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West End committee creates a consensus agreement for Birch Grove

After months of meeting, it is hoped that the Birch Grove Task Force Conciliation Committee has developed an agreement that the entire West End community can live with. 


Sue Hakes

Sue Hakes talks about what lies ahead in her political future

Sue Hakes has a long political history in Cook County. She recently formed an exploratory committee in case Rep. Rick Nolan chose to run for Governor rather than stay in Congress.


School News: On vacation until the fall!!

(Photo by WoofBC on Flickr)


Loren Acton

West End News: June 8

Meeting new people is one of my favorite parts of the summer visitor season.


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Chuck Petek: 50 years in the barber shop

In May, there was a change of ownership for the building that houses the Gunflint Mercantile, Country Insurance and Chuck's Barber Shop.


Log Truck loading birch sawlogs (Eli Sagor/Flickr)

DNR accepting comments for timber sales in 2018

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is currently accepting public comments on possible timber sales in the State and in our area. Rhonda Silence finds out more in this interview. 


Dr. Seth Moore

Dr. Seth Moore: Engaging tribal youth in an environmental career path

Dr. Seth Moore is Director of Biology and Environment with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. 


WTIP's community garden gets a raised-bed pallet garden!

Check out this video of the construction of a raised-bed pallet garden at WTIP's Community Garden on June 6, 2017. 

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Robert Deschampe is the county's new commissioner

An interview with new Commissioner Robert Deschampe

Cook County Auditor Braidy Powers has announced the results of the special election for Cook County Commissioner District 1.


Jeremy Messersmith plays in Studio A

Jeremy Messersmith is "Overly Optimistic" on the Scenic Route

Jeremy Messersmith has been writing clever and meaningful songs in the Twin Cities for over a decade.


Phyllis Sherman, a volunteer for the DNR’s Loon-Watch program

Where: 
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
When: 
Sun, 06/25/2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Ovenbird

North Woods Naturalist: The ovenbird

There’s a small, camouflaged warbler with one very familiar song and a second song that few people recognize.


Lorna Landvick at a writer’s salon

Where: 
​Drury Lane Books
When: 
Sat, 06/24/2017 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Chik Wauk Nature Center on the Gunflint has been keeping an eye out for young loons

Loons at Chik Wauk Nature Center caring for one hatchling

As reported by our Gunflint Trail correspondent Fred Smith, of Wildersmith on the Gunflint fame, there was some concern about the loons that had nested on the pond at Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Cente


Judy Erickson

Chamber report card from the Legislature is "pretty good" over all

The Cook County Chamber of Commerce had a number of priorities to be considered by the Legislature this session. The report card was pretty good, but not perfect.


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