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City hall in downtown Grand Marais. WTIP file photo
As it did for so many governing body across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic changed almost everything for the Grand Marais City Council in 2020. Priorities were shifted, plans were modified and even the frequency and format of when the city council met and made decisions changed this year.
Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux and Kelly Swearingen are the 2020 mayoral candidates in Grand Marais. WTIP image
2020 has been a memorable year for Grand Marais. From the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to one of the busiest summers on record, there have been many highs and lows and memorable moments in this small lakeside community throughout the year.

Among them are haunting moments like the...
City hall in downtown Grand Marais. WTIP file photo
The Grand Marais City Council heard requests for a dog park and new snow removal equipment at their last meeting in August. The meeting, held via Zoom, started with a time for public comment and that is where the dog park discussion began.

Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux said the city...
City consultant HKGi shared this example of a tiny house that would be allowed with ordinance revision. Photo courtesy of HKGi
In July, the city of Grand Marais tabled a final decision on changes to its zoning ordinance that are intended to make it easier for developers to build housing in the city. The matter was tabled again on August 12, after the city received about 18 public comments on the proposed revision. If...

Grand Marais PUC customers in this area will have an early morning outage Sunday. Image by Grand Marais Public Utilities
Some Grand Marais Public Utilities Commission (PUC) customers will be without electricity for a couple of hours on Sunday, August 23. The PUC will be working on the east side of the electrical district from 6 - 8 a.m.
Grand Marais Public Utilities staff will be...

City hall in downtown Grand Marais. WTIP file photo
At the end of the election filing period for the city of Grand Marais on Tuesday, August 11, there were five candidates vying for two city council seats. Since then, one candidate, Tracy Benson, has withdrawn from the race. 
Benson, who once served on the city...

An example of a "Thin Blue Line" flag - Photo by Tony Alter, courtesy of
This summer in Cook County, flags and signs have been the subject of controversy. In July, citizens were disturbed to see a gravel hauling truck on the local road project sporting a Confederate flag. Through July and into this month,...

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City Hall is located at:
15 N Broadway
PO Box 600
Grand Marais, MN  55604
Phone: (218)387-1848
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
City Administrator:  Mike Roth
Jay Arrowsmith-DeCoux
PO Box 600
Grand Marais, MN  55604
Craig Schulte
Grand Marais, MN  55604
Tim Kennedy
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Grand Marais, MN  55604

Anton Moody
P.O. Box 600
Grand Marais, MN  55604
Kelly Swearingen 
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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