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AEOA offers Energy Assistance during winter heating season

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 12:05pm

Energy Assistance through the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) helps low-income residents heat their homes throughout the winter by providing help and information needed to manage their fuel costs. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Anita Jeziah, the AEOA case manager/instructor in Grand Marais, about this program on North Shore Morning.

Anita can be reached at 218-387-4547 and to learn more about programs and services offered through the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, visit their website at

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Banadad Trail Work Day and Annual Meeting, Saturday, Oct. 25

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 8:49am

The Banadad Trail Association invites you to help get the Banadad Ski Trail ready for winter, starting at the Banadad’s eastern trailhead.

There are several large downed trees blocking the trail including a ten to twelve inch Aspen in a clump with several other trees it brought down. This section of the Banadad is all within the BWCAW where all maintenance must be done using hand tools.

Ted Young, maintenance administrator said, “If what we experienced on the eastern end of the trail holds for the rest of the Banadad, we have got a real job ahead of us.”

Volunteers meet for the Trail Work Day at 9 a.m. Saturday, at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B. Hand tools and lunches will be provided to all volunteers.

After the work session volunteers and friends of the Banadad are invited to return to Hestons Lodge for the Banadad Trail Association’s fifth Annual Meeting followed by a pizza dinner cooked in Heston’s wood fired-outdoor oven and social hour. Festivities begin a 6 p.m. RSVP 388-2243.

For more information on both activities contact 218-388-4487.


Design plans for Father Baraga Cross area to be presented at Schroeder Town Meeting tonight

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 8:48am

The Schroeder township meets Tuesday, October 14 at Schroeder Town Hall for its regularly scheduled meeting. During that meeting, supervisors and the public will hear a proposal for a final design for the park area around Father Baraga Cross.

Landscape architect C.J. Fernandez will present his drawings and proposals for the park at this meeting. Interested township members should attend to give their views and input. Fernandez, of LHB Engineers, made a presentation at Schroeder several months ago with architectural drawings and has incorporated suggestions and ideas discussed at that meeting into his newest plans.

"Creating Partnership" workshop to be offered at Cook County Higher Education

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 8:46am

Cook County Higher Education will partner with Hyatt Leadership Coaching to present Creating Partnership, an interactive workshop for leaders in government, nonprofits, and businesses on Oct. 23. 

The four-hour workshop at Higher Ed’s Grand Marais campus will explore what it takes to build partnerships within and across organizations, and includes an intense interactive learning activity created by Dr. Barry Oshry, a pioneer in systems thinking.

He will present simple frameworks to illustrate predictable patterns in human systems (families, churches, organizations, communities). This activity and the workshop will focus on patterns that inhibit partnership and what we can do to strengthen partnership.

Marcia Hyatt will serve as a presenter and leadership coach. She has worked in leadership development for over 30 years, has authored numerous articles, chapters and books on the subject of leadership, and co-founded the Center for Emerging Leadership and its Women's Leadership.

The workshop is designed to clarify participants' roles as leaders; to identify the issues and dilemmas all people face; to identify how systems become dysfunctional and to develop workable strategies for creating effective, powerful systems.

Pre-registration is required ($15 by Oct. 15, $20 after). The program is limited to 20 participants. The workshop is being offered at cost in honor of the international Worldwide Week of Partnership. The goal is to enhance the effectiveness of these organizations by increasing mutual understanding, respect, and cooperation both within these organizations and with the people they serve.

To register contact Cook County Higher Education at 387-3411 or see

Volley for the Cure at Cook County High School October 13

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 11:12am

The Cook County High School varsity gym should be a rocking fun place to be on October 13 when the annual Volley for the Cure takes place.

Junior High Volleyball Coach Kelly Roberts and Varsity Volleyball Coach Pam Taylor (a breast cancer survivor) hope to see the gymnasium packed with pink shirts Monday starting at 4 p.m.

The way the event is set up, good-natured volleyball games will be played between the 6-7th grade team and the 8-9th grade team. The junior varsity will play the staff and the varsity will play against parents and alumni.

“If we have enough alumni show up we may have a game with alumni playing alumni,” Roberts said.

Games start 4 p.m. in the varsity gym. There will be a free will offering at the door and memory ribbons will be sold. A gift basket and several other items will be raffled off, said Roberts.

“Last year we raised over $1,000,” said co-event coordinator Kelly Roberts. “It’s important for people to know that the money we raise stays in the community. It will be donated to the North Shore Health Care Foundation,” Roberts said.

Begun in 2006 in Ohio, Volley for the Cure was designed to raise awareness and a raise funds for breast cancer. During the 2013 season over $2 million was raised to support the fight against breast cancer in Ohio alone.

Come out and support the fight to end breast cancer. Come out and watch Cook County’s talented volleyball players be kind to their parents and alumni as they scrimmage them.

“It should be a great, fun-filled evening,” Taylor said.

Green Party 8th Congressional District Candidate Skip Sandman visits Cook County

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:00am

Cook County has been visited by another candidate. He isn’t as well known as the other 8th District Congressional candidates, incumbent (DFL) candidate Rick Nolan or Republican candidate Stewart Mills III, but Ray “Skip” Sandman believes the time is right for voters to select a Green Party candidate to represent them, and he believes he is that person.

The Cook County News-Herald spoke with Sandman who said he is running on a platform to ensure sustainable economic growth, to produce renewable clean energy, to expand living wage jobs, to give veterans the care they need, gender equality and equal rights for all, and for clean air and water.