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Community Education offering private pilot's prep course

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 3:17pm

Cook County Community Education will offer a private pilot’s prep course beginning Jan. 14 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais.

The 12-week course is designed to prepare students for the FAA private pilot written test, which is a requirement for a private pilot’s license and is valid for 24 months after the test is passed. (The FAA test can be taken in Duluth once this course is completed.)

The course will cover the following aviation topics over 12 weeks:

Principles of flight, charts, navigation, aircraft systems, environmental factors, aviation operations, aircraft structure and capability, radio communication, meteorology, air traffic control procedures and FAA regulations. Mike Raymond is the instructor.

There is a class fee of $100 for the class, plus students will need to purchase the private pilot kit which costs about $129.99 at Call Community Ed at (218) 387-2000 for more information.


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Clogging classes offered at North House Folk School in January

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 1:26pm

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to clog, North House Folk School will be offering Clogging classes in January. WTIP host Will Moore spoke with North House instructor Andy Lambert on North Shore Morning. 

Andy Lambert will be teaching two Traditional American Dance classes:  'Freestyle Clogging’ is Saturday, January 24th, from 9am to 4pm; and ‘Keep on Clogging’ is Sunday, January 25th, also from 9am to 4pm.  Students can register for either or both.  More information and registration is available online at

(Photo courtesy of North House Folk School)

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CCLEP and U of MN Extension to offer Building Workshop in February

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:44pm

Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP), the University of Minnesota Extension program, and Cook County Higher Education are partnering to sponsor a Building Workshop on Thursday, February 12, 2015. The workshop is designed for building professionals, contractors, sub-contractors, building designers as well as interested homeowners.

Continuing education credits through the Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) will be available.

CCLEP coordinator Virginia Danfelt encourages contractors to save the date. She said, “Watch for details in the News-Herald and on the CCLEP website for course description, fees, registration information, etc.,” she said.

Please contact Danfelt at (218) 475-2274 or Diane Booth (218) 387-3015.


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Great Decisions discussion topic will be 'Turkey's Challenges' - January 15

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 11:13am

The Great Decisions discussion series will feature the topic 'Turkey's Challenges' at their January 15 meeting. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Eddie and Bob Hertzberg, discussion leaders, on North Shore Morning. 


The Great Decisions meeting will be held from noon to 1:30 pm on Thursday, January 15, at the Cook County Community Center, 317 West 5th Street, Grand Marais. 
Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.


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Book and literature group on South Africa begins

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:31am

As preparation for her sabbatical journey to South Africa in August 2015, Reverend Mary Ellen Ashcroft and Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church is hosting an eight-part literature/discussion series on South Africa at Cook County Higher Education from 6 – 8 p.m. each evening.

It is Reverend Ashcroft’s hope to develop a sister church relationship with a congregation she visits in South Africa. This study group is intended to prepare Spirit of the Wilderness—and any community members who would like to be involved—for that relationship.

Ashcroft has taught a course called Literature of South Africa at several colleges and she is revisiting some of her favorite facets of the course, such as books by outstanding novelists Alan Paton, Andre Brink Nadine Gordimer and J.M. Coetzee as well as playwright Athol Fugard. Participants will see two film versions of Fugard’s plays, one set under apartheid and one in post-apartheid South Africa.

The first evening on January 8 will offer a background to the literature and film of South Africa. Participants will watch Athol Fugard’s Master Harold and the Boys.

On January 15, attendees will discuss Alan Paton’s novel Cry the Beloved Country.

The study group continues on January 29, February 5, February 12, February 26, March 5 and March 12.

Participants do not need to commit to all of the sessions to take part. Reverend Ashcroft encourages all to join the study group “during the deep winter.” 

For more information about the study group, contact Mary Ellen Ashcroft at (218) 387-1536. 


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Boaters must take aquatic invasive species course before hitting the water

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:23am

The primary way that aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as zebra mussels or spiny water fleas move from one lake to the next is by hitching a ride on a boat, trailer or other water related equipment. In 2012, as part of an overall effort to stop the spread of AIS, the Minnesota legislature passed a law requiring watercraft trailers to purchase and display a decal showing that the owner has taken an AIS training course.

If you trailer a boat or water-related equipment such as docks and lifts in Minnesota, you must take AIS training and purchase a trailer decal. The deadline to have a decal on boat trailers is July 2, 2015.

Online training will be available online at Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website beginning January 1, 2015. Paper home-study training packets will also be available. It is hoped that this will give people time to complete the training before boating season.

The online training cost is $5. A paper home-study course fee is $11. After completing the course, you will receive a decal that must be displayed on your trailer. Both fees include mailing the trailer decal to the owner.

Individuals who take the training can receive multiple stickers as they will need one for each trailer that they own. Additional decals for other trailers cost $2.00 each.

The decal must be adhered to the side of the trailer frame tongue near the hitch in a manner that is readily visible and does not interfere with the display of any other trailer registration requirements.

You can trailer watercraft or water-related equipment as soon as you finish training. You’ll get a temporary completion certificate at the end of the training that you keep with you until your decal arrives in the mail.

This new trailer decal requirement applies to all trailered watercraft and water related equipment, including non-residents.