Updated: 06/10/2014 11:21 PM
Created: 06/10/2014 9:35 PM WDIO.com
It's garage sale season, but you haven't seen anything until you've been to the Million Dollar Garage Sale in Cook.
The old Cook school is overflowing with everything from power tools, to furniture, to knick-knacks and antiques. The sale used to be in the gym, and now has sprawled to other rooms.
"People plan their vacations around this. They come from everywhere, and line up for hours before the doors open," explained Norene Butalla, co-chair of the event.
They start collecting items for a full year. Lions Club members help organize and sort them and put prices on them. "It keeps us energized," Butalla laughed.
Money raised from the sale helps Lions Club programs throughout the community. "We also do six scholarships each year," Butalla said.
In its 15th year, the sale has raised over $300,000 for different programs that help everyone from the young to the elderly.
You won't find clothes or books at the sale.
But down the hall at the school, is the annual book sale held by the Friends of the Library. They hold the sale at the same time as the garage sale.
"We use the money to help pay for the part time library assistant, buy shelves, computers and printers, and to fund community programs," explained JoAnn Anderson, a library board member.
Thousands of books are ready for eager readers. There are no prices on them. Instead, folks donate money for the books. Some are from the Arrowhead Library system. Others are donated.
The Million Dollar Garage Sale is coming up on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 20-22nd.
The prices are reduced each day of the sale, but there is no haggling.
Bill Would Make it Legal for Mayors to Marry Couples
Mayors have plenty of things on their plates. But some lawmakers want to make it possible for them to do one more job: perform marriage ceremonies!
First Collection of Shakespeare's Plays Coming to UMD
A very old manuscript is making a stop in Duluth next year. The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays. It resides permanently in Washington D.C., but it's making a national tour in 2016.
Semi Stalls on Highway 53 in Duluth
A semi had some trouble on Highway 53 on Thursday morning. Duluth Police said there was an issue with the truck's brakes, and it had to be towed.
High Schoolers Prepping for FIRST Robotics Regional Competition
High school teams and their robots gathered at the DECC on Thursday to prepare for the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition starting Friday. The teams had to build machines that can stack totes on top of one another, adding a bin and a recycling can on top.
UMD Students Design 'Green' Snowmobile for International Competition
A group of about 25 UMD students have been putting in nearly 30 hours a week designing an energy efficient snowmobile for the 16th annual Society of Automotive Engineers Clean Snowmobile Challenge, an international competition next week.