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.

Retirement Party for Jim Wiinanen

Jim Wiinanen has retired! Come to Voyeguer Brewing tonight from 5-7 to help us celebrate! Appetizers will be provided.

CONTACT: Marja Wiinanen
PHONE: 2183700181
DATE: 10/06/2016 07:08am

Novel Starter Class

Make National Novel Writing Month a success with the Novel Starter Class at Higher Education.

During the month of November, writers all around the world write 50,000 word first drafts for NaNoWriMo. Whether you’ve got a few books under your belt or are a beginner, writing is easier— and a lot more fun— with support.

At the Novel Starter Class you’ll be guided through idea generation and outlining. Coaching, prompts, and group brainstorming will help keep your story going and your word count rising. Writers of all levels are welcome, and exercises will benefit your novel even if you choose not to aim for the 50,000 word goal.

Saturdays October 29; November 5, 12, 19 from 10am-11:30
Cost: $80 (includes 4 sessions) 

Registration: or 218-387-3411 or

The Novel Starter Class is led by Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux. Rose is a children’s author and has fifteen years of experience teaching storytelling and creative writing to youth and adults. 

CONTACT: Kelsey Kennedy
PHONE: 2183873411
DATE: 10/04/2016 12:27pm

Fall Nursing Assistant Test Out Group

Nursing Assistant Test Out Group (No College Credit No Home Health Care Certification)
Mentored by Mark Abrahamson
Date and Time TBD (Likely starting in November)

Study group to prep to challenge the NATO test out. Passing the NATO exam and registering with the state would allow a person to be a Registered Nursing Assistant.

This is best for a adult wanting to fast track to working at the Care Center or for a future nursing student that is only required to be a registered NA vrs having taken the NA course.

Questions? Contact 218-387-3411 or

CONTACT: Cook County Higher Education
PHONE: 218-387-3411
DATE: 10/04/2016 12:17pm

Help Empty Bowls 2016!

Empty Bowls 2016

Thursday, November 10

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Upstairs Fellowship Hall

417 1st Ave W. and 5th St., Grand Marais

Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Dinner: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

1 in 10 Cook County residents struggle with food insecurity, meaning that at some point in each month, they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Empty Bowls is the annual community fundraiser that raises funds for local organizations that provide hunger programming such as the Cook County Food Shelf, local schools and youth organizations, Cook County Public Health and Human Services, and more.  There are so many little ways you can personally help make this year’s event a success.  


Attend a one-hour Make-A-Bowl session at the Grand Marais Art Colony to help make bowls to donate to this event while learning the basics of pottery and fused glass. Open to all levels and ages. Pre-registration is required (218-387-2737 or and there is $5 participation fee.

CONTACT: Empty Bowls 2016
DATE: 10/04/2016 09:15am

2 spots still open! Register Today! 3 Day Basic Welding (Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9-5pm)

3 Day Basic Welding
October 7th, 8th, 9th (Friday-Sunday) 9am-5pm
Instructed by Don Hammer (What a great name for a blacksmith!)

This course provides the student with an understanding of basic welding fundamentals and the ability to properly and safely use gas and electric welding equipment to perform welding and cutting procedures in the flat position. There will be a sculptural dynamic to this course that will address basic layout and fabrication techniques.

Cost: $300.00 plus $55 material fee
Instructor: Don Hammer

Phone: 218-387-3411

CONTACT: Cook County Higher Education
PHONE: 218-387-3411
DATE: 10/03/2016 11:21am

Moose Madness Prizes Needed

What is Moose Madness?

Quick refresher: the Moose Madness Family Festival is a family-focused celebration of moose originally produced by the Grand Marais Area Tourism Association (GMATA), and now by Visit Cook County. This year Moose Madness will be October 21-23rd.

During this uber-busy weekend, hundreds flock to Moose HQ (aka the Visitor Information Center in Grand Marais) and mosey around town to complete activities, earn Moose Bucks and get moosey prizes. Moose Madness wouldn't be possible without the enthusiastic participation of local businesses and organizations. 

That's where you come in.

Can you help? 

Visit Cook County needs your help in bringing this event to life. Most importantly, we need help with prizes. Last year's data tells us that the information center sees over 1000 kiddos on MEA weekend and over 3500 Moose Bucks get handed out as the local currency. This means we need a LOT of prizes for those Moose Bucks to be redeemed for. From gift cards to books to stuffed animals to grand prizes like a lodging or dining certificate, we use and appreciate all contributions. Please consider donating prizes this year.

Prizes can be brought to the Visitor Information Center - 116 W. Highway 61 - in the weeks leading up to Moose Madness. If you have any questions regarding the festival, you can contact Katie Krantz at Visit Cook County. 

We appreciate all the hard work you do for our community!

Katie and Murray

CONTACT: Katie Krantz
PHONE: 218-387-2788
DATE: 10/03/2016 10:02am

BGCS October School Board Meeting Rescheduled

The regular October school board meeting has been changed to October 11 at 5:30 to accomodate VOA's annual site visit. The regular school board meeting has been changed to Tuesday, October 25 at 5:30.

CONTACT: Diane Blanchette
PHONE: 218-663-0170
DATE: 10/03/2016 08:57am

Voyageur Brewing Company and Cook County Community Fund Present Oktoberfest

We hope you're ready for a fantastic celebration beginning Thursday, September 29th at Voyageur Brewing Company. The Cook County Community Fund will be selling commemorative steins and we'll have our new Oktoberfest beer to put into them. Voyageur will donate $1 per pint and 50 cents per half-pint for all purchases of the Oktoberfest brew sold Thursday through Sunday to the CCCF.

There will be games, contests, German food, polka music and other live entertainment all weekend long.  We hope you'll support local non-profits and attend this year's Oktoberfest.

For a complete schedule of events check out Facebook or our website.

PHONE: 2183701352
DATE: 09/28/2016 04:55pm

Hardcore Entrepreneurship - Jason Amundsen, Locally Laid Eggs and Farm

Hardcore Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice of Launching Your Business

Jason Amundsen, Locally Laid Eggs and Farm

Date/Time: Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 8:30am – 12:30 pm

Location:  Cook County Higher Ed, Grand Marais, MN

No business is easy and too often businesses fail. But how do you define your product and idea and more importantly, know if your idea is a feasible one? Is an idea worth your time, energy and capital? What is it really like starting a business and managing the cash?


This workshop covers:

Entrepreneurship theory
Basic micro-economics essential to every small business
Margin and gross profit calculations
Criteria for analyzing an entrepreneurial opportunity
Realties of entrepreneurship - theory vs. practice


Jason Amundsen is co-owner of Locally Laid Egg Company. He took the lessons of a backyard flock into a business that now reaches across five states. He is a former U.S. Army officer and earned his masters degree while serving as a NATO peacekeeper in Bosnia. He has an 80 acre farm in NE Minnesota and is working on disrupting the berry industry.

PROGRAM FORMAT | 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

8:30– 8:45 am      Registration & Networking

8:45 am – Noon   Workshop

Noon – 12:30        Lunch (or take it with you)           

$20 per person – includes materials, program and box lunch


Space is limited – register early:

email Steve,, 218-370-9757

CONTACT: Cook County Higher Education
PHONE: 218-370-9757
DATE: 09/28/2016 04:09pm