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Weekend News Roundup for January 13

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Lynx are schedule to be taken off the threatened species list.

School District 166 Storytelling Session - RESCHEDULED

Due to weather conditions, the facilitators for the Community Storytelling session are unable to come to Cook County.

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Highway department advises to travel with caution

Temperatures are expected to drop below zero tonight for most of Cook County and along the North Shore. That could lead to hazardous road conditions throughout the region.

Josh Beck, the former director of Cook County's Health and Human Services Department

An interview with Josh Beck's attorney about child abuse case

Former Cook County Health and Human Services Director Josh Beck admits he pushed his stepdaughter and intentionally caused her physical harm while the family lived in Grand Marais, according to recent

Sen. Tom Bakk

Bakk discusses lieutenant governor quandary

Newly appointed Minnesota Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach has publicly stated that she plans to remain a Republican state senator.

Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen welcomes Deputy Andrew Hayes

Cook County Sheriff's Office welcomes new deputies

The Cook County Sheriff's Office welcomed two new deputies to the community this week.

The dog pound in the Grand Marais Recreation Area

Community still working to relocate Grand Marais dog pound

For many years, community members have been working to find a new home for the Grand Marais dog pound. The small building is out of place in the Grand Marais Recreation Area.

Grand Marais visitors are using AirBnB more and more

Grand Marais in top ten for Airbnb guests in Minnesota

The city of Grand Marais has made another top 10 list--this time for the number of visitors to the community. Airbnb recently released a report detailing its top 10 destinations in Minnesota.

Grand Marais Public Utilities Commission

Update: Power restored for majority of customers in Grand Marais outage

At approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday, electricity flickered and then went out in some sections of Grand Marais. As of midnight, January 8, the power had been restored to the majority of customers.

Terry and Lori Backlund have purchased the laundromat from Carline and Pete Gresczyk

New owners for local laundromat

At one time or another we’ve all visited a laundromat, but few of us think of them as business opportunities. Not so for Terry and Lori Backlund of Grand Marais.