Skip to main content

Chamber, EDA, SBDC explore alternatives to international workers for Cook County businesses

Dec 15, 2017 05:44AM ● Published by Editor

From Staff Report by The Cook County News Herald - Friday, December 15, 2017

An urgent exploration is under way of possible alternatives to international workers as a solution for Cook County’s chronic workforce shortage, reports Jim Boyd, executive director of the Cook County Chamber. The chamber is a chief organizer of this effort, along with the Cook County-Grand Marais EDA and the local office of UMD’s Small Business Development Center. The goal is to secure American rather than international workers.

“With its small and aging population, Cook County simply does not provide sufficient workforce to staff the businesses on which our livelihood depends,” Boyd said. “Primarily those businesses are involved in tourism, which undergoes huge seasonal ebbs and flows of activity. Finding sufficient staff for the summer season, in particular, has been problematic for some time. As a consequence, many county employers have come to rely on international workers recruited to Cook County on J1 and H2B visas.”

“Unfortunately,” Boyd continued, “those visa programs exist at the mercy of the federal government. And both are vulnerable.”

From early last spring, when seasonal workforce shortage worries for the 2017 summer season first surfaced, the Chamber has sought to create a countywide conversation about the problem and ways it might be overcome. At one of the early meetings, Bruce Kerfoot, former owner of Gunflint Lodge who has long, deep experience in the J1 student work-travel visa program, expressed his doubts that the program would survive. It would be wise, he said, if Cook County employers started thinking about a “Plan B” alternative to their current dependence on international workers. Rather than remain at the mercy of federal visa policy, Kerfoot said, Cook County should develop its own workforce recruitment programs.

A follow-up meeting, organized by Mary Somnis of the Cook County-Grand Marais EDA, brought together more than 30 Cook County employers to discuss the Plan B idea. Those attending expressed strong support for exploring alternatives to international workers. Pat Campanaro of the SBDC also has signed on in support of this effort.

Further discussions were held in late October with Sen. Tom Bakk, Rep. Rob Ecklund, IRRRB Commissioner Mark Phillips and IRRRB director of development Steve Peterson. All expressed great interest in “Plan B” possibilities and pledged support for potential future funding, Boyd said. It was noted that Cook County is not unique in its workforce difficulties, and that any successful Plan B approach here might be helpful in other Minnesota communities.

From this early work, Boyd reports, has emerged a joint Chamber-EDA-SBDC supported group of countywide employers and public officials to further explore options for workforce recruitment in other parts of the United States and its territories.

In addition to workers for the hospitality industry, EDA director Somnis said, “We are keeping watch for opportunities to train and recruit workforce for other industries – health care and the building trades specifically.”

Dennis Rysdahl, owner of the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts and a chamber board member, emphasized that one result of these efforts might be “replacement of some seasonal employees with year-round employees who become permanent Cook County residents, enroll children in our schools and develop other strong ties to our community. As it now stands, we are being forced to fill permanent, year-round positions piecemeal with two or three seasonal employees, which is very costly and damaging to service quality. ”

For this effort to succeed, Boyd said, “We will need the active support and cooperation of Cook County employers who routinely need additional workers, whether seasonal or year-round. One early request for help will ask employers to complete a survey of their workforce needs. That will be coming shortly, and we hope that everyone will help us ensure it is as comprehensive in its responses as possible.”

If anyone has questions about this initiative, Boyd said, they can contact the Chamber at 218-387-2079 or ccchamber@boreal.org.

News
  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/18/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    01/18/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Cabbage Roll/Corn/Crisp/Milk


  • Alcoholics Anonymous

    01/18/2018
    06:30PM

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and ho...


  • Square Dance Lessons

    01/18/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Modern Western Square Dance Schedule for January 4 through February 15. Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM ...


  • The 100DayProject

    01/21/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/21/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • The Cook County Community Center outdoor ice rinks and warming house will be staffed and open (we...


  • Alcoholics Anonymous

    01/21/2018
    06:30PM — 07:30PM

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and ho...


  • The 100DayProject

    01/22/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/22/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Band Instrument Drive

    01/22/2018
    08:00AM

    The Cook County School band is looking to expand our program and include all 5th graders. Current...


  • 1/2 Price Burgers!

