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Area business hours and cancellations due to Coronavirus

In light of the recommendations to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Centers for Disease Control and the MN Department of Health, as well as the enactment of Governor Tim Walz' "Stay Home Minnesota" order on March 28, many local activities have been cancelled or postponed. WTIP would like to share the following cancellation information with our listeners.

UPDATE:  Governor Tim Walz' "Stay Home Minnesota" order expired on May 18. Click here for more details.

As this is a continually changing situation, WTIP recommends that before traveling to a business or event, you call ahead. 

Local businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant changes to operations at Cook County grocery stores. Some local grocery stores are only offering curbside pickup and/or delivery. To learn more and to find contact information for the grocery stores, click here for information updated on May 22.

The Local Food Market normally held on Thursdays, mid-June to mid-October, at the Cook County Community Center parking lot has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus. Look for the Market to return next year. If you have questions, please call Diane at 387-3015

Dr. Loren Stoner and Becky Stoner, PT, of the Grand Marais Wellness Center are currently seeing patients for acute care by appointment only. They are following CDC guidelines for minimizing transmission of COVID-19. Please be aware you will be questioned according to guidelines and expected to wear a mask for your protection and for those you come in contact with. You may contact the Wellness Center at 387-9494, Becky at 218-370-9806 and Dr. Stoner at 218-370-1252.  

As of April 15, the Grand Marais Pharmacy building is closed to foot traffic to the public until further notice. The pharmacy will have a window open on the ramp of the building to service customers. They will offer all the same inside counter services – just at the window. They will still accept cash/credit/checks. For more info call 218-387-2110. Please allow 48 hours to complete any refill requests.

All Cook County and North Shore restaurants, coffee shops, bars, taverns, the local YMCA and other businesses are closed temporarily following the order by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on March 16. Click here for information on restaurants, bars, and other businesses offering curbside pickup and/or delivery along the North Shore during this time.

The Grand Marais Liquor store will reopen for curbside pickup only, starting Wed., April 1. Click here for complete details on how to order and pick up.

First & Second Thrift Store (211 W Hwy 61, Grand Marais), will be closed until further notice. 

Rebel Girls Community Minded Catering will continue to offer food take out from their kitchen during this time period on Mondays and Thursdays if you are signed up online with their service. 

North Shore Winery and Sawtooth Mountain Ciderhouse's tasting room is closed but they will be open every day from noon to 5 p.m. for bottle sales. And they are hosting Gordon Thorne: Live from North Shore Winery to Your Living Room on Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. on Facebook Live and Instagram Live.

The Grand Marais Municipal Liquor Store is offereing cubside pickup only until further notice. Here's the story: https://www.wtip.org/grand-marais-liquor-store-offer-curbside-pickup-starting-wed-april-1
To learn about other liquor stores' hours and procedures, click here: https://www.wtip.org/grand-marais-closes-liquor-store-others-remain-open

Joynes Department Store - Ben Franklin is offering curbside service, Monday through Friday, 9-4. Call 387-2233 or email your questions to joynes@boreal.org. The store can send pictures of items if needed.

Java Moose closed March 19 until further notice. 

Grand Marais State Bank's lobbies at their Grand Marais and Tofte locations are closed as of March 20 until further notice. Service is still available through the drive-through and electronically, and in person by appointment.

Isak Hansen & Sons remains open regular hours 7 days a week. They ask that you practice social distancing while in the store.  Disposable gloves are available if needed.  If you prefer to call in your order and have it brought out to the parking lot, please call 663-7201. If you are under travel restrictions yourself, they may be able to deliver to you, please inquire.

Fika Coffee’s cafe doors are closed, but they continue to roast and fulfill wholesale orders as normal. You can order online at fikacoffee.com.

The Grand Marais grocery stores, Gene’s IGA, Johnson’s Foods and the Cook County Whole Foods Cooperative, are providing  curbside pick-up and deliveries only, starting Wednesday, March 25. For more information, click here: https://www.wtip.org/local-food-stores-shifting-curbside-pickup-deliveries-only-starting-march-25​

Cook County Home Center will be open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Customers can call (218) 387-1771 or email cchc@boreal.org for orders if you choose and your items will be left on the porch for pickup. If you choose to shop in store, they ask that you practice social distancing. You can also visit www.acehardware.com to place orders for pickup at the store. Delivery in Cook County is available; customers should call to check availability.

Nelson Machine Products in Tofte is open for trash disposal, Tuesdays 9 to 3, and Saturdays 8 to 2. Recycling operations will also resume at the Tofte transfer station during those same hours starting April 13.

North Shore Waste in Grand Marais is open Monday to Friday, 8 to 4. They will accept cardboard for recycling during their regular business hours.

Schools

Gov. Tim Walz has announced the closure of kindergarten through 12th grade March 18. School closures were extended to May 4. School District 166 and Great Expectations School in Grand Marais; Birch Grove Community School in Tofte and Oshki Ogimaag in Grand Portage are all beginning long-distance learning programming on Monday, March 30. 

Cook County Schools has announced it plans on providing meals during the closure for all ISD 166 students preschool through 12th grade.  More information is available here. 

Cook County Higher Education is cancelling its scheduled classes and workshops through April 19. Higher Education hopes to reschedule these classes later this spring and/or hold some of them on-line. 

North House Folk School has extended their course cancellation period through June 19.

