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Cook County YMCA is located near ISD 166. WTIP file photo by Rhonda Silence

Uptick in Cook County COVID-19 case count continues as school year nears

As the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread across northeastern Minnesota, Cook County public health officials received news last week of a positive test of COVID-19 by an attendee of a

Firefighters prepare to be inserted into the BWCA by aircraft. Photo courtesy of USDA Forest Service

BWCA remains closed as weekend rains move through the region

Following a week of smoke, wind and the near-constant threat of wildfires growing in and near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, weekend rains have allowed some community members to take at le

Superior Hiking Trail. WTIP file photo

Outdoor recreation continues to be impacted by wildfires near the BWCA and North Shore

Many residents in Cook and Lake counties celebrated much needed precipitation to start the final weekend in August, though wildfires burning in the region continue to impact public safety, air quality

Wildfires in Quetico Provincial Park as of Aug. 27. WTIP image courtesy of OMNR fire map

Quetico wildfires move closer to the end of the Gunflint Trail and BWCA

International borders, county lines, wilderness boundaries and other features on maps play little role in where and how intense a wildfire is going to burn.

The Connolly's Cliff Crest on Isle Royale is one of the historic structures threatened by fire - Photo courtesy of the family

Thoughts on the historic homes threatened by Isle Royale Horne Fire

In addition to the fires inland in Minnesota and Ontario, there is a wildfire burning at Isle Royale National Park, the remote island in Lake Superior, 17 miles away from Grand Portage Bay.

Campsite closed on the Gunflint Trail in late August 2021. Photo by Barbara Jean Meyers

Outfitters from Ely to the Gunflint Trail reflect on first week of BWCA closure

The temporary closure of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Aug.

Greenwood Fire in Lake County. Photo courtesy of the US Forest Service

Greenwood Fire and BWCA fires continue to burn, rain in the forecast

After a challenging week to control the largest fire burning in Minnesota, the Greenwood Fire has now burned nearly 26,000 acres and remains zero percent contained as of Thursday morning.

Smoke along Highway 1 - Photo courtesy of US Forest Service

Loss of structures confirmed in Isabella's Greenwood Fire

The Greenwood Fire in the Isabella area has reached an estimated 21,720 acres.

Gunflint Trail federal land closure Aug. 25

Federal land along upper section of Gunflint Trail closed due to wildfire risk

The Forest Service is closing Superior National Forest lands along the upper portion of the Gunflint Trail due to fires in the vicinity and limited availability of firefighting resources.

College Bound students made the best of the cancellation of their wilderness trip. 08-24-21 Photo by Rhonda Silence

Minnesota college students make the best of canceled BWCA trip

The Forest Service directive closing the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness went out on Saturday, August 21.  A major effort was launched to reach campers already in the wilderness, letting th