Around Cook County
Join WTIP Community Radio for the 6th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival September 6th to 8th. It features live music throughout the day, a dance floor, children’s activities, and on-site food vendors. It’s a rain or shine event under a big-top tent in the Grand Marais Recreation Area. Check out the music line-up and details.
Cook County has seen a lot of staff turnover in recent months. This may be good news for people seeking certain types of jobs but difficult for some departments to keep up with.
Public Health & Human Services is one such department. Director Sue Futterer reported to the county board on August 27 that Child Support Officer Michael Garry had resigned after being recruited for a job with better pay. He had been in the position for less than six months. “County wages are not competitive with other businesses in Cook County right now,” Futterer said, “and that’s one of the reasons we’re losing staff.”
Cook County Higher Education in collaboration with Mesabi Range Community & Technical College is offering two levels of Boiler Operator Licensure training. The training is scheduled for Sept. 27 and 28, with registration due Sept. 4.
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It may be a while before people enjoying outdoor sports near the Cook County tennis courts, Community Center, and ball fields will be able to find a drink of water outside.
At the August 27 county board meeting, Commissioner Garry Gamble reported on his visit to the Grand Marais Public Utilities Commission (PUC) where he was told the city would not be interested in waiving the $1,000 hookup fee for a drinking fountain near the tennis courts.
At the PUC meeting, Gamble was told that the old fountain near the tennis courts had leaked, frozen in the wintertime, and been vandalized. City Water/wastewater Superintendent Tom Nelson had said the location that has been suggested might be too close to the fire hydrant.
Minnesota requires school children to have certain immunizations, and these early days of the school year mean time for vaccination updates. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Sawtooth Mountain Clinic nurse Amy Marie Schmidt about what shots kids need and when.
The Care Partners Senior Rides program is an exciting new resource for seniors in the community. Senior Rides is a volunteer assisted transportation program that fills in the gap for transportation needs not met by Arrowhead Transit or friends and relatives.
“Arrowhead Transit is a great resource in Cook County,” commented Debi LaMusga, the program’s new coordinator. “But there are times when the Duluth schedule doesn’t work for them, or the day gets too long. They may need someone to walk with them to the office or help with grocery bags.”
In addition to medical trips to Duluth or other regional centers, Senior Rides will offer rides within Cook County for medical appointments as well as wellness and social activities for those over 60. “Care Partners is pleased to offer another way to help seniors live independently and safely and another resource for their caregivers,” says Care Partners Program Director Kay Grindland.
Care Partners is currently recruiting Senior Rides volunteer drivers. Volunteers must have a reliable vehicle and good driving record. Care Partners will reimburse mileage and provide a short training. Providing this one-on-one service can be very rewarding and the schedule is very flexible. Volunteers can choose to provide rides to Duluth, or just around town.
The first orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lower level classroom at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. Call 387-3788 to sign up or for more information.
The Senior Center has been offering volunteer-assisted rides for out-of-county medical reasons for many years. A federal Older Americans Act grant from the ARDC Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging has allowed Care Partners to expand on that service. Care Partners is working closely with the Senior Center to transfer their service to Senior Rides so all volunteer assisted transportation is under one roof.