    01/22/2018
    11:00AM — 09:00PM

    1/2 Price Burgers at Moguls Grille and Tap Room


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    01/22/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Chicken Chow Mein/Rice/Broccoli/Dessert/Milk


  • Overeaters Anonymous

    01/22/2018
    04:15PM — 05:15PM

    Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and...


  • Co-Dependents Anonymous

    01/22/2018
    05:30PM

    Co-Dependents Anonymous is a Fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healt...


  • Square Dance Lessons

    01/22/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Modern Western Square Dance Schedule for January 4 through February 15. Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM ...


  • The 100DayProject

    01/23/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/23/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Story Time at the Library

    01/23/2018
    10:30AM — 11:15AM

    Every Tuesday, January 9-February 27, story times are open to all ages and feature songs and othe...


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    01/23/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Chowder/Ham Salad Sandwich/Fruit/Milk


  • Bible Prophecy

    01/23/2018
    04:00PM — 05:30PM

    National and International speakers presented by DVD. The DVDs will be shown at the Community Ce...


  • Kids Eat Free

    01/23/2018
    04:00PM — 09:00PM

    1 free kids meal with any paid adult meal Available after 4pm


  • Open Crafting Night: Woodcarving

    01/23/2018
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Join with new and old friends to work on a craft you love. These craft nights are free open to an...


  • Open Crafting Night: Basketry

    01/23/2018
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Join with new and old friends to work on a craft you love. These craft nights are free open to an...


  • Colvill All-Levels Yoga

    01/23/2018
    05:30PM — 06:30PM

    Join us for yoga. Vinyasa-style yoga set to world music. Come rest your mind and energize your ...


  • Men's Yoga at Cobblestone Cabins

    01/23/2018
    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    Iyengar style yoga class for men interested in a well rounded yoga practice.


  • Ojibwe Language for Beginners

    01/23/2018
    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    January 9, 16, 23, 30. 5:30-7pm Cost:$80.00 This 4-session class will provide students with a ...


  • Intro/Beginning Iyengar Yoga at Cobblestone

    01/23/2018
    07:05PM — 08:20PM

    Class suited for introductory or beginning students. The basics of Iyengar style yoga will be tau...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/17/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Anxiety/Depression Support Group for Women

    01/17/2018
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Weekly support group for women. $2.00 suggested donation. No registration required. Please joi...


  • Gentle Yoga at Cobblestone

    01/17/2018
    10:00AM — 11:30AM

    For all with health concerns such as arthritis, high blood pressure, pregnancy or those who just ...


  • First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, inviting community conversation… Aging...


  • 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine

    01/17/2018
    11:00AM

    1/2 Price Bottles of Wine


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    01/17/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Spaghetti Pie/Salad/Dessert/Milk


  • Congress Comes to you Meeting

    01/17/2018
    12:00PM — 01:00PM

    Hannah Alstead with Congress Rich Nolan's office is conducting a Congress comes to you Meeting at...


  • The Cook County Community Center outdoor ice rinks and warming house will be staffed and open (we...


  • Women's Yoga at Cobblestone Cabins

    01/17/2018
    05:15PM — 07:00PM

    Continuing class for all women interested in Iyengar Yoga. Walk-ins allowed with permission from ...


  • Beginning Spanish

    01/17/2018
    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    January 17, 24, 31, & February 7, 2018 | 5:30PM-7PM START LEARNING SPANISH or HELP REGAIN LOS...


  • Beginning Spanish

    01/17/2018
    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    January 17, 24, 31 and February 7th on Wednesdays 5:30-7pm Focus on vacation and travel languag...


  • Night Sky with Bryan Hansel

    01/17/2018
    06:00PM

    The community is invited to join award-winning professional photographer and outdoor educator Han...


  • Night Sky

    01/17/2018
    06:00PM — 07:30AM

    Grand Marais Public Library will host Bryan Hansel on Wednesday, January 17 at 6:00 PM for a pres...


  • Square Dance Lessons

    01/17/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Modern Western Square Dance Schedule for January 4 through February 15. Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/18/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    01/18/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Cabbage Roll/Corn/Crisp/Milk


  • Alcoholics Anonymous

    01/18/2018
    06:30PM

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and ho...


