The Cook County Historical Society Museum is closed for repairs and maintenance for one more week. Will re-open April 3rd with regular spring hours: Friday 1-4 pm and Saturday 10am- 2pm.
Office hours and research appointments still available weekdays.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
CONTACT: Cook County Historical Society
DATE: 03/27/2015 08:33am
Friday, March 27th is the last day of Great Expectations School's open enrollment window. All applications received by this date will have an equal opportunity for enrollment. Those received after this date will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications are now being accepted for students entering grades K-6 in September, 2015. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the school at 218-387-9322.
Great Expectations School is a public charter school serving the families of students in kindergarten through eighth grade from throughout Cook county.
CONTACT: Peter James
DATE: 03/26/2015 08:18am
A G E N D A
COOK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
SPECIAL MEETING COMMUNITY CENTER, GRAND MARAIS, MN APRIL 2, 2015
6:00 p.m. This is a Public Meeting to discuss County Non-Mandated Funding.
(Hosted by Commissioner Garry Gamble)
All five Commissioners may be in attendance for this meeting.
A D J O U R N
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CONTACT: Julie Berglund
DATE: 03/24/2015 01:13pm
Check out what's happening at the Gunflint Hills Solar System:
Savings to date are 12,500 kW-hrs, $2,350 and 21.5 tons of CO2.
Spring is here so solar production will increase!
CONTACT: Virginia Danfelt
DATE: 03/24/2015 10:08am
Kundalini Yoga can help us to stay balanced during transitional times in life. Join us tonight from 5:30-6:45 at the community center 4H log building, as we do a Yoga set that helps us generate the power of the sun for ourselves and balance our emotions. See you there!
For more information contact Brigette or go online www.ancienttraditionshealing.com
DATE: 03/24/2015 10:04am
I am continuing to research the history of downtown Grand Marais businesses for possible publication. I would like to have pictures of the businesses listed below.
It is fine if there are people in the pictures.
1. Peterson Drug Store in the 1950 on 1st Ave. W.
2. A&W Drive In during the 1950s or 1960s
3. Tourist Information Building on highway 61 in late 1960s or 1970s
4. Sears Catalog Store where A&W was located
5. Ward Catalog store on Broadway
6. Shold's Shoe Shop and or early gas station in late 1920s or early 1930s
7. Webb Gas Station where Como Oil is now - 1950s
8. Spur Gas Station where Como Oil is now - 1960s
9. Isak Hanson's Hardware store across form Senior Center - 1990s
10. Gene Doody's Carpet Store - Where News- Herald is now - late
1970s or early 1980s
11. Tydol gas station on highway 61 where Pure Oil and Spur stations
were once located. Next to Dairy Queen. 1930s
12. SeaWall Motel 1950 era. Earlier called Gilchrist’s Cabins
CONTACT: Gene Glader
DATE: 03/19/2015 01:06pm
Cook County School District - ISD 166
School Board Agenda
March 19, 2015
Jane Mianowski Conference Center
5:00 PM Regular Board Meeting
Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Recognition of Visitors
Approve Meeting Agenda
5.0 Community Comments
5.1 Community Comments is an opportunity for the public to address the school board on a school-related item, in accordance with guidelines printed at the end of the agenda.
6.0 Presentations & Administrative Reports
6.1 Robotics Presentation
6.2 Principal’s Report
6.3 Superintendent’s Report
6.4 Board Reports
7.0 Discussion/Action Items
7.1 Consent Agenda
a. Approve Minutes –Board Retreat January 26, 2015, January 22, 2015 and February 5, 2015.
b. Approve Payment of Bills – February 13, 2015, February 25, 2015 and March 10, 2015.
c. Approve Electronic Funds Activity – February 2015
d. Accept Donations – February 2015
7.2 Approve Expenditure/Revenue Report – February 2015
7.3 Approve 2015-16 Calendar
7.4 Discussion and Approval of Industrial Arts Expansion Bid
7.5 Review of Budget Process
7.6 Discussion of Preliminary Budget
7.7 Let Bids for Roofing Project
7.8 Approval of Updated CCYMCA/Cook County School District Joint Facility Use Agreement
8.0 Personnel Items
8.1 Approve Early Retirement Agreement
8.2 Accept Letter of Retirement from Faculty Member
8.3 Discussion of Memorandum of Understanding Drafted by CCEA
CONTACT: Cara Price
DATE: 03/18/2015 02:45pm
Due to repair work, the Cook County Historical Museum will be closed for the next couple of weekends. Office hours are still available throughout the week. MUSIC ITEMS can be dropped off during the week between 8-4. Thank you for your patience.
