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Vaccinations for Cook County will continue throughout 2021. WTIP file photo

Top US health officials recommend ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine prior to Lutsen event

The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in the administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

School District 166 has reminders of COVID-19 cautions throughout the school. Photo by Rhonda Silence

ISD166 reports second case of COVID-19 in student body

Cook County School District 166 has announced its second confirmed case of COVID-19 which has affected our student body. This case is not related to the first case announced on April 8.

Cook County logo. WTIP file photo

COVID-19 vaccinations continue in Cook County this week

There will be three different vaccination events happening throughout Cook County this week, including the first event featuring the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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Fishing opener is not on Mother's Day, but Take-a-Mom fishing event is

The opening of spring fishing is an unofficial Minnesota holiday, dubbed "The Opener." The season typically falls on the same weekend as Mother's Day.

Dan Shirley, co-owner of Sawbill Outfitters and chair of the ISD 166 school board. Submitted photo

Write-in candidate Dan Shirley declines treasurer position

When Tofte township elections were held in March 2021, incumbent Treasurer Dan Shirley let it be known that he was not running for that office.

Fireweed Bike Co-op sign at the new location. Photo by Rhonda Silence

Fireweed Bike Co-op still offering bike repairs

WTIP likes to share news of local businesses -- new businesses, new owners, milestone achievements, changed locations, and more.

School District 166 - Eagle entrance

School District 166 reports positive COVID-19 case, some students quarantining

School District 166 announced on Thursday, April 8 that it has its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the student body. 

School District 166 welcome wall - Photo by Rhonda Silence

School District 166 asks for community input on superintendent search

 The School District 166 school board met on Tuesday, April 6, to complete the "planning phase" of its superintendent search.

Coronavirus, COVID-19. Image courtesy of the CDC

Highly contagious COVID-19 variant confirmed in Cook County

A highly contagious new strain of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Cook County, according to local public health officials.

Lightning strike in Cook County. Photo by Sierra Parsons

Forest Service shares update on lightning strikes, prescribed burns

A thunderstorm rolled through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and along the North Shore Monday night (April 5).