Public Service Announcements

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

Gift distribution for Operation Family Christmas 2016

Greetings everybody!! This year Operation Family Christmas will not be delivering the gifts donated but will have them ready to distribute at the following locations:

Grand Portage (Human Services): Monday, December 19th 8-4pm
Grand Marais (Senior Center): Tuesday, December 20th 8-4pm

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

Thank you and make it a great day! 

CONTACT: Jes Rodne
PHONE: 218-387-2660
DATE: 12/08/2016 02:41pm

Regular meeting of the Cook County/Grand Marais EDA Board

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 4 p.m. - City Council Chambers

-Call to order

-Cart Path Winter Grooming

-2017 EDA Budget/Levy Request

-Workforce housing updates

-Tofte Housing Project Update

-Assisted Living Update

Requests for Support


Request for change in zoning at Cedar Grove

Old ongoing business

Others as needed


CONTACT: city hall
PHONE: 387-1848
DATE: 12/08/2016 10:47am

2017 Women’s Leadership Program: Building a Healthy Community Together

  • Are you passionate about building a healthy community?
  • Do you have a desire to grow in leadership in order to make a greater contribution?
  • Would you like to learn with and from other passionate women in our community?
  • Are you looking for tools to refuel your spirit for your own leadership journey?

In 2017, The University of Minnesota Extension and Sawtooth Mountain Clinic will offer a  Women’s Leadership Program for residents of Cook County and Grand Portage.  The program will provide women of all ages, backgrounds and experiences the opportunity to increase their effectiveness as leaders in building a healthier community together.  

  • The program will kick-off with an intensive retreat on January 20th and 21st at Skyport Lodge on Devil Track Lake, where participants will explore practices such as positive psychology and strengths, passion and purpose, mapping community assets, understanding the roots of community health and wellbeing, personal vision and more that will help us cultivate a healthy community. 
  • Participants will leave the retreat with a personal vision and goals, which will be supported with 1:1 leadership coaching in the following months.
  • The program will continue with monthly potlucks through April where we will check-in as a group and learn group facilitation and conversation skills.

Due to generous funding from BCBS of Minnesota, we are able to significantly reduce the cost of this program to $250 per participant. This fee includes lodging, meals, and training for the 2-day retreat, 1 hour of personal leadership coaching, potluck evening trainings, capstone event and dinner. 

Scholarships and Childcare stipends are available. Space is limited and application materials will be available by mid-December.

CONTACT: Kristin DeArruda Wharton, RN
PHONE: 387-2330
DATE: 12/08/2016 10:12am

REWARD OFFERED! Chopper is still missing

A coworker's dog went missing last night! His name is Chopper.  He is black with tan markings, and weighs about 25 pounds (he is a Jack Russell/Pug/Dachshund mix - very distinctive looking!)  In the photo, he is the one in the middle, surrounded by his friends. If you see him, call Carolyn at 218-370-1611, or 387-2396.  You may also contact the sheriff's office. Also, he loves to go for rides, and you may get him into your vehicle with "Choppy, wanna go for a ride?" 

CONTACT: Anna Klobuchar
PHONE: 218-387-2396
DATE: 12/03/2016 09:44am

Operation Family Christmas looking for people to donate:)

Applications are in and now we are onto the 2nd phase of the program….Looking for people to  donate by ‘adopting a child’ for Christmas. The way this works is throughout the county (including the Sr Center) there will be Christmas trees up w/tags that give information (gender, age, favorite color, wish list) about a child who is a part of the Operation Family Christmas program. You can choose a tag (or as many as you like!), go shopping & by December 16th bring the unwrapped gifts (with tags securely attached) to the location you picked it up from. I encourage everyone that can help to please do so! Not just individuals & families but businesses as well! This year the number of families & children have doubled so we really need to pull together as a community and help the children in our county wake up on Christmas morning and feel the magic that Christmas brings on such a special day. If you have any questions, you can contact me at  (C)218-370-1629, (W) 218-387-2660,,


CONTACT: Jes Rodne
PHONE: 218-387-2660
DATE: 11/27/2016 04:11pm



CONTACT: Jim Miller
PHONE: 2183709603
DATE: 11/27/2016 09:05am

Lake View Natural Dairy Court of Appeals Decision in 90 Days

Follow the link below to read the most recent article with a detailed synopsis on the MN Court of Appeals hearing concerning your right to buy farm direct-to-consumer raw dairy products from a local farmer. In summary, the judges in the MN Court of Appeals have 90 days to make a ruling on whether to affirm the district court's previous order, which would leave Lake View Natural Dairy with the option to appeal to the MN State Supreme Court, or remand the case back to the lower court and require more evidence on specific topic/s. 

