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Oddz & Endz Distributes $110,000 to Cook County Non-profits

Keeping with its mission to make communi­ty investment distributions to local non-profits, Oddz and Endz announced that they are passing out $110,000 this year, $30,000 more than last year.

Oddz and Endz is a self-described quirky non-profit thrift store that sells and donates used household goods, furniture, and books. The store achieved a 113% growth in yearly sales in 2023 compared to 2022.

It contributed to 21 selected non-profits locat­ed in Cook County this year. After paying its operating expenses, Oddz and Endz share any remaining receipts with other local non-profits through its Annual Community Investment Dis­tribution.

Oddz and Endz Board Board member Dale McIntire said, “We accept donations of clean, resaleable household goods, including furniture, keeping those items out of local and regional landfills. We make these items available to the community at economical prices so they can be reused or repurposed. At times, we have also met emer­gency or special needs in our community.”

The 21 non-profit recipients of donations were selected entirely by individuals volunteering to work at the store, receiving donated items, stocking the shelves, and assisting buyers look­ing for those special items. Volunteer hours are banked and prorated to determine what percent­age of the $110,000 each volunteer may direct to their selected beneficiaries.

The store’s community-focused mission is characterized by three words: Environment, Economy, and Empathy.

Last year, after ten years of operation, Oddz and Endz purchased the building that has housed it since the beginning. Its press release states, “The purchase represents a major investment in the future and the community.”

In 2022, Oddz and Endz joined forces with Li­brary Friends of Cook County. The store accepts donations of previously owned books. Library Friends volunteers curate and stock a diverse in­ventory of used fiction and non-fiction books in the store’s book room.

The Board of Directors and the 59 volunteers appreciate the people who supported them last year. They expect continued growth and com­munity investment in the years to come.

At 2066 W. Hwy. 61 in Grand Marais, Oddz and Endz is open Monday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The telephone number is 218-370-0615.

Donations are accepted when the store is open, but donors should contact the store in advance or check with the volunteers on duty before bring­ing contributions inside.

21 Non-profit Organizations Receiving Community Investment Distributions from Oddz & Endz 2023 Operations

Oddz & Endz

Library Friends of Cook County

American Legion Post 413

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 413

Care Partners of Cook County

Cook County Higher Education

Cook County Historical Society

Cornerstone Community Church

Council on Aging

Empty Bowls Cook County

First Congregational Church

Grand Marais Evangelical Free Church

Grand Marais Playhouse

Hamilton Habitat

Maple Hill Fire Department

Northshore Health Care Foundation

Oral Health Task Force

Sawtooth Ridges

Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church Good Samaritan Fund

Violence Prevention Center


Steve Fernlund
Steve Fernlund
Typically these “about me” pages include a list of academic achievements (I have none) and positions held (I have had many, but who really cares about those?) So, in the words of the late Admiral James Stockwell, “Who am I? Why am I here?” I’m well into my seventh decade on this blue planet we call home. I’m a pretty successful husband, father, and grandfather, at least in my humble opinion. My progeny may disagree. We have four children and five grandchildren. I spent most of my professional life in the freight business. At the tender age of 40, early retirement beckoned and we moved to Grand Marais. A year after we got here, we bought and operated the Cook County News Herald, a weekly newspaper in Grand Marais. A sharp learning curve for a dumb freight broker to become a newspaper editor and publisher. By 1999 the News Herald was an acquisition target for a rapidly consolidating media market. We sold our businesses and “retired” again, buying a winter retreat in Nevada. In the fall of 2016, we returned to Grand Marais and bought a house from old friends of ours on the ridge overlooking Lake Superior. They were able to move closer to family and their Mexico winter home. And we came home to what we say is our last house. I’m a strong believer in the value of local newspapers--both online and those you can wrap a fish in. I write a weekly column and a couple of feature stories for the Northshore Journal. I’m most interested in writing about the everyday lives of local people and reporting on issues of importance to them.
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