CONTACT: Cook County Historical Society
DATE: 03/13/2015 08:27am
No Contempt of Court, No Inspections for Now!
After Lake View Natural Dairy’s attorney, Zenas Baer, finished presenting all the arguments (constitutional and other) and the State Attorney, Kimberly Middendorf, responded, Judge Michael Cuzzo made his current ruling.
Judge Cuzzo stated that he was “staying the order of inspection” that had previously been issued by him in his court due to the issues that were presented at today’s hearing. He further clarified to Middendorf that the previous order of inspection could not be used, at this time, by the MDA to inspect Lake View Natural Dairy. He said that he is going to take up to 90 days (he commented that he hoped to not take that long) to review the arguments presented to determine the jurisdictional validity of the order (whether the MDA has the right to make the inspection in the first place). Judge Cuzzo will issue his ruling in writing and when it becomes public it will be posted on this site.
The State Assistant Attorney Middendorf’s argument (through the “MDA’s Memorandum of Law) to limit the hearing to only find whether or not David Berglund was found in contempt of court or not, was fully rejected. Not only did Judge Cuzzo agree to consider the many arguments brought up by Zenas Baer, but Judge Cuzzo also found that David Berglund had made a “good faith argument” as to why he had refused the inspections and ultimately the Order to Inspect granted previously by the court! Simply, the judge found that David Berglund was NOT IN CONTEMPT OF COURT!
I don’t know if everyone, even at the hearing (there were approximatelty 150-200 people at the courthouse) understood the magnitude of what it meant for a judge to “stay” his own order for inspection. First of all, I can’t say any judge would do that. Some may say, “I ordered it, so you’re gonna do it!” (not all though). It just goes to support the respect and admiration we should have for Judge Cuzzo personally. He should be included in the fairest of men sitting that bench.
There is still more to come. Judge Cuzzo’s decision is forthcoming. It is not certain how he will consider these arguments. However, I am confident that they will have sound reasoning, whatever they may be. We will all have to decide how to voice our support for Lake View Natural Dairy at that time. If the decision is in favor of the dairy, it is almost assured that the ruling would be appealed by State Attorney’s Office/MDA.
For now, we need to keep the momentum going. We need people to spread the word, share these posts and articles with anyone you choose. Go to the Lake View Natural Dairy-Fund and contribute to the fight and the farm costs of everyday operations that are also mounting. Farm-to-consumer Legal Defense Fund has started the battle by funding Zenas Baer (the farm’s attorney) directly in these early stages and Pete Kennedy has also written an article on the issue. We are all preparing for a long protracted court battle. This case could potentially take years to litigate, please help us all prepare for the long battle.
Attention Cook County residents, Commissioner Gamble was at the hearing and afterwards stated he was going to formulate a Memorandum of Support for the farm to continue it’s selling of products of the farm and residents to be allowed to continue to conduct private relationships with the farm. This memorandum of support would be voted on in a future commissioners meeting as to whether each commissioner is in agreement or not. Your commissioners need to hear from you on how you want them to decide on this matter (find you commissioner here).
These are some of the first actions we can take. We must keep the moment going forward. PLEASE subscribe to this blog www.supportlakeviewnaturaldairy.org so that each time a posting occurs you will get it automatically. I will be posting future actions that need to be taken (like writing other representatives, etc.), when future court dates will occur, even if the Berglunds need help at the farm if they need to travel elsewhere for court (contact me if you can potentially help at the farm and live in the area, they would likely need you to come out a couple times before this were to happen so they could feel comfortable).
