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AEOA offers help for homebuyers on North Shore

Tue, 10/09/2012 - 12:02pm


The Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) is inviting prospective homebuyers to a workshop that will help them learn about the process and responsibilities of homeownership, and how to overcome barriers.

The Homestretch Workshop will be held Saturday, October 13 in the Rec Building next to the Silver Bay Arena, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required. More information is available from Home Ownership Counselor Tom Lundquist at 800-662-5711 or via Email at (Click on A.M. Community Calendar link below to hear an interview with Tom Lundquist.)

AEOA's Homeownership Program is designed to promote and encourage homeownership by providing down payment and closing cost loans to income-eligible, qualified buyers.  It is designed to give prospective homebuyers an understanding and knowledge of:

-How real estate transactions work

-Qualifications of homebuyer financing

-Responsibilities of homeownership


  • Potential buyer must attend the complete series of the Homestretch Workshops.
  • Buyer must complete the Homestretch Workshops and 1-on-1 counseling to qualify for AEOA financial assistance
  • Potential buyer must qualify for a mortgage. The Counselor will assist homebuyers in shopping for an appropriate mortgage.
  • Family income must be at or below 80% of the area median income in St. Louis, Cook, and Lake County (Please call if you are uncertain that you qualify).
  • Potential buyer must be a first-time homebuyer.


Cook, Lake, and St. Louis County (excluding the City of Duluth).

Grand Marais Recreation Area had busy summer

Tue, 10/09/2012 - 10:07am

The Grand Marais Recreation Area was busy  this summer, Manager Dave Tersteeg reported to the park board on October 2, 2012. 
This September’s income was up 20 percent over last September. 
Year-to-date revenue through September was $898,709, up 5 percent over last year, with monthly campsite rentals up 10 percent, harbor income up 15 percent, daily campsite rental up 18 percent, and fuel sales up 30 percent.
“We had record heat in the south and drought and we were reasonably cool,” Tersteeg said. 

He said the WTIP Radio Waves music festival and North House Folk School’s Unplugged weekend brought in people.  Contractors working throughout the county are also using the campground for short-term housing, Tersteeg said.
Portions of the park will continue with full service through MEA weekend October 18-21.

"Bhutan - A View from the Top of the World" at Grand Marais Library Friday

Tue, 10/09/2012 - 10:05am

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present "Bhutan - A View from the Top of the World," a free program being offered at the public libraries in Grand Marais, Two Harbors and Silver Bay.
Through amazing photos, professional photographer Cal Rice will share his experiences from a recent trip to the Himalayan country of Bhutan. After being almost completely cut off for centuries, the government of Bhutan began allowing outside influences including television and the Internet only a few years ago, while still preserving its ancient traditions. Besides the beauty of the land, its architecture and its people, this program will highlight the contrasts between centuries-old customs and the impact of modern society.
Of his work, Bemidji resident Rice says, "What I am trying to do…is visit and photograph countries that are in the midst of cultural change. Then come back to northern Minnesota and share my experience. This is more a documentary and cultural exchange rather than just a travelogue."
Rice will present his program at the Grand Marais Library at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12; at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at Silver Bay Library; and at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Two Harbors Library.

Public input meeting on proposed Cook County Family YMCA Wednesday

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 3:12pm

There will be a public input meeting on the proposed Cook County Family YMCA on Wednesday, October 10 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Jane Mianowski Conference Room at School District 166.
The latest conceptual drawings and floor plans, along with information on the agreements between the governmental entities and the Duluth YMCA will be available.
The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the community center and to give input on the plans.
The next meeting of the Cook County YMCA Steering Committee is Thursday, October 11 from 8:30 a.m. until noon in the Jane Mianowski Conference Room at School District 166. While not a meeting to accept public input, the public is welcome to attend to listen in.

Make-A-Bowl" workshops at Grand Marais Art Colony

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 3:10pm

The Grand Marais Art Colony will present a great opportunity to learn how to make bowls, all for a good cause, at the “Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls” event which began on Sept. 30 and runs through Oct. 22. Proceeds benefit the Cook County Food Shelf.
The sessions will be held every Sunday at 2 p.m., and Mondays at 7 p.m. Cost is $5 per session (pre-register). Contact the Art Colony to pre-register at (218) 387-2737. 
Twelve percent of Cook County residents are hungry every month. Therefore, each year the Art Colony organizes the Empty Bowls dinner (on Nov. 8), a community art fundraiser for the local food shelf. The bowls made at the event will be used during the dinner.
Participants will learn to make two different kinds of bowls: a hand-built and a wheel-thrown.  Make-a-Bowl is open to all levels and ages. Get muddy, learn new skills, and have fun, all for a good cause.

Auditor still uncertain how Voter ID amendment would play out here

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 11:47am

Cook County Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers is still not convinced how the “substantially equivalent” proviso in the proposed voter ID amendment will play out. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with powers on “Daybreak.”

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