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CCSD Education Foundation EATS Event Returns Next Week

After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-related lockdowns, the Cook County School District 166 Education Foundation fundraiser returns this month. EATS (Enriching Academics Through Sustenance) will be held Thursday, March 9 from 5 to 7 pm at the Cook County Middle/High School.

The fundraising event for the Foundation features food samples from Cook County restaurants and food vendors. Guests may bid in the silent auction for a large variety of items donated by local businesses and individuals. The North Shore Swing Band will provide the music for the event.

Only 125 tickets will be sold at a price of $30 each, and they are on sale until March 6. They may be purchased at the Subway restaurant in Grand Marais and at the school offices in the Middle/High School building during normal school hours.

The nonprofit foundation was created to offer unique experiences for the district’s students through innovative instruction and co-curricular programs that are not funded by ISD 166 or other sources.

The foundation operates with a 13-person board of directors and information and guidelines to receive funding can be found at the ISD 166 website, https://www.cookcountyschools.org.

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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