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Heidi Doo-Kirk

Good news from the Y, new long-term housing, and more discussed at County Board meeting

Cook County’s Danna MacKenzie moves on to a new state position, good news from the YMCA, and new long-term residential housing were discussed at this week’s County Board meeting.


Ruthanne Hedstrom Vos explains the various of phone and internet scams that are common today (Hendrick Hansen/Flickr)

Phone & online scams - what's out there and how to avoid them

Phone and online scams have become more common in recent years.


Ship anchored near the Duluth harbor (Photo by Stephan Hoglund)

Public hearing to be held on Superior oil shipping terminal project

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources plans to hold a public hearing in Superior on Tuesday, November 26.


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Little Free Library: Sharing books & building community

Rick Brooks is co-founder and program director of the nonprofit organization Little Free Library. Little Free Libraries are little buildings, sort of like a birdhouse but bigger, in people's front yards or other public spaces, that hold books for the taking. The idea is to share books and the love of reading...and draw the community closer along the way. Since the idea's start in 2009, nearly 12,000 Little Free Libraries have been put into use around the world. Buck spoke with Rick recently to learn all about them and why people are loving the idea.


Crowd gathered at Cook County Courthouse to hear Special Prosecutor Thomas Heffelfinger. Photo by Carah Thomas

Change of venue granted in Scannell case

Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell appeared in court this morning in Grand Marais for a Rule 8 hearing, after being indicted on Thursday, October 31, on two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual cond


The groundbreaking at Superior National Golf Course, Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Golf course, pipeline ceremonies mark beginning of two major Lutsen projects

Two major projects broke ground in Lutsen Tuesday afternoon. WTIP’s Kelly Schoenfelder has this report from the events.


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Government shutdown commentary by U of MN political science expert

Bob Carter spoke Oct. 4 with Prof. Kathryn Pearson of the U of MN political science department to get her take on the government shutdown, possible strategies of the various players, how it might be resolved, and much more.


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Community change expert Rich Harwood on moving forward after tragedy

In the wake of the Navy Yard shootings in Washington, D.C., Buck spoke Sept. 27 with Rich Harwood, founder and president of the D.C.-based Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, and a nationally recognized expert in the fields of community change and crisis. Rich talked about what happens to communities in the aftermath of a crisis, and ways to start and help the healing process.


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Heart of the Continent Partnership works to promote Canadian-American border lakes region

St. Louis County Commissioner Frank Jewell spoke with Ann Possis Sept. 20 about the Heart of the Continent Partnership (HOCP), an American/Canadian coalition of land managers and local stakeholders working together on cross-border projects. Their next meeting is at Camp Menogyn, off the Gunflint Trail, Oct. 3 & 4. For more information on the HOCP, or to sign up to attend the meeting, click here.