We are no where near the end. This is only the beginning. But what a great and wonderful beginning!
- See more at: http://www.supportlakeviewnaturaldairy.org/#sthash.jctUy6PT.dpuf
PHONE: 612 799 9080
DATE: 03/10/2015 04:35pm
On February 24th, over 50 community members gathered in Grand Marais for the third meeting of Highway 61 Revisited, a process for envisioning a redesign of the Highway 61 corridor through Grand Marais.
The meetings have been convened by the City of Grand Marais after redesign of Highway 61 was deemed a priority by the city council last year with community input. While Highway 61 through Grand Marais is a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) road, the meetings have created an opportunity for community members to share their vision for the future of the highway corridor. This has resulted in two concept designs for the corridor. “There has been excellent community participation in the process both at in-person meetings [with over 50 attendees at each meeting] as well as through online comment opportunities and in one-on-one conversations with property owners along the corridor,” conveyed Mike Fischer with LHB, Inc. at the meeting on the 24th.
During the most recent meeting, the design team, including consultants CJ Fernandez and Jason Aune of Aune Fernandez Landscape Architects and Mike Fischer of LHB, Inc., shared an update on the ongoing conceptual design process, including revised concept designs and the next steps. There was also an update on the Health Impact Assessment on the project, which is being led by the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic with the assistance of a community committee. The group discussion identified many areas that the process has begun to address and those that the city will continue to investigate with community involvement, including parking, safe crossings, street landscaping, and a walk/bike trail.
“A locally led community visioning process is not the normal way highway projects are begun,” says City Administrator Mike Roth. “This has given our community the opportunity to guide future investment in the highway to meet our local needs.” Although the developed concept designs are not final, they have been created based on the conditions of the corridor, within current right-of-way, and using appropriate standards such as lane widths. To ensure this, MnDOT District 1 staff has been consulted by the design team through the process and was in attendance at the meeting. As the project continues, the City will provide additional opportunities for the community to participate and refine the plans.
While MnDOT does not have a Highway 61 project on its current schedule, this local process has been an opportunity to envision design needs for the community to be ready when the opportunity arises for a project. The design team has identified the scope of a potential project and will be making estimates of probable project costs. The City of Grand Marais has made an application for federal funds to assist with pedestrian and bicyclist infrastructure in the corridor and expect to hear in April whether they are successful. When the project is scheduled, a formal process would begin, starting with pre-design and finishing with construction which can take up to several years.
The opportunity for feedback on the current concept designs will be open until Monday, March 23rd at www.becausemovingmatters.org/highway61, where the current drafts may be viewed and an online comment card is available. The designs may also be viewed at City Hall, 15 N. Broadway, Grand Marais, MN, and paper comment cards will be available.
Questions? Contact Mike Roth, City Administrator, at 218-387-1848 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTACT: City of Grand Marais and Moving Matters
DATE: 03/10/2015 01:01pm
Yoga Classes in Grand Marais, MN
Thanks for your patience the last two weeks with class cancellations! Classes are back on track and we will meet at the 4H log building on both Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-6:45, see you there! Check out my website for more information www.ancienttraditionshealing.com
DATE: 03/10/2015 12:53pm
What to Expect on March 9th’s Court Date? Lake View Natural Dairy v. Minnesota Department of Agriculture (see www.supportlakeviewnaturaldairy.org for the full issue).
On the morning of Monday, March 9th, at 9am at the Cook County Courthouse, the Berglund family, many organizations, myself, and most importantly many community members I have spoken to are hoping for a large turnout of quiet support. I would like to encourage anyone who has the time or can arrange for the time off from work, to at a minimum come between the hours of 8:30am to a bit past 9:00am, and if you can, stay throughout the hearing.
Please arrive early (outside doors open at 8am) for security screening (metal detector) and seating in the courtroom (first row seating is reserved, as is a section of seating for the media, and the rest is first-come-first-serve. No one will be standing in the courtroom). Please leave metal items (i.e. pocket knives, restricted weapons, etc.) in your vehicles to help our deputies with the potential large volume of persons attending the hearing. No hand bags, purses, briefcases, hats or recording devices will be allowed in the courtroom. It would be best to leave cell phones in your vehicles as anyone that creates distraction in the courtroom will be immediately removed. If you forget you have restricted items on your person, you will be asked to return them to your vehicle.
