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Great Place grant recipients announced

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 12:11pm

 The Cook County Chamber of Commerce and the Moving Matters project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Great Place Project. Twenty-seven local businesses, nonprofits, and individuals submitted creative ideas from across Cook County and Grand Portage. A total of $10,000 in grants will be awarded to 13 recipients to help create great places within our communities.

"It's both gratifying and exciting to see so many creative applications in the second year of the Great Place Project," said Jim Boyd, executive director of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce. "Our county already is a Great Place; these projects make it a bit greater, and we all get to enjoy the results."

The Great Place Project is a friendly, local competition for mini-grants to use high impact, low cost ideas to create great places in our communities. A great place is inviting, beautiful, and catches the eye. It reflects the unique character and identity of the community. And a great place encourages people to slow down and spend time there. “We know that people will be active where they have pleasant and safe places to do so. The Great Place Project has been an incredible opportunity to invest in community spaces and the health of our community,” said Moving Matters Coordinator Kristin DeArruda Wharton.

The Great Place Project is sponsored by the Moving Matters project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and the Cook County Chamber of Commerce. The Moving Matters project, with funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota's Center for Prevention, is working to create safer and more accessible places to walk and bike in Cook County and Grand Portage.

The Great Place mini-grant recipients and the projects they are developing are listed below.


2015 Grant Recipients

Art 'Round Town opening April 24

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 12:07pm

Art ‘Round Town is once again sponsoring a gala art show/fundraiser to help produce local public art at the Johnson Heritage Post, April 24 - 27. Local artists are donating original 12-inch by 12-inch works, which will be available for a donation of $100 each, as well as a number of miscellaneous pieces as well (pottery, wind chimes, jewelry, etc.).

The grand opening from 5 to 7 p.m., April 24 at the Johnson Heritage Post There will be live jazz, hors d’oeuvres and wine. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door.

The money raised from the A’RT event will be used to support student/artist projects in the community.

Contact Ann Mershon at (218) 387-2245 for more information.


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Assistant County Engineer resigns for new post

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 8:03am

 Cook County Board of Commissioners accepted with regrets the resignation of County Highway Department Assistant Engineer Sam Muntean. Muntean, who worked for Cook County for 2½ years, accepted the position of county engineer for Lac Qui Parle County in southwestern Minnesota.

County Engineer David Betts said Muntean had been with highway department since October 2012.  “He has proven to be an indispensable member of our staff and will been extremely difficult to replace,” said Betts.

Betts requested authorization to advertise to fill Muntean’s position, which was granted. Muntean’s last day will be April 21.


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Dessert social and Portage at North Shore Care Center

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 8:00am

The Grand Marais Lioness Club will host their monthly social for residents on Saturday, April 18 at 3 p.m. with delicious desserts for everyone. Irene Thompson will play old tunes on the piano. Later that day at 6:30 p.m., the band Portage will perform their classic country music dance. As always, families, friends, and community members are welcome to join in the fun.

Additional live music this month features Myron Bursheim on Sundays, Irene Thompson on Mondays, Al Fuller on Tuesdays, and Susan Scherer on Wednesdays.

There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information about our volunteer program, upcoming activities, and 50th Anniversary events, please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or visit the website:  


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"Down Under" fundraiser at Grand Marais Art Colony tomorrow

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:33am

Just a sophomore, Molly Thomas has already made her mark as a very fast 400-meter dash runner for Cook County High School. In ninth grade the smooth striding Thomas nearly qualified for the state meet, and in the process almost broke the school record.

For her efforts Thomas was selected to compete in the “Down Under Sports Tournament” in Australia that will be held in July 2015.

But Thomas needs a little help to get there.

Toward that end her aunt, Leah Thomas and several individuals in the county are sponsoring a fundraiser that will be held April 18 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

“Everyone is invited to attend an evening of live music with Cook County’s Most Wanted,” said Thomas, adding that there will also be sweet treats for sale and a silent auction. Molly’s aunt, Carah Thomas is one of the talented members of Cook County’s Most Wanted.

Molly will represent the Central Conference track and field team in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Bring your dancing shoes. It should be a great time for all. Cost is $5 for students and $10 for adults with all proceeds going to fund Molly’s trip. 


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Memorization Made Easy, April 22 & 23

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:49am

Rose Arrowsmith Decoux and Jackson Nickolay share the details of their upcoming class with North Shore Morning host Matthew Brown.  
More information and registration with Sue at 387-1284, extension 2 on online.