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Cook County Community Center and Extension During the Pandemic

Cook County Community Center and Extension During the Pandemic

Cook County Community Center/Extension Director Diane Booth

COOK COUNTRY, MINNESOTA July25, 2020  (LSN)   The Cook County (CC) Community Center and Cook County Extension have always taken pride in having an open-door policy where people could stroll into our office, ask for and receive immediate service. This began when we opened our doors in 1993 and continued until the COVID-19 pandemic hit this spring.

In order to  minimize risk during the pandemic, we are accessible by appointment, email or telephone, with site visits provided by CC Extension as requested.

Our social room is reserved for the Cook County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). It houses three people: Emergency Operations Manager Mike Keyport , Deputy Emergency Operations Manager Jim Wiinanen and AmeriCorps Volunteer Elsa Lunde .  The social room is not available to other groups unless agreed upon by all parties.  The space may be shared as a polling place during the August 11 primary and the November 3 election. 

The 4H log cabin building has become the dedicated drop-off site for donations of materials for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, including face coverings with elastic or ties, direct vent safety goggles, N95 masks, and Tyvek suits and gowns coated with polypropylene.   From 8am to 4pm on Tuesday,  this building is also the drop-off and pick-up site for taxes being done under the Cook County VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program.  Taxes are done off-site by volunteers, and our staff takes care of making sure tax returns are secure when being picked up or dropped off.  Between 500 and 1,000 families utilize this service every year.

Several groups continue to work out of the Community Center commercial kitchen.  Rebel Girls Community Minded Catering does curbside delivery of lunches on Mondays and Thursdays and has recently added a food truck downtown where they provide meals Thursdays through Sundays.  Jessica and Tyler Dean from White Pine North, one of the downtown businesses destroyed by fire earlier this year, are also using the kitchen part-time to fill Boundary Waters coffee orders.

Our new warming house is being used exclusively this summer for YMCA childcare services for youth ages five to 12. This helps ensure the safety of childcare providers and children by limiting their exposure to other people.  This group does share outdoor restrooms with community garden, skateboard and playground users.

Thanks to several grants, we are able to upgrade the community garden space and the playground area for children ages birth to five.  Garden improvements include an outdoor handwashing station and new raised beds.  The playground will see installation of music components, a sandbox, a living willow tunnel, an ABC garden, outdoor chalkboards, a play gas station and a water wall feature.

Extension is conducting Zoom classes and meeting one-on-one with clients interested in home gardens.  Our Snacks & Packs backpack food program is providing food boxes to 63 children from Tofte to Grand Portage.

Our communications may have shifted to social distancing with face coverings, Zoom meetings, and increased emails and telephone calls, but, as this summary shows, the services we provide continue to be available to the public.

Additional information about the CC Community Center and CC Extension is available on the county website at www.co.cook.mn.us.

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By: Cook County Community Center/Extension Director Diane Booth

 

County Connections is a column on timely topics and service information from your Cook County government. Cook County – Supporting Community Through Quality Public Service.

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About Cook County Minnesota

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Cook County is at the tip of Minnesota's Arrowhead region in the remote northeastern part of the state, stretching from the shores of Lake Superior to the US-Canada border. By land it borders Ontario, Canada to the north, and Lake County, MN to the west.  The highest point in Minnesota, Eagle Mountain is 2,301 feet and the highest lake,  Total Area equals 3,339.72 sq miles

Cook County is home to three national protected areas:
Grand Portage National Monument
Superior National Forest
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Cook County include:
 Grand Marais     Lutsen Mountains
 Gunflint Trail      Superior Hiking Trail
 Grand Portage 


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    The Big Dig  Mid May to Early August

    The Big Dig Mid May to Early August

    COOK COUNTRY, MINNESOTA   ~~~~~~~  May 6, 2021  (LSN)  The Cook County Chamber of Commerce, Visit Cook County and Boreal Community Media have created an on-line resource to keep the public informed on North Shore road construction.  Named Project 61, the on-line website will report on the various locations and phases of the Highway 61 construction, including information on scope of work to be performed, schedules, details on road closing and detours, and how construction will be impact community events and celebrations throughout the summer.  

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    Author Reading Highlights Mental Health Awareness Month

    Author Reading Highlights Mental Health Awareness Month

    COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  ~~~~~~   May 6, 2021   (LSN)  Cook County Public Health & Human Services recently announced a virtual event with Jeff Zuckerman, author of “Unglued: A Bipolar Love Story,” in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. 

    This free event, titled “Sharing a Lived Experience of Resiliency and Hope,” will include readings from Zuckerman’s book — a candid, funny, and refreshingly irreverent portrayal of the role a spouse takes in loving a partner with a mental illness. Intimate and ultimately hopeful, Zuckerman’s story chronicles the power of compassion, faith and resilience in the survival of a marriage and a caregiver's own well-being. 

