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Vintage snowmobiles on the trail - Photo courtesy of PJ Nelson, Flickr

Lutsen Trailbreakers to host Vintage Snowmobile Ride

The Lutsen Trailbreakers Snowmobile Club is hosting their Third Annual Vintage Snowmobile Ride and Show on Saturday, February 24th, starting at Cascade Lodge.

Maria Nickolay

Maria Nickolay returns to Cook County and the Scenic Route

Maria Nickolay has returned to her home of Cook County after spending several years abroad in Northern Ireland. having just released her first album "Through the Ashes" before leaving.

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Northern Gardening - What seeds to plant this year

Cook County residents hear from the DNR about the Border to Border Route. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Local residents hear details on motorized 'Border to Border' route

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and the Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association, is hosting a series of listen

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Local Luthier: Drew Heinonen

Drew Heinonen has studied under several master guitar builders and now runs his own luthier business on the outskirts of Grand Marais.

West End News - February 22

West End News 2/22/18

Sawtooth Bluff offers scenic views of Grand Marais

March meeting to focus on plan for Sawtooth Bluffs

The Sawtooth Bluffs Steering Committee met on Tuesday, Feb.

"Saving Snow" Film Screening

Staci Drouillard talks about the film "Saving Snow" that documents the economic and cultural changes to our northern winters.  She also explains Cook County Local Energy Project's&n

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Alpine skiers wrap up stellar season

The Cook County Vikings Alpine Ski team wrapped up its season on Valentine’s Day when two local skiers, Reilly Wahlers and Sela Backstrom -- competed at the State Meet.

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Local entrepreneurs look at tiny houses

Anna and Sarah Hamilton of Grand Marais have launched a number of successful enterprises. They are now setting their sights on the issue of affordable housing in Cook County.

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North Woods Naturalist: Constellation Orion - Part 1

In our part of the world, the most familiar nighttime sight is the constellation Orion.

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If Eye May rocks The Roadhouse

Twin Cities alt rock band If Eye May made a return appearance on The Roadhouse, before their gig at the Wunderbar. Great, high-energy music! You can learn more at

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Adventurer Stevie Anna Plummer travels solo 1,000+ miles across Patagonia on horseback

With slow travel nearly forgotten, some explorers are rediscovering its charm. Adventurer and writer Stevie Anna Plummer, a former Cook County resident, recently completed a 1,000+ mile journey across Patagonia by horseback, with only her dog Darcie for company. Stevie talked with Dave about the challenges and joys of the trip. You can read her blog and see her gorgeous photography here


Artist/jeweler Danny Saathoff's exhibit focuses on climate change; opens Feb. 20 at Grand Marais Art Colony

Danny Saathoff is a Twin Cities jeweler and artist who recently received a grant from the MN State Arts Board for his work, "Swinging the Compass," which focuses on the effects of climate change on Lake Superior. He chatted with Jay about his art, how jewelry and sculpture are related, and the exhibit, which opens Tues.,  Feb. 20, with a talk by Danny at 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony. 

Northern lights along the Gunflint Trail

The northern lights glow in the Upper Gunflint Trail area during the late winter of 2018. Thanks to Mark Ellis for this photo.

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