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Vote Here sign at Cook County courthouse - Photo by Rhonda Silence
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The unofficial results of the 2020 Cook County primary are now in for District 4.  Advancing to the general election in November are candidates Ann Sullivan and Dean Berglund.

Candidate Ann Sullivan ended the night with the most votes with 298...
A Cook County mail-in ballot 08-11-20 Photo by Rhonda Silence
In Grand Marais there are three slots open--for mayor and two city council seats. As of 3:30 p.m. there are candidates for all three races. Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux has filed for reelection. Current City Councilor Kelly Swearingen also filed for mayor.
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,...

Cook County Sheriff's Office squad car, responding to an emergency - WTIP file photo
A Grand Portage man suffered non-life-threatening burns and lost his house in a fire on August 10. A call went out to respond to a house fire in Grand Portage at 3:08 p.m. The first responders on the scene found the home fully engulfed in flame. 

Minnesota State Auditor Julie Blaha. Submitted photo
Many WTIP listeners and Cook County residents think of one name when they hear the words auditor and government: Braidy Powers.

Powers has been the Cook County auditor-treasurer for many years and is a voice heard often during WTIP’s news programming.

And while...
Grand Marais Pharmacy is located on a log building on Highway 61. Photo by Rhonda Silence
Cook County could be without a pharmacy by the end of the month.

As it stands now, the Grand Marais Pharmacy is set to close its doors August 31. That would leave Grand Marais and all of Cook County without a pharmacy.

WTIP reached out to Bob Sample, who owns the Grand...
Coronavirus, COVID-19. Image courtesy of the CDC
As the virus continues to spread across all corners of the state, the Minnesota Department of Health reports it was among the most troubling weekends for new cases since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Minnesota health officials reported more than 800 new cases of COVID-19...

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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.

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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