Director Bill Tormondsen and the Cook County High School Band rehearse for their upcoming concert, May 19

CCHS Band great at State

The Cook County High School Band made another successful trip to the State Music Competition in Virginia, Minnesota on April 30, earning high scores from the judges an

Fishing boat

Coast Guard announces new license requirements for commercial operators

The U.S. Coast Guard is promising new licensing options and more exam dates in northern Minnesota to help diffuse a controversy over fish guiding-license rules it began enforcing last year.

Campfires still restricted

Burning restrictions to ease today, but not here

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced that as of today, May 12, open burning restrictions will be lifted in many counties and normal spring burning practices may resume.

Assorted objects uncovered while replacing the dock at the Grand Portage National Monument.

Large archaeological find unearthed offshore in Grand Portage

Last week in Grand Portage an unexpected archaeological find occurred in Lake Superior just offshore from the historic national monument.

Primary election candidates filing

Filing deadline for candidates facing primary approaches

Because the Minnesota primary election date has been moved to the second Tuesday in August – the 10th – filing dates have also been moved up.


Ely in the running for America's Coolest Small Town

LInda Fryer,  Ely Chamber of Commerce director, spoke May 7 with Bob about wacky tourism promotions and the coolest small town contest.

Suicide and depression

First Thursday broadcast deals with suicide

On May 6, WTIPs First Thursday Community Conversation dealt with suicide.

Nordic walking.

“President’s Challenge” urges Americans to get active in May

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sibelius has announced that President Obama is challenging every American to make physical

Gypsy moth

More gypsy moth treatment scheduled for early summer

As the battle against gypsy moth infestations heats up in northeastern Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is inviting people to learn about the effort at informational meeti

4-Day school week

Four-Day meetings are scheduled for this month

Information on the 4-Day School Week Study will be presented, and community input gathered, at five locations throughout the county this month.


On track to be first to reach North & South Poles, Everest in one year

Grand Marais resident Eric Larsen spoke with Buck May 7 about his Save the Poles Expedition to the world's last great frozen places.

Cathy's ferns

Weekend Art News

Gunflint Greenup is this weekend, and here's a photo to prove spring is here despite the cold temps and reports of snow. The photo was taken by Cathy Quinn.

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