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City hall in downtown Grand Marais. WTIP file photo
The renovation of Grand Marais City Hall and the municipal liquor store building has been on the city council's agenda for many years. A great deal of research has been done regarding what could be done to the aging structure which once housed the Grand Marais fire department and the city...

North Shore Health lab where COVID-19 tests can be processed. Submitted photo
Cook County continues to report a low case count of the new coronavirus among local residents. The actual presence of the virus in Cook County is likely higher than the confirmed case count indicates,...
Tribal Council candidates Rick Anderson and Marie Spry - Submitted photos
The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is holding its Tribal Council general election on Tuesday, August 18. In the race for Tribal Council committeeperson are incumbent Rick Anderson and former Tribal Council member Marie Spry.

The June 9 primary reduced the slate of...
Vandalism of a Black Lives Matter sign on the Gunflint Trail on July 30. Submitted photo
It happened again.

Following reports earlier this month of multiple acts of theft and intimidation across Cook County, a Black Lives Matter sign was again damaged and...
City Councilor Tim Kennedy - File photo by Rhonda Silence, 2015
There has been a great deal of election news on WTIP Community Radio lately, with the primary election coming up on August 11. The senate and local county commissioner races are not the only things voters in the city of Grand Marais should consider. however. The filing period to run for a seat...

Superintendent Bill Crandall and ISD 166 board member Carrie Jansen at the July 28 board meeting. Photo by Rhonda Silence
Governor Tim Walz and other Minnesota state officials unveiled a plan this afternoon to reopen schools this fall during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The plan gives districts some flexibility to combine in-person and online learning, but reserves the right for the state to step in if the...

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. WTIP file photo
The case count for COVID-19 among Cook County residents remains low, with two confirmed reports as of July 30.

However, there are positive results turning up in some of the tourists who are visiting and staying in Cook County during the summer of 2020, according to Dr. Kurt Farchmin...

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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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