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Trauma, Transformation, Resilience

Violence Prevention Center
Mon, 09/21/2015 - 5:30pm

The Violence Prevention Center invites women age 16 or older who have been sexually harmed to a group entitled 'Trauma, Transformation, Resilience'.  The group will meet on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30pm September 21 through November 9. Registration and more information with the VPC at 387-1262 or  

Informational meetings about school levy

ISD 166 Operating Levy Steering Committee
Hovland Town Hall; Mid-Gunflint Trail Fire Hall; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte; Cook County Communinty Center, Grand Marais
Tue, 09/22/2015 (All day) - Mon, 10/05/2015 (All day)

At the end of December 2015, the current levy, which Cook County voters approved five years ago to support the students of ISD 166, will expire. The School Board has authorized a vote on approving a new, five-year levy. The ISD 166 Operating Levy Steering Committee will host several community informational meetings:

Hovland Town Hall --  Wednesday, September 2, 6 pm
Lutsen Town Hall -- Tuesday, September 22, 6:30 pm
Mid-Gunlint Trail Fire Hall -- Thursday, September 24, 6:30 pm
Tofte/Schroeder Birch Grove -- Monday, September 28, 6:30 pm
Grand Portage Log Building -- Tuesday, September 29, 6:30 pm
Cook County Community Center -- Monday, October 5, 6:30 pm

More information is available at the committee's website, Questions and suggestions can be addressed to the committee at, or on Facebook.

Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring Techniques workshop on water

Cook County Invasives Team
Devil Track Lake public access
Thu, 09/24/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Cook County Invasives Team (CCIT) will present "Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring Techniques," a workshop on water, on Thursday, September 24, from 10 am to noon. Participants will take a boat tour around Devil Track Lake with CCIT coordinators Amanda Weberg and Laurel Wilson to learn techniques for aquatic invasive species monitoring. Devil Track Lake is known to be infested with spiny waterflea, and the group will test different methods of collecting this invasive zooplankton. Rusty crayfish have yet to be found in Devil Track Lake, but the group will see if they have been lurking undetected. Participants will meet at the Devil Track Lake public access, a half-mile east of the Devil Track Campground. Space is limited, so preregistration is required. More information and registration are available from Laurel at 387-3772.

North Shore Readers and Writers Festival

Grand Marais Art Colony, Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais Public Library
Thu, 11/05/2015 (All day) - Sun, 11/08/2015 (All day)

The first annual North Shore Readers and Writers Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, November 5-8, with workshops, readings, panel discussions, and special events. Readers and writers alike will find many opportunities to learn from and engage with more than 20 established authors and book professionals, including keynote author Lorna Landvik. This event is hosted by the Grand Marais Art Colony in partnership with Drury Lane Books and the Grand Marais Public Library. More information and registration are available at, or by phone at 387-2737.

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, 5:30 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
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,

Dog Park now open in Grand Marais

Gunflint Horse Arena, Grand Marais

The new dog park located at the Gunflint Horse Arena is now open. The park provides a fenced in space that allows well behaved dogs to be off leash safe from traffic, predators, and traps, while socializing with other dogs. The dog park is located near the corner of the "old" Gunflint Trail and the "new" Gunflint Trail, just north of the Recycling Center in Grand Marais. Open “dog parties” are held every Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 and Sunday afternoons from 3 until 5.  More information about the Gunflint Dog Park is available online at

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