Past Cook News Herald Articles

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Here are a few pictures of A Red Cross Capping ceremony at the hospital in 1985.  Mrs. Eldien was very active in this organization and I recall her heading up this ceremony for many years.  If you take the time to read the article you see the volunteer's names and the hundreds of hours they freely donated to help others.  Strong communities rely on volunteers and we have been blessed with many wonderful people who continue this tradition. 

 

 

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Driving east on Vermilion Boulevard the other day, I was surprised to see how big the hospital complex is with the addition to the Care Center.  I heard that residents got a sneak preview yesterday of their new living quarters! 

Many memories of my early childhood include the building of the hospital. I remember my dad Earl Soderberg taking the picture of my mom Dorothy and  baby brother Tom standing in the field that has now become our wonderful medical facility.  That was 1958.  She was the financial secretary to raise the funds to build.  Many community events were held to raise the start up funds and she traveled all around the state to secure funding. Our small kitchen was filled with filing cabinets and she had a longer chord put on the phone so she could check after my brother and I while telephoning for the cause!

Dr. and Mrs. Heim were a big part of my life as well and were later my neighbors.  He and I spent many a summer evening listening to the ballgame on his patio with his big transistor radio....of course Duke was right with us, his grand German Shepherd.

Harry Enzmann at the young age is of 103 is the only member left of the executive board which included Ray Hill, Wayne Evans, and my mom Dorothy Soderberg.  She became the first Director of Nursing and is shown with the first hospital administrator Pearl Bradbury.  Harry now lives at the Care Center.

Aren't we blessed to have such a fine medical facility, wonderful doctors, nurses and other staff to keep us on the road to good health and care?  Many people worked very hard to make it so and others continue the work.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

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There has been a lot of talk lately on what makes a good citizen.  As a mom of an American Government teacher, I talk to him about this subject every now and then....and he rolls his eyes at me as if he doesn't already know the importance of teaching citizenship. It is actually one of the main reasons public schools were formed. Here are pictures of young citizens from 1985....

 

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I've been fortunate to view a registry book from the Ashawa/Ardin hotel that was a fixture for many years where Russell Hyppa now has his business kitty corner from Frank's Pharmacy.
For those of us who walked westward on our trek home from the Cook school, we went past it every day.  A good place to buy penny candy, get an ice-cream treat, visit with the locals, and catch the Greyhound bus. 

Note the artistry in the penmanship....as well as the names.  I see a minister came from Hibbing, most likely to hold a Christmas service.  Some were not that far from home by today's standard but a likely dangerous walk in the cold of December and a stay at the local hotel was a safe bet.

 

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Their little faces are covered with  hockey helmets  but one remembers how active these youngsters were in the local hockey program from years ago....now all grown up!  Perhaps with the ice rink and Community Center open, the young boys and girls are  donning  their skates and helmets, sticks and pucks once again!

 

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It has been some time since we have celebrated Sno-Days in Cook.  Here are some of our past royalty!  Who says we can't have our own " Royal Family" right here in our hometown?

 

 

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It must be close to that time of year when schools have their annual Spelling Bees.  I wonder how long spelling bees have existed in public schools?  We had one every week in our elementary years.  I recall getting the word "pneumonia " from Mrs. Siro in 3rd grade. Seemed like a big word for a little girl and I probably did not spell it correctly.  Here are winners from 1985!  The one on the right is sure smiling and we still see her smile!

 

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I ran across this photo from 1985 and realized that the students from the Class of 1985 are turning 50 this school year.   Always sad to know some are not here to celebrate....Ed Wilke, Kirk Makela.  Most of this team was in the high school choir and were academically strong, too.  Their class motto is the only one I recall....Sometimes you just have to sit back and say "aloha". The faculty had them change it as it wasn't serious enough for h.s.  seniors.  They carried the Hawaiian theme all through the year....  Happy 50th kiddos! 

 

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Recently, Sharon Pearson Elg posted on FB what was the first movie one had seen at The Comet.  Mine was "The King and I" with my mom.  We lived right next door at the time and Ollie and LD were good neighbors and friends to my folks.  Fun to run across these pics from January 1970!

 

 

 

 

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With Halloween over and abundant warmth, we can look back to 1991 and the Halloween mega storm.  Although I don't think Cook got hit as badly as Duluth, I do recall shoveling my way out the door the next morning and our pumpkins covered with snow.  Here are a few pics from the Cook News Herald, November 7, 1991. What are your memories?

 

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Football season is in full force and Grizzlies at the North Woods school are being featured in local papers and on TV.  Out of the Little Gophers and Braves came many great athletes.  Here is just one from an article in the fall of 1970. Take note, too, of "Out of the Cookie Jar"  and enjoy reading of happenings in our community and of great people now gone.

 

 

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As the North Woods school begins their 4th year in the new building, it is fun to reminisce about good old CHS.  This article is from Aug. 20th,  1970.  What stands out are the enrollment numbers...a whopping 690 kids and a much smaller building than it was when the Cook School closed.

 

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Summer is the time for class reunions and this is the 1960 graduating class from their 10th reunion in August 1970.  It is the first class I remember as I was going into first grade and was taken to their graduation rehearsal by my babysitter Cheryl Fadum Lowery.  I couldn't believe the size of the new gym and awestruck by students getting caps and gowns from Mrs. Eldien.
Hard to believe they are 74 years old now...it means I'm not far behind.



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Here are a few pictures of past Timer Days Queen candidates...it used to be a very formal affair.
Thank you to all who keep TD going year after year!

 

 

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Remembering the flood of June 1970....46 years ago.  The water was so high,  my parents and I canoed down Vermilion Drive  to my mom' office ( Sara Winchell's house) so she could retrieve public health records.  My friend Jennifer Musech and I waded through water over our knees in the Big Dollar store on Main Street.  What is your "flood" memory?

 

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When one reads the Cook News Herald this week looking for the schedule for the upcoming Memorial Day service, they will most likely see something closely resembling what is here.  The names have changed yet  others have stepped forward to keep this tribute and remembrance going. Let's all hope and pray that 46 years from now, it will have continued.


 

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It has been many years since a school patrol has been used.  Some of us recall walking home with the patrol stopping traffic so we could scurry across the road.  Mrs. Wilkinson, 6th grade teacher and elementary principal in Cook was in n charge.  She and her husband Ray lived in the yellow house across the road from Dr. Heims, now Julkowskis.  Ray worked for the Cook News Herald.

 

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From the Cook News Herald of April, 1970 we read about the birthing pains of a new school district which we have now been part of for 46 years.  The age-old concern about taxes seems to be a prevailing topic.  Many good people worked hard to bring more local control to our schools.  Familiar names mentioned in the article are John Geisleman and Wally Olson.  Not an easy task to go before the people and talk about changes to schools!  (used with permission from GDA)

 

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I recently saw on Vicki Jo Evans Mcqueen's  FB page, that it was recently the anniversary of her dad Wayne Evan's 100th birthday.  As the beloved editor of the Cook News Herald, he had a popular column called "Out of the Cookie Jar".  This is a little excerpt from his column from April, 1970.  He was a great community leader and friend to all in Cook. 

 

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