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Coronavirus, COVID-19. Image courtesy of the CDC
On the day Minnesota set a daily record for new cases in a single day, Cook County public health officials announced four new COVID-19 cases Thursday, including a woman in her 80s, a woman in her 40s, a man in his 40s and a local girl under the age of 10.

This brings the total case...
Wolf in Minnesota. WTIP file photo
Trump administration officials on Thursday stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states in charge of overseeing the predators.

The U.S. Department of Interior announcement just days ahead of...
Denise and Treg Axtell shared the news of their positive COVID result on October 23. Photo courtesy of the family
As of October 27, there have been 18 cases of COVID-19 in Cook County, with 10 active cases. 
 
Because a person's medical status is private under confidentiality regulations, information about the people who have contracted the coronavirus has been...

North Shore Hospital. Submitted picture
Another confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in Cook County today (Oct. 27), bringing the total to 18 since the onset of the pandemic. There are at least ten active cases of COVID-19 in Cook County at this time.

The most recent case involves a local woman in her 40s, according to...
Cook County logo. WTIP file photo
Cook County hired a public health educator in June to continue the local effort to prepare for, and contain the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Hired for this new position in local government was longtime Cook County resident Kristin DeArruda Wharton.

During a meeting of the...
James "Sporto" Ford and staff are back at work at South of the Border after a temporary closure. File photo Rhonda Silence
In August, WTIP reported on the temporary closure of a Gunflint Trail business, the Poplar Haus, because some of the employees had potentially been exposed to the coronavirus. Another local business--South of the Border Cafe--recently went through the same process. 
 
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Grand Marais downtown area. Photo by Jaye White
It’s no secret that many choose Grand Marais, the North Shore and the surrounding outdoor playground as their vacation destination each year.

However, in recent years, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, some of those same people are opting to extend their vacations into...

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BJ Muus and Leonard Sobanja - January 2020. Photos by Rhonda Silence
BJ Muus and Leonard Sobanja—familiar names for many of us on the North Shore. Both men are full of wit and wisdom, yet are decidedly different.

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Deb Benedict (left) and Rita Plourde at WTIP on Oct. 17. Photo by Rhonda Silence
Deb Benedict and Rita Plourde are widely recognized as two of the most influential and important community leaders in Cook County during the past two decades.

Benedict served as the...
Ellen Callender. Submitted photo
Jim Wallner explains his trapping methods in Cook County. Photo by Matthew Baxley
For Jim Wallner and his family in Cook County, an early winter tradition includes setting trap...
Early ice is the time to bring out the skates in Cook County. Photo by Barb LaVigne
The opportunities for outdoor recreation that don’t involve canoeing in Cook County and the...
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