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Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 09/07/2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

The Cook County Food Shelf is open every Monday afternoon from 3 to 5 pm in the lower level of First Congregational Church UCC in Grand Marais. The food shelf also is open the first Wednesday night of each month from 5 to 7 pm. In addition to food for people, the food shelf accepts and distributes food for pets. The food shelf serves as a NAPS program for elders and WIC small bags distribution site. The church is located at 300 West Second Street. 

Ruby's Pantry food distribution

Cook County High School Cafeteria
Tue, 09/08/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Ruby’s Pantry holds food distributions on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, at the Cook County High School cafeteria. Participants must bring containers to receive food. All are welcome. Volunteers are needed from 3:00 pm until distribution ends at 6:30 pm. More information is available from Barbara Spaulding at 387-9535.

Solar workshop and tour

Cook County Local Energy Project
North House Folk School, Grand Marais; Hovland Town Hall
Tue, 09/08/2015 - 7:00pm - Sat, 09/12/2015 - 9:01am

The Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) hosts a free solar workshop and tour this month.

A "Going Solar Workshop" will be held at North House Folk School in Grand Marais on Monday, September 8, at 7 pm. Local experts will give a presentation on what is involved in installing a solar system, including costs, with time for questions and answers.

A "Going Solar Tour" will be held on Saturday, September 12, meeting at the Hovland Town Hall at 9 am. The tour will visit grid-connected and stand-alone solar systems, and learn how homeowners selected their systems.

More information is available from Virginia Danfelt at CCLEP,, and on the website,  

AARP Driver Safety Classes

Pam McDougall
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Wed, 09/09/2015 (All day) - Mon, 11/09/2015 (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 four-hour refresher class will be offered at the Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte on Wednesday, September 9, from noon to 4 pm. 

The four-hour refresher class will be offered at the Cook County Community Center from noon to 4 pm on Thursday, September 24; Thursday, October 1; Monday, October 5; Tuesday, October 20; and Monday, November 9.

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

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

"Hot Dish" gatherings

Cook County Community Center, Log Cabin, Grand Marais
Fri, 09/11/2015 - 6:30pm

"Hot Dish" is a place for young folks of Cook County to find community, meet new people, and share art, music, writing and food. Gatherings are held on the second Friday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Cook County Community Center Log Cabin in Grand Marais. More information is available from Stefanie at 218-232-0566.

Cook County Community Center Arena Rummage Sale

Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais
Sat, 09/12/2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

The Cook County Community Center Arena Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday, September 12, from 9 am until noon. Sellers can reserve two tables to display items, by calling Diane at 387-3015.

Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Mon, 09/14/2015 (All day) - Mon, 11/23/2015 (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.

"Exploring England Through its Literature":  Instructors Mary Ellen Ashcroft and Karen Halbersleben explore English culture, society, and history through the great works of English literature. Second and fourth Mondays of September (14 & 28), Octobe (12 & 26), and November (9 & 23). Fourth Mondays include screening of BBC dramatizations.

September Guest Lecture:  Thursday, September 24, 7 pm. "Food Security in NE Minnesota: results from a research project with the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC)," will be presented by John Bennett, U of M Extension, Center for Economic Vitality. The goal of the research is to assist the ARDC in incorporating food access issues into its comprehensive planning process. The project will address how local residents currently get their food, what problems are present in the current food system, and what other communities in the region and across the country are doing to strengthen food access.

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,


Cook County Community Education classes & events

Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais
Tue, 09/15/2015 (All day) - Thu, 10/15/2015 (All day)

Cook County Community Education hosts a variety of classes and events for youth and adults.

"Retire Wisely": Greg Hanson will present a workshop on financial issues in retirement, including how to manage six risks all retirees face -- outliving income, inflation, unpredictable events, market volatility, income taxes, and rising health care costs -- at the JMCC Conference Room on Tuesday, September 15, at 6:30 pm. Preregistration is requested.
"Cabin Planning Seminar: Keeping the Cabin in the Family": Local attorney Ruthanne Hedstrom Vos will give a presentation on the advantages and disadvantages of various options for transferring ownership of the family cabin, on Monday, September 21, from 6:30 to 8 pm, in the JMCC Conference room at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Handouts will be provided to help facilitate family discussion and planning. Preregistration is requested.

"Economic update": Greg Hanson will discuss changes in the economy and markets that have been in the headlines, and what they mean for personal financial strategies, on Thursday, October 15, at 6:30 pm, at the JMCC. Preregistration is requested.

More information and registration are available from Community Education at 387-2000 ext. 616, by email at, or on the website, The office is located in the YMCA. Office hours are 7:30 am to 4 pm Monday-Thursday. 

Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library
Wed, 09/16/2015 - 6:00pm

The Grand Marais Public Library hosts a variety of events and programs for families, children, and adults. 
Third Wednesday Technology Open House: September 16, 6-8 pm.  All who have technology questions are invited to attend, as are those who would be willing to serve as tech mentors to others. "Beginners or below" can spend time with a mentor to learn the basics of using a computer or mobile device. The sessions are unstructured. Depending on need, attention may be highly individualized. Participants may bring their own devices or use those owned by the library.

Many of the Library's public events are sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded in whole or in part by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The library is located one-half block off Hwy 61 on 1st St and 2nd Ave W in downtown Grand Marais. The library is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm; on Wednesdays from 10 am to 8 pm; and on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. The library is closed on Sundays and holidays. More information on library programs is available from Patsy Ingebrigtsen, 387-1140, or, and on the website,

Monday Hikers

meet at Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Mon, 09/21/2015 - 9:30am - Mon, 09/28/2015 - 9:30am

All are invited to join the Monday Hikers. They meet at 9:30 am at the Cook County Senior Center in Grand Marais to carpool, or at trailheads. After a moderate 2-hour hike, they have lunch at a nearby restaurant. More information is available from Nancy Strayer at 512-567-0653.

September 21 Pincushion Mountain Overlook to Grand Marais 2.4 miles up Gunflint Trail, right on Pincushion Mtn Rd #53. Leave cars at both ends.
September 28 Oberg Mountain Hwy 61, right on Onion River Rd (FR #336), 2 mi up road to parking. 


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