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Cook County Girl Scouts offer "Santa's Workshop" December 1

Thu, 11/29/2012 - 11:06am

Cook County Girl Scouts are bringing Santa’s Workshop to life on Saturday, December 1 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Join the scouts in the basement of the First Congregational Church at 300 West 2nd Street for a day filled with holiday shopping, great food, and crafts for kids.
Santa’s Workshop is a place for kids to shop with the help of a Girl Scout "elf" and find a gift for everyone in the family. Kids' shopping prices range from 50 cents to $2.00. Parents have a separate shopping area. Shopping starts at 9 a.m. and goes to 2 p.m.
The day starts at 7 p.m. with a fabulous pancake breakfast and continues with a light lunch from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
There are free crafts for kids and even a free childcare area so parents can do their own "secret shopping.”

Public invited to Cook County Higher Education Open House Dec. 1

Thu, 11/29/2012 - 11:05am

Cook County Higher Education is asking the public to join them as they “Celebrate Our Students” on Saturday, December 1, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., at an open house at the North Shore Campus in Grand Marais. 
The open house will include an artist reception featuring Tim Young.  He will be showing his work and at 2:30 p.m. will talk about his experiences as an artist completing a nursing degree.  This is also an excellent opportunity to buy some of Tim’s artwork, and he is generously donating 20% of those sales to support Cook County Higher Education.
Higher Ed Director Paula Sundet Wolf said, “We chose the theme ‘Celebrate Our Students’ because our students are so amazing!  Our students have a 90% completion rate (the national average is 75%). They obtain local employment at a living wage income—with benefits—and thus contribute to the economic growth and vitality of our community.  They work very hard at their studies, and sacrifice family time, personal time (and even sleep) to excel at their coursework.  They deserve acknowledgement and praise for their achievements.”
Heart-healthy refreshments will be available.
Sundet Wolf added a thank you to the community for its support. “We value your involvement with this vibrant, growing organization.  If you cannot attend the open house event, would you please consider renewing or upgrading your friendship level?  We are using the friendship dollars to build our endowment to reach our $35,000 benchmark.
“Thanks to a generous patron of education, Dennis Rysdahl of Bluefin Bay in Tofte, we have matching funds on the table, so this is an excellent time to make your contribution count even more,” said Sundet Wolf.
Supporters may pledge online at

Two honored in courthouse shooting

Thu, 11/29/2012 - 6:57am

Two people who saved the life of Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell in a courthouse shooting last year in Grand Marais were honored Wednesday in Minneapolis.

Assistant County Attorney Molly Hicken tackled the shooter while defense attorney John C. Lillie III helped with Scannell’s stomach and leg wounds. Lillie, who lives in Stillwater, Minn., is an attorney with the Dudley and Smith law firm in St. Paul.

The Duluth News-Tribune reports the Hennepin County Attorney’s office honored Hicken and Lillie at its annual Community Leadership Awards.

Lillie, Hicken and Deputy Gary Radloff to be given awards Monday by the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association in Alexandria.

Tofte Historical Society Storytelling Dinner this Saturday

Wed, 11/28/2012 - 6:02pm

The North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum in Tofte is hosting its 3rd Annual Storytelling Dinner this Saturday, December 1st at Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior.  The featured speaker for this year's event is Adolph Ojard.  Ojard is a North Shore native of Norwegian descent.  He grew up in Knife River, the grandson of two commercial fishing families; the Torgersons and the Ojards.   Ojard is now the Executive Director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.

The dinner kicks off with a social hour at 5:30, followed by the dinner and presentation by Ojard.  Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum and the Tofte Historical Society.  For reservations, call Lutsen Resort at 663-7212.

(Click on the A.M. Community Calendar link below to hear an interview with Adolph Ojard.)

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Sen. Franken discusses the "fiscal cliff"

Wed, 11/28/2012 - 10:47am

It’s been all over the news for weeks –“the fiscal cliff.” WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Sen. Al Franken about what’s happening with deficit reduction in Washington.

(Click on link below to hear the interview.)


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Cell phone tower contract for Grand Portage approved

Wed, 11/28/2012 - 10:33am

At long last, Grand Portage is going to have cell phone 
service.  On November 20, the county board approved contracts with 
Grand Portage and New Cingular Wireless for a county-owned tower to be 
constructed on Grand Portage tribal land.
New Cingular Wireless will pay for the construction of the tower and 
in exchange will pay no rent during a lease of 25 years.

The company has not yet announced when the tower will be in operation.