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Learn more about energy audits and improvements at Open House at Cook County Higher Education

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:55am

Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) and Cook County Higher Education (CCHE) will host an open house and celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the North Shore Campus in Grand Marais. CCLEP and Higher Ed utilized the energy audit feature of CCLEP’s Residential Energy Efficiency Program (REEP) to identify areas of energy need for CCHE’s recent remodel. Cook County Higher Ed was able to use the energy findings for securing grant dollars for the construction.

CCLEP’s REEP, a two-year pilot project from 2012 through 2014, was reviewed and evaluated over the summer. The CCLEP board decided to transition this program into an ongoing service.

The program is designed to increase the energy efficiency of homes in Cook County by using home performance energy audits before and after improvement work.  The program is open to all income levels. Homeowners pay for the audits ($400) and improvements, but audit rebates ($300) will be available with completion of selected improvements.

Stop by on Wednesday evening to see the newly remodeled Higher Education North Shore campus and learn about the REEP pilot project and ongoing program. There will be a debut of three new energy videos and a slide show of CCHE construction and other REEP projects.

Energy auditor Chris Norman will be available to discuss what an energy audit can tell you. CCLEP Coordinator Virginia Danfelt will be available to discuss how REEP works. CCHE Executive Director Paula Sundet Wolf will give tours of the remodeled building and give information about the process.

A short presentation about REEP will be given at 6 p.m. and upon request. Come learn how REEP can benefit your home and how to participate in the program. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Sawtooth Ridges celebrates 20 years

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:23am

This Saturday, September 20, Sawtooth Ridges Apartments celebrates 20 years in the community. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with manager Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.

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Celebration planned in recognition of grants awarded to local nonprofits: September 16

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:05pm

Six local nonprofit organizations recently received grants, and a celebration is planned on September 16th in recognition. The Cook County Community Fund's board chair, Tracy Benson, spoke with WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson about these grants on North Shore Morning.

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Cook County, Minnesota – The Cook County Community Fund, an affiliate fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, is pleased to announce six grants totaling $11,680.57 were awarded this year to nonprofit organizations serving the Cook County area. 
 
“The Cook County Community Fund is able to fund and encourage important projects and organizations in our community, from health care to the arts to the environment, and more, thanks to the strong support of our many donors.  Please join us on Tuesday, September 16th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post as we recognize our grantees and celebrate our donors,” said Tracy Benson, CCCF board chair.
 
 
 

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Community feedback wanted at Wednesday meeting on county comprehensive land use guide plan

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:17pm

“Cook County’s Comprehensive Land Use Guide Plan will direct county decision making and investment toward creating a future where residents can prosper and enjoy a quality lifestyle within an unparalleled natural setting for which we are dedicated stewards,” said Shari Baker, chair of the County Plan Update Committee. To ensure that the updated plan fully reflects the desires of the community Baker, on behalf of the Comprehensive Plan Committee, invites Cook County residents and property owners to participate in a community planning session on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais. The session will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Residents are being asked to participate in this meeting to suggest ideas regarding how the county should look in 20 years in terms of land use, community appearance, economic vitality, and community life. They will also have the opportunity to offer specific action steps needed to achieve that desired future.

Baker said the ideas generated by the public will be a critical ingredient in formulating the draft plan, which will then be offered for public review and comment later in the planning process. “It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is that the public use this opportunity to provide their ideas,” added Baker.

To learn about the planning process to date, visit the County Planning and Zoning website (http://www.co.cook.mn.us). The public is encouraged to view the plan and documents related to a “Desired Future Condition” and offer their opinions on them by email to zoning@co.cook.mn.us or mailing to Planning and Zoning Department, Cook County Courthouse, 411 W. 2nd Street, Grand Marais, MN  55604 or by talking with one of the committee members.

Calling all girls: Girl Scout Kick-Off event is Thursday, September 18

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:15pm

Girls of all ages are invited to the Cook County Girl Scout Kick-Off event, Thursday, September 18, right after school. Girl Scouts—and those interested in becoming Girl Scouts—are invited to meet at Bethlehem Church.  There will be crafts, popcorn, cotton candy–and a lot of fun!

Girls in kindergarten through third grade will be met at their classrooms so everyone can walk together. Girls in grades 4-5 can walk along or meet the group at the church.

Parents are welcome anytime to talk to troop leaders, but should check in with the leader before taking the girls home at 5:00 p.m.

 Girls in 6-12th grade are welcome and encouraged to come join the fun and maybe lend a hand, but a special kick-off event is being planned for you later this fall!

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Author Lorna Landvik to visit Drury Lane Books Sept. 17

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:14pm

Lorna Landvik, best-selling author of many novels including Patty Jane’s House of Curl, Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons, Oh My Stars, and Mayor of the Universe, will visit Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais for a book-signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 17.

Landvik has performed stand-up and improvisational comedy around the country and is also a public speaker, playwright, and actor, most recently seen in an all-improvised, one-woman show Party in the Rec Room. Landvik will also be in Duluth the following day for a 6 p.m. book signing and 7 p.m. reading at the bookstore at Fitger’s (600 E. Superior St.).

Landvik’s new novel is Best to Laugh and features Candy Pekkala, her latest irrepressible character on the world stage—or at least onto the dimly lit small stage where stand-up comedy gets its start.

Herself a comic performer, Landvik taps her own adventurous past and Minnesota roots to conjure Candy’s life in this strange new Technicolor home. Her fellow tenants at Peyton Hall include a female bodybuilder, a ruined nightclub impresario, and a well-connected Romanian fortune-teller. There are game show appearances and temp jobs at a record company and an establishment suspiciously like the Playboy Mansion, and of course the alluring but not always welcoming stage of stand-up comedy. As she hones her act, Candy is tested by humiliation, hecklers, and the inherent sexism that insists “chicks aren’t funny.”

Written with the light touch and quiet wisdom that have made her works so popular, this is classic Lorna Landvik—sometimes so funny, you’ll cry; sometimes so sad, you might as well laugh; and always impossible to put down.

For more information about Landvik’s books or the book signing, contact Drury Lane Books at (218) 387-3370.

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