Events and Meetings

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June Cook County Higher Education Guest Lecture: Rural Health

June Cook County Higher Education Guest Lecture: Rural Health

This presentation by Rita Plourde will take you into the depths of rural health care in Cook County!

She will focus on the 37 year history of Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais, MN and the 61 year history of the Federally Qualified Health Care/Community  Health Center program.

Rita Plourde is the Chief Executive Officer at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic where she has worked since the Fall of 1981. She is honored to have the opportunity through these years to work with talented, highly skilled, and committed professionals. She has dedicated herself to providing access for all to quality health care services. She is grateful to have a loving family and an amazing community.

Thursday, June 23rd at 7pm
Cook County Higher Education 300 West 3rd Street Grand Marais, MN
No RSVP required. Everyone welcome - All Ages! $5 Recommended Donation

The Cook County Higher Education Guest Lecture series is offered to the community and sponsored by the Birchbark Books and Gifts, Lake Superior Trading Post, Cook County Co-op, Sven and Ole's Pizza, Bluefin Bay Resort, Lutsen Resort, and  Visit Cook County MN.

For more information please contact Cook County Higher Education at 387-3411 or

CONTACT: Cook County Higher Education
PHONE: 2183873411
DATE: 06/20/2016 11:21am

Crockpot Cooking Class

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic is providing this wonderful outreach program.

This Crockpot Cooking Class is focused on moving participants beyond soups and stews.

This class will instruct you how to use the crockpot to make healthy, delicious foods easily.

Hartley Newell-Acero, M.A. who is a a community health specialist and will be teaching this class.

Monday, June 20th from 5pm - 6:30pm in community room 1.

Birch Grove Community Center 663-7977

CONTACT: Brenda Melin
PHONE: 2186637977
DATE: 06/16/2016 03:12pm

Alcohol Server Training Next Week!

Alcohol Server Training
Cook County Higher Education, working with the Cook County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, will offer alcohol server training June 21st and June 22nd.

Why attend?
• To keep our communities safe of alcohol related injuries and deaths
• To keep our businesses and servers that provide alcohol protected from criminal penalties and liability (law suits)

• On Tuesday, June 21, the training will be held 10am-Noon at Cook County Higher Education
• On Wednesday, June 22, training will be held 3pm-5pm at Cascade Lodge.

Cost of the training is $5 per person (credit card online or cash/check at the door).
Bartenders, wait staff and all owners and operators of alcohol-dispensing establishments are highly encouraged to attend this informational training. In the state of Minnesota, liability charges can be levied against the individual serving the alcohol as well as the owner. At this course you will learn Minnesota statutes relating to the sale/service of alcohol; procedures for checking identification; how to identify minors; how to manage customer drinking; methods of intervening with intoxicated persons; and factors and signs of intoxication.

The course will be taught by Brian Kringen, law enforcement liaison officer with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement.

Register at Cook County Higher Education by calling 387-3411 or email or online at

CONTACT: Cook County Higher Education
PHONE: 2183873411
DATE: 06/15/2016 03:42pm

Volunteers Needed in the BWCAW!

The Northwoods Volunteer Connection is seeking volunteers to help with a portage repair project in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness! Space is still available, but is limited to six volunteers for this project. Food and most of the equipment volunteers need will be provided. Don't miss this opportunity to help maintain a valuable regional recreational resource and gain a new experience this summer!

Wilderness Project #1 - Lizz to Caribou Portage Rehabilitation

Wednesday, July 13 - Sunday, July 17

Help restore a popular Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness portage. Volunteers will install log and rock water bars and check dams by reshaping soil, planting rocks and logs. These activities will reduce erosion and create a more sustainable tred. Volunteers will travel by canoe to Caribou Lake to camp and will commute by canoe to the work site daily.

Meeting Location and Time: Gunflint Ranger Station 7/13 @ 8:00am

Cost: $50/adult, $25/student

RSVP: Contact Laurel at 218-663-8608 or to register.

