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Turkey Bingo at North Shore Care Center on Nov. 19

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 9:36pm

The North Shore Care Center Turkey Bingo will be held on Thursday Nov. 19 with Walt Mianowski. Some lucky resident will win a real turkey to give to family or friends. Residents will also be going to the Senior Center for a delicious lunch on this day.

For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at 218-387-3518 or check out the website


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Healing Touch training to be offered at Cook County Higher Education

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 9:33pm

Cook County Higher Education will hold a weekend of Healing Touch training on Nov. 21 and 22 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stacey Quade will be instructing Level 1 Healing Touch training and Jackie Mielke will be instructing the Healing Touch Level 2 training.

Healing Touch complements conventional health care and is used in collaboration with other approaches to care. Although it is called Healing “Touch,” this does not only mean physically touching a person; all HT techniques can be and often are completed off the physical body.

Healing Touch is a bio-field therapy that is an energy-based approach to health and healing. It uses touch to influence the human energy system, specifically the energy field that surrounds the body, and the energy centers that control the energy flow from the energy field to the physical body. These gentle, non-invasive techniques utilize the hands to clear, energize and balance the human energy fields thus affecting physical, emotional and mental health.

Research has demonstrated that Healing Touch has a direct impact in changing pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, agitation, stress and more. It may be used to assist pre/post medical procedures and treatments, support through the dying process and chronic illnesses, management and treatment of side effects from medical treatments, illness prevention and health promotion activities, improve quality of sleep, and enhance sense of spiritual connection.

For more information contact Cook County Higher Education at (218) 387-3411.


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North Shore state parks offer free admission on 'Black Friday'

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 9:47am

Minnesota state parks will be open and free to enter on Friday, Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving, as part of a promotion to get people outdoors around the holidays. WTIP News Reporter Joe Friedrichs takes a closer look at ‘Free Park Friday.’


FISH Project results show most women have safe mercury levels

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 6:52am

On Tuesday of this week, The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and Grand Portage Health Service in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Health held a public information meeting on the FISH Project. FISH stands for Fish are Important to Superior Health. It’s the completion of a study of North Shore women of child bearing age.

The meeting highlighted community results of the study and will be repeated in Grand Portage tonight starting at 5:30 p.m.
Recently research has found that a large percentage of infants born along the North Shore have elevated levels of mercury in their systems. From May of last year through June of this year, 499 women between the ages of 16 and 50 who live in or near Grand Portage and Grand Marais participated in the study.

The results show most of the FISH participants had low levels of mercury, though slightly above the U.S. and Canadian averages. Three percent of the participants had levels above what is considered safe for a developing fetus. All of those with the higher level of mercury reported eating more fish than recommended in the department of health’s guidelines.

The guidelines recommend one meal per month of lake trout or walleye, as well as canned tuna. Not everyone who ate more than the recommendations had high mercury levels, because the levels in fish vary lake to lake as well as different people may handle mercury differently.

The good news from the study is that an omega-3 fatty acid known as DHA in the FISH participants was higher than the national average and that the overwhelming majority of these women had mercury levels below the unsafe level. That means women can get enough of the beneficial DHA while keeping their mercury levels low.

DHA is important for brain and eye development in a fetus. The take away for women of child bearing age is eating one to two fish meals per week of fish low in mercury can be beneficial to developing babies.


Grand Marais Mayor announces essay contest to see who will light the city Christmas tree

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 10:52am

Hey kids – do you want to light the city’s Christmas tree?
Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux has announced an essay contest for all school students, answering the question, “Why do you look forward to the holidays?” Submissions should be between 100 and 300 words, and sent to the mayor at:

The city’s Christmas tree is set up in Harbor Park and prepared the week before Thanksgiving (Nov. 26). The giant evergreen is traditionally officially lit by the mayor as part of the festivities that include the annual holiday parade. However, Arrowsmith DeCoux said he will be out of town for the event, and has offered the opportunity to all school students who will be available on the evening of Nov. 27.

The mayor encouraged those who wish to enter the contest to tell a short story and to be clever. “I like to see how smart our young folks are!” he said.

Entries must be received at City Hall or e-mailed to the mayor by Friday, Nov. 20.

Besides winning the honor of lighting the tree, the writer of the essay judged the best will receive a copy of the proclamation declaring him or her the official tree lighter of 2015.


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Cook County Historical Society announces matching donation opportunity

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 10:50am

The Cook County Historical Society announces a wonderful opportunity for residents to double their donations to save and preserve the county’s oldest buildings.

An anonymous donor will match up to $20,000 of donations paid and pledges made before the end of this year. With three buildings on the National Register of Historic Places—each with their own needs—the historical society asks you to consider taking advantage of the opportunity.

The three structures are each over 100 years old, and include:

 * St. Francis Xavier (Chippewa City) Church, built in 1895, served the once-thriving community of Chippewa City. The site consists of about 1.25 acres and has great potential for future interpretation, however the priority is to stabilize and restore the beautiful historic church. Potentially costs for this work might soar to $200,000 with significant concerns about structure, log integrity, and foundation.

 * Lighthouse keeper’s residence (Cook County Museum) was built in 1896, served the U.S. Light Keepers and later the Coast Guard before becoming the museum in 1966. The museum offers exhibits and serves as the historic collections storage facility. As such, it requires upgrades that ensure proper storage and display of artifacts. Preserving the original character of this beautiful house is the society’s mission and work on the original oak staircase will soon be needed.

 * The Bally Blacksmith Shop was built in 1911 and served Cook County’s industries and people for decades. This recent acquisition in the heart of Grand Marais will soon be open regularly to visitors.

All donations to the Cook County Historical Society are tax deductible. Send donations to the Cook County Historical Society, P.O. Box 1293, Grand Marais, MN 55604. Call (218) 387-2883 for more information.