  • Square Dance Lessons

    01/18/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Modern Western Square Dance Schedule for January 4 through February 15. Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/19/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Caregiver Coffee - Tofte

    01/19/2018
    10:00AM — 11:30AM

    Caregiver Coffee Join us to get to know other caregivers in a casual setting. Take part in a d...


  • Caregiver Coffee

    01/19/2018
    10:00AM — 11:30AM

    Caregiver Coffee Join us to get to know other caregivers in a casual setting. Take part in a d...


  • Grand Marais Caregiver Coffee

    01/19/2018
    10:00AM — 11:30AM

    Grand Marais Caregiver Coffee for January Join us to get to know other caregivers in a casual ...


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    01/19/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Tatertot Hotdish/Fruit/Dessert/Milk


  • The Cook County Community Center outdoor ice rinks and warming house will be staffed and open (we...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/20/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • The Cook County Community Center outdoor ice rinks and warming house will be staffed and open (we...


  • Voyageur Brewing Company Brewery Tour

    01/20/2018
    11:30AM — 12:30PM

    We offer tours on most Saturdays beginning at 11:30am but you need to reserve your space online i...


  • Women's March 2018

    01/20/2018
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    All are invited to join the 2018 Women’s March in downtown Grand Marais on Saturday, January 20 a...


  • Square Dance Lessons

    01/20/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Modern Western Square Dance Schedule for January 4 through February 15. Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM ...


  • The 100DayProject

    01/21/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/21/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • The Cook County Community Center outdoor ice rinks and warming house will be staffed and open (we...


  • Alcoholics Anonymous

    01/21/2018
    06:30PM — 07:30PM

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and ho...


  • The 100DayProject

    01/22/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/22/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Band Instrument Drive

    01/22/2018
    08:00AM

    The Cook County School band is looking to expand our program and include all 5th graders. Current...


  • 1/2 Price Burgers!

    01/22/2018
    11:00AM — 09:00PM

    1/2 Price Burgers at Moguls Grille and Tap Room


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    01/22/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Chicken Chow Mein/Rice/Broccoli/Dessert/Milk


  • Overeaters Anonymous

    01/22/2018
    04:15PM — 05:15PM

    Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and...


  • Co-Dependents Anonymous

    01/22/2018
    05:30PM

    Co-Dependents Anonymous is a Fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healt...


  • Square Dance Lessons

    01/22/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Modern Western Square Dance Schedule for January 4 through February 15. Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM ...


  • The 100DayProject

    01/23/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/23/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Story Time at the Library

    01/23/2018
    10:30AM — 11:15AM

    Every Tuesday, January 9-February 27, story times are open to all ages and feature songs and othe...


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    01/23/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Chowder/Ham Salad Sandwich/Fruit/Milk


  • Bible Prophecy

    01/23/2018
    04:00PM — 05:30PM

    National and International speakers presented by DVD. The DVDs will be shown at the Community Ce...


  • Kids Eat Free

    01/23/2018
    04:00PM — 09:00PM

    1 free kids meal with any paid adult meal Available after 4pm


  • Open Crafting Night: Woodcarving

    01/23/2018
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Join with new and old friends to work on a craft you love. These craft nights are free open to an...


  • Open Crafting Night: Basketry

    01/23/2018
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Join with new and old friends to work on a craft you love. These craft nights are free open to an...


  • Colvill All-Levels Yoga

    01/23/2018
    05:30PM — 06:30PM

    Join us for yoga. Vinyasa-style yoga set to world music. Come rest your mind and energize your ...


  • Men's Yoga at Cobblestone Cabins

    01/23/2018
    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    Iyengar style yoga class for men interested in a well rounded yoga practice.


  • Ojibwe Language for Beginners

    01/23/2018
    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    January 9, 16, 23, 30. 5:30-7pm Cost:$80.00 This 4-session class will provide students with a ...


  • Intro/Beginning Iyengar Yoga at Cobblestone

    01/23/2018
    07:05PM — 08:20PM

    Class suited for introductory or beginning students. The basics of Iyengar style yoga will be tau...


  • The 100DayProject

    01/24/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/24/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Anxiety/Depression Support Group for Women

    01/24/2018
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Weekly support group for women. $2.00 suggested donation. No registration required. Please joi...


