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Pastor Dean Rudloff to be installed at Life in Christ Lutheran

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 2:56pm

Life in Christ Lutheran Church is pleased to announce that Pastor Dean Rudloff of Silver Bay has accepted the call to serve as minister of the congregation. An installation service will be held Sunday, December 2 at 4 p.m. at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais.
The service will be conducted by the Reverend Don Fondow, president of the Minnesota North District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, with assistance from the Reverend Robert Franck as liturgist.
The community is invited to the service and the reception to follow, which includes a light meal.
Life in Christ Lutheran Church, which meets weekly at 9 a.m. at the Cook County Community Center, has been active in the community since November 2000. Life in Christ Lutheran holds to the literal interpretation of Scripture, the public reading and preaching of the Word and worships in the liturgical tradition.

Despite snow, snowmobile trails not ready for riding

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 10:32am

Despite the recent snowfall throughout much of northern Minnesota, snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Minnesota’s snowmobile trails officially open Dec. 1. Several conditions must be met before trails are open and ready for travel, including frozen ground and cleared trails.

Also the DNR recommends a minimum of 5 inches of new clear ice for snowmobiles on lakes.

Cook County Historical Society featured on PBS North WDSE TV

Thu, 11/29/2012 - 5:32pm

The Cook County Historical Society recently took posession of the orginal Fresnel lens from the Grand Marais lighthouse.  The lens dates back to the late 1800's and is known as a 5th order Fresnel lens, the second from the smallest of lighthouse lenses.  The process of removing the lens, in September of this year, was filmed for a documentary produced by WDSE TV channel 8 (PBS North) in Duluth called "Rare Finds."  The program will air Sunday, December 2nd at 5 p.m.

(Click on mp3 audio file above to hear an interview with Historical Society director Carrie McHugh.)

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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.