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Deer population goals meeting Thursday at Community Center in Grand Marais

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 1:49pm

Opportunities for the public to participate in deer population goal setting for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota begin Feb. 2 in Monticello.

"Working with citizens to achieve conservation and management goals is integral to the mission of the Minnesota Department of Natural

Resources," said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. "To make sure that goals are based on the broad range of public interest in deer, we use a public process to help determine how many deer to manage for in

a given area."

Each meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. After a short presentation on deer populations and management, meeting participants may comment verbally, ask DNR staff questions and complete a written questionnaire.

Deer population goals will be set for 40 of Minnesota's 128 deer permit areas in 2015. A local meeting is set for Feb. 19 at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais.

For a complete list of meetings, see


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'Great Place Project' is Networking Luncheon topic on February 19

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

This month’s Networking Luncheon will focus on the 2015 Great Place Project. WTIP host Jana Berka spoke with Kristin DeArruda Wharton and Maren Webb of Moving Matters on North Shore Morning.


The 'Great Place Project' is a Cook County Chamber of Commerce and Cook County Higher Education Event
February 19th will be the launch of the 2015 Great Place Project. Learn more about this local project, who is eligible to apply, the funding for 2015, and tips for applications. The Great Place Project is sponsored by the Moving Matters project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and the Cook County Chamber of Commerce.
Thursday, February 19th at 11:30-1pm
Location: Cook County Higher Education 300 West 3rd Street Grand Marais, MN
RSVP: 218-387-3411 or or
Presenters: Moving Matters-Kristin DeArruda Wharton and Maren Webb, and Cook County Chamber of Commerce

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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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