  • Gentle Yoga at Cobblestone

    01/24/2018
    10:00AM — 11:30AM

    For all with health concerns such as arthritis, high blood pressure, pregnancy or those who just ...


  • First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, inviting community conversation… Aging...


  • 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine

    01/24/2018
    11:00AM

    1/2 Price Bottles of Wine


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    01/24/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Shipwreck Casserole/Fruit/Dessert/Milk


  • The Cook County Community Center outdoor ice rinks and warming house will be staffed and open (we...


  • Open Crafting Night: Spinning and Knitting

    01/24/2018
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Join with new and old friends to work on a craft you love. These craft nights are free open to an...


  • Women's Yoga at Cobblestone Cabins

    01/24/2018
    05:15PM — 07:00PM

    Continuing class for all women interested in Iyengar Yoga. Walk-ins allowed with permission from ...


  • Beginning Spanish

    01/24/2018
    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    January 17, 24, 31, & February 7, 2018 | 5:30PM-7PM START LEARNING SPANISH or HELP REGAIN LOS...


  • Beginning Spanish

    01/24/2018
    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    January 17, 24, 31 and February 7th on Wednesdays 5:30-7pm Focus on vacation and travel languag...


  • Square Dance Lessons

    01/24/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Modern Western Square Dance Schedule for January 4 through February 15. Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM ...


  • The 100DayProject

    01/25/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/25/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Metal Tooling

    01/25/2018
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Create a unique, colorful and textured artwork by tracing designs onto thin metal sheeting before...


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    01/25/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Baked Bean Casserole w/Sausage/Coleslaw/Fruit/Milk


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    01/25/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Beef Stroganoff/Noodles/Green Beans/Dessert/Milk


  • Care Partners Companion Volunteer Training

    01/25/2018
    04:30PM — 08:00PM

    Companion Volunteer Training The gift of your friendship can mean a lot for those on the journ...


  • Alcoholics Anonymous

    01/25/2018
    06:30PM

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and ho...


  • Square Dance Lessons

    01/25/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Modern Western Square Dance Schedule for January 4 through February 15. Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM ...


  • The 100DayProject

    01/26/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/26/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Winter Plein Air Exhibit

    01/26/2018
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Come join us at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery for the Winter Plein Air exhibit opening Fr...


  • Winter Plein Air Exhibit

    01/26/2018
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Come join us at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery for the Winter Plein Air exhibit opening Fr...


  • The Cook County Community Center outdoor ice rinks and warming house will be staffed and open (we...


  • Winter Plein Air Exhibit

    01/26/2018
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Come join us for the opening reception of the Winter Plein Air exhibit Friday, January 26th from ...


  • The 100DayProject

    01/27/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/27/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Winter Plein Air Exhibit

    01/27/2018
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Come join us at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery for the Winter Plein Air exhibit opening Fr...


  • Winter Plein Air Exhibit

    01/27/2018
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Come join us at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery for the Winter Plein Air exhibit opening Fr...


  • The Cook County Community Center outdoor ice rinks and warming house will be staffed and open (we...


  • Voyageur Brewing Company Brewery Tour

    01/27/2018
    11:30AM — 12:30PM

    We offer tours on most Saturdays beginning at 11:30am but you need to reserve your space online i...


  • Walking in a Winter Wonderland

    01/27/2018
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Ahhh late January in Minnesota! It can be lots of things... probably cold, probably snowy, but d...


  • Square Dance Lessons

    01/27/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Modern Western Square Dance Schedule for January 4 through February 15. Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM ...


  • The 100DayProject

    01/28/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/28/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Winter Plein Air Exhibit

    01/28/2018
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Come join us at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery for the Winter Plein Air exhibit opening Fr...


  • Winter Plein Air Exhibit

    01/28/2018
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Come join us at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery for the Winter Plein Air exhibit opening Fr...


  • The Cook County Community Center outdoor ice rinks and warming house will be staffed and open (we...


  • Alcoholics Anonymous

    01/28/2018
    06:30PM — 07:30PM

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and ho...


  • The 100DayProject

    01/29/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/29/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Band Instrument Drive

    01/29/2018
    08:00AM

    The Cook County School band is looking to expand our program and include all 5th graders. Current...


