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County Board struggles to find solution for Onion River Road winter maintenance

On Nov. 17 Cook County Commissioners agreed with members of the Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association – the county, not LTTA, should plow and maintain the Onion River Road.


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New Border Patrol Chief talks about enhanced community involvement

The Border Patrol has a new Chief Patrol Agent at the Grand Forks North Dakota sector headquarters. The sector covers over 800 miles of border with Canada, including all of Cook County. While the Border Patrol mission remains unchanged, officials are emphasizing an increase in community involvement. WTIP’s Jay Andersen has this interview.


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EDA cost vs. benefit study gets underway

The EDA Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston has approved a request for assistance from the Cook County-Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA). 


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Sen. Klobuchar supports drug imports

In a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, Minnesota’s U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar spoke in support of an amendment she co-sponsored to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  The amendment would allow American consumers to safely import lower-priced Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs from other approved countries. 


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Weekend News Wrap Dec. 12

Each week the WTIP News Department provides a summary of the stories it has been following that week.  Tune in to WTIP's North Shore Weekend Saturdays from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. to hear the Wrap live or visit our website and listen at your convenience or subscribe to a podcast. 


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Arrowhead population goes down but Cook County bucks trend

Minnesota’s population has grown by just over 6 percent so far this decade, while six of the seven Northeast counties have declined by roughly that same amount. Cook County is the exception, with a population growth of about 5 percent in the last decade.


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City adopts 2010 budget with 3 percent levy increase

Grand Marais Mayor Sue Hakes said she hoped to go into 2010 without a raise in taxes. However, Hakes says unallotments made by the governor totaling $31,000 along with the possibility of further cuts next year, made a 3 percent levy increase necessary.


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Klobuchar sponsors bill to help keep Asian Carp out of Great Lakes

Minnesota’s U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar has co-sponsored legislation authored by Democrat Senator Carl Levin and Republican George Voinovich to prevent the spread of Asian Carp to the Great Lakes.


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H1N1 now available to all in Cook County

H1N1 vaccination will be available to everyone on a first come first served basis Thursday and Friday. Vaccinations will be in the Sawtooth Mountain clinic patient education room, which is located in the clinic waiting area.

On Thursday Dec.10, a clinic will be held from  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Friday Dec. 11 vaccinations are available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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Industrial spill near Lake Superior at Marathon, Ontario

A “minor” spill of industrial chemicals at Marathon, Ontario’s bankrupt pulp mill has confirmed the worst fears of municipal leaders in Canada. News of the spill was reported in the Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal on Tuesday.