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Several new Mutt Mitt stations were slated for installation throughout Grand Marais the week after the November 5, 2013 Grand Marais Park Board meeting. Park board member Tracy Benson reported a very positive response from 20 business owners she had solicited for sponsorships of the stations. For a one-time donation, their names will be displayed on signs to be attached to the stations.
“This was the easiest dollar I’ve ever asked for for a lot of reasons,” Benson said. She said business owners believe the community has come to be known as pet-friendly, they see a need for having Mutt Mitts available in various locations, and they believe providing the stations is the right thing to do.
Local residents tend not to pick up after their dogs as well as visitors, Bill Lenz commented. Park Manager Dave Tersteeg agreed, saying that he sees local people bring their dogs to the park and let them out of their vehicles to run around. “It’s a little bit of that country living,” he said.
The annual Birch Grove Community School fundraising event at Papa Charlie's will be held Nov. 22 and will feature a fantastic dinner, silent auction, live music and dancing.
Dinner will be served from 4 to 8 p.m., prepared by chef Chris Nies. The menu includes lasagna, garlic bread, salad, dessert and beverage – all for only $11 per adult and $6 per child. To-go meals will also be available.
Featured in the silent auction will be local lodging stays, gift certificates, local services, ski passes and gift baskets.
There will also be live music performed by D’Merritt from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
For more information contact Diane Blanchette at (218) 663-0170.
Cook County Girl Scouts, members of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Lake and Pines Council, are always busy with various projects. Each troop, from kindergarten through high school has its own ideas and projects, and this year, Troop 4110, the 10th grade Girl Scouts, is selling Christmas poinsettias to fulfill its goals.
Help available at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic for navigating insurance options under Affordable Care ActTue, 11/19/2013 - 9:04am
People are used to shopping around for the best deal when they are buying a winter jacket or a new car. Comparing prices—choosing a brand name or generic—comes naturally at the grocery store. And there are numerous choices and rate options to sort through when buying car insurance. However, in the past, shopping for health insurance was not as easy. In fact, it was often downright impossible. Rachelle Christianson, recently hired to serve as the Outreach and Enrollment Specialist at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, is hopeful that with the advent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), finding health care coverage will be more affordable. And, she said, it is her job to make it less stressful.
Christianson is one of the thousands of “navigators” funded by the ACA across the country to help people find a health plan that works for them. She is working closely with Suzanne Davies, who has overseen the sliding-scale payment program at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic for years. The women share a small office off the clinic lobby and there, they will meet with people and go through the process of shopping the MNsure health insurance marketplace step by step. The News-Herald visited with them on October 31 to learn more about what they have to offer.
They are both very excited about the new options, especially because Minnesota is one of the 13 states that has set up its own state insurance marketplace.
A recent disciplinary action at Cook County High School (CCHS) has some community members upset. One Saturday night in October, several students and a recent graduate let themselves into the school so they could play basketball in the gymnasium. A parent who had previously been involved in the athletic program gave them the key, following a tradition of CCHS athletes practicing in the school gym outside of regular school hours.
When the young people were on their way out of the school, they were met by a police officer, who told them that they were not supposed to be in the school without proper supervision and that this would be reported to the school.
On the Monday following the event, the students were called into Principal Adam Nelson’s office and told them they had violated school rules and would be suspended from school the following day.