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The Grand Marais Art Colony is making major renovations at former Dog Haus building . Photo by Rhonda Silence 07-18-21

Major renovations at Grand Marais Art Colony downtown location

Anyone driving or walking along Highway 61 near the Hungry Hippie Tacos building in recent weeks may have been a bit startled by changes to the small building next door at what was the Dog Haus, a pet


Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Forest Service enacts food storage order in BWCA, Superior National Forest

Effective today, all visitors to Superior National Forest, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, will need to store their food properly to help protect black bears that call the area ho


Grand Marais downtown area. Photo by Jaye White

Workforce burnout in Cook County: A 2021 community conversation

Heat. Smoke. A surge of visitors. The lingering COVID-19 global pandemic.


Lake County, Minnesota. WTIP file photo

Masks recommended in Lake County regardless of vaccination status

The case count for COVID-19 in Lake County continues to climb as state and local public health offic


Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

Use of Cook County lodging tax discussed during county board meeting

The local lodging tax is the economic engine bringing so many tourists to Cook County and the use of these funds should be reconsidered to address the local housing crunch, according to a former count


The Canada geese in the Grand Marais harbor seem unimpressed by the boat launch work underway. Photo by Rhonda Silence

An update on the DNR boat launch improvements in the Grand Marais harbor

Work is well underway on the boat launch improvements in the Grand Marais harbor, in the Grand Marais Recreation Park.


US Forest Service logo courtesy of USDA Forest Service

Fires reported in BWCA and near the Gunflint Trail following weekend storms

A small fire was reported today (July 26) in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near Ogishkemuncie Lake.
 


There was always a crowd at the Gunflint Canoe Races. File photo, Rhonda Silence 2019

Gunflint Canoe Races look different in 2021

Although the work of the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department goes on, the major event that so many folks look forward to each year, the Gunflint Canoe Races, was canceled for 2021.


A Red Flag Warning means fire danger is extremely high. Image courtesy of National Weather Service

Fire danger is VERY HIGH and a Red Flag warning has been issued

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fire danger is VERY HIGH in Cook County.