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Grand Marais HIghway 61 redesign may receive TAP funds

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:35am

Highlighting the March 24 county board meeting was the announcement by Jared Beldez of the Arrowhead Regional Development Council (ARDC) who said out of eight grant requests totaling $2.8 million that the Northeast Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (TAP) received, it recommended awarding $600,000 to the Grand Marais Highway 61 redesign project.

Beldez said that TAP only had $900,000 to grant this year, and only one other project, the St. Louis Trail Project, was selected to receive $300,000.  

The Highway 61 Redesign project has been getting suggestions from citizens through meetings and online about ways to improve safety and enhance the main corridor through the city. Part of that goal is to build a continuous pedestrian and bike path in the highway corridor along with making storm water improvements.

Although the two grants haven’t been formally approved, Beldez said a board would review requests on April 9, with announcements coming on April 15.

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Senator Klobuchar calls for action to preserve the monarch butterfly

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:33am

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is calling for action to preserve the monarch butterfly, whose population has dropped by 90 percent since the 1990s.

Klobuchar sent a bipartisan letter with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) urging the administration to pursue public-private partnerships to help save the monarch. She recently joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for an event announcing the agency’s new preservation efforts.

 In a letter to the Departments of Interior, Agriculture, and Transportation, Klobuchar and Collins highlighted the need to build on existing efforts to preserve the butterfly by launching new partnerships that will help stop its decline. Specifically, the senators proposed new public-private partnerships including planting milkweed in electric utility rights of way, which would not only benefit migrating monarch butterflies but could also reduce costs for utility companies for vegetation management.

 Klobuchar also attended an event today with USFWS, where the agency announced a cooperative agreement with the National Wildlife Federation on projects to promote monarch butterfly habitat and a new initiative with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation that will leverage public-private partnerships to strengthen conservation projects.

 “From school yards to back yards, everyone can play a part in helping preserve the monarch butterfly by planting milkweed in their communities,” Klobuchar said. “With the butterfly rapidly disappearing, I am pleased to see the Fish and Wildlife Service taking positive steps to reverse its decline. But we all must do more. It will take all hands on deck to protect the butterfly from extinction, and I will continue to call on public agencies, the private sector and American citizens to join together in the effort to protect the monarch butterfly.”

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CONTACT: Senja Ahlbeck-Bates
PHONE: 218-663-7899
DATE: 03/26/2015 10:17am

The Wisdom of Dark Emotions: Promoting resilience and compassion in our professional lives

The Wisdom of Dark Emotions: Promoting resilience and compassion in our professional lives

Gina Dixon, MA, LP
Director of St. Mary’s / Essentia Grief Support Services

This presentation will provide support and insight to professionals who are presented with issues related to grief, loss and death in their work life.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 16 Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Brown bag lunch – Beverages and dessert will be provided
Location: Cook County Court House Commissioner’s Room – Lower level

Sponsored by Cook County Higher Education, Public Health and Human Services and a Grant from the North Shore Health Care Foundation

Certificates of Attendance will be provided

Questions? Contact Joni Kristenson (Public Health and Human Services) @ Joni.kristenson@co.cook.mn.us



CONTACT: Cook County Higher Education
PHONE: 218-387-3411
DATE: 03/26/2015 09:59am

Brown Bag Lunch: CCCF Grant 4/1/15 11:30am-12:30pm Come learn more about the simplified and updated grant application proccess!

Brown Bag Lunch: CCCF Grant Request Refresher

Cook County Higher Education and The Cook County Community Fund

Wednesday, April 1st from 11:30am-12:30pm

@ Cook County Higher Education 300 West 3rd Street Grand Marais

The Cook County Community Fund (CCCF), an affiliate fund of the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation (DSACF), reminds area non-profits that the deadline for submitting 2015 grant proposals to the Fund is May 1, 2015. The Cook County Community Fund supports projects in the arts, community development, education, environment, youth, and human services. Established in 2003, the Cook County Community Fund is entrusted with the responsibility to enhance the quality of life of the residents of Cook County and the surrounding areas.  Grants generally range from $500 to $2,500.  The CCCF and our partners at the DSACF have recently made substantial changes to simplify the online grant application process.

An April 1st workshop will be held to explain these changes and make sure you have the appropriate resources and training to apply for funding. It will be an opportunity to view the new system, hone your grant writing skills and ask questions about the process or the funds available. Although attendance is not required to be eligible for funding, it is recommended and we would love to have an opportunity to meet you.  If you are unable to attend, much of the same information is available on the DSACF website.

The workshop will be in Grand Marais over the noon hour on April 1st. This will provide just enough time to submit an application before the May 1st deadline.



CONTACT: Cook County Higher Education
PHONE: 218-387-3411
DATE: 03/26/2015 09:52am