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Vacation rentals are common on the North Shore. Photo by Joe Friedrichs
Property owners and businesses in Cook County that operate short-term rentals could see large increases in their property taxes in the coming years if a state directive becomes reality.  

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U.S. Forest Service Tofte Ranger District map showing the location of Lichen Lake - Image courtesy of U.S. Forest Service
 A late night page sent Cook County Search and Rescue out on an extensive search on Tuesday, June 11.

A 9-1-1 call came in at 9:37 p.m., reporting cries for help somewhere on Lichen Lake in the Lutsen area. The reporting party was on the north side of Lichen and it seemed that...
Cook County Sheriff's Office lights - WTIP photo
Each week the Cook County Sheriff’s Office provides a brief report of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center in the past week. This week’s report provides details logged by law enforcement dispatchers from May 13 – May 27.
 
At about 9:30 a.m. on...
ATVs are currently allowed on sections of the Gunflint Trail - Photo by Rhonda Silence
About a dozen people showed up at the Cook County Courthouse June 12 for a public hearing that could open a large section of the Gunflint Trail to ATV use.

The public hearing was a portion of the Cook County Planning Commission meeting. After receiving several dozen written comments...
Jan Sivertson discusses the county's communication policy
Former Cook County Commissioner Jan Sivertson made a request to the county’s revolving loan fund for $25,000 to make improvements to her art gallery in downtown Grand Marais. Sivertson used a personal guarantee rather than any personal property as collateral. The loan has a life, or payback...
Highway 61 going through Grand Marais, June 2019 - Photo by Rhonda Silence
Bids for the reconstruction of Highway 61 from Cutface Creek, through the City of Grand Marais, to just before County Road 14 in Colvill, have come in much higher than anticipated. The lowest bid received for the two-year reconstruction project was $20 million. MnDOT’s tentative estimate for...
Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo
Cook County has a new assessor.

Bob Thompson, who is currently employed in the assessor’s office, will be the new county assessor. Thompson will take over for outgoing assessor Todd Smith, who faced complications with regard to obtaining required licensure status from the state...

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Private investigator and author Sam Brower. Submitted photo
WTIP has been following the story about Seth Jeffs, a religious leader with a history of legal trouble in the western United States and deep family connections to the polygamous sect of the...
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In October 2017, WTIP aired a special hour-long program focused on people connecting with family members from their past.

The program featured two Cook County residents who were in the...
A large pine falls on a home during the 1999 Blowdown storm. Photo courtesy of Jim Cordes
In part two of WTIP’s commemorative look back on the 1999 Boundary Waters Blowdown storm, we...
Cindy Carpenter Straub at her campsite on Pine Lake before the Blowdown storm. Submitted photo
Twenty years ago this summer the Boundary Waters and other parts of northern Minnesota were...

Superior National Forest Update – May 2, 2019.

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