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Birch Grove School hosts Halloween Carnival today, 2-4 p.m.

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 11:03am

Once again the Birch Grove Community School is hosting a day of Halloween fun for all ages. Everyone is invited to Birch Grove in Tofte on Sunday, October 26 from 2 - 4 p.m.

There will be kids’ games, bingo, and an always popular cake walk. Bring your little ghosts and goblins for lunch and stay to decorate some Halloween cookies.

Wear a costume or come as you are. Birch Grove School Director Diane Blanchette said, “Everyone is welcome!”

This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald ~



County to consider changing fees for some services

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 10:58am

Coming up on Tuesday, October 28 at 10 a.m. the county board will hold a public meeting to consider changes in fees charged by the county for various services. State statute (MN 373.41) requires the county to hold a hearing before increasing fees but does not require that the county publish a list of those fees prior to the meeting.

Auditor Braidy Powers said he does ask department heads to get that information to him in advance of the meeting so the county board knows what it will be considering.

However, Powers said there have been rare occasions when a request to change a fee has been introduced—and adopted—at the public hearing.

Powers also said there are some items that the county charges for which no public

At press time, Auditor Powers said he had received a few requests for changes to the fee schedule, from Planning and Zoning, the Recorder’s Office, the Auditor’s Office and the MIS (Information Services) Department.

Scholarships available at Cook County Higher Ed

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:42pm

If you live and work in Cook County and are planning on attending college classes via online, ITV or correspondence, there are two scholarship programs available through Higher Education.

Scholarships can be used toward developmental courses through Master’s and Ph.D. coursework.

The two scholarship programs are:

  * The Wes Hedstrom Scholarship – in honor of longtime resident and Cook County Commissioner Wes Hedstrom. Due Nov. 1 for spring 2015 semester classes. Maximum Award is $300 per year. The scholarship is available for year-round Cook County residents who are enrolled in a distance degree program. Applicants must have completed high school or equivalent.   

 * Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation Scholarship – created through the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation in honor of Lloyd K. Johnson. Due Nov. 1 for spring 2015 semester courses. Maximum Award is $2,000 per year, for up to $8,000. The scholarship is available for year-round residents who are enrolled or in the process of enrolling in a distance degree certificate, diploma or degree, and have completed high school or equivalent. 

 Contact Higher Ed at 218-387-3411 for more information.

Get your deer license early

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:40pm

With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any potential system issues associated with the high sales volume. Licenses are now available.

The 2014 Minnesota firearms deer season begins Saturday, Nov. 8.

“Buying now beats buying later as last year we sold more than 150,000 licenses on the Thursday and Friday before the firearms season,” said Steve Michaels, DNR licensing program director. “A lot of those folks end up standing in lines who didn’t need to be.”

Deer licenses can be purchased by Minnesota resident adults for $30 at DNR license agents across Minnesota, by phone at 888-665-4236 or online at There are additional fees for telephone and Internet transactions.

Hunters who purchase licenses by phone and Internet will receive their deer license and tags by mail, which can take three to five business days to arrive.

Hunters must have a valid deer license and tag in their possession when hunting deer.

The information center and license center at DNR headquarters in St. Paul will extend their hours on opening weekend to accommodate additional phone calls from deer hunters. Phone lines will be open on Friday, Nov. 7, until 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Hunters need to be familiar with deer hunting regulations, which are available at any DNR license agent or online. License questions should be directed to the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.


Vendors gather for benefit for Angie Cook

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 2:14pm

Angela Cook of Schroeder is facing a difficult course of treatment for cancer. Angie works at the Cook County Auditor’s Office but has not been seen much lately as she has been making frequent trips to undergo—and recuperate from—medcial treatment. Her friends are hoping a benefit will cheer her up while raising some money to help offset medical and travel expenses. Join them at “Vendors for Angie” on Sunday, October 26 at the Schroeder Town Hall at 124 Cramer Road in Schroeder.

At the event will be a number of vendors—Erin Larson with Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Dawn Byholm with Pampered Chef, Bryann Bockovich with Origami Owl, Kelly Goldstein with Tupperware, Buffy Butz with Tastefully Simple, Nancy Backlund with Thirty-One, and Laura LaFavor with Mary Kay. All of these vendors are donating a portion of proceeds to Angie.

It’s the season to begin shopping for gifts, and what better reason to shop than to help out a friend and neighbor.

If you are unable to make it to the benefit but would like to order online, just let the vendors know.

An account has also been set up at Grand Marais State Bank to accept donations.


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Higher Ed offers "Dressed Up with Someplace to Work"

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 2:13pm

Cook County Higher Education (CCHE) is the recipient of a $2,500 grant from the Cook County Community Fund to foster local employment.

The “Dressed Up with Someplace to Work” collaborative project is designed to help local college students gain resume and job interview skills and provide the start of a “dress for success” wardrobe.  Many of CCHE's clientele have little resources to spend on the wardrobe needs necessary for new employment.  The "Dressed Up" project provides a fun, unique way of solving this dilemma.

The concept of providing a startup wardrobe is relatively common in metropolitan areas, so why not here in Cook County?  CCHE approached the First and Second Thrift Shop and they were intrigued by the possibilities and agreed to partner for the project. 

CCHE’s “Dressed Up” project will be accomplished in three steps. First, students will attend a free resume writing workshop at CCHE. The event Landing the Perfect Job is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the North Shore Campus.

Next, students will work one-to-one with CCHE staff and a local volunteer to refine and polish their resume and practice their job interview skills.

Finally, students will be given a voucher to go to the local nonprofit First and Second Thrift Shop and receive help picking out clothing and accessories appropriate for their upcoming job interview and/or employment.

CCHE expects that local students will come away from the project with a strong resume and the skills to conduct themselves confidently in a job interview. Students will obtain a wardrobe of at least two work outfits, will learn how to dress appropriately for their new occupation, and can use those new skills to expand their work wardrobe.