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Hike 100 Challenge

North Country Trail Association
North Country National Scenic Trai

The North Country Trail Association sponsors the Hike 100 Challenge, which encourages people to hike 100 miles on the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT). The challenge started last year in honor of the National Park Service’s Centennial and is being repeated this year. To complete the challenge, you must hike 100 miles on the NCT before December 31. There is no charge to enter. More information and sign-up at

AARP Driver Safety Classes

Minnesota drivers aged 55+ receive a 10% auto insurance discount by taking an approved eight-hour driver safety/accident reduction 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.

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

Arrowhead Transit

Arrowhead Transit will provide bus rides to Duluth every Tuesday, leaving Grand Marais at 8 am and leaving Duluth for the return trip at 3 pm. Bus stops in Duluth will be at the medical facilities on the east side, the new Transportation Center, and the Miller Hill Mall.

The bus will also stop at the Veteran's Home in Silver Bay. Drop-off at the Home is 9:15 am and pick-up there is 4:30 pm.

Reservations must be made by noon on Monday. More information regarding routes, fares, and reservations are available at 800-862-0175, option 8. 

Care Partners Assistance Programs and Training

Care Partners of Cook County
Lower level of Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Monday-Friday 10 am to 4 pm

Care Partners provides  vital support and services to help clients and their families address the transitions of aging, serious illness, and end of life with safety, dignity, and confidence.

Caregiver Coffee Groups meet every month in Grand Marais and Tofte (at Birch Grove Center) to share resources and discuss topics related to caregiving.

Senior Rides Program needs volunteer drivers to provide rides for those 60 and older to out-of-county medical, dental, and eye appointments, to meet tranportation needs not met by Arrowhead Transit or friends and relatives. Senior Rides also offers transportation within Cook County for medical appointments, as well as wellness and social activities. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage and can choose their assignments.

Senior Chore Program provides assistance for short-term tasks for those 60 and over. Chore volunteers are needed to help provide that service. There are a variety of chores, both inside and outside, from which you can choose. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage and can choose their assignments.

More information is available at 218-387-3788;;;

Kay Grindland, Director; Marnie Hovland, RN Care Coordinator; Debi LaMusga, Senior Rides Coordinator

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Gunflint Trail

Chik-Wauk Museum is open daily through October 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Nature Center is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s temporary exhibit is on the tenth anniversary of the Ham Lake Fire. More information is available by email from Bonnie Schudy,, or 218-388-9915.

Upcoming events and programs can be found online at chik-wauk dot com

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is located on the Gunflint Trail (Cook County Road 12) 55 miles from Grand Marais on Moose Pond Drive (Cook County Road 81).  Turn right and travel 1/4 mile to the entry gate for Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center.


Complimentary meals for youth ages 18 and younger

Cook County YMCA and ISD 166
Cook County YMCA

Cook County YMCA and ISD 166 host complimentary meals this summer through August 31st at the YMCA. Meals are served Mondays through Fridays, for youth ages 18 and younger. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 to noon. Reservations can be made on Fridays for the days in the following week you wish to attend, at 387-3386, with Emily Marshall. 

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
AA Open Meeting, 7 pm, Senior Center, Grand Marais (the first Monday of the month is a speaker meeting at 7 pm, with desserts and coffee at 6:30)
Al-Anon, 7 pm, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais

AA Big Book meeting, 6 pm, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Grand Marais

Al-Anon Family Support group meeting, 7:00 pm Lutsen Town Hall

Open meeting and discussion, 6:30 pm at the Lutsen fire hall meeting room
Women's  AA Meeting, noon, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais
AA Big Book Study Group, 7 pm, Senior Center, Grand Marais
7:00 pm, Room 232, Grand Portage Lodge, Grand Portage

AA 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

AA Open Meeting, 7 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, Hovland

Lutsen AA Big Book Study Group, 6:30 pm, Lutsen Town Hall


Cook County Booster Club

ISD 166 High School Gym

The Cook County Booster Club supports all Vikings athletics teams. The club needs volunteers to help at the concession stands at various Vikings events.  More information is available from Jennifer at 387-2663.

Cook County Community Education

Cook County Community Education hosts a variety of classes and events for youth and adults. More information and registration are available at 387-2000 ext. 616, or on the website, office is located in the YMCA. Office hours are 7:30 am to 4 pm Monday-Thursday. 

Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais

The Cook County Food Shelf is open every Monday afternoon from 3 to 5 pm in the lower level of First Congregational Church in Grand Marais and the first Wednesday night of each month from 5 to 7 pm. They accept donatons of food for people and  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.

Volunteers are needed for packing bags and boxes, picking up groceries or helping at distribution times. To volunteer  contact Gwen at 387-9860.


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