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Cook County Board of Commissioners. Photo courtesy of Cook County

All five Cook County commissioner seats likely up for election in 2022

All five members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners could be on the ballot this fall when Election Day rolls around. The reasoning stems from, at least partially, the results of the 2020 c


A medical bag, containing Narcan and nitro has gone missing from the Tofte Fire and Rescue garage. Submitted photo

Tofte township seeks public help after Fire & Rescue break-in

Tofte township Supervisor Craig Horak has asked the community for help in finding out who broke into the Tofte Fire and Rescue garage and took equipment and radios.


Representative Rob Ecklund in Grand Portage, 2021 - Photo Rhonda Silence

Representative Ecklund ready for new legislative session

Minnesota legislators are preparing for the first session of 2022. WTIP caught up with District 3A Rob Ecklund for an update as he prepares for the new year at the Capitol.


Fighting fire in winter is especially challenging, as seen in this Dec. 2008 fire at Caribou Highlands. File photo R. Silence

Learning more about winter water sources for firefighters

At the beginning of January, WTIP spoke with Grand Marais Fire Chief Ben Silence about a program in the city of Grand Marais that asks residents to “Adopt a Fire Hydrant” by clearing

Senator Tina Smith -- Photo courtesy of Tina Smith's office

Legislation aims to rebuild public health departments in Minnesota and other states

Similar to healthcare facilities across the country, public health departments are struggling to find employees to fill important jobs as the COVID pandemic continues.


The Carlson family will be converting the former Loons Nest Gift Shop to a coffee shop. Photo courtesy of the family

Coming this summer--a coffee shop on the Gunflint Trail

WTIP likes to share news of local businesses -- new businesses, new owners, milestone achievements.


Grand Marais Mayor Jay DeCoux - Submitted photo

City still seeking citizens to serve on boards and commissions

The first city council meeting of the year is filled with a lot of routine business, appointments to various boards and commissions for council members and members of the public.


A crane lifts the Hjørdis at North House Folk School in Grand Marais. Submitted photo

North House Folk School staff and others rally to give Hjørdis a lift

Often referenced as the flagship of the Grand Marais Harbor, North House Folk School’s Hjørdis had a holiday season to remember.


The recent surge in COVID-19 cases has led to distance learning--at least temporarily--for many students. Photo Rhonda Silence

Distance learning is back for some Cook County schools

The rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community has impacted local schools.


Rep. Erik Mortensen. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Legislature

County allows state legislator to keep noncompliant structure in place

A member of the Minnesota House of Representatives built a structure that is not in compliance with local zoning ordinances, violated a cease and desist order from the Cook County Land Services Depart