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If you are curious about computers or think you might like to use one but find the entire topic confusing, intimidating or downright scary, Cook County Higher Education has the class for you. Or perhaps you know someone who fits that description and can recommend this class to them.
Join Jim Boyd of the Cook County Higher Education staff from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31 for a really basic discussion of how to use a computer. Boyd is not a computer expert, and he will not try to make you one, either. This class will be more of a conversation than a lecture. No question will be considered too basic.
Maybe you don't even have a computer? Don't let that stop you. We will talk a little about what you might purchase without breaking the bank.
This class will focus on computers that run versions of Microsoft Windows because that's what most of the world uses. It will focus on desktop and laptop computers (you will learn the difference). It will not cover tablet computers (like the iPad and Kindle Fire). Nor will the class delve into how to use smart phones. Classes on those topics may come later.
If you take this class, you will learn, to your delight we hope, that the best way to gain computer mastery is to play (yes, play!) with a computer, and that if you “break” it, the most likely way to fix it is to just turn it off and then back on.
To register for this class, call Cook County Higher Education at 218-387-3411 or have someone e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost for this class is $20.
The Banadad Trail Association is undertaking a fundraising campaign to construct a new section of the trail and enlarge the parking on the trail’s west end. The project will reconstruct the west end of the Banadad Trail, which crosses private property, secure a permanent easement, and ensure continued access for skiers from the west end.
A change in property ownership will allow the group to improve the west end of the trail, which is popular with both day skiers as well as the through skiers, who ski the entire 29 kilometers in one day.
The project cost is $11,340. The BTA has been awarded a Trail Connections Grant from the Department of Natural Resources that will cover $7,800 and the Association must raise the balance. Over $1,000 in donations have already been received.
This segment of WTIP's ongoing series "Anishinaabe Way: Lives, Words, and Stories of Ojibwe People" features Milt Powell of the Saganaga Lake Powell family. WTIP independent producer Staci Drouillard sat down with Milt and his wife Alice last fall. He shares stories about growing up on Saganaga Lake and about his "Grandmother" - a great Aunt who lived with his family when he was a young child. Milt will celebrate his 80th birthday this coming September.
Braidy Powers isn’t certain what all will happen in Cook County if the proposed Voter ID constitutional amendment passes in November. But he is pretty sure it will be expensive.
As Auditor-Treasurer, Powers is also the county Election Supervisor and he says the consequences of Voter ID will probably mean the end of mail-in balloting.
“All voters, including those not voting in person are subject to ‘substantially equivalent identity and eligibility verification’ prior to a ballot being cast and counted. To put that into effect – ‘substantially equivalent identity and eligibility verification’ – depending upon how they actually write that… but the way you read it essentially puts same day registration and mail balloting to an end.”
Powers said voters in the City of Grand Marais will have the opportunity to cast a provisional ballot at the polls while waiting for a valid ID to eventually make their vote count. Powers said it’s likely the entire county would need to return to voting at a polling place as is the case in the city.
“Yeah, we would have to go back to polling places. The towns have town halls that are fairly modern, not too much difficulty there, for the two city precincts we use the courthouse and community center – but the other precincts are going to be problematic.”
He said some of the previous polling places no longer exist and most probably do not meet current Americans with Disabilities Act standards. In addition, polling sites would require expensive equipment.
There will be a live candidate forum on WTIP for Commissioner District 4 on Thursday, July 26. Incumbent Jim Johnson has announced that he will not run for re-
election. Running for his seat are Gail Anderson, Rick Austin and
WTIP’s Jay Andersen and Rhonda Silence of the Cook County News-Herald will share the questioning, with the public invited to call in or e-mail questions before or during the broadcast.
Tune in to WTIP at 90.7 Grand Marais; 90.1 Grand Portage; or 91.7 Gunflint Trail on the night of the forums to hear from the candidates and call (218) 387-1070 or e-mail questions to email@example.com. Questions for candidates may also be e-mailed in advance of the broadcast to the Cook County News-Herald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cook County commissioners’ room was full of people on July 10, 2012 during an extended conversation on how to power a communications tower on state land at the end of Tower Road in Hovland. The State of Minnesota has agreed to pay for power lines to be brought to the tower as it gears up its Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) communications system, which will create a common communication vehicle for a host of governmental agencies. The system will enable better coordination during emergencies and disasters. Getting easements across private property has become an issue, however.
Sheriff Mark Falk told the commissioners that having power to the site is important for public safety, including Hovland First Responders, the Hovland Fire Department, the Cook County Emergency Management System, and ARMER.
The tower is currently powered by batteries that are charged by a solar panel array and a generator.
If electrical lines were brought to the tower, fiber optic broadband lines would be, too, and Hovland could be connected to the communication system used by the Cook County Law Enforcement Center throughout the rest of the county. If power were not brought to the tower, the state would put a propane-fueled generator there, County Attorney Tim Scannell said.
“Our paging in Hovland is problematic at best,” said John Barton of the Hovland Fire Department. He said they suffer outages that affect the ability to page people several times a year. “To us, it’s intolerable,” he said. “It’s really, really important for us to get this taken care of.”
The entity needing easements is Arrowhead Electric Cooperative Inc. (AECI), which sent out “boiler plate” easement documents that give them as much as 40 feet of leeway and do not specify exactly where the line would go.