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Bakk gets mixed reaction from crowd when voicing support for PolyMet

Approximately 800 turned up to a public hearing at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.


W.E. Connect hoping to reconnect with community

Although the townships of Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder all have their own town boards and fire departments, as well as their own policies and priorities, they often work together.

Reilly Wahlers and Sela Backstrom are heading to the State Alpine ski meet

Two Viking Alpine skiers statebound

The Cook County/Silver Bay Alpine ski team headed to Giant's Ridge for the Section 7A meet on Tuesday, February 6.


Students can write their way to fully outfitted BWCA trip

All aspiring authors at Cook County High School and across the country have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.

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West End News - February 8

West End News 2/8/18

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Magnetic North - February 7, 2018

Magnetic North 2/6/18
Combing Out

Caucuses were held Feb. 6 in Cook County. Photo by Pat Campanaro

Update: Cook County residents speak up at local caucuses

At two venues in Grand Marais on Tuesday night, Feb.


Walk like a penguin: Staying safe in a Minnesota winter

We all know someone who's fallen and injured themselves on the ice...maybe it's happened to you, too. Older people are especially vulnerable. Jessica Finlay of the Center on Aging at the U of MN has been studying this problem, and chatted with Dave about how older people feel about and deal with winter. 

Leah Thomas plays accordion live on The Roadhouse by Annela Rova

Local musician Leah Thomas wins songwriting award

Local musician & songwriter Leah Thomas is well-known for her distinctive voice, killer accordion and clever lyrics, and has played with and fronted many groups, including the SplinterTones. Her talent was recognized by the SongDoor 2017 International Songwriting Competition, with an honorable mention for her song "Slick Back," which was recorded by the SplinterTones for their 2017 release "SplinterTones II." Leah joined Jay to talk about her songwriting process, including the inspiration she gets from travel. 

Moose in Superior National Forest

Project brings logging and prescribed burns to Middle Gunflint

The ShokoShoe Vegetation Management Project is one that has been several years in the making along a wide swath of forest between the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Middle Gunflint Trail.

Snowarama for Easter Seals Ambassadors and friends

Grand Portage to host 15th Snowarama for Easter Seals

The Grand Portage Lodge and Casino has partnered with Easter Seals of Ontario for 15 years now to offer Snowarama for Easter Seals.

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SonofMel revisits the North Shore on Scenic Route

John Adler performs as SonofMel, playing talking-style blues with intricate, personal lyrics and deep vocals that have been compared to Johnny Cash.

Snowmobiler injured in crash in Lutsen

A Thunder Bay snowmobiler was injured when he lost control on a trail near Barker Lake Road in Lutsen.

City Hall

Grand Marais creates new administrative position

There were a number of personnel matters on the Grand Marais City Council agenda during the last meeting of January. Rhonda Silence learns more in this interview. 

Cook County courthouse

New employee contracts impact county's 2018 budget

During a meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Jan. 23, a three-year labor contract with the Cook County Employee Association was approved.

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