2020-05-30 E-Edition

2020 Memorial Day Services

Cloudy skies and the novel coronavirus couldn’t stop the annual Memorial Day services from being held on May 25 at 11 a.m. on the Cook County courthouse lawn. More than 60 people attended, some wearing masks, some not, but everyone kept their six feet distance from one another as the service was held to commemorate military personnel who had died […]

Grand Portage Tribal Government asks nonresidents to avoid Tribal Roads, Trails, Lakes and Lake Shores on the Grand Portage Reservation

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, a federally recognized Tribal sovereign nation, asks nonresidents to avoid the use of Tribal roads, trails, lakes and lake shores on the Grand Portage Reservation as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This request is temporary and is in response to the Band’s concerns about nonresidents recreating on the Reservation. The Grand […]

Writer against Lutsen Mountain Corporation’s ski hill expansion

Lutsen Mountain Corporation is proposing to double their footprint by building out on to neighboring public lands. They have been scaring the local community into believing that if they don’t get this expansion, they will go belly up and Lutsen will be no more. In 2013 and 2015, Lutsen Mountain Corporation made much fanfare with the opening of their high […]

Living on borrowed money will end soon as economy contracts

My 90-year-old mom is quarantined in her assisted living home, and that’s understandable. But are we Americans so naive as to believe that the economy can be shut down and somehow goods will magically appear on store shelves; that money creation can replace a real economy? Every day the ongoing coronavirus news is looking more like a media-hyped event to […]

A single vote

“Americans are the first people whom Heaven has favored with an opportunity of deliberating upon and choosing the forms of government under which they should live.” So proclaimed Founding Father John Jay, who served as the Supreme Court’s first chief justice in 1789. He was appointed by President George Washington. That “choosing” process Jay referred to is accomplished when we […]

Questions about COVID-19 coronavirus testing answered

When readers began asking more frequently about the availability of COVID-19 testing in the county, we reached out to Kate Surbaugh (KS), Chief Executive Officer of Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and Grace Grinager (GG), Cook County Public Health Coordinator for answers. Q- What is the protocol for people to be tested at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic? Can someone ask to be […]


In last week’s “Wondering 61” column on Geodetics we misnamed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). By the time you read this, we suspect that several more of our faithful readers will have told us.

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Lucas Phillips, son of Kris and Don Phillips, graduated in the spring of 2020 from Flagler College. Lucas received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, as well as a minor in Marketing. Flagler College is a private liberal arts college in Saint Augustine, Florida. It was founded in 1968 and offers 33 undergraduate majors and one master’s program. Signe Larson […]