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Aging With Gusto Workshop in Grand Marais Next Month

Cook County is blessed with the second-highest concentration of people aged 65 and over out of Minnesota’s 87 counties. It also claims the second oldest median age of 51 years.

Care Partners of Cook County and Arrow-head Area Agency on Aging are hosting a three-week series of workshops titled Aging With Gusto.

Stressing how a positive view of aging and living a life with gusto can make it easier to be healthier and happier in the so-called Golden Years, the workshops are held from 1-2:30 pm on three Mondays, September 11, 18, and 25. The workshops will be at the Grand Marais Hub/Senior Center at 10 Broadway.

Discussions will revolve around which values and key contributors participants want to draw on to lead a more fulfilling life. The work-shops will also look at how ageism impacts the aging population.

Trained facilitators will run the sessions to guide discussions, offer ideas, and present questions for participants to consider and stimulate conversation.

There will be no charge to attend the sessions. All are invited to participate.

Organizers do ask that you register in advance if you plan to attend. Registration can be done by phone ((218) 387-3788) or online at bit.ly/agingwithgustograndmarais.

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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