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Grand Marais Mayor Jay DeCoux - Submitted photo
The first city council meeting of the year is filled with a lot of routine business, appointments to various boards and commissions for council members and members of the public. The council also selects who will serve as acting mayor if Mayor Jay DeCoux is not available. On January 12, the city...
A crane lifts the Hjørdis at North House Folk School in Grand Marais. Submitted photo
Often referenced as the flagship of the Grand Marais Harbor, North House Folk School’s Hjørdis had a holiday season to remember.

WTIP Station Manager Matthew Brown was enjoying lunch at Fisherman’s Daughter in Grand Marais when he noticed the Hjørdis sitting...
The recent surge in COVID-19 cases has led to distance learning--at least temporarily--for many students. Photo Rhonda Silence
The rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community has impacted local schools....
Rep. Erik Mortensen. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Legislature
A member of the Minnesota House of Representatives built a structure that is not in compliance with local zoning ordinances, violated a cease and desist order from the Cook County Land Services Department in 2021 and nonetheless will be allowed to keep the building in place near the shores of...
North House Folk School sunset
The North House Folk School campus has seen a lot of changes since the school's founding in 1997. The school has made improvements to the 1930s-era forestry buildings, purchased neighboring properties, changed driveway and pedestrian access to the school, and more, over the years. Is there more...
Grand Marais fire hydrant - Photo by RaeAnne Silence
The winter of 2020-2021 brought a total of 56.5 inches of snow to the North Shore. As 2021 ended, our seasonal snowfall had already totaled 56.5 inches. That means large snowbanks everywhere, including around the very important fire hydrants in the city of Grand Marais. That has prompted a request...
Charles Skinner and Tom Rider during construction of the new gondola, 2015. Photo courtesy of Lutsen Mountains
On January 5, Lutsen Mountains announced a change of leadership at the North Shore ski hill. Co-President Tom Rider sold his ownership interest to his brother-in-law and business partner of over 30 years, Charles Skinner.

Some community members found the timing of the announcement...

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Grand Marais downtown area. Photo by Jaye White
Heat. Smoke. A surge of visitors. The lingering COVID-19 global pandemic.

Add these factors up and it’s made for another challenging summer for some Cook County businesses and...
Curtis Gagnon
Back in 2016 Curtis Gagnon, a Grand Portage Band Member who passed away in December of 2020, spoke with WTIP Volunteer Roger Linehan in an hour-long conversation that covered a lot of territory...
Ice climbing near Lake Superior. Photo courtesy of Matthew Baxley
Minnesota’s North Shore and the many rivers and streams that flow into Lake Superior are...
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...
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