Updates from Moving Matters, a project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic
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The 2015 Great Place Project will be launched at the February Networking Luncheon (Feb. 19th) hosted by the Cook County Chamber of Commerce and Cook County Higher Education. The Great Place team will be presenting about the 2014 round of mini-grants and offering the opportunity to learn more about the 2015 project.

We encourage interested businesses, organizations, and individuals (such as artists and craftspeople) to join us to learn more about the project and take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions and connect with others to explore possible collaborations.
February Networking Luncheon, featuring the Great Place Project
Thursday, February 19th at 11:30-1pm
Cook County Higher Education, 300 West 3rd Street Grand Marais, MN
Cost (Includes Lunch Catered by Crooked Spoon): $10

To register or for more information about the luncheon, contact 218-387-3411,, or For more information about the Great Place Project, please visit or contact Maren at or 218-387-2330 x110. Applications will be available starting on Thurs., Feb. 19th. Attendance at this event is NOT required to apply for a mini-grant.
Next Highway 61 Meeting Tuesday, Feb. 24th

Join the City of Grand Marais and Moving Matters for this last meeting of Highway 61 Revisited. Review the design and help create a vision for the future of Highway 61 through Grand Marais.

Highway 61 Revisited Meeting #3
Tuesday, February 24th 6-8 pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Grand Marais

A light meal will be provided and free childcare will be available to families at the Cook County Community YMCA (ages 4 months to grade 5). Questions? Email or call 218-387-2330 x110 or visit

Local ‘Safe Routes to School’ Efforts Advanced
with MnDOT Mini-Grant

This spring will bring more than warmer temperatures and greenery; it will also bring a stronger Safe Routes to School program in Grand Marais. Sawtooth Elementary School and Great Expectations School received good news this past week: both schools would receive a mini-grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. The schools have been working collaboratively on Safe Routes to School since 2009 and this year will be kicking off in-school bike education for 3rd grade students.

“We've already seen benefits from previous SRTS efforts," says GES Director Peter James. "This award creates an exciting opportunity to expand cooperation between the schools and our community through the development of an on-going program that will provide bicycle safety instruction to all third grade students."

The mini-grant will provide support for implementation of the bike education in both schools, two bike racks, and supplies for the monthly Walking School Buses.

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Move It in February


Have you been moving it in February? While February is over halfway through, there is still time to log your miles for 'Move It in February.' Each February the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, with support from Cook County Public Health and Human Services, hosts Move It in February, a month-long celebration of active living in Cook County. Community members are encouraged to get moving and track their progress during the month at A calendar of active events is also available on the webpage. This year, photo document your activity and win! Each week, every person who uploads a picture of themselves being active will be entered into our weekly door prize drawing.
Moving Matters is a project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and many local partners. We strive to create safer and more accessible walking and biking routes for people of all ages and abilities throughout Cook County and Grand Portage. Funding for this project is provided by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, as part of Blue Cross’ long-term commitment to tackling the leading causes of heart disease and cancer: tobacco use, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating.
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