Around Cook County
The focus of a Business Networking Luncheon at Cook County
Higher Education on March 28, 2012 was the creation of a countywide
Chamber of Commerce. Higher Ed Business Training Coordinator Jim Boyd
welcomed a large group to lunch at Higher Ed, saying he envisioned “a
full community working together for a common cause.” He said he
hoped the new initiative could break through some of the “hearty
skepticism” that has been known to exist in Cook County.
Lutsen Resort owner Scott Harrison and Lutsen Mountains co-owner
Charles Skinner were the featured speakers. Harrison shared some
rather depressing statistics regarding Cook County’s economy, which
he described as stagnant.
Arrowhead Outdoor and Almost Home Appliances owner Kim Linnell was
asked what he thought of the Grand Marais Chamber of Commerce becoming
a countywide entity. He said he has been a Grand Marais Chamber
member for six years, and in that time, Linnell said they have seen
local business decline and the chamber has lost members. He said the
Grand Marais Chamber is very interested in expanding to include the
Grand Marais Hotel Company owner Barrney Peet said he saw the county
go through tremendous growth in the 1980s. A lot of new things such
as Aspen Lodge and Best Western were constructed during that time, he
said, but there came a point when the community didn’t want to see
any more growth. He said he hopes today’s community does, because a
good business climate supports the school, the hospital, and the arts.
Charles Skinner spoke and said they are hoping the new chamber, which
The White Ribbon Campaign began 20 years ago, growing to be
an international campaign involving 47 countries. It was started by a
small group of men in Canada who explained their involvement, “We
knew that the majority of men in Canada did not beat their wives or
sexually abuse their girlfriends. But we knew we had been silent about
this violence and through our silence we had allowed the violence to
They came up with the idea of actively engaging men to stand up and
take a pledge and wear a white ribbon as a symbol of their position
against violence. With only six weeks of preparation, 100,000 men
across Canada wore a white ribbon, while many others were drawn into
discussion and debate.
The Violence Prevention Center is inviting the entire Cook County
community to do the same. The Center asks the community to examine
attitudes and behaviors in the belief that all of us have the
responsibility to talk to people around us to challenge words and
behavior that is abusive, domineering, bullying, or that encourages
physical, emotional and sexual violence.
Cook County residents are being asked to make a pledge to “never
commit, condone or remain silent about violence against another
And to wear a white ribbon throughout the month of April, which is
Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Ribbons are available at the Violence
Prevention Center and various locations throughout the county. White
ribbons can also be displayed on mailboxes, decks and vehicles as a
symbol of this pledge.
The pledge is a commitment to hold each other accountable for the
Lake Service Providers are required by law to attend Aquatic
Invasive Species (AIS) training and obtain the permit prior to working
in waters of the state. A training session is scheduled in Grand
Marais on April 2 from 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at Gunflint
Northwood’s Outfitters, 143 Gunflint Lake. Lake Service Providers
should act now and be sure to attend the training session and obtain
a permit before performing work this spring.
State laws passed in 2011 aim to help prevent the spread of AIS
between waters in the state. They also require service providers to
apply for a permit, pay the $50 application fee, attend training in
person and pass a test. Upon completion of all mentioned tasks a
permit will be issued to the service provider.
Through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources (DNR), Minnesota Waters is conducting statewide trainings
for businesses that install and remove water recreation equipment. The
training sessions provide the information needed to understand and
pass the required test. In addition, service providers are taught how
to integrate AIS prevention strategies into their business. Additional
training sessions are scheduled for various locations across the state
through April. The schedule of training locations and dates are being
updated periodically and service providers should check the Minnesota
Waters’ website (www.minnesotawaters.org) for the list of scheduled
training sessions and future additions.
Information about the service provider training and permitting can
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week Fire restrictions to go on Monday, fishing restrictions along the border take affect, haze restrictions over the BWCA are postponed, and preparing for gypsy moths…all in this week’s news.
At the end of the month the band "Portage" will perform their
classic country music at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31. "Portage" plays
at the Care Center the last Saturday of each month throughout the year
and family, friends and community folks are welcome to join the fun.
For more information about activity programs or volunteer
opportunities, contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or go
to the www.nshorehospital.com.
Joe Duffy has spent the better part of his 70 some years fishing on the Big Lake. He’s from Red Cliff, a reservation on Lake Superior’s South Shore—in the heart of the Apostle Islands. A lot of things have changed in Joe’s lifetime…so much so, he wonders if commercial fishing on Superior will survive.