, volunteer to help out, and ask questions of your coach.
If you are unable to make it to the registration day you have two options to get your child registered: Stop by the Community Education office and pick up a registration form, or go to the Community Education’s website ( and print a registration form to turn in to Community Education. Registration forms should be turned in before Aug. 20.
For more information, contact soccer coordinator Bryan Carpenter at 218-387-2271 ext. 307 (Fitness Center) or e-mail

"Basic Intro to Sidearms for Women Only" offered by Community Education

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 11:29am

This spring, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Cook County Community Education and local citizens with firearm experience held the first-ever DNR “Basic Intro to Sidearms for Women Only.”
The class filled immediately and more women interested in this basic course signed up on a waiting list. It was agreed that another class should be held and it is coming up on Saturday, August 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with a lunch break). Met at the Cook County Community Center 4H log cabin.
This class will introduce side arms to those who would like to become familiar with pistols. This is your opportunity to learn about and shoot various pistols. This is not a carry permit class. Participants do not need to bring a firearm, but ear and eye protection will be required and your responsibility for the afternoon range session.
The fee is $20.
Mary Manning, DNR Conservation officer will instruct. Space is limited to 25 participants. To register for this class, call Community Education at 387-2000.

Summer is a busy time at the Cook County Food Shelf

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 11:17am

Cook County has a local food shelf that is staffed by volunteers who take care of the food donations and get them out to folks who need help.
While December is the biggest time for donations, summer can be a busy time when more food is needed. Additional volunteers also are necessary to keep everything running smoothly.
Gwen Lenz talked with WTIP’s Sherrie Lindskog  about the food shelf, how it works and what it needs. You can hear that conversation by clicking "Attached file" below.

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