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County negotiating contract with new county administrator

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:23am

Cook County commissioners have asked Jay Kieft to come on board as the county’s first county administrator. The county is in the process of negotiating a contract with Kieft.  At the October 15, 2013 county board meeting, Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers handed out a proposed contract that had been drawn up by the county’s consultant, David Unmacht.

The proposed contract did not mention placing the county administrator on a job grid that relates pay to level of experience and years with the county like all other employees and elected officials are on. 

Moose Madness coming to Cook County

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 10:55am

Whether you travel from Minneapolis, Minnesota or Missoula, Montana or from the Gunflint, Sawbill, Caribou or Arrowhead trails or from Fifth Avenue or Fifth Street in Grand Marais, you will find fun at the end of your journey at the Moose Madness Festival on October 18-20, 2013.

The festival grows every year with interesting and enjoyable events being added as Cook County celebrates one of its favorite—and largest—creatures, the magnificent moose!

New this year is the Moose Madness Family Fun Run/Walk, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 at Pincushion Mountain Trails on the Gunflint Trail above Grand Marais. Get there between 7:30 – 8:50 a.m. to register for kids’ races or the 5K run/walk.

Oktoberfest at the North Shore Care Center

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 3:45pm

The North Shore Care Center is celebrating Oktoberfest all month long, using the time to bake pretzels, to watch The Sound of Music movie and more. On Friday, October 18 there will be a special brat and sauerkraut dinner followed by a polka dance at 6 p.m. with Jim and Mary Schliep.

City of Grand Marais named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 9:09am
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Grand Marais, MN – Congratulations are in order for the City of Grand Marais after being named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. After a rigorous application process, Grand Marais joins a select group of communities committed to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. The City of Grand Marais will now be one of ten Bicycle Friendly Communities in Minnesota and the second smallest Bicycle Friendly Community in the nation.

"Grand Marais is playing a critical part in creating a truly Bicycle Friendly America," said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. "We know Grand Marais’ investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, and quality of life benefits of a thriving community.”

Cook County Community Fund celebrates 10 years

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 10:03pm

Against a backdrop of artwork from the Frozen Photographers’ show at the Johnson Heritage Post gallery in Grand Marais, the Cook County Community Fund celebrated its 10th anniversary on Tuesday, October 8. Community members gathered at the gallery to enjoy music by talented local guitarist Pete Kavanaugh and to enjoy the art exhibit featuring the beauty of our area. At 6 p.m. a short program was offered, highlighting another beautiful aspect of the community—its generosity.

Howard Hedstrom, chair of the Cook County Community Fund, welcomed everyone and gave a brief history of the community fund and its affiliation with the Duluth-Superior Community Foundation. Hedstrom introduced and thanked current and past members of the Cook County board. He expressed great appreciation to Leigh Mathison of Lutsen who was one of the driving forces behind creating the Cook County Community Fund.

He asked Mathison to speak and she explained why, as an attorney specializing in estate planning, she felt so strongly that Cook County needed a mechanism to accept and manage large estate gifts. She noted that Cook County is a very giving community and people want to be able to leave a legacy gift to non-profits or to the community in general. It would have been too difficult for one of the area’s small nonprofits to set up an endowment, said Mathison, which is why the Cook County group is so grateful to have its affiliation with the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. Mathison said that organization made it possible for the Cook County Community Fund to be successful.

HIgher Ed reminds students of deadlines for scholarships

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 1:05pm

Cook County Higher Education reminds local students that the deadlines for three scholarship opportunities are fast approaching. In fact, the deadline for one is tomorrow, Oct. 15.
That scholarship is offered by the North Shore Health Care Foundation. It was created in 2013 thanks to a grant from the North Shore Health Care Foundation. Students enrolled in a health-related field may apply. This scholarship is a resource that can be used for full or partial tuition assistance, and can be applied toward fall 2013 semester or 2014 coursework.  Students must be full-time year-around Cook County residents enrolled in an accredited distance certificate, diploma or degree program.  Awards are up to $1,000.  Scholarship application deadline is Oct. 15.
The Wes Hedstrom Scholarship Fund was created in honor of longtime resident Wes Hedstrom for Cook County residents who are enrolled or in the process of enrolling in a distance degree program.  This scholarship is a resource that can be used for full or partial tuition assistance, and can be applied toward 2014 coursework.  Awards are up to $250.  Scholarship application deadline is Nov. 15.
The Lloyd K. Johnson scholarship was created in 2013 thanks to a grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation.  This scholarship is a resource that may be used for full or partial tuition assistance, and can be applied to 2014 coursework.  All full-time year-around Cook County resident students enrolled in an accredited distance certificate, diploma or degree program are eligible to apply.  Awards are up to $2,000.  Scholarship application deadline is Nov. 15.