As has been the case from the beginning, Lake View Natural Dairy continues to provide farm fresh raw dairy products including milk, cream, yogurt, and butter, as well as farm raised beef and pork, and potatoes too. Stop by anytime to make your purchases and support a local farm. Just go up the Gunflint Trail 6 miles to CR 60 E, just before Hedstrom's Lumber, then turn on CR 56 S and follow the signs to the dairy barn.

PHONE: 2183872297
DATE: 11/25/2016 10:45am

Attention Veterans!

The VA has a DAV van in Grand Marais to help transport Veterans to their VA medical appointments! This bus will go to the Twin Ports CBOC in Superior, Wisconsin and the Duluth area health care facilities for preapproved VA medical appointments.  If a Veteran lives outside the 5 mile radius of Grand Marais it is possible that a ride could also be secured to our local health care facility for a preapproved VA medical appointment.

Call 218-204-0693 in advance to coordinate your ride.  You can also call your Veteran Service Officer at 218-387-3639 for additional information and questions.  Due to limited volunteer drivers, please try to schedule appointments for Thursdays between the hours of 10:30 am and 3 pm.

It is possible that this van could also be used to transport Veterans to special Veteran events such as a MACV StandDown with ample advance notice.  The VA would not pay for the cost of gas for such events and alternative funding would have to be secured. 

CONTACT: Pat Strand
PHONE: 218-387-3639
DATE: 11/23/2016 03:02pm

Cook County Budget Shop closed today Nov. 23

The Cook County budget shop will be closed today Tuesday 11/23/16 due to staff shortage. Sorry for the inconvenience.

CONTACT: Julie Berglund
PHONE: 218-387-3602
DATE: 11/23/2016 09:08am

Cook County Courthouse Closed Thursday & Friday

Cook County Courthouse will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 & Friday, Nov 25, 2016 for Thanksgiving Holiday.

CONTACT: Julie Berglund
PHONE: 218-387-3602
DATE: 11/22/2016 08:56am

Cook County Budget Shop Closed today 11/22/2016

The Cook County budget shop will be closed today Tuesday 11/22/16 due to staff shortage. Sorry for the inconvenience.

CONTACT: Julie Berglund
PHONE: 218-387-3602
DATE: 11/22/2016 08:53am

Senior Center & Arrowhead Transit Closed Thursday and Friday

The Senior Center and Arrowhead Transit are closed this Thursday and Friday.

We all hope everyone has a very Safe and Happy Thanksgiving.


PHONE: 218-387-2660
DATE: 11/21/2016 06:33pm

Help Get the Banadad Ski Trails Grooming Equipment Inside

Help the Banadad Build a Proper Storage-Maintenance Building for these Snowmobile Groomers

Give to the Max – Nov. 17

The Banadad Ski Trail is the longest groomed and tracked ski trail in the BWCA. This beautiful trail is located off the Gunflint Trail, 28 miles from Grand Marais.  The trail is maintained and groom by the Banadad Trail Association.

For the past thirty years we have stored all the trail’s grooming and maintenance equipment, snowmobiles and tracksetters, under tarps outside and exposed to the weather. Maintenance of this equipment is conducted outside, a very difficult tasks to do when the temperatures plummets in January. The year-round exposure of this equipment to the elements is having a significant impact on our ability to maintain this equipment properly

The Banadad Trail Association has decided to address this issue by raising money toward the construction of a heated storage and maintenance building for our grooming and maintenance equipment. Our goal is to raise $12,000 over the next few years to build this small building. The land for the building site has been generously donated.  Please help us raise the funds needed to make this building a reality.

The Banadad Trail Association is a volunteer run organization; we work to keep this unique 41 ski trail system open through trail clearing, maintenance and winter grooming.

 We couldn't do it without your support! Please help by donating through- Give to the Max -Thursday, Nov. 17.

CONTACT: Ted Young
PHONE: 218-388-4487
DATE: 11/15/2016 07:33am

Thanks, Grand Portage, for supporting Cook County Vikings Volleyball!

Thanks, Grand Portage, for supporting Cook County Vikings Volleyball!

Independent School District 166 would like to thank the Grand Portage community and the Local Indian Education Committee for organizing and funding the fan buses that have carried students to and from the exciting state competition at the Excel Center in St. Paul.

The team enters the consolation round today at 3:00 PM. Tune in to WTIP to hear the play-by-play.

Cook County Schools sincerely appreciates the warm and generous support. We all know it takes a village, and these partnerships show this to be true. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Go Vikings!


Michael McHugh

ISD 166 

CONTACT: Michael McHugh
PHONE: 877-7735
DATE: 11/11/2016 01:28pm

Good Luck Vikings!!!

Good Luck!!!

PHONE: 2183871687
DATE: 11/10/2016 08:15am