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New programs offered at YMCA's Winter II Session

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 1:14pm

From log rolling to soccer to triathlon training, the Cook County YMCA offers many programs during their Winter II Session. WTIP host Jana Berka spoke with Emily Marshall and Michaela Buchheit of the Cook County YMCA about their upcoming programs on North Shore Morning. 


The YMCA is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Program registration for YMCA Winter II Session opens on February 15th. Winter II programs run from February 23-April 11. Programs include Beginner Log Rolling classes, swim lessons for all ages, competitive swim team for all ages, preschool gym & swim, USTA Tennis, Indoor Soccer League, Gymnastics, Quigong, and Senior on Weights. For more information visit or call 387-3386


Early bird registration is now open for the Ham Run Half Marathon, 5k, and little runts run. The Ham Run will be held on May 2nd this year. All proceeds of this race go towards program scholarships to make sure nobody is turned away from the Y for the inability to pay. To register or become a race sponsor, visit or call 387-3386.
The February Wednesday Night Wellness Series at the YMCA will be featuring Loren Stoner as the presenter. Community members are invited to participate in a free workshop titled “Optimizing Your Recovery” on February 18th at 5:00 pm. For more information call Michaela at 387-3386.

February is canned food month. The Y is inviting community members to participate in a food drive to help support the local food shelf. 



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Help with college financial aid

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 4:00pm

Need money for college? Cook County Higher Education and Cook County High School will present “Financial Aid Information Night: Completing the FAFSA and Paying for College” at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Higher Ed’s Grand Marais campus.

This is a great opportunity to learn about changes to the 2014 – 2015 FAFSA and ask financial aid director LaNita Robinson questions about the financial aid process. Free financial aid materials will be provided.

Assistance will be available for those who would like to work on filling out their FAFSA after the event.

For more information, call 387-3411.


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North Shore Care Center to celebrate Fat Tuesday

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 3:57pm

The North Shore Community Band will be at the North Shore Care Center for the annual Mardi Gras Dance on Fat Tuesday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. Friends and family are invited to join Care Center residents in enjoying the Community Band performing Dixieland music.

There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information about the volunteer program or the activities going on, please contact the activity department at 218.387.3518 or visit the website:  


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Girl Scout cookies on sale today -- the perfect Valentine!

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 2:08pm

Have you been wishing for those one-of-a-kind cookies that you can only purchase at a certain time of the year? Have you been thinking of Thin Mints? Craving Caramel Delights? Longing for Lemonades? Well, you are in luck because Cook County Girl Scouts now have cookies to sell. Cookie sales are starting today, Valentine’s Day, February 14.

Girl Scouts of Minnesota-Wisconsin Lakes & Pines now offers direct sales, which means you don’t have to order your cookies and wait weeks to get them. The cookies will be here in Cook County, so most of the time when you buy, you receive your cookies immediately if they are in stock.

Cookies are a great way to say “Thank you” or “I’m thinking of you!” of this year, “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

And whether you enjoy them all yourselves or whether you share, buying cookies from a Girl Scout is more than just handing over money for a treat. For the girls, selling cookies teaches goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics. All things essential to leadership, to success and to life.

For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts have been selling cookies, earning money to help support their troops’ activities and to contribute to their communities. And Cook County Girl Scouts are happy to carry on the tradition.

So, look for your favorite scout soon to buy some Peanut Butter Patties, Thanks-A-Lots or Cranberry Citrus Crisps!


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Tofte gets conditional use permit to proceed with senior housing--with conditions

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 2:05pm

Cook County Planning and Zoning Administrator Bill Lane came before the Cook County Commissioners on Tuesday, February 10 with a request for a conditional use permit for the township of Tofte to establish a 12-unit senior housing complex on 29.37 acres of property adjacent to the Birch Grove Community Center.

The township hopes to put up two six-unit duplexes built by Dynamic Homes with some done by July 2015.

Based on the recommendation of the Cook County Planning Commission, Lane recommended granting a conditional use permit to the township with several conditions. Tofte must establish a residential planned unit development (PUD) on property adjacent to the Birch Grove Community Center and Good Neighbor Hill Road. Lane said no land use permits would be approved until all requirements of the PUD applications are met, namely: commercial use of the land shall be prohibited; no wetland impacts may occur without approval from the Cook County wetland authority; and landscape preservation standards (Section 5.06; Cook County Zoning Ordinance) shall be applied to the property.  If construction plans are modified, documents must be amended.

As far as the septic design, planning documents state, “There needs to better coordination between applicant, septic consultant and the county. At this point, Mitch Everson has not verified any system design flow system layout and soil verification. This will be necessary as part of moving forward with any internal permitting. This will not hinder moving forward with the CUP, but is an area of concern to the Office of Planning and Zoning. “

In addition, Planning and Zoning has requested that the township investigate traffic generation with MnDOT and Cook County.

The county board accepted Lane’s recommendation and approved the CUP with the conditions outlined.


Great Decisions meeting: Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, February 19th

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:10pm

The Great Decisions discussion group invites you to bring your questions, perspectives and ideas to this month’s discussion about human trafficking.  North Shore Morning host Julie Carlson spoke with February discussion leader Jake Hjorth on North Shore Morning.

The next Great Decisions meeting will be held on Thursday, February 19 from noon to 1:30 pm at the Cook County Community Center, 317 West 5th Street, Grand Marais.  Two copies of the 2015 Great Decisions Briefing Book are available at the Grand Marais Public Library.


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