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Oddz & Endz Distributes $80,433 to Cook County Non-profits

Oddz and Endz, a Grand Marais non-prof­it store that is a reseller of used household goods, furniture, and books, announced that it is distributing over $80,000 of its profits this year to select community non-profits in Cook County.

Oddz and Endz exists for three stated rea­sons:

1. To keep reusable goods out of landfills

2. To make these goods available to com­munity members at reasonable prices

3. To support a wide range of non-profits that serve its community by gifting a por­tion of the annual profits of the store.

The store is staffed by volunteers from the community. Each volunteer’s hours on the job are banked during the year. At year-end, the banked hours are used to determine what percentage of annual profits a volunteer may direct to the non-profit of their choice.

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.

Currently, Oddz and Endz is open Monday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 p.m. It is located at 2066 W Hwy 61 in Grand Mara­is. 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 donations inside.

 29 Non-profits Receiving Share of Oddz & Endz 2022 Profits

Oddz & Endz
Library Friends of Cook County
American Legion Post 413
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 413
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Care Partners of Cook County
Colvill Volunteer Fire Department
Cook County Higher Education
Cook County Historical Society
Cornerstone Community Church
Council on Aging
Empty Bowls-Cook County
First Congregational Church
Food Shelf
Free Church-Celebrate Recovery
Go Dog North
Grand Marais Playhouse
Hamilton Habitat
Mt Rose Community Church, Grand Portage
North Point
Northshore Health Care Foundation
Oral Health Task Force
Renewable Energy Cook County
Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club
Ruby’s Pantry
Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church
Good Samaritan Fund
Trinity Lutheran Church, Hovland
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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