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Change of venue for Cook County Chili Cook Off Saturday, April 5

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:49pm

How do you like your chili? Do you prefer a bowl of traditional tomato and hot peppers? Or do you like it on the wild side, made with venison and grouse? Do you like a flavorful white sauce or a chili with a hint of chocolate as the secret ingredient? Whatever you like in a bowl of chili, you are likely to find it at the Fifth Annual International Cook County Chili Cook Off on Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church, instead of St. John's Catholic Church!

Mark your calendar! You don’t want to miss the chili—or the friendly competition amongst the chili chefs. At press time, 17 cooks had signed up for the event.

The cost is just $7 adults and $4 for children, or for $12 chili fans can receive a souvenir mug and a raffle ticket for a chance at some nice prizes.

Proceeds of the event go toward scholarships for Coldwater Foundation, a nonprofit youth leadership development program with an outdoor focus and the Violence Prevention Center educational programs.

For more information or registration, contact Jamie at (218) 370-0262 or Coldwater Foundation at (218) 370-8864.

County approves purchase of new crew cab truck for highway department

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:48pm

County Highway Department Supervisor Russell Klegstad asked the county board for approval to purchase a 2015 GMC Sierra 4WD crew cab truck for $36,476.81 to replace one that was totaled in a rollover accident last summer. The county received $16,313.75 from insurance for the totaled truck that will be used toward the purchase. The truck would be purchased from Nelson Auto Center in Fergus Falls, MN, which is the dealer for state bids. Commissioners approved the purchase unanimously at the March 25 board meeting.

Pinwheels symbolize hope for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:46pm

The commissioners meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 was brightened a bit by an offering of colorful pinwheels. A team of child abuse prevention advocates brought the pinwheels, explaining that the uplifting symbol of childhood represents the community’s efforts to ensure safe and healthy development of children.

Joni Kristenson of Cook County Public Health said it is important to work to prevent child abuse all year long, but noted that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and extra effort is made to educate the public about the problem. She said pinwheels were chosen to serve as this year’s visual presentation.

Jodi Yuhasey of the Violence Prevention Center passed out the pinwheels and said, “Pinwheels make you smile. They symbolize what childhood should be, a time of hope, health and happiness.”

Kristenson said some communities “plant” pinwheel gardens, but noted that Cook County has too much rock.

Beth Faraone of Cook County Human Services quipped, “And snow!”

Kristenson asked the county board to pass a Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation. She shared a draft resolution and the county board agreed to issue the proclamation.

County Administrator Jay Kieft to read the announcement, first saying, “I’m privileged to read this proclamation.”

So, watch for Pinwheels to start popping up around the county in April.

Grand Portage election results are in

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:51am

Results are in from Tuesday’s Grand Portage Reservation primary election. For Secretary/Treasurer, incumbent April McCormick (Clearwater-Day) had 36.33 percent of the vote, with Dennis B. Morrison close behind with 35.97 percent.

For the position of Committeeperson-1, Rob Hull had the highest vote total at 38.85 percent, with Amber Porter behind him at 22.66 percent. The seat is currently held by Arvid Dahl, who did not run for reelection.

For Committeeperson-2, incumbent John Morrin drew 41.16 percent of the vote, William “Bill” Myers had 36.82 percent.



Local Rest Areas remain closed due to snow

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 5:42am

Six, seasonal rest areas in Northeastern Minnesota will remain closed until Monday, April 21 due to deep snow.  They include the Knife River rest area in Lake County on Hwy 61, Cut Face Creek in Cook County, on 61 west of Grand Marais and the Cross River rest area also on 61at Schroeder.

Elections in Grand Portage on Tuesday, April 1

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:47am

Elections will be held in Grand Portage on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and members of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior have a full slate of candidates to choose from for the three seats on the ballot. Voters will be choosing who will serve as secretary/treasurer, committeeperson 1 and committeeperson II. All of the terms are for four years.

Running for the secretary/treasurer position is incumbent April Clearwater-Day McCormick. She is challenged by two citizens—Dana Logan and Dennis B. Morrison.

Seven people are running to fill the committeeperson 1 seat currently held by Arvid Dahl. Dahl is not running for reelection. On the ballot will be Amber Porter, Ricky Parent, Toby Stephens, Rob Hull, Mike Keyport, Orlando “Dedo” Swader, and Norma Hendrickson-Roth.

Incumbent John Morrin is running once again for committeeperson II and he is challenged by William “Bill” Myers and Bonnie Johnson.

The election is held in accordance with Minnesota Chippewa Tribe ordinances. Polls open at 8 a.m. at the Old Log Community Building on April 1 and close at 8 p.m.

The Grand Portage Reservation Tribal Council is the governing body of Grand Portage. The enrolled members of the band elect the tribal council officers. The council oversees health care, social services, education, jobs, housing, public safety, and more.

Currently serving on the Tribal Council are Chairman Norman W. Deschampe, Vice-chairman John Morrin, Secretary-Treasurer April McCormick, Councilman Arvid Dahl and Councilwoman Janice Marie Spry.