Fitness

The Cook County Community YMCA has announced that its fitness, health and wellness centers, and pools will be temporarily closed in response to the COVID19 outbreak and the governor's "Stay Home Minnesota" directive. 

Early childhood education programs Grand Marais are continuing during regular hours.
 
In addition, the YMCA is offering Y360, a new YMCA on-demand fitness program for adults and kids to do at home. 

The RSVP Bone Builders exercises held at the Lutsen Town Hall and Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte are cancelled until further notice. Anyone with questions on alternative exercise options may contact Sharon Hexum-Platzer at 218-663-7305.

Arts

The Stars of the North Music Festival, usually held in Harbor Park in late July, has been canceled for 2020.

Lake Superior Community Theatre has postponing upcoming performances. LSCT House Manager Sue Churack can answer
additional questions at 218-220-9942.

The Grand Marais Art Colony has cancelled all classes and events through the third week of April, including its annual Member Show, scheduled for April 24.
 
Public services/social services

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic would like to remind the public that chronic diseases require on-going management and the clinic is available to help - even while COVID-19 is a concern.  Labwork is also still available at the clinic.  For more information, or to schedule an appointment, you can contact Sawtooth Mountain Clinic at 387-2330.

The Cook County Food Shelf, located at the Congregational Church in Grand Maras, is open every Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. and the first Wednesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. During this virus outbreak, they will not accept food from your home pantry, so please do not bring it in or leave it at the church. If you want to contribute food, they ask that you call or email one of the three food stores in Grand Marais to choose the foods you want to give. The store will make sure the food shelf receives your gift.
If you’d like to make a financial gift, checks can be made out to Cook County Food Shelf and mailed to P.O. Box 51, Grand Marais, 55604. 

The Violence Prevention Center recognizes that during this stressful time in life that violence can increase for those in unsafe situations. Although the VPC office is closed to the public, advocates are still available to support and provide free and confidential services 24 hours a day over the phone. To talk to a trained advocate, call 218-387-1262 or 218-387-1237. For more information visit www.violencepreventioncenter.org.

Grand Marais Public Library's Pickup Window Program is available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Patrons gain access to the local and regional collections of books, audiobooks, DVDS and magazines by placing requests via the library’s online catalog, BookMyne app, or by calling the library. Newly arrived interlibrary loan materials undergo a quarantine process. When the order is ready, staff will contact the patron to schedule a pickup. Learn more at grandmaraislibrary.org

The Hub (formerly known as the Cook County Senior Center) is closed to the public until further notice. The Hub is still offering Meals on Wheels and curbside service for its daily meals. Anyone with questions may call The Hub at 218-387-2660.

Birch Grove Wednesday senior lunches are cancelled.

Care Partners of Cook County office is not open to the public. Care Partners staff and companion volunteers continue to provide telephone support to older adults, caregivers and those with advanced illness. Staff members are working remotely, and can be reached during regular office hours:  M-F, 10 am to 3 pm.  Memory Café and Caregiver Support Group are canceled through the end of April. Questions can be directed to Care Partners at 387-3788 or email, carepartners@boreal.org.

The Cook County Community Center has cancelled community events at the Community Center until further notice. 

As of May 18, the Cook County recycling center in Grand Marais wlll be open Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Cook County  Budget Shop remains closed. Click here for new recycling guidelines. 

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has temporarily suspended visitations at the 72-hour-hold jail, as well as other non-urgent activities including civilian fingerprinting, drug drop-off and found property drop-off, until further notice.
Permit to Purchase firearms will be an online service, and can be emailed to gunpermits@co.cook.mn.us. You must make an appointment to submit Permit to Carry firearms, and this will only be available M-F, 8-4.
If you need to report anything to dispatch, please call 218 387 3030 or email dispatch@co.cook.mn.us.

The Cook County Tax VITA Service will be CLOSED until further notice.   The deadline to submit your taxes has extended now until July 15. Call Diane at 387-3015 if you have questions.

The Local Food Market normally held on Thursdays (mid-June to mid-October) from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at the Cook County Community Center parking lot has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus. If you have questions, please call Diane at 387-3015.  Thank you!

Faith communities

All public Masses, daily and weekend, at St. John’s in Grand Marais and Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Grand Portage are suspended until further notice. Parish office telephones will be monitored for messages, 218 387-1409. More info at www.stjohns-holyrosary.org

Spirit of the Wilderness has cancelled public liturgies at the Maple Hill Chapel.  For as long as it is possible, a Sunday service will be live-streamed via the Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church Facebook page at 10:30 a.m.,  then archived for later viewing.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church has canceled worship services Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings until further notice. There will not be any regularly scheduled activities or meetings during this time. Staff will be available for Holy Communion and prayer on a private basis, one individual or family at a time. Calling ahead is suggested.
Contact the church office at 218-387-2227 or at blc@boreal.org with questions, suggestions, and requests. More information can be found at www.sharingchrist.org.

Lutsen Lutheran Church has canceled all worship services and gatherings until further notice.  They have also canceled their annual July rummage sale.

Church Services at the First Congregational-United Church of Christ in Grand Marais are cancelled until further notice. The church is offering live stream worship on its Facebook page. 

Trinity Lutheran Church in Hovland has also cancelled services until further notice. Call 475-2439 for more information.

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If your organization would like to let the community know about a COVID-19-related cancellation or a special offering of public service at this time, please send the information to rhonda@wtip.org.