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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. WTIP file photo
The number of people legally allowed to enter the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) for overnight camping trips from May through September will be reduced for the next paddling season.
“We are reducing quota across the forest at entry points where we frequently...
North Shore Health Director of Nursing Troy Batchelor - Photo by Rhonda Silence
Troy Batchelor is the “new” director of nursing at North Shore Health. He took on the role in September, but had been in the community part time since 2019.   It took a bit of serendipity to find the right role for this accomplished nurse.

Troy has been a nurse...
Cook County logo. WTIP file photo
Cook County confirmed the first COVID-19 related fatality today. 

The person who died was between ages 75 and 79, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Housing is a key issue facing Cook County. Photo by Joe Friedrichs
As recently reported by WTIP, Cook County homeowners should expect their property values to go up in the coming year for taxes payable in 2023, according to local officials.

Lutsen Mountains ski area. Photo by Jaye White
Public comments, community discussion and various levels of communication between local and federal agencies continues to take place regarding the proposed expansion of...
Cook County courthouse - Photo by Rhonda Silence
Many of Cook County’s largest employers – from healthcare to local government – are struggling to find and retain employees as elements of the ‘great resignation’ roll up the North Shore.

“It is a real phenomenon,” said Cook County...
Cook County School District 166 - WTIP file photo
When the School District 166 school board met on November 18, that latest case rates for COVID-19 had grown to a higher number than it has ever been. There was no discussion of removing the mask mandate at the school, but the school board members asked questions about when that could be...

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Grand Marais downtown area. Photo by Jaye White
Heat. Smoke. A surge of visitors. The lingering COVID-19 global pandemic.

Add these factors up and it’s made for another challenging summer for some Cook County businesses and...
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...
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...
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...
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