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Greenwood Lake fire near Isabella from Aug. 15, 2021. Photo courtesy of the US Forest Service

Walz activates National Guard to help fight Minnesota wildfires

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz authorized Minnesota National Guard support Sunday night for wildfires currently burning across Superior National Forest.

Dr. Michael Osterholm. Submitted photo

WTIP talks with Dr. Osterholm about COVID-19 and Cook County's response to pandemic

Cook County remains the only county in Minnesota with fewer than 200 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in its local population.

An illegal campfire led to this wildfire on Clara Lake. Submitted photo

Illegal campfire leads to wildfire on Clara Lake near Lutsen

An illegal campfire on an island at Clara Lake in Cook County led to suppression efforts to contain what ultimately became a wildfire Thursday, Aug. 12.

The injured pileated woodpecker ready to go to the rehab center. 08-09-21 Submitted photo

Neighbors work to get injured pileated woodpecker to rehab center

On August 9, Mary Hanson of Lutsen experienced something that has happened to many homeowners, a bird hitting a window of her house.

Senator Tina Smith -- Photo courtesy of Tina Smith's office

Senator Tina Smith talks with WTIP ahead of vote on infrastructure bill

According to a 2019 Minnesota Department of Transportation bridge survey, more than 22 percent of the bridges on local roadways are considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

Cook County Sheriff's Office lights - Photo Rhonda Silence

No injuries in collision at temporary stoplight in Grand Marais

There was a collision at the temporary stoplight at the intersection of 5th Street/County Road 7 and 5th Avenue West in Grand Marais on Friday evening, August 6.

No campfires allowed - WTIP image

All campfires prohibited starting Tuesday, Aug. 10

Although cooler temperatures and higher humidity have dampened the immediate fire danger in Cook and Lake counties, the long-term weather forecast shows no relief for drought conditions.

Minnesota State Auditor Julie Blaha. Submitted photo

State auditor shares update on local housing issues, lodging tax allocation

Both Minnesota elected officials injured in a vehicle accident Aug. 4 have been released from the hospital, according to a statement sent to WTIP late last week.

Grand Marais Lion Pete Kavanaugh announcing the 2021 Citizen of the Year--the community. Photo by Rhonda Silence

Grand Marais Lions Club recognizes essential workers as "Citizen of the Year"

Normally when the Grand Marais Lions Club announces the annual “Citizen of the Year,” there is some clue as to who it may be.