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Cook County/Silver Bay takes fifth in State Alpine Meet

Thu, 02/14/2013 - 4:08am
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Cook County/Silver Bay took fifth in the Minnesota State Alpine Ski Meet yesterday at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.
 

Anders Zimmer led the way for Cook County/Silver Bay, finishing 17th in a total time of 1:19.49.
 

Also finishing for the North Shore team were Luke Fenwick in 38th and Will Lamb in 43rd. Logan Backstrom came in 51st, Colin Berglund finished in 65th and Kyle Martinson was 78th.
 

The Blake School from Minneapolis won the boys meet with 169 points with Stillwater Area in second, Orono in third and Eden Prairie in fourth. Cook County/Silver Bay’s fifth place came on a 124-point performance.
 

The other team results show Edina finishing sixth, East Ridge of Woodbury in seventh and Hermantown in eighth.

The girls meet was won by Minnetonka followed by The Blake School, Minneapolis Southwest, Mankato West, Mounds View, Stillwater Area, Duluth East and Bloomington Jefferson.
 

Gene's Food promotes family game night with prize drawing

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 8:58pm

There is nothing more fun on a cold winter night than gathering the family together to play some games. Gene’s Foods in Grand Marais is promoting family game nights with a series of drawings each Saturday for the next three weeks, starting February 16.
Two winners each week in each category—ages 3-5, 6-8 and 9 – up—will win a brand new board game.  There are new games like Blockers, Scribblish, Hoopla, and Cranium and old favorites like Candy Land, Monopoly, Scrabble, Life and many more.
In addition to the game, they will win pop and popcorn—an instant family game night!
Stop by the store and enter the drawing today to see if you will be a lucky winner!

Muntean leaves electric cooperative

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 12:04pm

Arrowhead Electric Cooperative, General Manager Jeanne Muntean has resigned after over 31 years with the organization.

Muntean started at Arrowhead as a receptionist in 1981 and became General Manager in 2010.

The Board of Directors has not named a successor or interim manager at this time.

County Chamber of Commerce gathering draws crowd

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 10:17am
Charles Skinner, one of the founding members of the new Chamber, addresses the audience.
More than 50 local business people and managers turned out for the launch of the new Cook County Chamber of Commerce  Tuesday, Feb. 12th at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais.
 
The Greater Grand Marais Chamber is handing the reins to leaders of the new countywide Chamber, which is in the late stages of organizing. Grand Marais Chamber President Kim Linnell and Director Bev Wolke wrote in the newsletter that, “A great new beginning is in effect for the Chamber of Commerce. After much discussion and hard work by many, we are pleased to inform you that there is a new and better Chamber awaiting you.
 
“This new Chamber will be the one voice that this county has so long been in need of. We believe this will help strengthen the county’s economic growth and development to help for a brighter future for all of us,” Linnell and Wolke wrote.
 
At the Feb. 12 Sivertson Gallery party, prospective members were briefed on new Chamber's countywide organizational efforts and its plans for future programming. Those plans include a “Cook County Day” at the Legislature this March at which Chamber members will seek to impress on legislators the importance of issues that matter greatly to Cook County businesses.
 
Speaking at the event was Jennifer Byers of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.  She spoke briefly about how the new county Chamber and the state Chamber will work together for the benefit of county businesses.
 
Also on hand were Chamber organizers Mark Sandbo, Jan Sivertson, Mike Prom, Bruce Kerfoot, Charles Skinner and Scott Harrison. 

Animal welfare groups launch wolf hunt lawsuit

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 7:17am
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MINNEAPOLIS — The Humane Society of the United States and other animal welfare groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday to restore federal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region that were lifted last year.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in the District of Columbia against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its parent agency, the U.S. Department of the Interior. It says the decision to take wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan off the endangered list threatens the animals’ recovery throughout most of their historic range.

Hunters and trappers in Minnesota and Wisconsin killed 530 wolves combined during those states’ recently concluded seasons — 413 in Minnesota and 117 in Wisconsin. The Michigan Legislature voted in December to authorize wolf hunting, which could resume as early as this fall.

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman said she couldn’t comment on the lawsuit, but the agency took the wolves off the endangered list because the population had recovered and followed the law in doing so.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources issued a statement saying that putting wolves back on the list would not be in the best interest of the animals or state residents.

Michigan is expected to make a decision on wolf hunting this spring. Officials say if a hunt is approved, it probably will be limited to parts of the sparsely populated Upper Peninsula where wolves have preyed on livestock and pets.

A spokesman for the Minnesota DNR declined to comment until officials could review the lawsuit.

Music group "Portage" honored for volunteerism

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 12:02pm
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St. Paul, Minn. (February 11, 2013) – Portage, a musical group from Grand Portage has been named the Aging Services of Minnesota 2013 District B Volunteer of the Year for their years of entertaining the residents at Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center. This special award is the highest honor recognizing the dedication and service of volunteers who support Minnesota seniors.
 
Portage was honored in February by Aging Services of Minnesota, a trade association for older adult services organizations in Minnesota.
 
Portage is a classic country music band that has been performing for the residents in and around Cook County for over 10 years. They have had a long standing gig at the care center the last Saturday of every month for 8 years – and they fill the dance floor every time.
 
“They play my favorite song, Heartache by the Number every time, just for me,” said resident Gert Scott
 
“The members of Portage are an inspiring example of what volunteers can accomplish in the lives of older adults,” said Gayle Kvenvold, president and CEO of Aging Services of Minnesota. “Their dedication and talent have made a difference in the lives of so many.”
 
Volunteers like the members of Portage are the unsung heroes in Minnesota’s health care system. Their deep commitment, talent and contributions make it possible for older adult services organizations to extend the level of care and services to their residents, clients and communities.
 
For more information about the 2013 Aging Services of Minnesota Stars Among Us awards, visit our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AgingServicesMN?feature=watch