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Cook County residents who did not vote in the primary may be wondering if they will encounter difficulty when they attempt to vote in the November 4, 2014 General Election.
Voters can register to vote on Election Day, but they must have valid identification at that time. It is recommended that voters pre-resister. The pre-registration deadline for the November election is Tuesday, October 14. If you are pre-registered on Election Day you will be on the voter list and you simply sign in to vote.
Or, in Cook County, if you are a registered voter, you receive a ballot in the mail.
Voters must re-register any time they change address, change names or do not vote for four years in a row. Not sure if you’re registered? Visit the website of the Minnesota Secretary of State at www.mnvotes.org.
After entering your name, birthdate and address the Secretary of State website tells you if you are registered. It also tells you when the upcoming election will be held, your polling place (or mail ballot procedure) and election precinct.
Minnesota is rated highest of the 50 states for voting turnout. Cook County is part of the reason why. There is consistently high voter participation, even in primary elections. According to Cook County Auditor Braidy Powers, the voter turnout was 44 percent in the 2014 primary, just slightly lower than two years ago when voter participation was 51.4 percent.
The Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency are working together to offer business owners in the Grand Marais area the opportunity to participate in a Small Cities Deferred Loan Program. This program has funding available to approximately five business owners in the city of Grand Marais to make repairs to existing and/or deteriorating exterior features such as windows, doors, roofs, siding, energy upgrades, accessibility issues, or to correct building code violations.
Business owners can receive funding up to $38,500 in a zero percent interest, 10- year deferred forgivable loan. Certain terms and restrictions apply.
To receive an application, or for more information, contact Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency at (218) 735-6827 for Anna or (218) 735-6828 for Vince. Inquiries must be received by Oct. 13.
As the election filing period closed for School District 166 school board, there were no candidates for District 3, the West Grand Marais/Cascade area. At the last school board meeting on September 18, Superintendent Beth Schwarz announced that Chris Goettl was running as a write-in candidate. At press time, Jeff Kern has also announced that he will be running for the District 3 seat.
In a letter to the Cook County News-Herald, Kern said he was running, “Because education of our kids is at the heart of a successful community, I’m offering to represent people of Cook County District 3 on the ISD 166 School Board. Our community thrives only when it includes families with kids. Families with kids come and stay only if there is a strong school system.
Kern has two children currently attending Cook County High School.
The News-Herald contacted Chris Goettl by phone to confirm his write-in candidacy. Goettl said yes, he is running. He said, “I’m concerned about the future of ISD 166—for the students and the community. I’d like to become more involved with what happens in the future at ISD 166.”
Goettl also has two children in the school, one in middle school; one in high school.
The Cook County Historical Society invites all to attend their 90th Annual Meeting and Dinner on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson talked with Carrie McHugh of the Cook County Historical Society about this event on North Shore Morning.
The 90th Annual Meeting and Dinner is Wednesday, October 15, at The Landing at Devil Track Resort. Reservations are requested by October 10. A social hour will begin at 5:30 pm and dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. Learn about 100 years of Hedstrom Lumber’s history in a presentation given by Howard Hedstrom.
Please call this Historical Society at 387-2883, or email email@example.com to make your reservation by October 10th.
At the September meeting of the Tofte Town Board, supervisors set aside October 9 as Louise Trachta Day in Tofte. Trachta, in her last month as Tofte’s Search & Rescue volunteer leader, said she was honored to serve in the department for 15 years.
“I’ve enjoyed working with the organization and I wish them well. I’ve worked hard to make things go smoothly and I will work with my replacements to help them,” Trachta said.
Fire Chief Rich Nelson said, “I want to thank Louise for all of her help. When we were down to three First Responders and five firefighters she was one of the first to step up. She did anything asked of her. We are going to really miss her.”
Schroeder Fire Chief Phil Bonin and Kim Jahnke will team up to replace Trachta. “I think Phil’s just the guy I would have picked. He’s very knowledgeable. Kim came along and she has a lot of fire and desire in her. She wants to learn and is compassionate towards people. You’ll do fine, both of you,” Louise said.
Rose Thoreson has also taken over some of the paper work that Trachta has been doing in a job that gets busier and busier each year.
Trachta said her department received 32 calls from January 1 to September 4. Her search and rescue squad has now grown to 12 people, she said. “I’m really proud of all of our responders for their dedication and willingness to help out.”