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Who inspires you to Move It?

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:44pm

It’s becoming a tradition! For the third year the month of May is being celebrated as a time to Move It!  During the month of May, nominations will be accepted for awards for a Cook County resident who inspires others to move more. Maybe it’s someone who shovels snow or rakes leaves for a neighbor or someone with a chronic disease who keeps up a walking regimen; a child who walks or bikes no matter the weather, or a Care Center resident who loves to dance!  There are amazing people all around us who are movin’ it!  Send a story about someone who inspires you and they could win a Move It! award.

Congratulations to our previous inspiring winners—Rusty Day, Yvonne Mills and Gene Glader in 2014 and Levi Rankin, Amanda Anderson and Ginny Cooley in 2015.

Submit your nominations for a chance to win one of six prizes.  A panel from the Cook County News Herald, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, and Cook County Senior Center will pick winners from the entries.  In early June, prizes will be awarded in three categories; children, adults, seniors.  Each winner will receive a $40 gift certificate to a local business for the nominee and a $20 gift certificate for the nominator!  Send nominations of 200 – 300 words to: Cook County News-Herald, PO Box 757, Grand Marais MN 55604 or email to starnews@boreal.org. Deadline for Nominations: Monday, May 23.

Questions?  Contact Rhonda Silence at the News Herald at (218) 387-9100; Kristin Wharton at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic 387-2330, or Bev Green at the Senior Center 387-2660.

Funding for the Move It! Awards are provided in part by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Cook County News-Herald, and the Cook County Senior Center.

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Learn storm watching and ham radio at Cook County Emergency Services Conference

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:43pm

The public is invited to attend two events for the upcoming Cook County Emergency Services Conference.

Skywarn is a free presentation about how to spot, prepare for, and respond to dangerous weather such as severe thunderstorms and tornados. Skywarn also encourages people to watch the sky and call in reports of dangerous weather to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Duluth, in order to help them alert others. This program will be presented by an NWS meteorologist from Duluth today, April 29 at 6 p.m.  

A second great opportunity to take advantage of is the Introduction to Amateur, or Ham Radio. A mobile communications trailer will be in the Cook County Community Center parking lot Saturday, April 30, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Ham radio enthusiasts will be at the mobile communications trailer to demonstrate radio operations. It is a great opportunity for teens to experience communications without a cell phone.

If interested in either event, register with Jim Wiinanen at 387-3059 or jim.wiinanen@co.cook.mn.us.

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Enter the Mother's Day Essay Contest to win Mom a pampering package

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:38am

The Cook County News-Herald reminds everyone that the Northern Hi-Lites Salon and Essential Touch Massage Mother’s Day Essay Contest is under way. Tell us why your mom deserves to be spoiled in 200 words or less—typed or handwritten on a sheet of paper—and bring your entry to Northern Hi-Lites or to the Cook County News-Herald office. 

The News-Herald will publish the winning essay on May 7. The lucky mom selected by the judges will receive a pampering package which includes a relaxing massage from Laura at Essential Touch, have her hair done by Lisa at Northern Hi-Lites and will receive a basket filled with delightful gifts and gift certificates good for breakfast, dinner, and a shopping spree.

Northern Hi-Lites Salon and Essential Touch Massage are sponsoring the contest with support from Java Moose, Gunflint Mercantile, the Cook County Whole Foods Coop, Joynes Ben Franklin, Lake Superior Trading Post, Joy & Company, Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, Cook County News-Herald, Blue Water Café, and more!

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LSProject: Pharmaceutical pollution in northeast Minnesota lakes and fish

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 6:50pm
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Pharmaceuticals and other human-produced chemicals are appearing in northeast Minnesota's water and fish - even in remote and pristine lakes. In this edition of The Lake Superior Project, Dr. Seth Moore, director of biology and environment with the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa, talks about a new study on these emerging toxins.

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Prime season arrives for North Shore waterfalls

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 1:00pm
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April and May are a great time to view the many waterfalls the North Shore has to offer. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs recently made a trip to see some of the local waterfalls. 
 

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The costs of out-of-home placement in Cook County

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 12:32pm
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One result of child abuse or child neglect can be out-of-home placement, or removing a child from their home. In Cook County, this can have a wide-reaching effect. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs has this story about the cost of out-of-home placements in Cook County. 
 

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