New business Boreal Electric off to a busy start in Cook County
Abby Tofte

New business Boreal Electric off to a busy start in Cook County

Becoming an electrician is something that Sam Hedstrom said he’s thought about since graduating from Cook County High School. And after many years and other Grand Marais business pursuits, including Fisherman’s Daughter with his wife Abby Tofte and Kate and Jeremy Keeble, and more recently, The Big Lake, his dream of being an electrician has come to fruition. 

Hedstrom finished his master’s electrician license in the fall of 2022. After completing the multi-year process, he started his business, Boreal Electric. He began accepting clients two weeks ago and has been off to a busy start. 

“The support from the community has been amazing,” Hedstrom said. “It’s been great.”

Hedstrom said his calendar is already filling up fast with phone calls from homeowners and business owners seeking electrical work. “You know, it’s just me, so it doesn’t take a whole lot to keep one person busy.”

He shared that he has received much support from his family and friends. “Starting any business is always a learning curve and requires a lot of work on the front end.” However, Hedstrom said, “It really provides a great opportunity for growth. So if you’re willing to, you know, lean into the challenges and learn some new things, then it’s a great opportunity to just improve your skills in all areas.”

Contact Sam Hedstrom, the owner of Boreal Electric at 218-349-1373, by email at, or on Facebook.

WTIP likes to share news of local businesses — new businesses, new owners, milestone achievements. In this interview, WTIP’s Kalli Hawkins speaks with Sam Hedstrom, owner of Boreal Electric to learn more about his new business. Audio from the interview is below. 

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