Events and Meetings

Announce upcoming community events. Please note that an event hosted by a business is considered a commercial event and should be posted under Business Ads. If an item fits under one of the other categories, please do NOT post it as an event - post it in the other category.

Christmas Party at the Senior Center


December 22, 2016

12:00pm  Turkey Dinner w/all the fixings! Call 387-2660 by 9:30am for your lunch reservation.

12:30pm  Christmas Gift Exchange Game. Bring a wrapped gift valued at $10 or less for a fun exchange game!

1:15pm  Live entertainment!

Hot Apple Cider and Cookies will be served while local musicians share their talents.

All ages are welcome to join in the festivities

So come be a part of a Fun Filled Day!!!

CONTACT: Jes Rodne
PHONE: 218-387-2660
DATE: 11/29/2016 03:26pm

Basketball Coach Needed!!

The Cook County Boys Basketball program is looking for a youth coach to coach the 4th and 5th grade basketball team.  Practices are from 3:30 to 4:30 pm and are on the following dates:    

Dec. 1, 6, 15, 19
Jan. 6, 10, 17, 20, 24, 30, 31
Feb. 6, 7, 14, 21, 24

There would also be three or four games on Saturdays that could be worked around your schedule.  Please contact Mitch Dorr at if interested.

DATE: 11/29/2016 01:38pm

Benleyville Tour of Lights with the Senior Center


The Sr Center has planned a trip to Bentleyville on December 19th, 2016 to leave Grand Marais at 1:00 pm and return around 9:30 pm.


Bentleyville Tour of Lights is a free annual family holiday light show complete with Santa, holiday music, and fire pits for roasting marshmallows.  All surrounded by a magical atmosphere geared towards all ages young and old with a community mission of raising non-perishable food item.Free hot cocoa and cookies will be served from the Cookie House, popcorn will be served free of charge from the Popcorn Box and marshmallows can be picked up at the Marshmallow Hut and roasted at any of the 15 fire pits.So come join us and stroll through Bentleyville’s holiday light display at Bayfront Festival Park.  Enjoy the sounds of the holiday season and experience the beautiful display of lights:)

We will stop for dinner (at your own expense) before heading to Bentleyville.  Dress in layers to be  comfortable on the bus and outside for at least an hour. 

Bring your camera and a non-perishable food item. 

Please call 387-2660 to register your spot!


CONTACT: Jes Rodne
PHONE: 218-387-2660
DATE: 11/29/2016 12:28pm

Christmas Parade Thank You!!

Visit Cook County would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all those who participated in the Oh Ole Night Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting, Carols and Fireworks! This was such a successful year in terms of visitors to the event and participation from local businesses and organizations. We really appreciate all the effort that everyone put into making this year so great!

2017 Winning Parade Entries:

Best Overall Travelling Gnome Trophy: Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply

Best Theme: WTIP North Shore Radio

Cutest Entry: Cook County Co-op (they had a pug dressed as a carrot! and another pup dressed as a corn dog!!)

Best Holiday Spirit: Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts of Cook County


Additional appreciation goes to The American Legion Color Guard, Gunflint Mercantile, Sivertson Gallery, Joynes Ben Franklin, Cook County Snowmobile Club: Ridge Riders, Grand Marais Volunteer Fire Department, Grand Marais Lions & Lioness Club, North Shore Health and Cook County Ambulance, Ruby’s Pantry, LutZen Reflections Massage Studios, the Cook County Chamber of Commerce, and our wonderful carolers Karina Roth, Amelia Roth, Mike Roth and Mark Abrahamson. A special thank you to the City of Grand Marais, Grand Marais PUC and Parks & Rec Staff for the wonderful tree and lights in Harbor Park. As always, thanks so much to the Sheriff’s Department for keeping us all safe during the celebration.


We hope to see you all again next year on Friday, November 24th, 2017!

CONTACT: Katie Krantz
PHONE: 2183872788
DATE: 11/28/2016 10:58am

Oh Ole Night Christmas Parade tonight!

The Oh Ole Night Christmas Parade is tonight at 5:30 pm!! Come watch and enjoy the Tree Lighting, Christmas Carols and Fireworks afterwards! 


It's not too late to be part of the parade. Floats can be as simple as you taking your pup for a walk :) Prizes are provided for cutest entry, best holiday spirit, and best scandinavian theme. Line up begins at 5 pm in the Senior Center parking lot. Contact Katie at Visit Cook County if you have questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

CONTACT: Katie Krantz
PHONE: 218-387-2788
DATE: 11/25/2016 09:49am

WTIP Radio feature

The Sawtooth Mountain Elementary Second and Third Grade I am Thankful radio feature will be played on WTIP 90.7fm "News Hour" Wednesday, November 23 between noon and 1:00pm and again from 5:00-6:00pm. The feature will also be played at 8:40am on Thanksgiving Day

DATE: 11/23/2016 12:16pm

Santa's Workshop!

Cook County Girl Scouts invite kids of all ages to Santa’s Workshop, Saturday, December 3 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Grand Marais.

Festivities start with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m.

Shopping starts at 9 a.m. Scout elves assists little shoppers in choosing and wrapping presents, before rejoining parents, who will have a true surprise under the Christmas tree. No gift in the child area costs more than $2.

Santa Claus will be at the workshop! Have your picture taken with Santa from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Scouts will be providing daycare from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. so parents can take a quick shopping break themselves. Girl Scouts are also baking up a storm for a bake sale too!

Proceeds of this merry event go toward local Girl Scout activities. Thanks! 

