Public Service Announcements

Public service information, such as school closings, power outages, etc.

Chippewa City's St. Francis Xavier Church OPEN

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!

Saturday: Noon – 2:00 p.m.

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: 2183872883
DATE: 05/27/2016 08:44am

Found keys 1/2 mile up Caribou Trail in Lutsen

A set of keys were found 1/2 mile up the Caribout Trail.  It has a long aqua plastic coiled string with a clip on the end, 1 chevy car key, 1 brass key, 1 dog tag with Grand Rapids Vet.

Call Vern at 218-370-0597 if these are your keys!

CONTACT: Diane Booth
PHONE: 218-387-3015
DATE: 05/24/2016 09:13am

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic offers Student Vaccines at GES & ISD 166 Tues 5/24

Calling all parents of teens age 11-18! Tomorrow are the student vaccine clinics at GES and ISD 166!

If you have a 6th - 12th grader who needs to get caught up on vaccines, please sign the form that was mailed home last week and send it to school with your student tomorrow.

We will be offering the HPV, Tdap, and Menningococcal vaccines to students with a SIGNED parent/guardian permission form.

Sawtooth Nurses will be at Great Expectations from 9-10am and at ISD 166 from 10:15-Noon tomorrow to administer vaccines.

Questions? Contact Sawtooth Mountain Clinic 387-2330

CONTACT: Kristin Wharton, RN
PHONE: 387-2330
DATE: 05/23/2016 02:38pm

TODAY! Cooking With Beans Information- 4th Monday Meal at the UCC

TODAY - May 23  FREE!!
Cook: 3-5pm     Share: 5-7pm   Come whenever you can.
No RSVP needed     First Congregational United Church of Christ - 300 2nd St. West

Join dietician Mary Zbaraki for  a “bean-themed”  Forth Monday Meal. Drop in as your  schedule  allows for informal cooking, recipe-sharing, and discussion about cooking with  beans and  their amazing nutrition! 

Beans are very cheap and can  be used to make delicious, nutritious meals without a lot of fuss.

As with all Fourth Monday Meals,  we will prepare the meal and visit together from 3-5pm.  We will “share the meal” with any and all who come to eat between 5-7pm. Take home leftovers!

Everyone is welcome, and no RSVPs are needed.  Just show up between 3-5pm if you want to help cook and between 5-7pm to eat.  We’ll also have recipes and bean cooking tips.  We're also planning a "Peace Path" walk/bike at 6pm.  That way we have a little time to MOVE IT too!

DATE: 05/23/2016 10:59am


Attention readers and parents:

Lots of changes in the bottom box of the Little Free Library.  More adventures with Amelia Bedelia, a new collection of Magic Treehouse Books, number 13-24,, and all new picture books.  And a great addition, The Phantom Tollbooth.  This is a great book to be read out loud.  There are constant play on words and the addventure is fascinating.  Don't miss out on this great selection.

CONTACT: Lynn Arnold
PHONE: 387-2284
DATE: 05/23/2016 08:55am

Learn What to Say at!

During Mental Health Awareness Month, learn what to say, and take the pledge at

CONTACT: Cook County Public Health and Human Services
PHONE: 218-387-3620
DATE: 05/20/2016 02:08pm

2016 Free Medicare Presentation at the Senior Center

2016 Medicare Presentation MAY 20th at 9:00 AM

This is a FREE service and can help you figure out what is new and what the changes are for Medicare in 2016! Do any of the changes affect you? How can you better utilize the Medicare system?

Join us at the Senior Center on Friday, May 20th from 9-11 am for a presentation by Marjorie Bottila from the Senior Linkage Line.

CONTACT: Jes Rodne
PHONE: 2183872660
DATE: 05/19/2016 10:16am

Community Conversation at the Senior Center


Community Conversation with Frank Lehto from the USPS

Join us Thursday, May 26th at 11:00 am at the Senior Center as Frank discusses how to manage your mail, strategies for snowbirds, how to quickly sort through your mail and determine what's really important. He'll talk about using online postal services, explain, how to ship items that you've sold online from your home and mail fraud (including common mail and money order scams).
If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Jes or Bev at 218-387-2660.

CONTACT: Jes Rodne
PHONE: 2183872660
DATE: 05/19/2016 10:08am

MOVE IT! Awards - Who Inspires YOU?

Who inspires you to MOVE IT?

In early June we will award prizes to people who inspire others to MOVE IT, as well as the folks who nominate them for the award.  We'll award the prizes in three categories: children, adults & seniors!  Just go to , or paper forms are available at the Grand Marais Public Library.  Drop them off at the Cook County News-Herald.

Don't wait though - the deadline is May 27! Get those nominations in ASAP!

DATE: 05/18/2016 04:32pm

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Awards

Cook County School District received a call from the Duluth Area Foundation.  Unfortunately, the stock market performance has caught up with Scott Scholarship Fund used to award our Valedictorian and Salutatorian each year. 
We will not be able to provide the valedictorian and salutatorian scholarships from this fund this year as we need to take at least 1 year off to let the fund rebuild unless donations from the community are received.   

If you would like to donate to help provide the Valedictorian and Salutatorian scholarship fund, please contact Lori Backlund at  The donations must specifically state they are for the scholarship. 

Thank you,



DATE: 05/18/2016 11:51am

Shout out to readers.


The Little Free Library at 103 3rd Av. West is busy with books.

The TEENS section (now located in the top box) has a variety of books:  sci-fi and fantasy, high school angst, non-fiction, historical fiction, and a few that should be interesting to all readers.

Of course, in the bottom box are board books and picture books for the wee ones, and now an expanded section for chaper book readers.

We always love donations.  Happy reading!!

CONTACT: Lynn Arnold
PHONE: 218-387-2284
DATE: 05/16/2016 06:40pm

Summer LOTS (Learning Opportinities Through Stories)!!

Cook County Parents and Caregivers with Children Birth to Pre-K:
*Come hear stories & share a healthy snack
*Take home a free book and ideas for home fun
*Older siblings are welcome to attend
LOTS is free for all families with children birth to pre-K.
Come and join in the fun!

Seven sessions starting Tuesday June 14 at 5:00 PM
June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19 and July 26th.
Held in ISD #166 Elementary Preschool Room #416

Please contact Karen Tucker at 218-834-8539 or to register or for more information ~ pre-registration is appreciated to make sure we have enough books.
Generously supported by the United Way, the Local Area Funds, Operation Round Up,
Cliffs Foundation and other local Sponsors

CONTACT: Joni Kristenson
PHONE: 218-387-3605
DATE: 05/16/2016 02:24pm

Thank you

A giant thank you to all who participated in Staff Appreciation Week. It was spectacular and so appreciated!     

- Staff of Cook County Schools

CONTACT: Karen Obinger
DATE: 05/14/2016 01:30pm

Low Vision Clinic at the Senior Center

State Services for the Blind presents a Low Vision Clinic


Who: Seniors who suffer from low vision that are having difficulty in their home.

When: June 7th, 2016 from 10am – 2pm

Where: Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais


Meet with a state services for the blind staff member to see if you qualify to receive equipment and training for your vision loss.  There will be no charge for any service or equipment that is provided. 


Sign up for a time by calling: 218-302-8418 prior to June 6th.  If time permits walk-ins will be seen. 

CONTACT: Jes Rodne
PHONE: 2183872660
DATE: 05/13/2016 03:50pm

Make it OK in May!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Take the pledge here at  Please support our friends with mental illnesses by helping to end the stigma. Together we can all Make it Ok!  







PHONE: 218-387-3620
DATE: 05/13/2016 09:18am