Local Events & Announcements

BBQ Rib Feast

Birch Grove Community School
Schroeder Town Hall
Fri, 10/03/2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

All are invited to the second annual BBQ Rib Feast at the Schroeder Town Hall on Friday, October 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The Schroeder Baking Company will provide BBQ ribs, potatoes, coleslaw, dinner roll and dessert. Children 11 and younger eat free, and hot dogs will also be provided. available. To-go boxes will be available. Proceeds will benefit Birch Grove Community School. More information is available from Diane Blanchette at 663-0170 or birchgrove@boreal.org.

Drury Lane Books Events

Drury Lane Books. Grand Marais
Sat, 10/04/2014 (All day) - Wed, 10/22/2014 (All day)

Drury Lane Books, on the East Bay in downtown Grand Marais, hosts a variety of events and readings.

Saturday, October 4, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Louis Jenkins, reading from and discussing Tin Flag: New and Selected Prose Poems.

Wednesday, October 8, 5 - 6 pm: "Full Moose Reading," featuring Tom McCann, outside on the lakeshore.
Saturday, October 18, 11 am: "Moose-a-Rama," stories for kids with The Muffin Man.

Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group, title to be determined. 

More information on these events is available at drurylandbooks@boreal.org,  or 387-3370.

ATV Club Fall Color Ride

Cook County ATV Club
Trestle Inn, Finland
Sat, 10/04/2014 - 11:00am

The Cook County ATV Club will hold its annual fall color ride on Saturday, October 4, meeting at the Trestle Inn in Finland (9459 County Rd 7), and returning there after the ride for dinner. More information is available at 387-9844, or on the website, www.cookcountyatvclub.org.

Cub Scouts Pack #167 Food Drive

Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais
Sat, 10/04/2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Cub Scouts Pack #167 will hold a food drive on Saturday, October 4, from 1-3 pm, at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais. Non-perishable items, grocery gift cards, and monetary donations will be donated to the Cook County Food Shelf.

Memorial for Nancy Carlson

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Sun, 10/05/2014 - 3:30pm

A memorial service will be held for Nancy Carlson of Grand Marais at the First Congregational Church UCC on Sunday, October 5, at 3:30 pm. Nancy died at North Shore Hospital on Thursday, September 25. She battled carcinoid cancer for six years, but continued her active community involvement throughout her illness. In August at Fisherman's Picnic, she was named co-Citizen of the Year for Cook County, with Mike Carlson, her husband of 41 years. Memorials are preferred to the Mike and Nancy Carlson Scholarship Fund at Cook County Higher Education.

Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Mon, 10/06/2014 (All day) - Fri, 01/02/2015 (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.

 College Knowledge Month events: A series of free informative programs about college and job preparation will be offered at the Higher Ed campus as part of College Knowledge Month in October.


  • "How to Pay for College," October 6, 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Learn about financing options, including free federal financial aid, college scholarships, and local scholarship opportunities. Guests will include Joan Gardner-Goodno from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation.
  • "Destination College 2015," October 13, 5:30 – 7 pm.  Learn how to find college programs to meet students' needs, the application process, testing and more.
  • "How to Start a Business,"October 20, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Learn what it takes to start a business, the elements of a business plan, marketing ideas, and financing options.  Presented by Pat Campanaro, Small Business Consultant from the UMD Center for Economic Development.
  • "Landing the Perfect Job," October 27, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. This workshop will cover the job search process, putting together an effective resume and cover letter, and anticipating job interview questions.


  • "College Bound Underground Network,"October 7 - 28, 6:30 – 9 pm.  Discussions about past schooling experiences and concerns about going back to school, hosted by Dr. Robert Pratt.


  • "Career Cafes," October 1 - 29, 11:45 - 12:45 pm. All are invited to bring bag lunches and learn from people working in various fields what their jobs are like, what types of training are needed, and the job outlook for the future is.  A calendar for specific occupations and dates will be coming out soon.


  • "Become an Academic Warrior," October 9, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. At a workshop on good study skills, Dr. Robert Pratt will discuss memory and reading and how certain strategies lead to improved retention and retrieval.
  • "How to Succeed at Math," October 16, 5:30 – 7 pm. How to overcome fear of taking a college math course by learning simple math tips, problem solving techniques, and the process of building up to a college level math course.  Instructor Jean Marie Modl will also answer questions and demonstrate solving common math and pre-algebra problems.
  • "Writing the Successful College Paper," October 23, 5:30 - 7 pm. Instructor Erin Altemus will cover the elements of successful college papers and the process of writing a college level paper.

Advance registration is appreciated for the events but not required. 

Creating Partnership workshop: Higher Ed and Hyatt Leadership Coaching will offer "Creating Partnership," an interactive workshop for leaders in government, non-profits, and businesses, on Wednesday, October 23, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. The facilitator is Marcia Hyatt, leadership coach and master trainer in the work of Barry Oshry, pioneer in systems thinking and creator of Power Lab, the Organization Workshop on Creating Partnership.