  • 1/2 Price Burgers!

    01/29/2018
    11:00AM — 09:00PM

    1/2 Price Burgers at Moguls Grille and Tap Room


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    01/29/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Chili/Salad/Fruit/Milk


  • Overeaters Anonymous

    01/29/2018
    04:15PM — 05:15PM

    Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and...


  • Co-Dependents Anonymous

    01/29/2018
    05:30PM

    Co-Dependents Anonymous is a Fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healt...


  • Square Dance Lessons

    01/29/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Modern Western Square Dance Schedule for January 4 through February 15. Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM ...


  • The 100DayProject

    01/30/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/30/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Story Time at the Library

    01/30/2018
    10:30AM — 11:15AM

    Every Tuesday, January 9-February 27, story times are open to all ages and feature songs and othe...


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    01/30/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Open Faced BBQ Beef/Mash Potato/Corn Pudding/Milk


  • The Cook County Community Center outdoor ice rinks and warming house will be staffed and open (we...


  • Bible Prophecy

    01/30/2018
    04:00PM — 05:30PM

    National and International speakers presented by DVD. The DVDs will be shown at the Community Ce...


  • Kids Eat Free

    01/30/2018
    04:00PM — 09:00PM

    1 free kids meal with any paid adult meal Available after 4pm


  • Colvill All-Levels Yoga

    01/30/2018
    05:30PM — 06:30PM

    Join us for yoga. Vinyasa-style yoga set to world music. Come rest your mind and energize your ...


  • Men's Yoga at Cobblestone Cabins

    01/30/2018
    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    Iyengar style yoga class for men interested in a well rounded yoga practice.


  • Ojibwe Language for Beginners

    01/30/2018
    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    January 9, 16, 23, 30. 5:30-7pm Cost:$80.00 This 4-session class will provide students with a ...


  • Intro/Beginning Iyengar Yoga at Cobblestone

    01/30/2018
    07:05PM — 08:20PM

    Class suited for introductory or beginning students. The basics of Iyengar style yoga will be tau...


  • Learn to Dance!

    01/30/2018
    07:15PM — 09:00PM

    Learn to waltz, two-step, foxtrot, and swing dance. Tuesdays at the 4-H Building, 7:15 to 9:00 PM...


  • The 100DayProject

    01/31/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    01/31/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Anxiety/Depression Support Group for Women

    01/31/2018
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Weekly support group for women. $2.00 suggested donation. No registration required. Please joi...


  • Gentle Yoga at Cobblestone

    01/31/2018
    10:00AM — 11:30AM

    For all with health concerns such as arthritis, high blood pressure, pregnancy or those who just ...


  • First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, inviting community conversation… Aging...


  • 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine

    01/31/2018
    11:00AM

    1/2 Price Bottles of Wine


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    01/31/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Creamy Chicken Casserole/Broccoli/Fruit/Milk


  • Women's Yoga at Cobblestone Cabins

    01/31/2018
    05:15PM — 07:00PM

    Continuing class for all women interested in Iyengar Yoga. Walk-ins allowed with permission from ...


  • Beginning Spanish

    01/31/2018
    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    January 17, 24, 31, & February 7, 2018 | 5:30PM-7PM START LEARNING SPANISH or HELP REGAIN LOS...


  • Beginning Spanish

    01/31/2018
    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    January 17, 24, 31 and February 7th on Wednesdays 5:30-7pm Focus on vacation and travel languag...


  • Square Dance Lessons

    01/31/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Modern Western Square Dance Schedule for January 4 through February 15. Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM ...


  • The 100DayProject

    02/01/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    02/01/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Lunch At the Senior Center

    02/01/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Meatloaf/Baked Potato/Peas/Dessert/Milk


  • Alcoholics Anonymous

    02/01/2018
    06:30PM

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and ho...


  • Film Night at North House

    02/01/2018
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    Winter Series returns every Thursday in February at North House with film nights. We’ll revisit f...


  • Square Dance Lessons

    02/01/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Modern Western Square Dance Schedule for January 4 through February 15. Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM ...


