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Judith Tuuri Ulseth, NWFA secretary
8787 Raps Rd, Cook, MN  55723
218 666-2975


NORTHWOODS FRIENDS OF THE ARTS meets Monday Feb. 17, 2014. 6pm

In Cook an upcoming musical event on March 30th will be discussed and
planned during the Feb 17th meeting of Northwoods Friends of the Arts
(NWFA) at 6 p.m. at the NWFA Gallery at 210 S. River St. (attached to
the Dream Weaver Salon building) in Cook.  Planning will also proceed on
the active (until April 4th) 2014 photo contest, "Take Your Best Shot -
Part II", and the 4th annual "Spring Arts Expo".

NWFA began about five years ago with an idea by several Cook residents
who realized the importance of our artistic community members who
inspire us and who need nurturing and celebrating. NWFA learns and
teaches together!

You can take part in the planning of events cooking at the Cook Art
Gallery on Mon., Feb 17 at 6 p.m.!



Cold Weather is good for something


Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2014
Subject: There is some good news to go along with the cold weather

The ash borer may be decimated in MN due to cold weather. One bright spot. Hang in there you guys, its almost spring. 62 degrees here in AZ at 6:40 PM.





Sent: Saturday, February 08, 2014
Subject: gas

Karl Weatherton
Gasoline is  $3.01 in Clarksville ark.

Weather has been nice, was a good year to go south






Animated Atlas of American History

Sent by Ray Ranta

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Harry Enzmann's 100th birthday party
From: Peggy Pearson
Subject: Harry's birthday bash
We would like to invite everyone to come and celebrate my dad, Harry Enzmann's 100th birthday on Saturday, February 15th from 2 to 4 pm  at Trinity Lutheran church in Cook. Lunch will be served, but not the lutefisk that he requested. Come and share in this milestone celebration!
Thanks, Peggy

Harry & Elma (Ojanen) Enzmann, 1943, 2000, 2009
Harry graduated with the first class of the Cook High School in 1932
Bev has retired

January 18, 2014.  Thought I would send this picture of us at the retirement luncheon for Bev hosted by her boss and wife at the Rustic Rock (great food and dining room).  At 65 years and 3 months, she felt ready to go.  Now she supervises me everyday, but mostly dotes on me since I’ve become disabled.  They gave her a very nice bonus for her 20 years of loyal service.  Now she will be able to buy the things she likes for her hobbies and take a trip to Raleigh NC to visit her brother and sister in law.  Take care, Jim and Bev

Bev & James Saranpaa
Jim is a 1969 graduate of the Cook High School
Sent: Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Subject: Sad News.
Dear Board & friends of the sanctuary,
Just got off the phone with Sue Buist.  Long time supporter, donor, volunteer, and producer
of The Bear Man video, David Buist, went to heaven at 3am this morning.
Sue asked in lieu of flowers please send memorials to the sanctuary, because David loved the bears! 
I did get to visit David and Sue at their place in Park Rapids in August. 
We will miss David and our prayers are with his family.
David Buist Memorial
c/o The American Bear Association
PO Box 77
Orr Mn 55771
Take care,




Art and historic preservation often diverge in an effort to reveal hidden meaning or beauty. The former generally uses a process of making the invisible visible; the latter involves making the visible invisible in an effort to preserve aesthetic and structural integrity. Visualize, if you will, Wirtanen Farm, Seitaniemi Housebarn, Comet Theater, Virginia City Hall, Hibbing High School, and numerous pioneers' log cabins, nonetheless.


Historic preservationists - among them Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis - rallied to preserve Grand Central Terminal, and a 1978 US Supreme Court decision served as a significant turning point for the historic preservation movement throughout the US. Quite often saving a structure is just the beginning: the restoration process that follows is often a painstaking one that requires a thorough examination and the development of a detailed restoration plan. The specialists face a string of challenges because of a great deal of variation in the details when the building was constructed. Whenever the contractor builds an anomaly, design professionals measure and investigate it because no pertinent documentation exists.


Because it necessarily involves the conservation of energy and natural resources, historic preservation has always been the greenest of the building arts. According to the EPA, 48 percent of America's greenhouse emissions are produced by the construction and operation of buildings (compared with 27 percent produced by transportation). Historic preservation can be a key component of any effort to promote sustainable development.


Some people argue that all the energy used in demolishing an older building and replacing it is quickly recovered through the increased efficiency of the new building; this is simply not true. We persist in thinking of our buildings as a disposable, rather than renewable, resource. We have to make better, wiser use of what we've already built. We must find ways to rehabilitate these buildings and lighten their environmental footprint while still protecting their architectural significance.