"The Kings and Queens of England": Dr. Karen I. Halbersleben will present "The Kings and Queens of England" series, reviewing the English monarchy from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the present. The series will be offered in two 10-week semesters, beginning October 13 and January 12, on Mondays, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Guest Lecture Series: Joyce and Peter Fergus-Moore will present "On the Ground in Palestine: An Eyewitness Account of Life Under Occupation," on Saturday, October 25, at 2 pm.


Students who live and work in Cook County and are planning to attend college classes online, by ITV or correspondence, are eligible to apply for two scholarship programs. The Wes Hedstrom Scholarship, in honor of longtime resident and Cook County Commissioner Wes Hedstrom, is for year-round Cook County residents enrolled in distance degree programs. The Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation Scholarship, created through the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation in honor of Lloyd K. Johnson, is for year-round residents enrolled or in the process of enrolling in a distance degree certificate, diploma or degree program. 

Applications for both scholarships are due November 1, for spring 2015 courses. More information about these scholarship opportunities will be presented on Monday, October 6, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.
Combined Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Course: Higher Ed, in conjunction with Lake Superior College, will offer a combined nursing assistant and home health aide course beginning in January or February 2015. This course is a prerequisite for most LPN and RN programs. Home health aides provide routine individualized healthcare for the elderly, convalescents, and persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Certified nursing assistants are responsible for a variety of duties within the medical facility, including assisting patients with mobility and exercise, eating, grooming, and hygiene;and checking vital signs. Classes will be held at the North Shore Campus and at the North Shore Care Center. The instructor is Mark Abrahamson. Financial aid is available, including both loans and scholarships. 

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 highered@northshorecampus.org; on the website, www.northshorecampus.org; and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/cookcountyhighereducation



Special Election Broadcast on WTIP

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

WTIP will present a special election-related broadcast on Tuesday, October 7, from 6 to 7 pm.  Tune in for pre-recorded interviews with County Attorney Molly Hicken and Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers, both running for reelection to their county offices. The program will also feature interviews with ISD166 school board members Deb White and Jeanne Anderson.

Care Partners Caregiver Support Group & Group Respite Program

Care Partners of Cook County
First Congregational UCC, Grand Marais
Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:00am - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:00am

Care Partners of Cook County offers two groups to assist caregivers and their loved ones.

The Group Respite Program is held twice a month to offer a safe and enjoyable social setting for seniors with early memory loss or other long-term illness. Caregivers will have three hours of independent time, while their loved ones are supervised by trained volunteers. It is held the second Wednesday and last Friday of the month from 11 am to 2 pm, in the lower level of the First Congregational UCC in Grand Marais. The Group Respite Program on the second Wednesday begins at the same time as the Caregiver Support Group, to give caregivers freedom to join the group and have additional free time. Participants must preregister with  Jeannette at 387-3787.

The Caregiver Support Group meets every second Wednesday of the month, from 11 am to 12:30 pm, in the Fireside Room of the First Congregational Church. Vicky Biggs and Tyler Howell are the group facilitators. More information is available from Care Partners at 387-3788, carepartners@boreal.org, or Vicki Biggs at 387-1913 or vbiggs@boreal.org.


Live, Call-in Forum on WTIP with County Commissioner Candidates

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

WTIP will present a special election-related broadcast on Wednesday, October 8, from 7 to 8 p.m.  All five county commissioner candidates will be in the studio for a live call-in broadcast: Bruce Martinson and Ginny Storlie for District 5; Kristin DeArruda Wharton and Frank Moe for District 1; and Jan Sivertson running unopposed in District 3.

AARP Driver Safety Classes

Pam McDougall
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Mon, 10/13/2014 (All day) - Thu, 11/13/2014 (All day)

Minnesota drivers aged 55+ receive a 10% auto insurance discount by taking an approved eight-hour driver safety class. Drivers maintain the discount by taking a four-hour refresher class every three years. AARP sponsors the beginning and refresher classes at various locations in Cook County.

The eight-hour driver safety class will be offered at the Cook County Community Center on Saturday, October 15 , from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

The four-hour refresher class will be offered at Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte on Thursday, October 2, from 5 to 9 pm.

The four-hour refresher class will be offered at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais on several dates:

  • Monday, October 13, from noon to 4 pm.
  • Saturday, October 25, from 9 am to 1 pm.
  • Thursday, November 13, from noon to 4 pm.

AARP members receive a discount.

People unable to fit a class into their schedules can take the AARP classes online and will receive the statutory insurance discount. The link is www.aarpdriversafety.org.

For more information and to register, contact Pam at 663-7068 or pamm@boreal or Bill at 387-3167.

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