March 26, 2015

St. Louis County Board meets in historic Comet Theater before large crowd


The historic Comet Theater in Cook was a hub-bub of activity on Tuesday. Men and women dressed in suits, overalls and various modes of dress converged on the Comet for the regular meeting of the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners, which was going to start at 9:30 a.m. or some time in that vicinity. This was a historic meeting of sorts since no one could remember when the county board had held a regular meeting in Cook.

New Commissioner Tommy Rukavina had made a promise during his campaign to make sure the people would have access to the board and he was able to get this meeting in Cook.

The meeting drew City Council members, Mayor Harold Johnston of Cook, township officials, including Kirsten Reichel of Greenwood, Cook Hospital Board personnel, including Administrator Teresa Debevec, and interested residents.

There were large contingents from Kabetogama who were concerned about the hospital, district levy, many who were concerned about the county's half-per cent sales tax for highways and bridges, and many who wanted to see how their money was spent.

The meeting adjourned a little after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, so Cook News-Herald reporter Amy Shuster was unable to get the story in for this week's paper, but it will be in next week's edition.

Don't miss the story next week. It promises to be quite interesting.

ISD 2142 students taking ACT test will get food


ISD 2142 Supt. Steve Sallee reported to the school board at their regular meeting Monday at 5 p.m. in the Cherry School that he has arranged it so that students who take the ACT test, which lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with only a 15- minute break, will get fed. The students will be fed breakfast and then have snacks during the 15-minute break and a meal of sub sandwiches at the end. There are rules that had to be taken into consideration to do this.
Sallee said the 2015 Minnesota Legislature actions look promising. He noted that the Republicans are on board to aid schools. There is a transportation bill that would bring an additional $330,000 to ISD 2142. It is just for five districts who are spread out like 2142. ISD 2142 buses travel over a million miles a year and the district loses $900,000.
Sallee has started a unique project this year. He is interviewing all graduating seniors. This story has spread and WDIO TV is interested in covering the interviews.
Sallee also met with the Minnesota DNR and North Woods School representatives to plan the School Forest at North Woods. The DNR is working with the district on the proper signage.
Field Township wants to make sure the forest will be open to the public.
Business manager Kim Johnson presented the monthly financial statement. Cash on hand rose to $5,411,827.72, not counting funds put aside for the Cherry construction which totaled $881,203.96. The construction at Cherry is almost done and it looks like it will come in about $700,000 under budget. The Cash-On-Hand at the end of last month was $4,700,397.97.
Cherry Principal Scott Hall reported that the Cherry sports teams had done well, with the girls basketball team having a record of 25-9. He noted they are still working on the water issues, but the site for the new well has apparently been chosen. The Cherry band competed in Virginia, receiving two excellent scores and one superior.
The Consent Agenda was approved showing the North Woods School receiving $543.59 in donations, and the South Ridge School receiving $1,185.
The board next approved the Custodian Contracts for 2011-2013 and 2013 to 2015. The custodians have to approve it.
Longtime Cherry teacher Bev Cackoski had her letter of retirement, effective June 1, 2015, accepted.
Jessica Bialke had her time in creased by 0.1 FTE.
Sandra Kennebec, paraprofessional at North Woods, was hired effective March 2, 2015.
Mark Fabish, head boys basketball coach at Northeast Range, had his letter of resignation, accepted.
The board quickly approved the hiring of the following coaches: Kali Anderson and Mike Solberg, co-assistant track coaches at Northeast Range, Mindy Asuma, assistant softball coach at Cherry, Jeffrey Chaulklin, assistant baseball coach at North Woods; Christopher Clark, assistant baseball coach at South Ridge, David Erickson, assistant softball coach at South Ridge, and Ashley Dahlman, assistant track coach at South Ridge.
The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m. and Principal Hall took board members on a tour of the new construction.

Kids, the Easter Bunny is coming to Cook the day before Easter!

Easter is a big thing for the youngsters in the Cook community. The spring weather is here, kids will be dressing up special for Easter, and they also get to color a picture for Easter. The Easter Holiday is a big thing in Cook.
To start out with, youngsters up to 10 years of age can enter the Easter Coloring Contest. The coloring sheets are in the North Country Free Press. Bring or mail finished entries to the Cook News-Herald and they will be displayed in shop windows around town. There are four age groups: from 0 to 4 years of age, 5 and 6 years of age, 7 and 8 years of age, and 9 and 10 years of age. There are three prizes for each age group. Get your entries in fast, don't forget.
Then, on Saturday, April 4, the day before Easter, the gigantic Easter Egg Hunt at the Cook VFW will take place. This event draws a huge crowd with parents and their youngsters lining up outside for the hunt which starts at 11 a.m. and goes to 1 p.m. Every youngster will receive a basket or prizes. Also, there will be a boys' and girls' bike given away for each of the age categories: 0-4, 5 and 6, 7 and 8, and 9 and 10. The baskets and bikes are donated by area businesses and residents. If anyone wants to donate money or a basket, they can drop either off at the Cook News-Herald.
The Easter Coloring Contest and Easter Egg Hunt, which will also have many games for the youngsters to play, are sponsored by the Cook Lions, Cook VFW Post 1757, Cook News-Herald, Zup's Food Market, and North Woods Friends of the Arts.
If you need a coloring contest entry, come to the Cook News-Herald and they will give you one. Also, volunteers are welcome for the Easter Egg Hunt which isn't exactly an Easter Egg Hunt, but a chance to meet the Easter Bunny, play some games and get your free Easter Basket or, if you are lucky, a bike.
Also, the Easter Bunny has some friends in the community who will be helping him out by placing baskets at scattered homes in the area.
The weather should be great, so don't miss the Easter Egg Hunt or the Coloring Contest.


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