Built in 1889 in Tower, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church served a small congregation. In 2012, the Episcopal Church in Minnesota gave it to Lake Vermilion Cultural Center, a non-profit established to move and restore the structure. A new center, planned for 2014, will showcase the old church, with an addition capable of hosting a number of events. Alango School in Angora was constructed in two phases in 1927 and 1938. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its towering twin cupolas are a visual landmark in its rural setting. The goal of Alango School Friends is to restore the building so it can again provide accommodations for education, sports, and stage acts.


A two day event to promote two organizations’ missions of supporting arts and community through restoration is slated for December 28 - 29. Lake Vermilion Cultural Center’s benefit for the restoration of St. Mary’s will be held the evening of Dec. 28 at Co-Z Sisters’ Lodge and Retreat in Soudan. The following afternoon, on Dec. 29, Alango School hosts its benefit for the preservation and restoration of the historical structure.


Admission to the event is by reservation; invitations are available by contacting either of the restoration organizations or the Northwoods Friends of the Arts Gallery in Cook.


The two events will include food, prose and song.


Host and narrator Greg Renstrom — along with William and Janice Kime — will read from author Kenneth Grahame’s classic, “The Wind in the Willows.” The show’s music composer and pianist, Steven Anderson, and the Vermilion Singers directed by Rolf Anderson, accompanied by Lynn Watts, will provide music and carols.

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How The Internet Started
(just a joke)

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a healthy young wife by the name of Dorothy.

And Dot Com was a comely woman, large of breast, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou can trade without ever leaving thy tent?"

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?"

And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums.

And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent.

To prevent neighbouring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures - Hebrew To The People (HTTP).

And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic EcclesiasticalRich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. Indeed he did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.

And Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others."

And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or eBay as it came to be known.

He said, "We need a name that reflects what we are."

And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators."

"YAHOO," said Abraham.

And because it was Dot's idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.

Abraham's cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot's drums to locate things around the countryside.

It soon became known as God's Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE).

That is how it all began.




The original Farmers & Merchants Bank building never had water or sewer service, though Cook residents had all of these in the 1930s. But, it did have an outdoor/indoor toilet. For the Bank employees there was a “One Hole Rest Room” in the building.


A local famer came each evening with his horse and wagon and slid the tray out from under the “Rest Room” from the back of the Bank building. He then replaced it with another tray with a fresh bed of straw. The farmer then took the load and dumped it on his field along with the cow manure.


The 1917 Bank was located in what is now the parking lot of the License Bureau. The F & M Bank moved into a new building in downtown Cook in 1957. The bank is now a branch of the Chisholm First National Bank.



Scary Obituary
In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage." The Obituary follows:

Born 1776, Died 2012 It doesn't hurt to read this several times.

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:

Number of States won by: 
Obama: 19 McCain: 29 
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000 
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million 
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
Obama: 13.2 McCain: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal's - and they vote - then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

3 things that cannot be hidden for long. The Sun The Moon, and The Truth

There couldn't be more at stake than on Nov 2012.



Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert.

Congress said, "Someone may steal from it at night."

So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.

Then Congress said, "How does the watchman do his job without instruction?"

So they created a planning department and hired two people,
one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies.

Then Congress said, "How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?"

So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people.
One was to do the studies and one was to write the reports.

Then Congress said, "How are these people going to get paid?"

So they created two positions: a time keeper and a payroll officer then hired two people.

Then Congress said, "Who will be accountable for all of these people?"

So they created an administrative section and hired three people,
an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary.

Then Congress said,
"We have had this command in operation for one year and we are $918,000 over budget,
we must cut back."

So they laid-off the night watchman.

NOW slowly, let it sink in.

Quietly, we go like sheep to slaughter.
Does anybody remember the reason given for the establishment of the
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY during the Carter administration?




Didn't think so!

Bottom line is, we've spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency,
the reason for which very few people who read this can remember!


It was very simple... and at the time, everybody thought it very appropriate.

The Department of Energy was instituted on 8/04/1977,

Hey, pretty efficient, huh???



34 years ago 30% of our oil consumption was foreign imports.
Today 70% of our oil consumption is foreign imports.

Ah, yes -- good old Federal bureaucracy.


Hello!! Anybody Home?

Signed....The Night Watchman


Scroll down and take a few minutes to view some very interesting information.

You'll be quite surprised at some of these facts.

If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth.

If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth.

