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Image courtesy of Cook County Sheriff's Office
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office shared a brief report of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center from February 25 - March 9, 2020. WTIP requested more information on a number of the incidents logged by law enforcement dispatchers.

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School District 166 buses leaving the garage. File photo - Rhonda Silence
Instead of picking up students on Monday, March 30, Cook County Schools bus drivers will be making deliveries of distance learning materials.

For the families of students who do not ride the bus, materials can be picked up at the School District 166 Eagle doors.

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County logo. WTIP file photo
The Cook County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and local healthcare facilities have established a process to accept donations for local COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts. The donation center will be staffed beginning Monday, March 30.

"We understand that people want...
Mike Keyport, Cook County Emergency Management Director visiting WTIP in August 2020. Photo by Rhonda Silence.JPG
Cook County established a COVID-19 emergency operations center (EOC) at the Cook County Community Center this week and appointed a designated public information officer (PIO).

The EOC is a centralized location for personnel involved in the response to the coronavirus to gather...
School District 166 Superintendent Dr. Bill Crandall - Photo by Rhonda Silence
The School District 166 held a special board meeting at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on March 19 and like so many other entities, how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic was a top agenda item.

For the school, that means launching distance learning on Monday, March 30. The school...
Governor Walz during a visit to the Grand Portage community. Photo by Rhonda Silence
   Gov. Tim Walz ordered Minnesota residents in nonessential jobs to stay at home for two weeks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the coronavirus from overwhelming the state’s health care system. The governor’s “stay at home” order begins at...
Great Expectations School in Grand Marais on a wintry day
Local schools are definitely facing challenges during this time of social distancing due to the spread of Covid-19.  WTIP’s Rhonda Silence learns more about the situation at Great Expectations School in Grand Marais in this March 28 interview with GES director Peter James. ...


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BJ Muus and Leonard Sobanja - January 2020. Photos by Rhonda Silence
BJ Muus and Leonard Sobanja—familiar names for many of us on the North Shore. Both men are full of wit and wisdom, yet are decidedly different.

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Deb Benedict (left) and Rita Plourde at WTIP on Oct. 17. Photo by Rhonda Silence
Deb Benedict and Rita Plourde are widely recognized as two of the most influential and important community leaders in Cook County during the past two decades.

Benedict served as the...
Ellen Callender. Submitted photo
Jim Wallner explains his trapping methods in Cook County. Photo by Matthew Baxley
For Jim Wallner and his family in Cook County, an early winter tradition includes setting trap...
Early ice is the time to bring out the skates in Cook County. Photo by Barb LaVigne
The opportunities for outdoor recreation that don’t involve canoeing in Cook County and the...
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