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It's Girl Scout cookie time!

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 8:39pm

Have you been wishing for those one-of-a-kind cookies that 
you can only purchase at a certain time of the year? Have you been 
thinking of Thin Mints? Craving Caramel Delights? Longing for 
Lemonades? Well, you are in luck because Cook County Girl Scouts have 
cookies and they are selling!
Cook County Girl Scouts now offer direct sales, which means you don’t 
have to order your cookies and wait weeks to get them. The cookies are
here in Cook County, so most of the time when you buy, you receive 
your cookies immediately if they are in stock.
So find your favorite Girl Scout and buy cookies for yourself, your 
relatives, and your friends.  Cookies are a great way to say “Thank 
you” or “I’m thinking of you!”
And whether you enjoy them all yourselves or whether you share, buying 
cookies from a Girl Scout is more than just handing over money for a 
treat. For the girls, selling cookies teaches goal setting, decision-
making, money management, people skills and business ethics. All 
things essential to leadership, to success and to life.
For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts have been selling cookies, earning 
money to help support their troops’ activities and to contribute to 
their communities. And Cook County Girl Scouts are happy to carry on 
the tradition.
So, look for your favorite scout to buy some Peanut Butter Patties, 
Thanks-A-Lots or, new this year, Mango Cremes.
 

Lutsen prepared for activities in renovated fire hall

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 8:22pm

There were a few finishing touches to be done on the newly 
renovated Lutsen Town Hall, so Lutsen supervisors convened the 
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 meeting one last time in town’s old meeting 
space. Along with usual monthly business, the town board talked about 
parking and considered rental prices and policies for the new town 
hall space.
It was noted that with more space for people, more space for vehicles 
is needed. Treasurer John Groth said a citizen had asked if the ball 
field fence could be removed and parking extended to the east. The 
cost to extend the parking lot would be $21,000 for an area 80’x90.’ 
To add an additional space of 24’x50’ for overflow would be $27,000. 
It was agreed to discuss this at the upcoming annual meeting, on March
12.
Supervisor Ginny Storlie shared a draft rental policy, but said she 
had heard from current users of the hall, asking if their rate could 
stay the same. The board agreed to give the group that currently meets 
at the hall the same rate for a year, to be reconsidered after that. 
Otherwise, the town board is considering charging $50 for a group of 
25-50 people or $100 for 51- 100 people.
The next town meeting will be held in the newly expanded town hall 
space on February 19 at 7 p.m. Prior to the regular monthly meeting, 
the town board will hold its annual board of audit at 5:30 p.m. and 
then a budget meeting at 6 p.m.
 

Volunteers at First & Second Thrift store earn money for local nonprofits

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 11:20pm

On Wednesday, February 13, the Cook County 
Senior Center was filled with excited representatives from area 
nonprofits. It was time for twice-yearly distribution of profits from 
the First & Second Thrift Store in Grand Marais, which is always a fun
event. Throughout the year, volunteers staff the thrift store and the 
donation center, accumulating hours to be credited toward their 
designated organization. No one is sure just what they’ve “earned” 
until the numbers are tallied and announced at the gathering.  It’s 
always a pleasant surprise for the volunteers and the nonprofit 
organizations to see just how much has been raised.
At the gathering this week, 25 different organizations received a 
portion of the $20,044.75 made at the thrift store from July 1, 2012 
to December 31, 2012. In all 68 volunteers worked a total of 1822.25 
hours! The payout amount for this period was $11 per hour. The payout 
varies depending on store profits and expenses, but since the store 
opened in 2007, local nonprofits have received $$198,214.98.
First & Second is located in the Cobblestone building next to 
Pumphouse Fitness. The store is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The warehouse for accepting donations of clean, lightly used items is 
located on the south side of the garage behind the Cook County Senior 
Center. The donation center is open Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. 
to 1 p.m.
  If you are interested in volunteering at the thrift store and 
raising some money for your favorite local nonprofit, contact Thrift 

Assessors office request for assistance still under consideration

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 11:17pm

At their Feb. 12 meeting, county commissioners did not 
disagree with the notion that the Assessor’s Office has a lot of work 
to do or that keeping more detailed property records is a good idea, 
but they weren’t ready at their February 12 county board meeting to 
grant Assessor Betty Schultz’s request for a new position in the 
department.
The Minnesota Department of Revenue (DOR) requires that counties 
assess at least one-fifth of their properties – called a quintile – 
each year so that all properties get assessed at least every five 
years.  The DOR is in the process of conducting a review of all 
Minnesota assessor offices to gauge compliance.
Cook County has not been able to meet the quintile requirement for 
years, and Assessor Schultz is trying to figure out how her department
is going to do it.  She said the DOR has told her the county must be 
in compliance within five years.  “It’s a serious responsibility,” she 
said.  “Right now we cannot meet the requirements at the current level 
of staffing.”
In addition to increasing the number of assessments the department 
will be doing each year, the county board has authorized Schultz to 
gather more detailed information on all properties and implement a new 
computer system to track that information.
The onsite assessment will involve measuring land elevations, views, 
access, lakeshore footage, roadways, tillable soils, water, sewer, and 
electric utilities, and buildings, including quality, condition, story 
heights, open vault areas, age, decks and porches, differing uses 

Weekend News Roundup for February 16

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 11:02am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. A lawsuit to stop the Lake Superior region wolf hunts has been filed. There’s a new mining process being tested, Post Office woes in Duluth and a conversation with Rep. David Dill…all in this week’s news.

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Local Musicians Showcase at Arrowhead Center for the Arts Saturday

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:28am

The North Shore Music Association invites the community to 
the 2013 Local Musicians Showcase on Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 
p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais.
The showcase includes Samuel Black on piano; Jane Howard on piano; 
Pederson & Cora, a folk duo; Kent Johnson, acoustic guitar; Swamp 
Donkey, psychedelic soul-rock and Cook County's Most Wanted, eclectic 
blues and rock.
Tickets are $10 adults, $5 for students 18 and under. The event is 
general seating, for sale at door or www.tix.com (no fees!)