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Phone & online scams - what's out there and how to avoid them

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 9:47am

Phone and online scams have become more common in recent years. Ruthanne Hedstrom Vos spoke with WTIP’s Mark Abrahamson on North Shore Morning on Monday, November 25, about some of the scams that are out there, and what we can do to avoid them.

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Mark Sandbo appointed to Governor's coastal program council

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 3:01pm

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton recently appointed Grand Marais resident Mark Sandbo to the Governors Council on Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal Program (MLSCP).

The one-year appointment was effective October 30, 2013, and will run to January 4, 2014, but, as Sandbo stated, “I have been told that I will be reappointed once my first year is up.”

Sandbo joins Hovland resident Keck Melby and Tofte resident James “Jim” King on the 15-member board. Sandbo replaces the late (and greatly missed) Cook County Commissioner Jim Johnson on the council.

The Governor’s Council is made up of 15 individuals from the coastal area of Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties as well as several individuals from throughout the state.

Soil & Water applies for another Poplar River grant

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 3:00pm

Numerous sediment reduction projects on the Poplar River funded by a large Great Lakes Commission grant in 2010 are being completed this fall while Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District staff wait to hear on the next round of funding.

Numerous projects not planned when the grant application was submitted are being done because the first set of projects came in under budget and the Great Lakes Commission does not want its money back, Soil & Water District Manager Kerrie Berg told the Poplar River Management Board (PRMB) on October 7, 2013.

Lutsen Mountains co-owner and Poplar River Management Board President Tom Rider credited Edwin E. Thoresen Inc., saying the construction company has been a big part of the success of the grant because of their willingness to work for a good price, enabling more projects to be done.

County to continue discussion of subordinate service district for plowing of Rosebush Hill Road Nov. 26

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 2:58pm

At least two of seven property owners along Rosebush Hill Road attended a public hearing during the county board meeting on November 12, 2013 to discuss the possibility of the county overseeing summer and winter maintenance of the road through a subordinate government service district (SGSD). 

The estimated cost per property owner would be about $817 the first year and $743 the next three years, after which most of the extra gravel and work needed to get the road into shape would be done. 

The board postponed a decision on creating the SGSD so the other property owners could be informed of the estimated costs.  The public hearing will be continued at 10 a.m. November 26. 

Enneagram workshop to be held Feb. 21-22

Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:20pm

The Enneagram, an ancient map of wisdom, describes Nine Sacred Paths towards wholeness. It integrates depth psychology with wisdom teachings as it describes patterns in personality that both block and wake us up on the journey. A workshop, “The Enneagram: A Map of Transformation Through the Heart” will explore dynamics of each of the nine types and invite participation in one’s personal awakening through the heart where grace heals. The workshop will be laced with music, poetry, and experiential exercises. It will be held Feb. 21-22 at Windcradle in Grand Marais.

The workshop will be led by Karin Grosscup, a Riso-Hudson Certified Enneagram teacher, spiritual director, and supervisor at Sacred Ground. She has worked as a psychotherapist for 30 years and as a spiritual director for 18 years.

To register or for more information contact Mary Ellen or Suzanne at (218) 387-1536 or 1-866-586-2224.

Open Enrollment for Medicare explained at Cook County November 26

Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:14pm

Medicare Open Enrollment started October 15 and last until December 7. Medicare Open Enrollment is when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2014.

On Tuesday, November 26, 2013, Marjori Bottila from Area Agency on Aging and Senior Linkage Line will be at the Senior Center to help you choose the right plan for you. She can help compare plans that take into account your health needs, prescriptions and premium costs.  Meet with her by appointment—contact the Senior Center at (218) 387-2660 (218) 387-2660.

Whether you’re hoping to learn about Medicare or looking to make some memories with friends, stop by the Cook County Senior Center. The Cook County Senior Center is open and welcoming to all ages!