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Local ATVers invited to ATV Fair in Anoka, MN

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 10:10am

The 7th annual ATV Fair hosted by the ATV Association of Minnesota (ATVAM) will be Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Anoka County Fairgrounds in Anoka, MN. The fair will include many ATV related vendors showcasing the newest equipment and products. The fair will also feature head-to-head mud races by Northwoods Racing series as well as ATV pull hosted by the Goodhue-Bellchester Railriders. There is also an ATV Swap Meet on the fairgrounds all weekend.
  Numerous ATV clubs will be present to provide information on trails sponsored by ATV clubs and club projects currently underway for trails and education. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be on site to provide information on trails, education, and enforcement as well as provide trail maps and information on the status of current projects. Youth ATV riders will also be able to get the latest information on youth safety classes scheduled for 2012.
Anyone interested in attending the ATV Fair either as a spectator, vendor, or as a swapper can get additional information at, by e-mail at, or by calling 1-800-HI-ATVAM.  Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up and free any kids age 12 and under.  Tickets for the public are available at the gate.
ATVAM is a grassroots, non-profit organization established in 1983 and approximately 70 local clubs dedicated to responsible ATV use, safety, and the development of a sustainable ATV trail system in Minnesota.  The Cook County ATV Club is an ATVAM member club.

WTIP Weekend News Roundup for April 28

Sat, 04/28/2012 - 10:16am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. There’s a temporary hold placed on Post Office closings, Northern school trust lands administration may change, action on BWCAW haze from MPCA, Cold War era barrels dumped in Lake Superior, more on Asian carp and a hike in hunting and fishing fees…all in this week’s news.

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May 5 Health Care Foundation conference focuses on aging

Sat, 04/28/2012 - 8:14am

This year’s North Shore Health Care Foundation Health 
Conference focuses on positive steps people can take as they age. We 
may not know what will happen along that journey, but there are 
important choices we can make along the way to support quality of life 
and peace of mind for both ourselves and our loved ones.
The conference is set for 9 a.m. to noon May 5 at the Arrowhead Center 
for the Arts. The keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Barry 
Baines, who will present Leaving a Legacy. Baines is author of Ethical 
Wills: Putting your Values on Paper and a leading authority on ethical 
wills. Ethical wills are a way to share your values, blessings, life's 
lessons, hopes and dreams for the future, love, and forgiveness with 
your family, friends, and community.  Today, ethical wills are being 
written by people at turning points and transitions in their lives and 
when facing challenging life situations.
Following the keynote address are two panel presentations: In Getting 
the Health Care I Want  Sandy Stover, MD., a family physician at the 
Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, will talk about how to promote your goals of 
care with your physician and across health care settings.
In Staying at Home as We Age  Marjori Bottila, from the Area Agency on 
Aging and Senior Linkage Line will address choices you can make today 
that will make it easier for you stay in your homes. Jeannette 
Lindgren, RN, Care Partners’ Care Coordinator and a trained Caregiver 
Coach will talk about her work to help people stay in their homes and 
especially ways to sustain ourselves as caregivers.

Cook County Whole Foods Co-op undertakes expansion planning

Fri, 04/27/2012 - 11:41am

On Tuesday, April 24 at a meeting held at WTIP, the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op board of directors unanimously voted to demolish the current co-op building and replace it with a much larger store. Board members passing the motion were Alyssa Hedstrom, Rick Schubert, Erik Hahn, Barb LaVigne, Jeanne Wright, Linda Harvey and Nick Vavrichek.
Although final plans are yet to be completed, the new store will likely be about 6,000 square feet with 3,500 feet of retail space and 2,500 feet for offices, coolers, prep area, etc. The current store is 3,780 square feet with 1,620 feet of retail space and was not designed to be a grocery store. The building is not energy efficient, the roof leaks and there are other structural deficiencies.
To help finance the project the board has authorized an “Owner Loan Campaign” that will hopefully raise $600,000. The co-op has $350,000 in cash reserves and will be seeking loans from the local banks and the credit union, as well as a loan from North Country Cooperative Development Fund, which loans money to co-op’s for expansion, said general manager Jennifer Stolz.
Concerns have been raised however about the future of the mural created over a period of five years by Sawtooth Mountain Elementary 4th graders, under direction of local artist/author/teacher Kelly Dupre and teacher Jana Larson. Kelly Dupre met with the co-op board and reminded them that the murals, depicting the four seasons of the Northland, were created with the involvement of 250 students, more than 150 parent/adult volunteers. She also cited grants and donations from individuals, local businesses and Northland Foundation, Cook County Parent Teacher/Teacher Association, Cook County Schools Education Foundation, Education Minnesota and more.

Violence Prevention Center asking for public input

Fri, 04/27/2012 - 11:38am

What can we do individually and collectively to reduce violence in our community? What kind of programs and experiences would support the development of healthy and non-violent relationships among youth and families?
The Violence Prevention Center has initiated a strategic planning process.  In this process, we are conducting a needs assessment.  We would like to elicit the ideas and feelings of community members.  The Violence Prevention Center has always and will continue to provide supportive services to individuals who are victims of relationship violence.  However, we also recognize the importance of embracing a more expansive role in prevention.  That means providing early intervention and education services to the youth and families of our community. 
Research has revealed quite a bit about the impact of family violence on youth.  We know that children who are exposed to domestic violence tend to have behavioral problems such as aggression and disobedience as well as depression, anxiety, loss of self-confidence and lower school achievement.  These children are also at increased risk to be a victim or a perpetrator of aggression in their own relationships. This might include bullying, dating violence and sexual harassment.
There are many services and resources that can contribute to healthy, non-violent relationships.  For example, access to healthy role models and relationships for boys and girls, the availability of trustworthy and supportive adults, the proactive teaching of non-violent conflict resolution and coping skills and access to accurate developmental information and adaptive parenting strategies are just a few of many approaches that can play a part in preventing violent relationships. 

Hold on Postal closings legislation advances

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:12pm

The Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would slow -- and in some cases halt -- the U.S. Postal Service’s effort to close post offices and other facilities, including the mail processing center in Duluth.

The Duluth News-Tribune reports a 62-37 vote sent a strong bipartisan message that, though the system is ailing financially, it’s not good politics, especially in an election year, to take a scythe to popular parts of the Postal Service. Sen. Al Franken said that the bill would directly affect Duluth.

“I’m relieved to announce that the Duluth processing center will likely remain open,” Franken said. It would save the 100 jobs there and ease fears about increased mailing costs for businesses.

Franken said it didn’t make sense that mail sent in Duluth to another part of the city should have to be sent to St. Paul for processing.

“Processing centers are key to ensuring timely delivery of everything from newspapers to prescriptions,” he said.
Franken asked for a moratorium on any closings until May 15 so work could be done on the bill.