The goal is to assemble for a quiet, respectable show of support with our presence, for the farm, so the MDA can feel that support. I cannot tell people how to show their support, but our request is that people will refrain from pickets, chants or attention getting clothing. Our intent is to have the MDA, media and public observe an everyday cross section of our community and those who support our local Lake View Natural Dairy. Even more importantly we want them to observe people who hold dear our constitutionally protected right as men and women to make choices for our own families and enter into associations that we rightfully choose.
I, and likely others, will be on hand to speak with people, that wish to, about the issue being heard in court. There won’t be any court house rally speeches or anything like that. After the hearing, Zenas Baer, the farm’s attorney, has agreed to speak in the commissioner’s room about the hearing.
I want to be very clear in my personally held great respect for our Cook County Sheriff’s Office. As I have said before, the Sheriff’s Office is knowledgeable about this issue, and has acted in an exemplary manner in carrying out their mission to protect an individual’s rights and to uphold the federal and state constitution. I wish that any impact that I can have on the day’s events be peaceful, respectful and “low stress” inducing to the sheriff and deputies working to ensure our safety at the court house. I would truly ask that we all give them our verbal thanks for their service and as an acknowledgment of the personal risk they place themselves in daily.
In addition, during the time I was a Cook County Deputy Sheriff, I testified in front of Judge Michael Cuzzo and I have great respect for him as our elected judicial officer in our region. I believe he is a man with firm regard for the law and who fairly applies justice in our court. Our quiet respect in his court room will be noticed.
There are several outcomes possible at the end of the court hearing that is estimated to be up to two hours. The judge has the ability to rule at the hearing, but this is unlikely. It would be more likely that the arguments from the MDA and the farms attorney will require further evidence be given to the court on a future date. What is important here, in my view, is that we all realize that this is very well the beginning of two or more hearings.
I would like to impart to the MDA that we will be here for the long haul, whether that be one or more hearings. With those intentions in mind, I have reserved the commissioners meeting room and the ITV room across from that from 8am to 1pm for overflow seating if the courtroom is full. I have been told that the commissioner’s room can hold around 100 persons with several more in the additional room. These rooms are downstairs from the courtroom and there is additional seating in the hallways also.
It’s a lot to ask, but think of the message that will be received by the MDA if the building was at its maximum, even after a two hour court hearing, it would be deafening in symbolism. Audio and/or video from the courtroom were requested in the other “overflow” rooms, but they are not currently available.
Coffee and snacks in the commissioner’s room will be provided by Java Moose, Holiday Gas Station, FIKA Coffee, Gene’s Food, Cook County Coop and Organic Consumer’s Association, please thank them!
CONTACT: Greg Gentz
PHONE: 612 799 9080
DATE: 03/08/2015 05:42pm
Dear West End Community,
Birch Grove Foundation is seeking nominees for the Board of Directors. We recently changed our fiscal year to a calendar year and are in the process of adopting revised by-laws. Click here o see our existing and proposed By-Laws thttp://www.birchgrovefoundation.org/#!introductions/c7s8. Never has there been a more exciting time to join Birch Grove Foundation! Our operating foundation is celebrating its 30th Anniversary: A Year to Remember 2015-2016. Now is the time to take our west end asset (Birch Grove Center) and build a bright future that meets our communities needs. Please do not self eliminate because you believe a conflict of interest may exist. Hostel/Foundation employees, township representatives, school supporters...disclose your potential conflict of interest and agree to act in good faith for the betterment of Birch Grove Foundation while addressing matters of the Foundation. Please allow the board to consider what valuable skills you might bring to our team.
