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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.

Suicide and depression

First Thursday broadcast deals with suicide

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

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.

Weekend Wrap

Weekend News Wrap May 8

Each week the WTIP News Department provides a summary of the stories it has been following that week. Tune in to WTIP's North Shore Weekend Saturdays from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. to hear the Wrap live or visit our website and listen at your convenience or subscribe to a podcast.


Bull moose

Minnesota moose numbers on the decline

Moose hold a special place in the hearts of most Minnesotans. To many, they represent wilderness and the north woods like no other animal.  Native Americans in the region have long had a sacred connection to moose, and the name itself means “eater of twigs” in Ojibwe. But moose aren’t doing well in Minnesota. In the northwestern part of the state, the population has collapsed, dropping from over 4,000 animals in the mid-1980s to less than 100 today. The focus now is on the herd in northeastern Minnesota, which is also on the decline.  The 2010 aerial moose survey estimates the population at about 5,500 animals, down from last year's estimate of 7,500.  Teams of researchers, concerned individuals, institutions, and agencies are trying to understand what's happening to the moose, and why.