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Cook County Girl Scouts kicks off the scouting year today!

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 11:43am

A kick-off event is being held today, Thursday, September 12, for Cook County Girl Scouts—members of the Girl Scouts Minnesota - Wisconsin Lakes & Pines Council. Girls in 1st through 5th grades are encouraged to attend to find out more about scouting.
Girls at Sawtooth Elementary and Great Expectations School will be met at classrooms by Girl Scout leaders and can walk to the kick-off at the Evangelical Free Church in Grand Marais with friends. Other interested girls can meet their fellow Scouts at the Free Church.
The first meeting includes all Cook County Scouts and is an informal chance just to meet one another and get reacquainted—and to learn a little bit about scouting. Girls of all ages are welcome—come out and find out if you are a Daisy, a Brownie, a Junior or a Cadet Scout.
There will be treats, songs, a simple activity and the opportunity to become a Girl Scout! If your girl misses the kick-off, but is interested in scouting, don’t worry, it’s not too late! A troop leader would be happy to talk to you. Contact Rhonda Silence at (218) 387-9844 for information.
Leaders are still needed for Cook County troops. Unfortunately there is no kindergarten Daisy group this year because of lack of a leader—if you are interested and would like to learn more about becoming a leader or just want information on how your girl can become a Scout, contact Rhonda Silence or Arvis Thompson at (218) 370-1105.

Study Skills course offered at Cook County Higher Education

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 11:22am

Cook County Higher Education is pleased to work with Dr. Robert Pratt in offering the program The Academic Warrior:  Becoming a Purposeful Learner.
This four-session program beginning Sept. 18 helps participants of all ages learn the characteristics, study skills and strategies of a successful student.
The program consists of different modules, and participants may choose to participate in any number of the session, which include “Memory and Note-taking,” learn to draw upon the strengths of memory to improve comprehension, retention and retrieval; “Power Reading,” learn specific strategies, techniques, and tips on reading textbooks for comprehension, retention and recall; “Becoming an Academic Warrior,” students will learn how to set goals, create new habits and draw upon their personal resources to help them succeed in their studies; and “Critical Thinking,” students will cultivate and practice rational well-reasoned thinking and learn the power of asking questions and engaging the brain.
This interactive course is being taught by Dr. Robert Pratt, a retired education professor and college student counselor. Classes are offered on Wednesdays, beginning September 18 and run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the North Shore Campus in Grand Marais.  Participants can take one session or all four sessions.  The cost per session is $15 each or attend all four sessions for $40. Scholarships are available.  The course fee includes a free copy of Dr. Pratt’s book The Academic Warrior: Becoming a Purposeful Learner.
For more information and to register, contact Cook County Higher Education at or call 387-3411.

EDA housing program is busy

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 11:20am

At the August meeting of the Cook County-Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA), the EDA board heard an update on a number of commercial rehabilitation projects.
Nancy Grabko and Steve Grabko of Community Fundraising Solutions (CFS), the EDA housing program administrators, gave the report, starting with Steve Grabko’s description of the work to be done at the GunFlint Tavern on Wisconsin Street in Grand Marais. Grabko said that project, which consists of tuck point repairs to the brick on the old bank building and installation of new energy-conserving windows will got underway on October 20, tourist season slows down.
Steve Grabko said owners Jeff and Susan Gecas are also adding a brew pub to the building while the rehab work is taking place. Grabko said the tavern owner anticipates an addition of four to six new jobs with the brew pub.
Another commercial rehab project, at Beth’s Fudge on Broadway Avenue in Grand Marais, is nearly ready for work to begin. Steve Grabko said he believes the work—installation of all new commercial glass, new high-efficiency heating and a building addition—should begin in mid-October.
Steve Grabko said a third commercial rehab project, at Java Moose, is still in the preliminary stages. He said he expects the agreements for the work to be completed by mid-November.
Kudos to housing program
Nancy Grabko shared an e-mailed letter from the owners of the Mangy Moose Motel on Highway 61 in Grand Marais, thanking Nancy and Steve Grabko of CFS for their hard work on the commercial rehab of their motel and the beauty salon housed in one of its units.

United we stand -- Remembering 9/11

Wed, 09/11/2013 - 8:02am

The Cook County News-Herald joins the rest of America today in remembrance of those who perished in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and on the United Air flight 93 on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. We will never forget.

Radio Waves Music Festival ~ Thank You

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 12:55pm

WTIP just wrapped up the 6th annual Radio Waves Music Festival and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came together to make it possible.  To everyone who volunteered their time, to the restaurants and food vendors who set up to provide food on-site, and to the amazing musicians who provided great entertainment – thank you!  All these efforts made the festival a huge success. 

We’d also like to thank the Grand Marais Recreation Area and its crew, and the City of Grand Marais, who were strong supportive partners that offered up the perfect location for the festival. 

Mostly, we’d like to thank our fabulous community for their support. Over 1600 people attended the festival over the weekend, making it a fun, successful event. 

Mark your calendars for the next Radio Waves Music Festival, which will take place the weekend after Labor Day, 2014. Hope to see you there!


The 2013 Radio Waves Music Festival was funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and supported by funds from the Grand Marais Area Tourism Association.

Learn more about the Radio Waves Music Festival

County to hear from Minnesota Department of Revenue on 2014 levy limit this week

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 10:10am

Every year at this time, the county board considers its options for the upcoming budget year.  The county board has  been meeting with all department heads, something that consists of meetings spread out over several weeks.
The county will be facing many challenges, including health insurance increasing 9.9 percent, and property/casualty and worker’s compensation insurance will each increase about 6.5 percent.
The Minnesota Department of Revenue determines the county levy limit, which they should have done by September 1, so commissioners will learn what can be levied at the next county board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers told the board at the August 27 meeting, “We’re very strong overall,” in regard to its fund balance and financial position going into the next budget year in 2014.