  • The 100DayProject

    02/02/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    02/02/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    02/02/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Brats/Sauerkraut/Mash Potato/Dessert/Milk


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    02/02/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Brats/Sauerkraut/Mash Potato/Dessert/Milk


  • The 100DayProject

    02/03/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    02/03/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Voyageur Brewing Company Brewery Tour

    02/03/2018
    11:30AM — 12:30PM

    We offer tours on most Saturdays beginning at 11:30am but you need to reserve your space online i...


  • Square Dance Lessons

    02/03/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Modern Western Square Dance Schedule for January 4 through February 15. Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM ...


  • The 100DayProject

    02/04/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    02/04/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Alcoholics Anonymous

    02/04/2018
    06:30PM — 07:30PM

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and ho...


  • The 100DayProject

    02/05/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    02/05/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Band Instrument Drive

    02/05/2018
    08:00AM

    The Cook County School band is looking to expand our program and include all 5th graders. Current...


  • 1/2 Price Burgers!

    02/05/2018
    11:00AM — 09:00PM

    1/2 Price Burgers at Moguls Grille and Tap Room


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    02/05/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Sloppy Joes/Baked Beans/Coleslaw/Fruit/Milk


  • Overeaters Anonymous

    02/05/2018
    04:15PM — 05:15PM

    Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and...


  • Co-Dependents Anonymous

    02/05/2018
    05:30PM

    Co-Dependents Anonymous is a Fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healt...


  • Square Dance Lessons

    02/05/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Modern Western Square Dance Schedule for January 4 through February 15. Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM ...


  • The 100DayProject

    02/06/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    02/06/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Story Time at the Library

    02/06/2018
    10:30AM — 11:15AM

    Every Tuesday, January 9-February 27, story times are open to all ages and feature songs and othe...


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    02/06/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Soup/Sandwich/Dessert/Milk


  • Bible Prophecy

    02/06/2018
    04:00PM — 05:30PM

    National and International speakers presented by DVD. The DVDs will be shown at the Community Ce...


  • Kids Eat Free

    02/06/2018
    04:00PM — 09:00PM

    1 free kids meal with any paid adult meal Available after 4pm


  • Colvill All-Levels Yoga

    02/06/2018
    05:30PM — 06:30PM

    Join us for yoga. Vinyasa-style yoga set to world music. Come rest your mind and energize your ...


  • Men's Yoga at Cobblestone Cabins

    02/06/2018
    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    Iyengar style yoga class for men interested in a well rounded yoga practice.


  • Intro/Beginning Iyengar Yoga at Cobblestone

    02/06/2018
    07:05PM — 08:20PM

    Class suited for introductory or beginning students. The basics of Iyengar style yoga will be tau...


  • Learn to Dance!

    02/06/2018
    07:15PM — 09:00PM

    Learn to waltz, two-step, foxtrot, and swing dance. Tuesdays at the 4-H Building, 7:15 to 9:00 PM...


  • The 100DayProject

    02/07/2018
    12:00AM — 12:00AM

    January 21 - April 30, 2018 The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit ...


  • Terra Bella Floral fall hours

    02/07/2018
    12:00AM

    Monday and Tuesday Noon to 5 Wednesday through Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 2 Sunday Closed


  • Anxiety/Depression Support Group for Women

    02/07/2018
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Weekly support group for women. $2.00 suggested donation. No registration required. Please joi...


  • Gentle Yoga at Cobblestone

    02/07/2018
    10:00AM — 11:30AM

    For all with health concerns such as arthritis, high blood pressure, pregnancy or those who just ...


  • 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine

    02/07/2018
    11:00AM

    1/2 Price Bottles of Wine


  • Lunch at the Senior Center

    02/07/2018
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Chef's Salad/Fruit/Dessert/Milk


  • Women's Yoga at Cobblestone Cabins

    02/07/2018
    05:15PM — 07:00PM

    Continuing class for all women interested in Iyengar Yoga. Walk-ins allowed with permission from ...


  • Beginning Spanish

    02/07/2018
    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    January 17, 24, 31, & February 7, 2018 | 5:30PM-7PM START LEARNING SPANISH or HELP REGAIN LOS...


  • Beginning Spanish

    02/07/2018
    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    January 17, 24, 31 and February 7th on Wednesdays 5:30-7pm Focus on vacation and travel languag...


  • Square Dance Lessons

    02/07/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Modern Western Square Dance Schedule for January 4 through February 15. Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM ...