November 16, 2017

North Woods School honors veterans and present day members of our Armed Forces on Veterans Day


Veterans Day, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, a date that is easy to remember. The North Woods School held a ceremony last Friday at 9:30 a.m. honoring our veterans and those who are still serving. The Grizzlies' gym was packed with students, veterans, teachers and family for this very special ceremony. It was held on Friday since there wasn't school on Saturday.
North Woods Principal John Vukmanich spoke about what a veteran is. They are any member of the military who received an Honorable Discharge. They can be a father, mother, brother, sister, neighbor. They have left their farms, jobs, schools to serve this country. He spoke of how 18-year-olds left home and the family to serve. He said they were common folk, farmers, Native Americans, etc.
Teacher Pat Lamwers, herself a veteran, introduced the veterans in attendance. Clark Brenna, who served in Korea from 1962-64 stated, "We are proud Americen veterans." Navy veteran Jerry Yourczek, who made a career of the Navy and met wife Wendy there, spoke of his career which included some heavy action. Marine veteran John Carlson said he served two deployments to Iraq and added joining the Marines was "the best thing I've ever done." Seabee Gene Goodsky was proud of his grandchildren and told of suffering from Agent Orange. Don Doroff said he didn't want to go, but it wasn't so bad. After three years in active duty, he joined the Reserves for 29 more years.
Jerome Whiteman, a 1966 graduate of Orr High School, served in the Army in Vietnam.
Then Pat Lamwers told the elementary students to bring their cards of thanks to the veterans and they erupted from the bleachers racing to thank the many veterans present.
The Nett Lake Drummers did their usual great job performing the Flag Song, with Makenna Villebrun doing a beautiful dance in her Native dress, to the music.
The Honor Guard retired the Colors and Dave Stanton played "Taps." This moving ceremony was over.

Hunters register 145,054 deer through second weekend of season

Harvest up 10 percent

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 145,054 deer through the second weekend of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Preliminary results through the second weekend show that the number of deer registered was up 10 percent from 2016. Of the deer harvested, 54 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent during the same period in 2016.
In Zone 1, in northeastern Minnesota, total firearms harvest was up 25 percent. In Zone 2, which covers the majority of the state and runs from Canada to Iowa, harvest was up 6 percent, and Zone 3, in southeastern Minnesota, was down 12 percent.
"It appears as though deer harvest improved substantially since the first weekend," said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations manager. "Getting more corn out of the fields and a bit drier weather likely helped."
Based upon the number of antlerless permits available and the number of permit areas that allow multiple deer to be taken, the DNR is projecting the 2017 total deer harvest to be around 200,000. The 2016 total harvest was 173,213.
In much of Minnesota, the firearms deer season ended Nov. 12. Additional deer will be harvested during the northern rifle zone season, which continues through Sunday, Nov. 19; the late southeast season, which runs Saturday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 26; and the muzzleloader season, which begins Saturday, Nov. 25, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 10. More information on deer management can be found at

Annual Lights of Love Campaign is under way

By Liz Cheney, Program Director - Virgie Hegg Hospice Partners Inc.

The 27th annual VHHP Lights of Love campaign, our largest fundraiser of the year, begins in November to commemorate National Hospice Month and National Family Caregivers Month. Last year's Lights of Love raised over $6,300. Fundraising goals are achieved through the dedicated efforts of our board of directors working together with a community of supporting individuals and businesses. We invite you to continue the tradition of remembering and honoring loved ones by supporting VHHP through this Lights of Love campaign.
Our mission is to bring comfort care services to enrolled hospice patients and their families in our local communities. VHHP sponsors two education scholarships for students enrolled in the North Woods School and Tower enrollment area, pursuing a medical career, and one for college students.
Your tax deductible donation will help light the trees at the holiday celebrations in Cook, Orr and Tower in support of local hospice patients and their families. Donations may be given in honor or memory of a loved one. Ice candles will be available for purchase to be displayed as part of the tree-lighting ceremonies. All Lights of Love contributions and dedications will be published in local area newspapers during the month of January, unless otherwise indicated on the form.
Please mark your calendars and join us for the Lights of Love tree lighting and caroling which will take place at the Cook Community Center Friday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m., or Orr's Community Center Saturday, Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Lake Vermilion Cultural Center, 4 p.m., and then treats at the Civic Center. You are also invited to join us following the ceremonies for coffee, cider and treats.
For more information about Virgie Hegg Hospice Partners, visit our website at or contact Liz Cheney (program director) at 780-8907 or Shawna Kishel (chairperson) at 666-5096. To make a donation, you can find a form on our website or please make checks payable to VHHP Lights of Love and mail to PO Box 244, Cook, MN 55723. PayPal is also available via our website.


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