I would highly encourage you to speak with friends and family in the west end and contact me if you are interested. Our west end community/recreation center and future senior center need you! Our mission is to provide programs and services in education/training, recreation/leisure, arts/culture, and health/wellness. The board commitment is for 6 meetings a year held in odd months; typically 3rd Wed's at the center. Board roles include fundraising, policy, and governance. Select the link for an application, expectation statement, and conflict of interest form http://www.birchgrovefoundation.org/#!introductions/c7s8. As the Foundations' new Executive Director; it is my goal to diversify our board and fill every seat with passionate west end supporters. We need people of all ages, from areas throughout the west end, and from diverse backgrounds. We have possibly 5 seats that will be available at a special meeting on April 15, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. at Birch Grove Community Center. Please consider RSVP'ing and attending our March 18th 8 a.m. regular meeting at Grand Marais State Bank where we will be discussing the proposed revised by-laws.
Help shape the west ends future and submit a board application today! If you know of the perfect candidate share this email with them. Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day.
Caroline R. Wood, M.S.
Executive Director, Birch Grove Foundation
PO Box 2242
Tofte, MN 55615
CONTACT: Caroline Wood
DATE: 03/08/2015 11:07am
Apply to be a 2015 Great Place Project!
After a successful first year of the Great Place Race, the newly renamed Great Place Project will offer a second year of mini-grants for placemaking in Cook County and Grand Portage. The Great Place Project is looking for businesses and organizations to apply with their high impact, low cost idea to make a place great. Mini-grants range from $250 to $1,000 per project.
Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2015 at 4 pm CST. Applications are available for download at www.becausemovingmatters.org/greatplaceproject or paper copies may be picked up at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic front desk during business hours (513 5th Ave W, Grand Marais).
Questions about the 2015 Great Place Project? Contact Maren at email@example.com or 218-387-2330 x110.
CONTACT: Moving Matters and Cook County Chamber of Commerce
DATE: 03/06/2015 09:15am
Funeral Service for Lucas Coe, Son of Bryan and Erica Coe, Grandson of Paul and Barb Coe
Will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015
10:00 am Visitation
11:00 am Service
Heritage Assemblies of God, Baxter, MN
CONTACT: Marcy Olsen
DATE: 03/01/2015 09:09pm
We made the goal! $460 from the website and another $155 in cash donations. Thank you all so much for helping the Red Cross. There's now 30 other runners on the team, and if we all raise a similar amount, that's $18000!! That's some real money we're talking about, and it all came in $10 and $20 donations from you guys. Now I just gotta go out and run this thing. Thank you all again.
CONTACT: Rob Wells
DATE: 02/27/2015 10:59pm
Town hall meetings planned for Cook County, Colvill and Hovland.
February 27, 2015 – Cook County Commissioner Frank Moe will be hosting two town hall meetings. The first meeting will be in Colvill at the Colvill Fire Hall on Tuesday, March 10th at 6:00 PM. The second meeting will be in Hovland at the Chicago Bay Bakery on Wednesday, March 11th at 6:00 PM. At these meetings Commissioner Moe will give residents information about the Comprehensive Land Use Guide Plan process that is going on in the county. A discussion will follow focusing on if and how residents, in Colvill and Hovland respectively, want to participate in this process. Residents who can’t attend one of the meetings are encouraged to contact Commissioner Moe directly to express their opinions.
Frank Moe, Cook County Commissioner District 1
CONTACT: Julie Berglund
DATE: 02/27/2015 11:48am
I'm almost there!! I'm one of 24 people running Grandma's for the American Red Cross. I just need $100 to hit my goal of $500. A huge thank you to all you who have donated so far. 10 people each giving only $10 is all I need to hit my goal!
The Red Cross provides all sorts of great services for those in need - from CPR and First Aid certification classes to disaster relief from wildfires and hurricanes. It's a worthy cause and a great organization.
I'd love to hit my goal my the end of tonight. Please help and go to this page to donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/ARC2015GrandmasMarathon/fundraiser/robwells. Thank you all so much,
CONTACT: Rob Wells
DATE: 02/26/2015 04:31pm
Birch Grove Community School #4145
Special Meeting called for 5 pm Monday March 2, 2015 at the Birch Grove Center
Agenda: Township meetings
CONTACT: Judy Motschenbacher
DATE: 02/26/2015 03:52pm