CONTACT: Rhonda Silence
PHONE: 218-387-9844
DATE: 11/22/2016 11:25pm

Oh Ole Night Parade seeking community participants

The Oh Ole Night Christmas Parade is this Friday! We would appreciate participation from as many businesses as possible. Note: Later time this year! 

Line up begins at 5 pm in the Senior Center Parking Lot. The Parade is at 5:30 pm. 

The Travelling Gnome Trophy will be awarded for Best Overall Entry. Cash prizes are available for Best Scandinavian Theme, Cutest Entry and Best Holiday Spirit!

If you'd like to be in the parade, please contact Katie at Visit Cook County - 218-387-2788 or

CONTACT: Katie Krantz
PHONE: 218-387-2788
DATE: 11/22/2016 10:11am

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service

Rev. Beth Benson and the United Congregational Church of Grand Marais will host an ecumenical service on Wednesday November 25 at 6:30 p.m.  Members and clergy of St. John's, Bethlehem, Spirit of the Wilderness and the Cogregational church will participate.  All are very welcome to come and give thanks.  A time to fellowship will also be held right after the service.

CONTACT: Pastor Mark
PHONE: 387-2227
DATE: 11/21/2016 12:12pm

Oh Ole Night Christmas Parade this FRIDAY!

The Oh Ole Night Christmas Parade is this Friday! We would appreciate participation from as many businesses as possible. Note: Later time this year! 

Line up begins at 5 pm in the Senior Center Parking Lot. The Parade is at 5:30 pm. 

The Travelling Gnome Trophy will be awarded for Best Overall Entry. Cash prizes are available for Best Scandinavian Theme, Cutest Entry and Best Holiday Spirit!

If you'd like to be in the parade, please contact Katie at Visit Cook County - 218-387-2788 or

CONTACT: Katie Krantz
PHONE: 218-387-2788
DATE: 11/21/2016 09:57am



If you didn’t make it to this year’s Community Connect, you missed out!  It was an opportunity to learn about many of the wonderful services available in Cook County.  In addition, you could have toured a fire truck, had your blood pressure taken, gotten a flu short, enjoyed some tasty snacks, observed an electricity demo, and maybe even won a great door prize (among other things)!

We cannot express our appreciation enough for all who helped to make Cook County’s first Community Connect a success.  Our thanks goes to:


Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA)

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Arrowhead Transit
  • Energy Assistance
  • Housing
  • Medical Transportation
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program
  • Rural Rides
  • SNAP Education

Arrowhead Electric Cooperative

Blue Plus Insurance

Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts

Care Partners of Cook County

Cook County Fire Chiefs (incl. fire truck demo)

Cook County Higher Education

Cook County News-Herald

Cook County Public Health and Human Services

  • Administration
  • Adult & Home & Community Based Services
  • Family and Children’s Services
  • Financial Services
  • Public Health

Cook County Ruby’s Pantry

Cook County Senior Center & Meals on Wheels

Cook County Veteran Services

Cook County Whole Foods Coop

Family Planning for Cook County

Health Partners Insurance

Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota

Life in Christ Lutheran Church

MN Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV)

CONTACT: Anita Jeziah
PHONE: 2183874547
DATE: 11/21/2016 09:19am

Cook County School ISD166-All after school activities canceled




DATE: 11/18/2016 12:26pm

Cook County Schools will stay in session for the rest of the school day!!!!


DATE: 11/18/2016 12:22pm

TONIGHT-Hot Potatoes-Childcare Now Available RSVP NOW!

What To Say When You Don't Know What To Say:  How To Talk About The Hard Stuff

Sawtooth Mountain clinic's “Hot Potatoes” are discussions about hot topics, which are by nature difficult, touchy, uncomfortable, and….often avoided because of it.  As parents, sometimes we just don’t know how to start talking with our children about tough subjects or what to do if things go from hard to heated.  When we develop the skills to talk with them about one hot topic, we have the skills to talk with them about other hot topics that are going to pop up as we move through life.

In this session of “Hot Potatoes,” we’ll be discussing:

· developmentally appropriate communication skills

· tips for conflict resolution. 

We’ll be joined by Sawtooth Mountain Clinic’s own Sarah Dragswiek (Behavioral Health Consultant) and Sandy Stover (Physician).  They bring a wealth of personal and professional experience in discussing the “hard stuff” - they’re both moms, with kids that range from adult to preschool.  They’ve been there.

Thursday, November 17  ~  Sawtooth Mountain Clinic Classroom  ~  5:30 - 7:00 pm

No Cost!  Come for Supper - FREE Baked Potato Bar provided.

RSVPs appreciated.   218-387-2330 x163

CONTACT: Hartley Newell-Acero
PHONE: 387-2330
DATE: 11/17/2016 12:06pm

Tomorrow! Free Balance & Strength Class - Sawtooth Mountain Clinic 12:10pm

As we age, we need to boost our bone health, increase our muscle mass, and maintain or improve our balance.  This helps decrease the risks of falls and improves muscle tone and posture.   In this class, we’ll use body weight and resistance bands to strengthen these areas. 

Every Thursday during the months of November and December, Chris Angelo will be leading Balance and Strength classes.   Chris is a talented and gentle instructor whose focus is meeting people where they are and helping them to move forward. 

Join us as we get stronger, improve our balance, and have FUN!

Where:  Sawtooth Mountain Clinic 

               Lower Level, Classroom

When:   Thursdays in Nov. & Dec.   

                 12:10 - 12:50 pm

Cost:      FREE!

RSVP:     None needed; come as you can.

Please bring your yoga mat and wear comfy clothes that move easily; athletic shoes are optional.

For more information, email Chris@ or call 387-2330.

CONTACT: Hartley Newell-Acero
PHONE: 387-2330
DATE: 11/16/2016 09:51am