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There was a meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, Nov. 12. The following discussion and action items occurred during this week’s meeting.

Public Comment
The meeting opened with a public comment period. Local resident Susan Schubert...
Grand Portage Post 2009 Commander Orlando Swader (center) with the Stonebridge Singers. Photo by Rhonda Silence
When Grand Portage American Legion Post 2009 and the Grand Portage Veterans Memorial Committee hosted its 2019 Veterans Day commemoration, the event had many of the traditional elements—there was drum song and a moment of silence; a wonderful luncheon and cake and a gathering of friends...
The American Legion Honor Guard waits for the Veterans Day ceremony to begin. Photo by Rhonda Silence
Students and staff at Cook County School District 166 came together to host a Veterans Day program on Monday, November 11. The school once again partnered with American Legion Post 413 to open the program with the Post 413 Honor Guard posting the flags.

After the flags were posted,...
Baby Atticus and his parents, Danielle and Rob safe at North Shore Health - 11-12-19 Photo by Rhonda Silence
Danielle Johnson and Rob Jackson of Grand Portage expected to bring their new baby home in a week. On Nov. 11, Danielle spent the day getting the baby’s room ready for the impending delivery. However, their baby boy, Atticus, had other ideas.  
 
On...

Cook County Sheriff's Office - Photo courtesy of Sheriff's Office
On November 12 at approximately 1:41 a.m.,  the Cook County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a woman was in labor and birth was imminent.

The caller said the baby was not going to wait for the mother to get to the hospital before entering this world.

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Downed elm trees in Grand Marais 11-06-19 Photo by Joe Friedrichs
As reported last week, the elm trees marked for removal in the upcoming Highway 61 reconstruction project were cut down Nov. 6.  

Clearing of trees and vegetation along the Highway 61 in Cook County was done in preparation for the 2020-21 highway reconstruction project. KGM...
Liz Valenica (second from right) stands with other park staff at Isle Royale. Photo by Rhonda Silence
The longtime superintendent of Isle Royale National Park retired in early November.

Phyllis Green stepped down Nov. 1 as head of the remote park in northwestern Lake Superior. She held the position for 18 years.

The National Park Service is likely to transfer someone...

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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...
Photo by Marcelo Leal on Unsplash
In this installment of Conversations on Health and Wellbeing, host Kristin DeArruda Wharton learns more about innovations in health care and disruptive systems that have, and are changing the status...
The Gunflint Trail has a number of lakes nearby where fish netting is legal. Photo by Joe Friedrichs
Recreational netting for whitefish and cisco is currently open on designated lakes in Cook County....
Cook County forest. Photo by Jaye White
Solar panels on rooftops. Electric vehicles. Growing your own food.

These are all...
General Manager Jennifer Stoltz stands atop the Cook County Whole Foods Co-Op. Photo by Joe Friedrichs
A variety of local businesses in Cook County are finding firsthand some of the benefits within the...
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