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BOOMER’S DRIVE-IN THEATRE RETURNING THIS SUMMER

Outdoor movies on the Murillo Fairground

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   ~~~~~  May 13, 2021 (LSN)  Grand Slam Sports & Entertainment is thrilled to announce that outdoor movies will return this summer with Boomer’s Drive-In on the Murillo Fairgrounds.  The opening date is still to be determined pending the provincial restrictions that currently remain in place.   

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Superior program, Project SEARCH

graduating Friday, June 4th

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SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN   ~~~~~~~   May 11, 2021  (LSN)  The first group of student interns in the new Superior program, Project SEARCH, will be graduating Friday, June 4th and setting forth into the work world. We will have a short ceremony to recognize all the hard work and achievements the interns have put in this year, as well as recognition for the businesses of Superior who partnered with us. After the ceremony, a lunch will be provided for family, friends, and partners to enjoy the last day of the program, until next year.

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Off-Highway Motorcycle Trail Passes

For Non-Residents Wisconsin DNR

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NORTHERN, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~~April 26, 2021   (LSN)  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds the public that off-highway motorcycle trail passes are now available for non-residents to purchase.

Until now, non-residents needed to register their off-highway motorcycle (OHM) in Wisconsin to operate on trails or other publicly established corridors.

#LSN_Outdoors   #LSN_WiscNews #LSN_CircleTour 

Get Ready To Fish!

May 1 marks opening day in Wisconsin

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MADISON, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~~  April 23, 2021  (LSN)  May 1 marks opening day for many Wisconsin fishing seasons!

Our state's unique mix of lakes, streams and rivers combined with easy fishing access and the potential for large fish make it one of the top fishing destinations in the nation.

Share the water, take someone fishing and make memories one fish at a time. 

#LSN_Outdoors  #LSN_WiscNews

Wisconsin State Park System Updates

49 state parks, more than 500 boat launches, 15 state forests, 44 state trails, over 5,000 campsites

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Northern Wisconsin  ~~~~~~  April 16, 2021  (LSN)   With 49 state parks, more than 500 boat launches, 15 state forests, 44 state trails, over 5,000 campsites and much more – your springtime adventure awaits.

As we usher in a new season, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has several operations updates on State Parks and other DNR-managed lands outlined below.

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Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours Sails into 62nd Season

Soo Michigan

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SAULT STE MARIE, MICHIGAN   ~~~~~~  April 12, 2021  (LSN)  Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours is pleased to announce new changes for its 62nd season. Starting May 15, passengers can board the iconic yellow and blue tour boats for a 90-minute tour through the Soo Locks to enjoy highlights of the American and Canadian shorelines.

#LSN_CircleTour  #LSN_MiNews #LSN_Outdoors 

 

Chippewa County Health Department vaccinating crew members on the Great Lakes’ area ships

Lake Carriers’ Association and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MICHIGAN  ~~~~~~  April 9, 2021  (LSN)  This past week Chippewa County Health Department (CCHD) was approached by the Lake Carriers’ Association and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to collaborate on vaccinating crew members on the Great Lakes’ area ships. Since that proposal which was presented on Monday, CCHD staff will have vaccinated approximately 50 crew members on five ships with additional crew members to be vaccinated next week. The crews are receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccine and second dose Moderna vaccine.

#LSN_Health  #LSN_Shipping  #LSN_MiNews

War Memorial Hospital Installs Stop the Bleed Kits

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SAULT STE MARIE, MICHIGAN  ~~~~~~   April 7, 2021  (LSN)  The War Memorial has installed bleeding control kits throughout the hospital and at offsite clinic locations. Each kit contains resources to stop or control bleeding such as tourniquets, trauma bandages, gauze, shears, an emergency blanket, and personal protective equipment.

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COVID-19 V SARS-CoV-2 Variant B.1.1.7 Identified in Chippewa County

14- day quarantine versus the 10-day quarantine.

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MICHIGAN   ~~~~~~  April 6, 2021 (LSN)   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) notified Chippewa County Health Department (CCHD) that the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories identified the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 in two Chippewa County residents.

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2021 Spring Turkey Season Opener April 21

Bonus Harvest Authorizations Still Available For Several Periods And Zones

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NORTHERN, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~  April 6, 2021  (LSN)  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding Wisconsinites to get ready for the upcoming 2021 spring turkey hunt happening April 21 - June 1.

The 2021 spring turkey hunt includes six, seven-day periods running Wednesday through the following Tuesday. Each of the DNR’s seven turkey management zones will be open for hunting.

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