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CCLEP and U of MN Extension to offer Building Workshop in February

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:44pm

Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP), the University of Minnesota Extension program, and Cook County Higher Education are partnering to sponsor a Building Workshop on Thursday, February 12, 2015. The workshop is designed for building professionals, contractors, sub-contractors, building designers as well as interested homeowners.

Continuing education credits through the Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) will be available.

CCLEP coordinator Virginia Danfelt encourages contractors to save the date. She said, “Watch for details in the News-Herald and on the CCLEP website for course description, fees, registration information, etc.,” she said.

Please contact Danfelt at (218) 475-2274 or Diane Booth (218) 387-3015.


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Great Decisions discussion topic will be 'Turkey's Challenges' - January 15

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 11:13am

The Great Decisions discussion series will feature the topic 'Turkey's Challenges' at their January 15 meeting. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Eddie and Bob Hertzberg, discussion leaders, on North Shore Morning. 


The Great Decisions meeting will be held from noon to 1:30 pm on Thursday, January 15, at the Cook County Community Center, 317 West 5th Street, Grand Marais. 
Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.


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Book and literature group on South Africa begins

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:31am

As preparation for her sabbatical journey to South Africa in August 2015, Reverend Mary Ellen Ashcroft and Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church is hosting an eight-part literature/discussion series on South Africa at Cook County Higher Education from 6 – 8 p.m. each evening.

It is Reverend Ashcroft’s hope to develop a sister church relationship with a congregation she visits in South Africa. This study group is intended to prepare Spirit of the Wilderness—and any community members who would like to be involved—for that relationship.

Ashcroft has taught a course called Literature of South Africa at several colleges and she is revisiting some of her favorite facets of the course, such as books by outstanding novelists Alan Paton, Andre Brink Nadine Gordimer and J.M. Coetzee as well as playwright Athol Fugard. Participants will see two film versions of Fugard’s plays, one set under apartheid and one in post-apartheid South Africa.

The first evening on January 8 will offer a background to the literature and film of South Africa. Participants will watch Athol Fugard’s Master Harold and the Boys.

On January 15, attendees will discuss Alan Paton’s novel Cry the Beloved Country.

The study group continues on January 29, February 5, February 12, February 26, March 5 and March 12.

Participants do not need to commit to all of the sessions to take part. Reverend Ashcroft encourages all to join the study group “during the deep winter.” 

For more information about the study group, contact Mary Ellen Ashcroft at (218) 387-1536. 


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Boaters must take aquatic invasive species course before hitting the water

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:23am

The primary way that aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as zebra mussels or spiny water fleas move from one lake to the next is by hitching a ride on a boat, trailer or other water related equipment. In 2012, as part of an overall effort to stop the spread of AIS, the Minnesota legislature passed a law requiring watercraft trailers to purchase and display a decal showing that the owner has taken an AIS training course.

If you trailer a boat or water-related equipment such as docks and lifts in Minnesota, you must take AIS training and purchase a trailer decal. The deadline to have a decal on boat trailers is July 2, 2015.

Online training will be available online at Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website beginning January 1, 2015. Paper home-study training packets will also be available. It is hoped that this will give people time to complete the training before boating season.

The online training cost is $5. A paper home-study course fee is $11. After completing the course, you will receive a decal that must be displayed on your trailer. Both fees include mailing the trailer decal to the owner.

Individuals who take the training can receive multiple stickers as they will need one for each trailer that they own. Additional decals for other trailers cost $2.00 each.

The decal must be adhered to the side of the trailer frame tongue near the hitch in a manner that is readily visible and does not interfere with the display of any other trailer registration requirements.

You can trailer watercraft or water-related equipment as soon as you finish training. You’ll get a temporary completion certificate at the end of the training that you keep with you until your decal arrives in the mail.

This new trailer decal requirement applies to all trailered watercraft and water related equipment, including non-residents. 


North Shore Hospital recognized for participation in hospital safety program

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:21am

Cook County Hospital and Care Center Administrator Kimber Wraalstad had some good news to share with the hospital board at its December 18 meeting. The hospital was recognized for its commitment to patient safety by participating in a three year Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement network initiative with the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA), said Wraalstad.

Cook County joined with 115 hospitals actively addressing the 10 hospital-acquired conditions which included pressure ulcers, falls, obstetrical adverse events, venous thromboembolism, adverse drug events, surgical site infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, central line-associated blood stream infections and readmissions. 

“We received a plaque acknowledging our participation in this safety and quality improvement initiative,” Wraalstad said. “With the involvement of Minnesota hospitals in addressing various conditions and events, safety was improved across the board by 37 percent, 12,000 patients were prevented from being harmed and over $93 million was saved,” Wraalstad said.


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Three Cook County projects to recieve IRRRB funding

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 12:48pm

Three local projects were approved for grants at the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board’s (IRRRB) December 18, 2014 meeting held in Eveleth.

It was the IRRRB’s last meeting of the year and was the last time IRRRB Commissioner Tony Sertich will head up the meetings. Sertich announced recently he is leaving the IRRRB to take another job, at the Northland Foundation.

* The township of Lutsen was awarded $300,000 to upgrade the infrastructure and irrigation system at the Superior National at Lutsen golf course.

* The Tofte township was granted $120,000 for phase II infrastructure upgrades for its $2,224,983 senior housing project.

* Cook County received $100,000 to be used towards its $5 million Devil Track airport runway upgrade.


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