Around Cook County
Medicare Open Enrollment started October 15 and last until December 7. Medicare Open Enrollment is when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2014.
On Tuesday, November 26, 2013, Marjori Bottila from Area Agency on Aging and Senior Linkage Line will be at the Senior Center to help you choose the right plan for you. She can help compare plans that take into account your health needs, prescriptions and premium costs. Meet with her by appointment—contact the Senior Center at (218) 387-2660 (218) 387-2660.
Whether you’re hoping to learn about Medicare or looking to make some memories with friends, stop by the Cook County Senior Center. The Cook County Senior Center is open and welcoming to all ages!
The Cook County Food Shelf sees increased usage in winter months. A thoughtful West End resident offered a tip for snowbirds who don't want to haul their non-perishable foodstuffs south. Instead of boxing up those groceries, donate them to the food shelf!
It's very easy to do. Donations can be dropped off at the Cook County Food Shelf at the First Congregational Church at Third Avenue and Second Street in Grand Marais. The Food Shelf is open 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. every Monday.
The Food Shelf is also in need of cash donations to purchase milk and fresh fruit and vegetables. For information on how to donate, call (218) 387-2113. Checks may also be mailed to: Cook County Food Shelf, P.O. Box 95, Grand Marais, MN 55604.
Sometimes situations come up such as unexpected medical bills, reduced work hours, or even unemployment. That is what the Cook County Food Shelf is intended to help with. If you are facing an unexpected budgetary crisis, the Food Shelf can supply a box that supplies three nutritious meals for three days.
Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. More waters are on the impaired list. The White Earth Band changes its constitution. News about Great Lakes levels, toxins and shipping as well as a down deer harvest …all in this week’s news.
Travelers along the North Shore’s Highway 61 in Cook County will soon have an improved rest stop available to them, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The Ray Berglund State Wayside, located at the Onion River, is undergoing significant improvements including the addition of public restroom and visitor orientation facilities.
The Ray Berglund State Wayside was established in 1951 when a group of associates purchased the land as a memorial to their friend who died as the result of an industrial accident. Over the years, donations from the R.R.W. and Florence Berglund Family Foundation have funded improvements to the wayside, but restroom facilities have been an unmet need.
“There has been a definite need for these improvements, but neither the DNR nor MnDOT had funding for restrooms at this location,” said Phil Leversedge, Tettegouche State Park manager. “The Berglund Family Foundation has been incredibly generous and the facilities will be a much welcomed amenity for highway travelers, bicyclists, hikers and anglers who use the site.”
The wayside is 53 acres in size and includes approximately 1,400 feet of Lake Superior shoreline and about 1,800 feet of the Onion River.
In 2009, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reconstructed Highway 61 in the Onion River area, which included redesign and rebuilding the wayside’s parking area and construction of a section of the Gitchi Gami State trail – a paved multipurpose recreation trail – traversing along the Lake Superior shore through the wayside.
At least two of seven property owners along Rosebush Hill Road attended a public hearing during the county board meeting on November 12, 2013 to discuss the possibility of the county overseeing summer and winter maintenance of the road through a subordinate government service district (SGSD).
The estimated cost per property owner would be about $817 the first year and $743 the next three years, after which most of the extra gravel and work needed to get the road into shape would be done.
The board postponed a decision on creating the SGSD so the other property owners could be informed of the estimated costs. The public hearing will be continued at 10 a.m. November 26.
Cook County supports Gitchi Gami Trail Association request to Mn/DOT for wider shoulders to allow bike travel on Highway 61 in LutsenFri, 11/22/2013 - 9:18am
Gitchi-Gami Trail Association Vice President Bill Blank and President Mark Sandbo went before the county board on November 11, 2013, requesting that the board send a letter to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) asking that they widen the shoulders to at least five feet when they resurface a portion of Highway 61 next year. The portion lies between County Road 34 in Lutsen and County Road 7 east of Cascade, where the current shoulders are 18 inches wide. They also requested that the board lend support to a state bonding bill that would include $809,000 to extend the Gitchi-Gami State Trail from Cascade to the Cutface wayside rest.