Local Events & Announcements

Emergency Services Conference

Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais
Mon, 04/13/2015 (All day)
The Annual Cook County Emergency Services Conference takes place April 24th, 25th and 26th. This conference for all members of our emergency response community will include sessions on hostile event response, complex vehicle extrication, US National Grid, ARMER Radio use and more.  Registration is required by April 13th online at www.cookcountyesc.org.    More information from Emergency Management Director, Jim Wiinanen, at 387-3059.

Tofte comprehensive plan public visioning meeting

Town of Tofte and Arrowhead Regional Development Commission
Birch Grove Community School, Tofte
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

The Town of Tofte is working with professional planners from the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) to complete a comprehensive plan. The plan will create a vision for the community’s future and guide town decisions regarding land use, housing, cultural and natural resources, transportation, economic development, intergovernmental cooperation, and utilities and community facilities.

A public visioning meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, April 15, at the Birch Grove Community School in Tofte. The meeting will include an introduction to the planning process, an asset mapping exercise to identify issues in Tofte, and a conversation during which facilitators and citizens will develop a vision statement for the plan.

More information on the comprehensive plan and the meeting is available from Andy Hubley of the ARDC, at 218-529-7512 or toll-free at
800.232.0707, or by email at ahubley@ardc.org.

Sawtooth Mountain 2015-16 kindergarten informational events

Sawtooth Mountain Elementary, Grand Marais
Thu, 04/16/2015 (All day) - Fri, 05/08/2015 (All day)

Sawtooth Mountain Elementary in Grand Marais hosts informational events for 2015-16 kindergarten enrollment:

Parent visit night: Thursday, April 16, 3:30 - 5 pm. This is an informal opportunity to talk with teachers and current kindergarten families and plan for the Kindergarten Round Up visit. 

Parent/Child Lunch & School Tour: Wednesday, April 22, 10:30 am - 12:15 pm. Parents and children meet outside on the playground at 10:30 am for recess with this year’s kindergartners and teachers. At 11:00 am everyone will go to lunch. There is a charge for lunch, and registration is requested to Cindi at 387-2271 x 609. A tour of the school and activities in the classroom follows lunch.   

Round Up Day: Friday, May 8. Participants will spend the morning from 8:20 am to 11 am, or the afternoon, from 12:45 to 3:25 pm, without parents. Children may ride the bus with siblings. Children will participate in many kindergarten activities.  

More information is available from Principal Gwen Carman at 387-2271 x 603 or gcarman@isd166.org.

DFL Open House

Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Thu, 04/16/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

The next DFL Open House is at Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte, Thursday, April 16th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Cookies will be served.  More information from Tina Krauz, 387-2700.

AARP Driver Safety Classes

Pam McDougall
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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 four-hour refresher class will be offered at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais on Friday, April 17, 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.

Cook County AA, Al-Anon, and CoDA Meetings

Following are regular meetings of AA, Al-Anon, and CoDA around Cook County:

CoDA (codependents anonymous) meeting, 5 PM , First Congregational Church, Grand Marais
Open Meeting, 7 PM, Senior Center, Grand Marais (the first Monday of the month a speaker meeting at 7 PM)
Al-Anon, 7 PM , First Congregational Church, Grand Marais

12 Steps, 12 Traditions, 6:00 PM, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais
Open Meeting, 7:00 PM, Windigo Lodge, Villa 2
Open Meeting, 7:00 PM, Moondance Coffee House, Lutsen
Al-Anon Family Support group meeting, 7:00 PM Lutsen Town Hall

Women's Meeting, Noon, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais
Big Book Study Groups, 7 PM, Senior Center, Grand Marais
7:30 PM, Room 232, Grand Portage Lodge, Grand Portage

Big Book Study Group, Open Meeting, 7 AM, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais
"As Bill Sees It" Discussion Group, Open Meeting, 7:30 PM, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais

Open Meeting, 7 PM, Trinity Lutheran Church, Hovland

Lutsen Big Book Study Group, 6:30 PM, Lutsen Town Hall


Play Nintendo Wii at the Senior Center

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais

Everyone is invited to play Nintendo Wii at the Grand Marais Senior Center. No experience is necessary. The game was earned by Cook County third graders and donated to the Senior Center. Call the center at 387-2660 for more information.  The Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm.

Safe Child Exchange Site

North Shore Visitation Center

Separated or divorced parents who need a safe place to exchange children between them may contact the North Shore Visitation Center. The center offers a safe child exchange site in Grand Marais twice each week. More information is available at 370-1677 or 387-2522.

Foot Care Clinic

Senior Center, Grand Marais

The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and Cook County Department of Public Health and Human Services offer a foot care clinic at the Senior Center in downtown Grand Marais on the third Tuesday of each month. The clinic is held from 9 to 11 AM on a first-come, first-served basis. People seeking foot care are asked to bring their own soap, towel and bucket for soaking their feet. More information is available from Sawtooth Mountain Clinic at 387-2330.

WIC Program for Young Families

The Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program, better known as WIC, is available for women who are pregnant or recently had babies. Parents of children under the age of five also are eligible for WIC. A family that qualifies for the WIC program receives education about nutrition, healthy foods from the grocery store every month, health and growth checkups for children, and breastfeeding information and support. More information about Cook County’s WIC program is available from Teresa Borak at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, 387-2330. Information also is available from the Minnesota State WIC office at 800-657-3942 or from the website, www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/WIC/index.

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