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"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.

Voting pre-registration deadline is October 14

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 9:53am

Cook County residents who did not vote in the primary may be wondering if they will encounter difficulty when they attempt to vote in the November 4, 2014 General Election.

Voters can register to vote on Election Day, but they must have valid identification at that time. It is recommended that voters pre-resister. The pre-registration deadline for the November election is Tuesday, October 14. If you are pre-registered on Election Day you will be on the voter list and you simply sign in to vote.

Or, in Cook County, if you are a registered voter, you receive a ballot in the mail.

Voters must re-register any time they change address, change names or do not vote for four years in a row. Not sure if you’re registered? Visit the website of the Minnesota Secretary of State at

After entering your name, birthdate and address the Secretary of State website tells you if you are registered. It also tells you when the upcoming election will be held, your polling place (or mail ballot procedure) and election precinct.

Minnesota is rated highest of the 50 states for voting turnout. Cook County is part of the reason why. There is consistently high voter participation, even in primary elections. According to Cook County Auditor Braidy Powers, the voter turnout was 44 percent in the 2014 primary, just slightly lower than two years ago when voter participation was 51.4 percent.

Weekend News Roundup for October 11

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 9:31am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top news stories. New MnDOT road condition definitions, City Council decisions, and PolyMet EIS information…all figured in this week’s news.



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EDA and AEOA offer small business program

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 9:34am

The Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency are working together to offer business owners in the Grand Marais area the opportunity to participate in a Small Cities Deferred Loan Program. This program has funding available to approximately five business owners in the city of Grand Marais to make repairs to existing and/or deteriorating exterior features such as windows, doors, roofs, siding, energy upgrades, accessibility issues, or to correct building code violations.

Business owners can receive funding up to $38,500 in a zero percent interest, 10- year deferred forgivable loan. Certain terms and restrictions apply.

To receive an application, or for more information, contact Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency at (218) 735-6827 for Anna or (218) 735-6828 for Vince.  Inquiries must be received by Oct. 13.