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Changes at EDA office in Grand Marais City Hall

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 8:42am

The Cook County - Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA)’s space in Grand Marais City Hall looks a bit different now that Small Business Development representative Pat Campanaro started doing business there on April 1. Campanaro’s role with the EDA was one of the main topics of discussion at the March 11, 2014 EDA meeting.

Campanaro thanked the EDA for the modifications that separate her and the other occupant of the EDA space, Jim Boyd, executive director of the Cook County Chamber. Treasurer Scott Harrison in turn thanked his board colleague Howard Hedstrom for taking the remodeling request to the EDA’s landlord, the city of Grand Marais. The city paid a potion of the cost of renovation, $1,975 of the total $3,950.

Campanaro updated the EDA on her activities and noted that now that the office renovation is complete, the community should be made aware of the integration of Small Business Development Center to the EDA.

She asked if the board wanted to have an open house. The board agreed to hold an open house at 4:30 p.m. after the May EDA meeting on Tuesday, May 13. The open house will allow the public to come meet Campanaro, as well as a chance to talk to the new EDA board members.

Scott Harrison said the contract with the University of Minnesota Small Business Development Center, which will fund Campanaro’s services is nearly complete and should be available for the EDA board to sign at the April EDA meeting.

Change of venue for Cook County Chili Cook Off Saturday, April 5

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:49pm

How do you like your chili? Do you prefer a bowl of traditional tomato and hot peppers? Or do you like it on the wild side, made with venison and grouse? Do you like a flavorful white sauce or a chili with a hint of chocolate as the secret ingredient? Whatever you like in a bowl of chili, you are likely to find it at the Fifth Annual International Cook County Chili Cook Off on Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church, instead of St. John's Catholic Church!

Mark your calendar! You don’t want to miss the chili—or the friendly competition amongst the chili chefs. At press time, 17 cooks had signed up for the event.

The cost is just $7 adults and $4 for children, or for $12 chili fans can receive a souvenir mug and a raffle ticket for a chance at some nice prizes.

Proceeds of the event go toward scholarships for Coldwater Foundation, a nonprofit youth leadership development program with an outdoor focus and the Violence Prevention Center educational programs.

For more information or registration, contact Jamie at (218) 370-0262 or Coldwater Foundation at (218) 370-8864.

County approves purchase of new crew cab truck for highway department

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:48pm

County Highway Department Supervisor Russell Klegstad asked the county board for approval to purchase a 2015 GMC Sierra 4WD crew cab truck for $36,476.81 to replace one that was totaled in a rollover accident last summer. The county received $16,313.75 from insurance for the totaled truck that will be used toward the purchase. The truck would be purchased from Nelson Auto Center in Fergus Falls, MN, which is the dealer for state bids. Commissioners approved the purchase unanimously at the March 25 board meeting.

Pinwheels symbolize hope for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:46pm

The commissioners meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 was brightened a bit by an offering of colorful pinwheels. A team of child abuse prevention advocates brought the pinwheels, explaining that the uplifting symbol of childhood represents the community’s efforts to ensure safe and healthy development of children.

Joni Kristenson of Cook County Public Health said it is important to work to prevent child abuse all year long, but noted that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and extra effort is made to educate the public about the problem. She said pinwheels were chosen to serve as this year’s visual presentation.

Jodi Yuhasey of the Violence Prevention Center passed out the pinwheels and said, “Pinwheels make you smile. They symbolize what childhood should be, a time of hope, health and happiness.”

Kristenson said some communities “plant” pinwheel gardens, but noted that Cook County has too much rock.

Beth Faraone of Cook County Human Services quipped, “And snow!”

Kristenson asked the county board to pass a Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation. She shared a draft resolution and the county board agreed to issue the proclamation.

County Administrator Jay Kieft to read the announcement, first saying, “I’m privileged to read this proclamation.”

So, watch for Pinwheels to start popping up around the county in April.

Grand Portage election results are in

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:51am

Results are in from Tuesday’s Grand Portage Reservation primary election. For Secretary/Treasurer, incumbent April McCormick (Clearwater-Day) had 36.33 percent of the vote, with Dennis B. Morrison close behind with 35.97 percent.

For the position of Committeeperson-1, Rob Hull had the highest vote total at 38.85 percent, with Amber Porter behind him at 22.66 percent. The seat is currently held by Arvid Dahl, who did not run for reelection.

For Committeeperson-2, incumbent John Morrin drew 41.16 percent of the vote, William “Bill” Myers had 36.82 percent.

 

 

Local Rest Areas remain closed due to snow

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 5:42am

Six, seasonal rest areas in Northeastern Minnesota will remain closed until Monday, April 21 due to deep snow.  They include the Knife River rest area in Lake County on Hwy 61, Cut Face Creek in Cook County, on 61 west of Grand Marais and the Cross River rest area also on 61at Schroeder.