August 16, 2018

W.C. Heiam Medical Foundation's 25th Annual Benefit brings out enthusiasm despite the 90 plus temps


The 25th Annual W.C. Heiam Medical Foundation Benefit was held last Saturday in the Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade Hall. This Foundation was started 25 years ago to build a fund to help purchase new equipment for the Cook Hospital. The initial goal was to raise a million dollars and use the proceeds for acquiring updated equipment for the hospital. This goal was reached and a new goal of $2 million was set. The fund now has met that goal, but the supporters want this benefit to keep going. There are 140 plus annual supporters of this fund. There are long lists of supporters who have donated over $10,000, all the way to over $100,000.
Through the support of these generous people, the Cook Hospital continues to be one of the most up-to-date medical facilities in the area.
The fund was started in the name of Dr. W.C. Heiam who was Cook's only doctor for years and had his own hospital next to the Cook News-Herald. He delivered a lot of the area residents when they were born and saved hundreds of lives. His memory stays on with this Foundation.

North Star Credit Union wins Youth Financial Education Award

North Star Credit Union of Cook has been honored with a 2018 Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award. The award, sponsored by the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of youth financial literacy. This is North Star's fourth 1st Place Award in the state of Minnesota, acknowledging the credit union's continued commitment in providing financial education.
The credit union was honored for the B.O.S.S. (Bunch of Students Saving) Program at North Woods and South Ridge schools, that teaches financial literacy and responsibility to students in grades K-12. This year, North Star's newest tool created in teaching youth about personal finance and other related financial topics was a program series called "Lunch and Learn." Some of the topics covered in the series were: Renting an Apartment/Buying a Home, Comparing Credit Card Offers, Student Loans, Insurance, Business Accounts, Tax Preparation and Job Hunting/Interview Role Play. North Star is gearing up and anticipating a successful school year ahead for the B.O.S.S. Program, and looks forward to further embodying their mission statement, "North Star Credit Union provides high quality financial services and education to meet the needs of our communities," through two student-led branches and many other financial education programs.
According to North Star's CEO, Rich Crettol, "We try to put as much emphasis on the educational part of our mission as we do the financial services part; that's what makes us different from all other financial institutions."
The North Star Credit Union's winning entry will advance to the national competition, where it will compete with financial education projects from credit unions in other states. In 2015, North Star Credit Union was awarded the prestigious First Place National Award and are hopeful for this opportunity once again.
The award is named in honor of Alphonse Desjardins, the founder of the North American credit union movement, who established the first "caisse populaire" (people's bank) in Quebec in 1900, and helped establish the first American credit union in New Hampshire in 1909. Desjardins was an ardent believer in the value of teaching children to save, and he promoted the idea of in-school savings programs.
Since 1939, North Star Credit Union has been serving northern Minnesota. For more information, visit

Bear River Fair is this weekend

by Gloria Anderson-Hegg

It's almost here! For 107 years, the Bear River Fair has brought people together to celebrate the bounty of their gardens and their talents. It has brought people together to meet with friends and family they sometimes see only once a year ­ at the fair. You are invited to join in the celebration at the old Bear River School during this coming weekend ­ on Aug. 18 and 19!
There's lots to do at the fair. For one thing, you can EAT! A good gathering, after all, must have good food - and lots of it! Along with the outdoor food booth, there will be a pig roast Saturday night at 5:30 ­ including live music from 4-8 by the Lake Street Gang. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. Contact Jane at 218-376-4556 for advance tickets ­ or get them from anyone involved with the fair. Sunday brings a dinner beginning at 11:30 offering Swedish Meatballs with mashed potatoes. Leave room for dessert, because the Pie Social follows at 2:30.
The Exhibit program is the heart of the fair, and we would love to have you take part in that! Have you made anything in the past year? Photos? Crafts? Woodworking? Bring it! Do you have a garden? Bring some fruit or veggies. How about houseplants? Take 'em along. Please enter at least one item to make this year's fair the best ever. You do not have to be a resident of the area to exhibit. We'd love everyone to enter a few items. The more the merrier! Come and win bragging rights!!! There are categories for both Adults and Youth. Regulations and Premium Lists are available at or from Jane Bartlett at 218-376-4556. Exhibits must be entered Saturday morning, Aug. 18, between 9 and noon.
Treasures old and new are found by poking around at the Bear River Fair Market booths. You never know what you will find - from Antiques and Gently Used Items to items from Direct Sales companies, to newly-crafted products and fresh baked goods. Contact Jane at 218-376-4556 for further information if you'd like to set up a table. More shopping may be done at the Mini Bazaar where you can purchase new items crafted by some of the incredibly talented people in the area. Hazel is the contact person for the Bazaar, and you may contact her at 218-969-3755.
What else is there to do besides eat, shop, and look at the exhibits? Well The Softball Tournament has become a great part of the fair and will be happening Saturday and Sunday on two diamonds - the one at the Fairground and the one across the road behind the Viking Bar. Come to watch, and to cheer for your favorite team! Back this year is the Dunk Tank where you can share in the fun by getting all wet ­ or getting someone else all wet! (If you're willing to take a dip in the tank, let Jane know!) A Bouncy House for kids is great fun, as are rides on the Train or in the Stagecoach.
Sunday morning offers the opportunity to join in outdoor Worship at 10:30 with Bear River Church in the pines. Dinner comes next, at 11:30. Casey Aro will be entertaining as only he can entertain beginning at 1:30. A Scavenger Hunt is providing lots of fun Sunday, beginning at 2. The Pie Social at 2:30 offers a great time to continue with good visits and good pie.
Are you able to help out with the fair in any way? Let us know. We would love to have you join our crew! If you have questions or are willing to help, you may contact Bruce at 480-213-0767 or Jane at 218-376-4556.
The Bear River Community Center/Old Bear River School is handicapped accessible and is located at the intersection of Highways 22 and 5.


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