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Builder Matt Groth of Grand Marais Construction working on the water and sewer lines to phase 1 of his project. Submitted photo
If you type “housing” in the search bar on the WTIP website, hundreds of archived stories will pop up. Housing has been a topic of discussion in board meetings of every branch of local government for decades. It seems we all know someone who wants to live and work in Cook County, but...
A family heading out onto the lake - Photo by Rhonda Silence
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has seen a deadly start to the open-water season in Minnesota. 

According to the DNR, as of June 16, as many as nine people have been victims of boating fatalities. That number, which is preliminary, marks the most fatalities at this...
Cook County courthouse - File photo by Rhonda Silence
The Cook County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, June 15 in a committee of the whole meeting, sometimes referred to as a work session. The meeting consisted of a discussion of tax abatements and presentations by the Cook County Historical Society and Visit Cook County.
 
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A black bear in a yard in Grand Marais, October 2020. Photo by Rhonda Silence
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds hikers, campers, and others recreating outdoors to be aware of bears when heading outdoors, whether for a quick hike or a longer camping trip.

People can peacefully share the outdoors with bears by paying attention to where and...
The U.S. Coast Guard Superior North Station in Grand Marais - Photo by Rhonda Silence
On June 9, the U.S. Coast Guard published an announcement that the North Superior Station, the Coast Guard facility in Grand Marais, is on the list of Great Lakes stations that will be “consolidated” with other stations. That means there would no longer be a Coast Guard presence on the...
Christopher Lindholm, formerly Pequot Lakes superintendent, is coming to School District 166. Submitted photo
In May, the superintendent position for School District 166 was offered to Christopher Lindholm of Pequot Lakes and he accepted. He will be starting as the new superintendent here in Cook County on July 1.

Since then, some community members have discovered press reports about...
Lisa Bauer is the Cook County Chamber member relations manager. Submitted photo
Cook County Chamber Executive Director Jim Boyd sent out a press release this week announcing that the chamber has named Lisa Bauer to its new, part-time position of member relations manager. 
 
“We are very fortunate to have Lisa join the Chamber...


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Curtis Gagnon
Back in 2016 Curtis Gagnon, a Grand Portage Band Member who passed away in December of 2020, spoke with WTIP Volunteer Roger Linehan in an hour-long conversation that covered a lot of territory...
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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Ice climbing near Lake Superior. Photo courtesy of Matthew Baxley
Minnesota’s North Shore and the many rivers and streams that flow into Lake Superior are...
Wildersmith Let it Snow
Wildersmith on the Gunflint    by      Fred...
Ellen Callender. Submitted photo
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