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North Shore Health has been using telemedicine for more than a year now in its emergency room.  That technology has been greatly expanded in light of the COVID-19 pandemic at both North Shore Health and Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. Doctors and therapists are interacting with patients online...
Cook County sign at the Cook-Lake county border - Submitted photo
Cook County officials continue to discuss a travel advisory as the COVID-19 pandemic remains at the forefront of county operations and community health, with one commissioner explaining during a public meeting that the county is not a travel agency and needs to be mindful of community health.
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Cedar Grove Business Park - WTIP file photo by Rhonda Silence
The Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) held its regular May meeting on May 12, but it was, like so many meetings in the COVID-19 pandemic era, held remotely. That did not stop the EDA board from discussing some important issues.

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Gunflint Trail sign. WTIP file photo
Starting Monday, June 1, a number of campground located on the Superior National Forest in Cook County will open to overnight camping. This is in alignment with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s announcement that allows campgrounds to reopen starting June 1 under the ‘Stay Safe MN’...
North Shore Hospital. Submitted picture
Now that Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, it’s likely Cook County and the North Shore will start seeing more people visit the area as more businesses and lodging sites start to reopen. With that in mind, WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs asked Cook County Public Health Supervisor Grace...
Smokey the Bear is pointing out that fire danger is HIGH. Photo by Rhonda Silence
 FIRE DANGER
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the fire danger rating for Cook County today, May 24, is very high, meaning, fires start easily and spread at a very fast rate.

According to the Minnesota Incident Command System, which...
A typical family shopping list. Photo by Rhonda Silence
The procedure for shopping at North Shore grocery stores varies from business to business. All three grocery stores in Grand Marais offered only curbside pickup shopping starting on Wednesday, March 25. However, that is beginning to change.

Gene’s Foods in...

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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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