To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over

2 million individual flowers

Heroin is the brand name of morphine once marketed by 'Bayer'.


Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!

Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined.

Astronauts can't belch - there is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs.


The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. In the Renaissance era, it was fashion to shave them off!


Because of the speed at which Earth moves around the Sun, it is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than 7 minutes and 58 seconds.

Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros ..


Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust,

even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.


Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end .

If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of tobacco-related diseases.


Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals

The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.


The University of Alaska spans four time zones

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

A comet's tail always points away from the sun


Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers,

that is why it is found in some medicines.


Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside


Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters


Everything weighs one percent less at the equator

The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.

And last but not least:

In 2012, December has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays.

This apparently happens once every 823 years!





Tired Dog


An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my garden.

I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.

He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head;
He then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the
Hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.

A couple of hours later, he went to the back door to leave,
I let him out and off he trotted down the path and out of the gate.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my garden, walked inside
And resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about a couple of hours.

This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious I pinned a note to his collar:
'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is,
And ask if you are aware that
Almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar:

'He lives in a home with 6 children,
2 under the age of 3,
He's trying to catch up on his sleep.
Can I come with him tomorrow?



Pet Partners


Marge Pylkka along with her two beautiful Cocker Spaniels, Muggsie, who is five years old and Katie who is four years old, have recently become Registered Pet Partners (therapy dogs) through the Delta Society on July 10, 2011. The Delta Society which is based in Bellevue, WA, was founded in 1977 and is an international, non-for-profit organization of pet owners, volunteers, therapists, educators, veterinarians, and other health professionals. Muggsie and Katie are also certified as Canine Good Citizens (CGC)


There are two ways to complete the Delta Society course, either by Home Study or to attend a workshop. Because there were no workshops available in our area, Marge did the Home Study program. When she completed the Home Study program, she and each of her dogs were evaluated, as a team, in Duluth by a Delta Society evaluator. If anyone is interested in more information about the Delta Society, go to their website at or contact Marge at


Marge also completed a R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) workshop. She and her “girls”, as she calls them, are now official R.E.A.D. members and look forward to going into the local libraries and schools so that young children can read to them. More information about this program can be found at Dogs need to become therapy dogs before they can become R.E.A.D. dogs.


Marge Pylkka, her two beautiful Cocker Spaniels, Muggsie and Katie

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday  Morning  Commentary.

My confession: 

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.  And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees...  I don't feel threatened..  I don't feel discriminated against.. That's what they are, Christmas trees. 

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me.  I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto.  In fact, I kind of like it.  It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu ..  If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away. 

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians.  I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.  I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country.  I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat. 

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him?  I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too.  But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to. 

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:  This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking. 

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Hurricane Katrina)..  Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response..  She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.  And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out.  How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?' 

In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc..  I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.  Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school.  The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself.  And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide).  We said an expert should know what he's talking about..  And we said okay..

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.  I think it has a great deal to do with '



Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell.  Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.  Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.  Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace. 

Are you laughing yet? 

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it. 

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit. 
If not, then just discard it... no one will know you did.  But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in. 

My Best Regards,  Honestly and respectfully, 

Ben S



Cowboy Named Bud

A cowboy named Bud  was overseeing his herd in a remote pasture when
suddenly a brand-new BMW  advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci  shoes, RayBan
sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the  cowboy,
"If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your  herd,
Will you give me a calf?"

Bud  looks at the man, obviously a  yuppie, then looks at his
peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers,  "Sure, Why not?"   The
yuppie  parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects
it to his  Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASApage on the
Internet,  where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his
location  which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the
area in an  ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in  Adobe Photoshop and
exports it to an image processing facility in  Hamburg ,  Germany .

Within  seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image
has been  processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL
database through  an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his
Blackberry and,  after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color,  150-page report on his hi-tech,
miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to  the cowboy and says, "You
have exactly 1,586 cows and  calves."

"That's right. Well, I guess you can take  one of my calves," says Bud.

He watches the young man select one of the  animals and looks on with
amusement as the young man stuffs it into the  trunk of his car.

Then Bud says to  the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what
your business is, will  you give me back my calf?"

The young man thinks about it for a second  and then says, "Okay, why not?"

"You're an aide in the Obama  Administration", says Bud.

"Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how  did you guess that?"

"No guessing  required." answered the cowboy. "You showed up here even
though nobody  called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already
knew, to a  question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth
of equipment  trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and
you don't know a  thing about how working people make a living - or
about cows, for that  matter.  This is a herd of sheep. ...

Now give me back my dog.






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