Public Service Announcements

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

Medallion Clue No. 5!

The medallion has yet to be found. Here is clue no 5:

"Historical Photo Ops abound, don't forget, I am gold and round. . . . . . ."


CONTACT: Anna Klobuchar
PHONE: 218-387-2524
DATE: 10/22/2016 08:57am

Medallion Clue No. 4

The medallion is still out there! Here is the fourth clue:

Things are different this year, and protective rocks I find very dear . . . . .



CONTACT: Anna Klobuchar
PHONE: 218-387-2521
DATE: 10/21/2016 02:59pm

Lake View Natural Dairy Appeal and Your Right to Choose

It will soon be four years since the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) started its quest to force inspection and regulation upon a private farm, Lake View Natural Dairy (LVND), bout the appeal.

For the entire article, click here

CONTACT: Greg Gentz
DATE: 10/18/2016 10:34pm

October is National Bullying Prevention Month Celebrate by participating in Unity Day!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month
Celebrate by participating in Unity Day!

UNITY DAY: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Together against bullying. United for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
Unity Day was initiated by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in 2011.
Get involved! Wear and share the color ORANGE on Unity Day! Join in sending one
large ORANGE message of support and hope to show that we are together against
bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
Wear Orange
 Show you are united by wearing orange! It can be an orange shirt, hat, or socks,
or be creative with orange shoelaces, pins, face paint or jewelry.
Share Orange
 Change your social media profiles to an orange frame on Facebook
 Tag your social media photos using #UnityDay2016
 Post your pictures to the Unity Day Facebook event page
 Share the Unity Day page with friends through social media icons

CONTACT: Joni Kristenson
PHONE: 218-387-3605
DATE: 10/18/2016 03:57pm

Interested in Becoming a U of M Master Gardener?

If you would like to become a U of M Master Gardener, please contact Diane at the Cook County Extension office at 218-387-3015.  If you love plants and like to help out the community, this is a great opportunity to learn more while volunteering to help out the community.

Applications are due Nov. 5th at the local Extension office.  To pick up a brochure, they are at the CC Extension office or email Diane at if you would like the information sent to you.

CONTACT: Diane Booth
PHONE: 218-387-3015
DATE: 10/18/2016 08:44am

Want to Learn How to Pressure Can?

If you are interested in learning how to pressure can, you are invited to help can carrots this Friday, October 21 at 9:00 a.m. at the CC Community Center Commercial Kitchen.  this is a great way to be introduced to pressure canning.  Please call Diane at the CC Extension Office at 218-387-3015 to sign up.  Cost is $5.   Hope to see you there!

CONTACT: Diane Booth
PHONE: 218-387-3015
DATE: 10/17/2016 04:10pm

Tofte Transfer Station limited hours

Tofte Transfer Station will have limited hours October 18, 2016. Hours of operation will be 12-3 PM. Sorry for any inconvenience.

CONTACT: Julie Berglund
DATE: 10/17/2016 02:11pm

Operation Family Christmas 2016


Greetings Families! 

I am very excited to be taking over as organizer for Operation Family Christmas (OFC) this year. I will be continuing the program in the same manner as last year and look forward to helping families in this county that need extra help during the Holiday Season. It is important as a community that we work together to make sure that all children in our county wake up on Christmas morning and feel the magic that Christmas brings on such a special day.  

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  Cook County parents or legal guardians to children 0 months to 18 years of age that have felt the struggle and need a little help during the Holiday season.

WHERE DO I SIGN UP:  Applications are available at the Senior Center,  Cook County Sheriffs Office, GP Human Services, Violence Prevention Office and with Anna Sandstrom at Cook County Schools.

WHERE DO I TURN IN MY APPLICATION:  All applications need to be turned in by NOVEMBER 18TH AT 4PM.  Applications can be turned in to any of the places that they were picked up from.  We do not accept any late applications.

If you have any questions, you can contact me at (C)218-370-1629, (W) 218-387-2660, or Anna Sandstrom at

Thank you and make it a great day!

Jes Rodne

Cook County Senior Center    

Programs & Services Coordinator

CONTACT: Jes Rodne
PHONE: 218-387-2660
DATE: 10/13/2016 09:31am

Tofte Transfer Station will have limited hours Oct. 11, 2016

Tofte Transfer Station will have limited hours October 11, 2016. Hours of operation will be 1-3 PM. Sorry for any inconvenience.

CONTACT: Julie Berglund
DATE: 10/10/2016 03:36pm

Bus to Trail Center Monday for Bonnie Fickens Memorial Service

We are taking our bus to Trail Center on Monday for Bonnie Fickens Memorial Service. We still have room. If you would like to ride up with us and have lunch (fish and fries served) if you would like something off the main menu, that is on your own expense.

Call the Senior Center by 10am Monday. You can also call over the weekend and leave a message. bus will leave Senior Center at 12pm. 218-387-2660

PHONE: 218-387-2660
DATE: 10/07/2016 05:40pm

Help Support the Ficken Family

Over the past few years you might have met Bonnie working the fudge counter here at Beth's Fudge! She was the one with the beautiful silver hair in a ponytail, she would have a genuine smile for all, and spoke in the calmest sweetest voice!

She chose to make Grand Marais her home roughly 10 years ago and took to it like a true north woods lady! She fished in both Lake Superior and in the back woods lakes, canned-jams and pickles and more, picked endless amounts of blueberrie...s and always stocked up their freezer (and often offered up extra bounty to friends!).

In June, Bonnie was diagnosed with Pancreatic and Liver Cancer. Because of Bonnie’s deteriorating condition, the family is doing all they can to fulfill her goal and transfer her to hospice care in Grand Marais before she passes they are not sure if they will be able to achieve this goal. Bonnie’s time is very limited. This is a very difficult time for the Ficken family.

The family has learned that the transfer to Grand Marais, and some of the necessary medical work will not be covered by insurance. The family has also learned that Bonnie does not have a funeral policy or life insurance to help alleviate some of the costs.

To know Bonnie and her family is truly a blessing, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them all. Please help them if you can or pray for them.

CONTACT: Dan Kennedy
DATE: 10/04/2016 12:33pm

School Referendum discussed at the Senior Center

On Tuesday, October 4th, members from the school board will be at the Senior Center at 11:00am to discuss the school referendum and will provide the public with time for any questions/answers. 

CONTACT: Jes Rodne
PHONE: 218-387-2660
DATE: 10/03/2016 12:37pm

The Budget Shop will be closed at 2:00 PM. TODAY. Sorry for the inconvenience.

The Budget Shop will be closed at 2:00 PM. TODAY. Sorry for the inconvenience.

CONTACT: Land Services
PHONE: 218-387-3630
DATE: 09/29/2016 10:14am



CONTACT: Jim Miller
PHONE: 2183709603
DATE: 09/23/2016 05:25pm

Free Medical Transportation for Veterans!

DAV operates a fleet of vehicles around the country to provide free transportation to VA medical facilities for injured and ill veterans. DAV stepped in to help veterans get the care they need when the federal government terminated its program that helped many of them pay for transportation to and from medical facilities. The vans are driven by volunteers, and the rides coordinated by almost 190 Hospital Service Coordinators around the country.

DAV has purchased 2,967 vehicles, worth nearly $65.1 million, that have been donated to Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers nationwide since the program began in 1987 to ensure that injured or ill veterans are able to get to their medical appointments.

Call the number 218-204-0693, or Veteran Services Officer Pat Strand at 218-387-3639 for more information! 

CONTACT: Pat Strand
PHONE: 218-387-3639
DATE: 09/22/2016 12:16pm