Illumination: Igniting Imagination

For the fifth year, Spirit of the Wilderness is putting together a show to encourage artists to examine the overlap between creativity and spirituality. Illumination: Igniting Imagination will open on March 13 and run through March 29 at the Johnson Heritage Post. Medieval artists illuminated manuscripts we still admire in museums and art history books. Scribes (who could have just […]

Heartsaver CPR course offered at Community Ed

A Heartsaver CPR course will be offered by Cook County Community Education from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15 at the YMCA. The class will cover adult, child, and infant CPR and be led by Pam Taylor, a certified CPR instructor. Anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during […]

Explore the art and history of henna body art

The Grand Marais Public Library will host a program featuring the art and history of henna body art at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 3. This free program by Kristy Johnson will include the history and culture of henna through the ages as well as how to mix and apply pure, natural henna. Johnson has a passion for henna and has been […]

Holiday Book Fair at Birch Grove

Another “Shop Local” opportunity is happening in Tofte. The Birch Grove Community School is hosting its Holiday Book Fair. The sale with a wonderful assortment of books for all ages continues on December 15 -18 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. New this year is a Yankee Candle fundraiser as well. On Tuesday, December 16 the sale will have extended […]

Help Operation Family Christmas brighten the holiday

As the deadline to donate gifts to Operation Family Christmas nears, organizers are a bit concerned. The number of children needing gifts is greater this year and to date there are fewer donations. Community members are encouraged to help Operation Family Christmas reach its goal of seeing that every child has a happy holiday. Operation Family Christmas boxes will be […]


Mid-week Advent Worship Service Life in Christ Lutheran Church, Wednesday, December 17, 6:30 p.m. A Service of Lessons and Carols The choir of Bethlehem Lutheran Church will present a service of Lessons and Carols for the Christmas season, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m., at Bethlehem. The 9 traditional English Advent/ Christmas Lessons will be read, carols sung and played (organ/oboe) […]

Cook County Honor Roll Students

First Quarter 2014-2015 High Honor Roll To be eligible for the “High Honor Roll” a student must have a GPA of 3.8 – 4.0 6th GradeMalin AndersonNoah FurchtHattie KunzeLouise RambergSaira SmithAbigail StoddardVaughn SwindlehurstJohn Vander Heiden7th GradeAdam DorrAlyssa Spry 8th GradeLeif AndersonLance BartolJaymee DosseyElsa LundeGenevieve NeuwirthJack PeckWill RambergLevi SheilsEmma Smith 9th GradeDavid BlackburnLucy CallenderLinnea GeschLinnea HenriksonAndy KernDaphne LacinaMaya McHughSantina McMillanAbigail PromBryn […]

Middle School Knowledge Bowl teams face off in final tournament

The Cook County Middle School Knowledge Bowl teams have finished a great season of competition with Team 2 placing 9th and Team 1 placing 11th out of 62 teams in the district that includes schools from Moose Lake to Duluth and the Iron Range. Middle School Knowledge Bowl Coach Dorie Carlson said the Cook County teams started practicing at the […]

Over the Hill

Season’s and Non-Season’s Greetings

“How’ve you been?” An acquaintance asked recently as our paths crossed. “Fine.” I answered without missing a beat. I wasn’t fine. I was getting over a bad cold. “And you?” I returned the question politely. “Great!” She responded, and maybe she was and maybe she wasn’t. Greetings play a big part of our daily lives. Many times a day we […]

Tails from the Trail

Bring on the snow

Tuesdays have become my “stay at home day” with the kids for the winter and so far we have been having a great time inventing activities and reconnecting after a busy summer of guiding. It would be nice to get a little more snow on the ground to play in, but it is hard to complain with temperatures reaching 25 […]