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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two Minnesota clinics have each received federal grants of $250,000 to improve and increase their mental-health services.
The clinics are the Open Door Health Center of Mankato and the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais.
Rita Plourde, executive director of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, says family physicians at her clinic are treating an increasing number of patients with mental-health needs.
She hopes to use the money to hire in-house behavioral health specialists. That could include clinical psychologists and mental-health counselors.
The grant money is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was awarded through the Affordable Care Act.
Some great news for the Cook County High School baseball team was announced this week. CCHS Baseball Coach Arleigh Jorgenson announced last week that the Minnesota Twins Community Fund had awarded ISD 166 a Twins Field for Kids grant of $10,000 for the purpose of upgrading the field.
Jorgenson said the project has been on the back burner since 2007 when a large number of community backers contributed a little over $7,000 specifically for this task.
He said, “With in kind donations of time and labor equaling $3,000, the complete match is in place for completion of a $20,000 project.”
Local contractor Rick Crawford and his crew have already begun work on the field.
U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan will be making several stops during a visit to the county on August 4 – 5. Nolan will hold a veterans round table Aug. 4 at the Cook County Senior Center in Grand Marais from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
“With so many urgent issues concerning the VA and veterans across our nation, I urge veterans and their families to join me to share your views and opinions,” said Nolan. “Whether it be about wait times at the VA, unsubstantial benefits, or issues with access to care in rural areas – I want to hear your experience,” Nolan said.
Among the items for discussion will be the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, the bipartisan bill to reform the VA and improve veterans’ access to and quality of care. This round table is in addition to forums the congressman has held in Duluth, Little Falls, Brainerd, and Hibbing.
Following the forum, Nolan will hold a lunch meeting with local city, county, and economic development officials at the Landing at Devil Track Resort to discuss local initiatives and projects. Representatives from a local airport expansion group have also been invited.
On Tuesday, August 5, the Cook County DFL is hosting a luncheon at Cook County Higher Education from noon to 1 p.m. The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.
Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several area lakes and streams during the next few months.
Waters scheduled for surveys or assessments (by week) include:
* Aug. 11 - Onion River, Cascade River, Kimball Creek, Devil Track River, Saganaga Lake
* Aug. 18 - Saganaga Lake, Swan Lake
* Aug. 25 - Saganaga Lake, Swamp River, Loft Lake (habitat survey)
* Sept. 1 - Prune Lake, Echo Lake
* Sept. 8 - Moose lake, Loft Lake (fish population assessment)
* Sept. 15 - Kraut Lake, Trip Lake, Squash Lake
* Sept. 22 - Chester Lake, Trout Lake (yellow perch assessment), Unnamed Lake
* Sept. 29 - Thrush Lake (brook trout special assessment)
* Oct. 6 - North Shady Lake
* Oct. 13 - Greenwood Lake (lake trout special assessment)
* Oct. 20 - Trout Lake (lake trout special assessment), Thrush Lake
In addition, several lakes may be added as time and funding allow. Those lakes include North Cone, Crocodile, Horseshoe, Hub, Long, Powell, Stump, Vernon, Fern, West Fern, North Fowl, South Fowl, Boys, Swamper, Gillis, and Tuscarora.
These survey plans are tentative. Lakes and streams may be added or dropped and timing may change. Questions about these surveys can be addressed to the DNR’s Grand Marais Area Fisheries at 1356 Highway 61 E., Grand Marais, MN 55604. Questions also can be submitted by calling 218-387-3056.
The Fisherman’s Picnic Parade is one of the best on the North Shore, an event not to be missed. There are dozens of floats and sometimes, goats. There are clowns and classic cars and sometimes Shriners with mini cars or a calliope.
The U.S. Forest Service will be there Smokey Bear will likely be there and he’s celebrating his 70th birthday, so be sure to wish him “Happy Birthday” as he goes by.
The Cook County High School Band will be in the parade, sharing their Viking spirit with rousing marching music. The award-winning CCHS band has a lot of experience in parades, performing in many previous Fisherman’s Picnic parades, in the Tofte 4th of July Parade and at the Bayfield Apple Festival.
Other musical participants in the parade are the talented Shriner’s Band and the wonderful Thunder Bay Police Pipe & Drums.
Of course there are a number of floats put together by alumni of Grand Marais High School or Cook County High School. It seems floats become more and more elaborate as the years go by, starting with a few chairs on a flat-bed and a few balloons for the 10th reunion celebrants to a full-fledged Viking ship for the 30th or 40th class reunions.
In the past there have been wild and crazy floats by local businesses—you never know what you’ll see in the Fisherman’s Picnic parade, so find a safe spot along Broadway Avenue or Wisconsin Street and enjoy!