April 20, 2017
Easter Bunny a BIG hit at visit to Cook's Easter Egg Hunt
The Cook Community Center was a busy place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Easter Bunny was coming to town and the youngsters, up to age 10, were lining up to see the Bunny and get an Easter Basket or bike, courtesy of local merchants, the Cook Lions, Cook News-Herald, and Zup's. There were 200 baskets that local Lions volunteers helped put together, plus eight bikes. Every youngster received a basket or one of the bikes. The local merchants and citizens were very generous again and are to be thanked.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt, which has been going on for 37 years, made for a very Happy Easter for all.
Cook Ambulance EMS gets badly needed raise
Members of the Cook Ambulance Service have been having trouble recruiting EMS personnel. Their pay for a short run was $25 and $30 for a long run. They worked out a proposal to bring to the Cook City Council for raises which should help them bring up their staffing levels so they can respond to all calls.
The Cook Council met in a special session last Thursday at 9 a.m. to act on their request. The Cook EMS proposal brought to the council by Nancy Reing called for $50 per call and the council agreed to that. To Virginia gets $60, Hibbing $80 and Duluth $100. The current rate for transporting patients was 30 cents a loaded mile. The proposal called for $200 past Duluth and $250 out-of-state. The council approved $250 over 100 miles.
EMS who are on call, which means they have to be ready for calls, were getting $2 an hour. This was raised to $3 for EMR personnel and $4 for EMTs, which is what the Ambulance Squad proposed.
The two 32-hour-a-week staffers had their time increased to 40 hours a week.
The ambulance squad is very important to this area and it looks like they will be around for some time.
Students participating in North Star Credit Union's student-led branches at North Woods and South Ridge schools had the opportunity to experience political advocacy first-hand during a visit to the Minnesota State Capitol. As part of North Star's personal finance curriculum, they sponsored a field trip that will enhance the students' understanding of money management.
Credit unions have a unique mission that differentiates them from their competitors; they are committed to improving their communities. North Star Credit Union lives their mission through their partnership with the two ISD 2142 schools.
Students attended a legislative briefing presented by the Minnesota Credit Union Network and met with their representatives from the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate.
Senior Kate Beaudry stated, "I didn't realize credit unions had anything to do with the government. It was really cool to talk to our representatives about common sense regulations for credit unions. I felt like I made a difference."
Students ranging from 10th-12th grade have the opportunity to participate in North Star Credit Union's student branches at North Woods and South Ridge schools. They spend one day a week learning personal finance skills such as budgeting, responsible borrowing, savings tools, and leadership.
Casey Hagadorn, student branch supervisor, noted she chose this field trip to show students their voices matter and the importance of political advocacy.
North Star Credit Union thanks Minnesota House Representatives Rob Ecklund and Jason Metsa, Minnesota Senate Representatives Tom Bakk and Dave Tomassoni, and the Minnesota Credit Union Network.
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Orr Easter Eggstravaganza means lots of fun!
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