More information at

PHONE: 218-663-8608
DATE: 06/14/2016 10:27am

Monday! CCCF Brown Bag Lunch: Best Practices, Recommended Resources, and Trends

June 13 | CCCF Brown Bag Lunch: From the International Fundraising Conference: Best Practices, Recommended Resources, and Trends in Fundraising
Tired of reinventing the wheel with your nonprofit’s fundraising efforts? Or maybe you’re not even sure how to get the wheel spinning in the first place! That’s okay – we fundraising professional are in this together! Join Kaitlyn Bohlin, Development Manager at North House Folk, as she presents her learnings from the recent International Fundraising Conference hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Drawing from a nearly a dozen workshops, speakers, and a two-day review course for the CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive), Bohlin will share best practices, recommended resources, and latest trends in fundraising to help you succeed at building a culture of philanthropy in your institution and with your supporters.

Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Cook County Higher Education 300 West 3rd Street Grand Marais, MN 

CONTACT: Cook County Higher Education
PHONE: 2183873411
DATE: 06/09/2016 04:09pm



CONTACT: Jim Miller
PHONE: 2183709603
DATE: 06/09/2016 03:48pm

Thursday Local Food Market starts today 4-5:30pm Community Center!

Come on out to pick up some fresh, healthy, locally produced foods! 
The Thursday Local Food Market begins today!

Note the new time:
Opening bell at 4pm- 5:30pm, Cook County Community Center, Rain or Shine, Cash Only

Hands of Harvest: potted plants (tomatoes, peppers, herbs), rhubarb jellies, lemon bars, cookies, foccacia, sandwich breads

Rutabaga Ridge: honey

Maple Hill Farm & Sugarbush: potted peppers, maple syrup

Creaking Tree Farm: salad mix, salad turnips, radishes, maple syrup

Good Nature Farm: spinach, leaf lettuce, rhubarb

CONTACT: Kristin Wharton
PHONE: 387-2330
DATE: 06/09/2016 12:51pm

Chippewa City's St. Francis Xavier Church will be OPEN Sunday

The Historic St. Francis Xavier’s Church at Chippewa City will be open this weekend! Stop in to visit this beautiful and important historical structure at the site of the village of Chippewa City, a large Ojibwe settlement that once had more than 100 families!

Sunday: Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Tours of this historic site are FREE.

Located 1 mile east of Grand Marais on Hwy. 61

CONTACT: Cook County Historical Society
PHONE: 218-387-2883
DATE: 06/09/2016 10:30am

Gala for the Grove - June 18 2016 @ 5:30

Gala for the Grove tickets are going fast.  Lakeside Ballroom at Surfside with Filet Mignon, Grilled Chicken Breast or Grilled Portabella mushroom dinners.

Sign up today for June 18, 2016 @5:30.  Over $3000 worth of prizes will be auctioned off thanks to fantastic donors; zip line adventures, overnight stays, fishing trips, and more!

email or call 218-663-0170 ext 20.


CONTACT: Caroline Wood
PHONE: 218-663-0170
DATE: 06/08/2016 06:10pm

Climate Change Series Starting June 28th 6:00pm-7:30pm

Summer Course at Cook County Higher Education: Climate Change Starting June 28th 6:00pm-7:30pm

A four-session course on climate change, global warming, and its implications for our world and our personal lives. The course will provide an overview of the The 21st Conference of the Parties that met near Paris France November 29-December 13, 2015, representing 196 different nation states. It will describe the  momentous international commitment to the mitigation of climate change through the reduction of five major greenhouse gases, discuss the possibly catastrophic consequences of anthropogenic global warming and what is required now to fully ratify the agreement. This course will also provide a summarized overview of climate change, the moral and ethical considerations involved, and, surprisingly, a discussion on how one's dietary habits can make a difference not only in one's health but also the health of planet Earth.

• Tuesday, June 28th: COP21 in foreign policy context 6pm-7:30pm

• Tuesday, July 19th: Grand history of climate science 6pm-7:30pm

• Tuesday, August 9th: Moral and Ethical Considerations for Climate Change Mitigation 6pm-7:30pm         

• Tuesday, August 30th: Dietary Decisions and Climate Change 6pm-7:30pm

Cost: $40 (includes 4 sessions)

Lifelong Learning Course (Not For Credit)

PHONE: 2183873411
DATE: 06/08/2016 10:07am

Home Stretch Workshop Being Offered FREE

June is National Homeownership Month, and to celebrate, AEOA is hosting a FREE Home Stretch Workshop at the Silver Bay Rec Center, 97 Outer Drive, this Saturday, June 11th, 2016.


