Around Cook County
Nancy Larson, recently appointed Gunflint district ranger for the Superior National Forest, will speak at Cook County Higher Education's January Business Networking Luncheon.
Larson's talk will begin at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Harbor Light Supper Club, 1615 West Highway 61 in Grand Marais. The event will conclude by 1 p.m. Cost is $20.
Larson is a 23-year U.S. Forest Service veteran who comes to Grand Marais from the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake. She has served in a variety of roles at national forests from West Virginia to California—including five years in Cook, MN. as LaCroix District ranger on the Superior National Forest. Larson holds a degree in forestry from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI.
Larson's Jan. 30 talk will include a general overview of the national forest system and policies, an introduction to who she is and details of the 2013 work program for the Gunflint District.
To attend the Larson luncheon, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-387-3411. Please register by Monday, Jan. 28.
Although many Minnesotans are thinking of what to do in the recent snowfall, staffers at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) state forest nurseries are looking forward to warmer weather. Nursery workers are gearing up for their spring seedling sale.
Millions of seedlings are available for the 2013 planting season, including 20 species of native bareroot trees and shrubs grown from seeds collected in Minnesota. Seedlings vary in size from 6 to 18 inches in height.
“Pines, spruces, oaks, maples, wildlife shrubs and much more are available with prices starting as low as 24 cents per piece,” said Craig VanSickle, nurseries supervisor.
New Assessor Betty Schultz has taken on an ambitious challenge. Under orders from the state, she and her staff will be assessing 20 percent of the county’s private properties—called a quintile—each year from here on forward.
In addition to that, they will be collecting more detailed information on each property than was collected in the past and putting the data into a new software system. To accomplish all that, Schultz asked the county board on January 22 to consider adding a new staff position to her department.
“The full 20 percent quintile requirement has not been met for a number of years due to the Assessor’s Office workload and maintaining personnel to cover the office on a daily basis,” Schultz wrote in a January 22 memo to the board.
Lily Gruber-Schulz scored 24 points Friday night to lead the Cook County Viking girls to a 57-54 road basketball win over Carlton.
The Viking boys lost a close game 44-42 to Carlton after nearly overcoming an eight-point deficit at the end of the first half.
The Vikings outscored the Bulldogs 40-29 in the first half of the girls’ game. The Bulldogs came back to take a 25-17 advantage in the second, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Vikings. Cook County upped its record to 6-12 with the win.
The Viking victory came despite being out-shot at the free-throw line. The Bulldogs hit 18 of 25 from the charity stripe while Cook County only managed five of 21.
In addition to Gruber-Schulz’s game-high 24, Theresa Morrin had 16 for the Vikings. Also scoring were Breana Peterson with eight, Kaitlynn Linnell with five and Jordyn Deschampe with four.
Clarissa Nelson led the Bulldogs with 23 points while Tori Zime had 10.
The Viking boys didn’t fare as well as the girls. Carlton managed to escape Cook County by two points, 44-42. The loss dropped the Vikes to 8-5 for the season.
The Bulldogs outscored the Vikings 25-17 in the first half before the Vikings came back to take a 25-19 second-half advantage, falling just short.
Colin Everson hit 20 for Cook County followed by Kale Boomer with 11. Lars Scannell scored five while Jonny Jacobsen hit four and Peter Warren hit one.
Erik Adams and Lane Empson led the Bulldogs with 16 and 11 respectively.
The Vikings’ boys and girls teams host the Silver BayMariners in Grand Marais on Monday night followed by a visit from the Mesabi East Giants on Tuesday night.
The first dance of 2013 at the North Shore Care Center will feature Portage – the local country music band. Portage performs the last Saturday of the month during the year. The dance will be Saturday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. and community folks are always welcome.
For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or visit: www.nshorehospital.com.