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Cook County Historical Society events and offerings

Cook County Historical Museum, 8 So Broadway, Grand Marais
Tue, 10/06/2015 (All day)

The Cook County Historical Society operates the Cook County Historical Museum at 8 South Broadway in Grand Marais, and the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery at 115 Wisconsin Street in Grand Marais, in addition to several historical sites -- including the Chippewa City Church and Bally Blacksmith Shop.

Exhibit: "Music from the Tip o' the Arrowhead" is on display at the museum through the summer, featuring 100 years of local music. As part of this “growing” exhibit, community members are encouraged to add their own memories and memorabilia to the community music scrapbook, as well as to play a tune on the exhibit’s electric piano. Summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. More information is available at 387-2883 or online.


Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Wed, 10/07/2015 (All day) - Sat, 11/21/2015 (All day)

Cook County Higher Education in Grand Marais hosts a variety of classes and events. All are at the Higher Ed North Shore Campus at 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Grand Marais, unless otherwise noted. Higher Ed also coordinates continuing education programs in the community and partnerships with educational institutions.

Workshop: "College Funding-Investing in your child's future!" Wednesday, October 7, at 5:30 pm. October is College Knowledge Month. Cook County Higher Ed hosts a workshop exploring funding strategies for keeping a college education within reach, with Certified Financial Planner Mary Sorenson. RSVPs requested.
Healing Beyond Borders - HTI Healing Touch Certificate Program Level 1 Workshop: Level 1 (of 5 levels) begins with 18 continuing education contact hours of instruction, with instructor Stacey Quade, COTA/L, CHTP, CHTI, Herbalist. Level 2 Workshop: Level 2 is for students who have completed Level 1, and will be taught by Jackie Mielke, BS, CHTP, CHTI, CAHI. Both workshops will be offered Saturday and Sunday, November 21-22, from 8 am to 5:30 pm. 
Cook County Higher Education is located at 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Grand Marais. Office hours are 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday. Registration and more information about classes and events are available at 387-3411, or; on the website,; and on Facebook,


Brown Bag Lunch: Sue Hakes

Violence Prevention Center
East Bay Suites, Stone's Throw Room, Grand Marais
Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Violence Prevention Center hosts a Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday October 7, from noon to 1 pm, at East Bay Suites, Stone's Throw Room. Guest speaker Sue Hakes will discuss leadership in a presentation entitled "Speak up, even when your voice shakes!" Coffee and desserts will be provided. More information is available from the VPC at 387-1262, or

Office Hours at WTIP

Community Producers Project
WTIP, 1712 W Hwy 61
Wed, 10/07/2015 - 5:30pm - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 7:29pm

Introducing "Office Hours"
Wednesdays September 23 - October 28th 
Patrick Knight of the Community Producers Project is at the station Wednesdays through October from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
Volunteer producers are welcome to stop by the station to talk through ideas, troubleshoot or learn equipment, with Patrick and other contributors.  All are welcome to these drop-in sessions.  More information at 387-1070.

  • Learn to use: editing software & portable recording equipment
  • Generate story ideas
  • Learn how to prep your work for radio or online distribution
  • Gather new techniques to use in your piece
  • Stop by for 2 minutes... or 2 hours...
  • Everyone is welcome!

Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Remembrance

Violence Prevention Center
Harbor Park, Grand Marais
Thu, 10/08/2015 - 7:00pm

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Violence Prevention Center hosts a Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Remembrance in Harbor Park on Thursday, October 8, at 7 pm. All are welcome to remember those who have lost their lives and been affected by domestic violence in 2015, and to help make the hope for a future without violence a reality. More information is available from the VPC at 387-1262 or

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center

Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, SW of Schroeder
Fri, 10/09/2015 (All day) - Sat, 10/31/2015 (All day)

Sugarloaf Cove southwest of Schroeder is a 35-acre preserved site, with foot trails leading to a beautiful sheltered cove on the lake, and including a 7.5-acre Minnesota Scientific and Natural Area, open to the public. Trails are open from dawn to dusk year-round. The Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center is open on weekends during the fall, with a resident naturalist, and on weekdays when staffed by volunteers.

Family-friendly programs continuing through October:

"Superior Rocks!" -- Fridays at 2 pm: Sugarloaf Cove is an incredible place to explore geology. Naturalist Margie will tell the geological story of the formation of the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior, and also show participants how to recognize common rocks found in the area. 

Bird Banding -- Saturdays, 7 am to noon: Weather permitting, visitors can stop in anytime to take a close look at songbirds. Naturalist Margie and helpers will be banding birds and monitoring the populations of songbirds that nest and travel through Sugarloaf Cove, adding to the growing research on North Shore birds. Visitors can learn more about the banding process and its importance in understanding the lifespan, movement, and productivity of songbirds. 
Sugarloaf "Fun"ology Walk  -- Sundays at 10 am: Naturalist Margie will lead participants on a short hike and will share fun facts about nature's seasonal changes at Sugarloaf Cove -- including what is happening with trees, plants, animals, and birds.

Sugarloaf Cove is located approximately six miles southwest of Schroeder, at mile 73.3, 9096 Hwy 61. More information about programs and events and registration are available from Molly Thompson at, by phone at 218-525-0001, and on the website, The local phone at Sugarloaf is 663-7659.

Caregiver Coffees

Care Partners
Fri, 10/09/2015 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Care Partners hosts Caregiver Coffees, an opportunity to get to know other caregivers in a casual setting and to discuss resources for caregivers.  All are welcome.  Those concerned about leaving a loved one can call Care Partners, who will then arrange respite care in a nearby space.  More information from Care Partners at 387-3788. 

Two events are scheduled this fall: 
Friday, October 9,  10-11:30 am at the Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte. The topic is “The Caregiver Story”.  Many of us are caregivers of parents, spouses, or neighbors. What are the challenges and benefits? 
Wednesday, November 11, 10-11:30 am  at the Congregational Church in Grand Marias  (downstairs)
The topic is “Asking for Help”  People want to help. What are the barriers to asking?  What makes it go well?


sixth annual Storytelling Dinner

Tofte Historical Society/North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum
Lutsen Resort
Fri, 10/09/2015 - 5:30pm

The North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum in Tofte hosts its sixth annual Storytelling Dinner Friday, October 9 at Lutsen Resort.  Social hour begins at 5:30, with a Scandinavian Dinner at 6:15. The theme this year is ‘Fishing Through the Ages’, and features speakers from three generations:  Walt Sve, Brian Tofte and Eric Tofte.  Reservations are due by noon on Friday with Lutsen Resort at 663-7212.
More information about the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum is online at or by phone at 218-663-7050.

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic Open House

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic waiting room
Fri, 10/09/2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Sawtooth Mountain Clinic hosts a community-wide celebration on Friday October 9th from 5:30 to7pm.  They are honoring current health care providers and welcoming their newest provider, Dr. Kurt Farchmin.  The evening includes live music, food and a chance to help write the clinic’s story.   More information at 387-2330. 

October Meeting

Cook County ATV Club
1920 County Road 7, Grand Marais
Fri, 10/09/2015 - 6:00pm
All are welcome to join the Cook County ATV Club for its October meeting, Friday, October 9, at 6pm at 1920 County Road 7, in Grand Marais. Pizza will be served.  More information from Rhonda at 387-9844.

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