Homebuyer Workshop Topics Include:

Qualifying for a Mortgage/Loan Programs

Budgeting/Credit Issues/Saving

Shopping for a Home/Realtor Services 

 Professional Inspections/Appraisals

Closing/Title Insurance/Homeowners Insurance

Financial Responsibilities as a Homeowner

***$5,000 Down Payment Closing cost assistance to eligible buyers***


There will be guest speakers from US Bank, Best Home Inspection, North Shore Title, State Farm, and USDA Rural Development.

CONTACT: Anita Jeziah
PHONE: 2183874547
DATE: 06/06/2016 02:52pm

T-Ball Cancelled for Today

Today's T-Ball will be cancelled.  I have checked both fields and they are soaked from all the rain we have had and there is a good chance we will be getting more this afternoon.  I spent three hours on the fields yesterday to get things in shape and was rewarded with more rain!!!
We will start next Monday June 13th on the Little League Field at 5:30pm.  Please bring a glove and wear shoes that can get dirty!!  We have new youth baseball t-shirts in and we will distribute them next Monday.  I will be working on a plan to have T-Ball indoors in the future if we have to cancel, but with 50 kids signed up we are still working on logistics.
Betsy Jorgensen will have this email list as she will be facilitating T-Ball next week while I am out of town.
We will try to make up this day on the back end of the schedule if possible.
It may very well end up not raining today, but the outfield is soaked and we have some sludgy (is that a word?) parts around the bases.  I wanted to get this message out early so you could plan your day accordingly.  
Thanks everyone, have a great week and our youth coaches will look forward to seeing you on the 13th!!
Thanks again,
Mitch Dorr

CONTACT: Pam Puskala
PHONE: 2183872271
DATE: 06/06/2016 10:38am

Come Play and Learn with Friends about Hearing Loss and American Sign Language


Come Play and Learn with Friends about Hearing Loss and American Sign Language.


Who: Kids entering K-2nd grade


Where: Sawtooth Mountain Elementary ECFE room #442.


What: Friends, games, snacks and sign language lessons for communication


When: Thursdays beginning June 16th- July 30th



Fee: $5.00 per child, parents welcome to join


To register call:

Cook County Community Education

218-387-2271 ext. 606

101 W. 5th St.

Grand Marais, MN 55604

CONTACT: Pam Puskala
PHONE: 2183872271
DATE: 06/06/2016 10:20am

School Board Meeting Notice

The School Board of I.S.D. 166 will meet for a Regular Meeting, Thursday, June 16, 2016, 5:00 p.m., Jane Mianowski Conference Center, 101 West 5th Street, Grand Marais, MN. 

CONTACT: Pam Puskala
PHONE: 2183872271
DATE: 06/06/2016 10:09am

Saturday June 11th at 6:30pm Dr. Karen I. Halbersleben will present Born To Be King at Cook County Higher Education

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, the fourth annual Tea at the Naniboujou Lodge will be sponsored by Cook County Higher Education.  Each Tea has featured Dr. Karen I. Halbersleben leading attendees through an exploration of interesting aspects of English Royal history since the Norman Conquest of 1066.

If you missed any of Karen's three previous speeches and would like to hear what you missed, or if you enjoyed any of the speeches so much that you'd like to hear it again, here is your chance!  Karen will reprise one speech every month this summer, leading up to this year's Tea on September 7th.

The first presentation will be on June 11th at 6:30pm.  "Born To Be King" surveys the unique realities faced by various heirs to the English throne for almost 1,000 years. The presentation will be held at Cook County Higher Education 300 West 3rd Street Grand Marais, MN 55604 

The presentations lasts approximately 40 minutes and will be followed by Q and A. 

Donations of $10 are appreciated. These funds will go to support the work of Cook County Higher Education. You can pay online or pay at the door. 

To learn more about the other presentations please check out or follow us on facebook at 

CONTACT: Cook County Higher Education
PHONE: 2183873411
DATE: 06/01/2016 12:46pm