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Close up of a snow flea

Snow fleas have an important ecological function

Now that we have some fresh snow, you might be seeing little spots of stuff that looks like pepper. If the spots jump around they’re more than likely snow fleas.


Sue Futterer, Public Health and Human Services director

County board to review Alternate Work Site plan

Cook County Commissioners will consider a plan that would define the on-site and off-site responsibilities of the Public Health and Human Services Director.


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Weekend News Wrap Feb. 6

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

Tofte Fire Department gets a large grant

Local firefighters get federal grant

Members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation have announced that 21 communities across the state will receive $1,444,938 as part of The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.&nbsp


County lodging taxes down over 8 percent in 2009

County lodging taxes down over 8 percent in 2009

Last year was not a good one for Cook County tourism. According to the Auditor-Treasurer’s year-end lodging tax report, 2009 was down 8.3 percent from 2008.


Girls Alpine team goes to State

Girls Alpine team goes to State

The Cook County/Silver Bay Girls Alpine ski team won the Section 7 meet at Giants Ridge on Tuesday Feb. 2.


Mushers wrap up 2010 Beargrease

Mushers wrap up 2010 Beargrease

Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm was the first to cross the finish line of the 27th John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon just after 10 a.m. on Wednesday.


Grand Marais couple to face jury over kidnapping and sexual assault charges

Grand Marais couple to face jury over kidnapping and sexual assault charges

A Grand Marais woman is now facing a more serious criminal charge than her husband, who allegedly used a wrecking bar, knife and handgun to force another man to have sex with her.


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Manpower is the only backup system for communications on the North Shore

When people along the North Shore last week found themselves without the usual communications tools, they began asking, “What happened and where’s the back-up?” Residents along th


Drew Hayden Taylor, author of “Dead White Writer on the Floor”

The play “Dead White Writer on the Floor” opens in Thunder Bay

Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay is premiering a work by First Nations playwright Drew Hayden Taylor.