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Cook County COVID-19 test information for October 2020. Photo courtesy of Cook County PHHS

Understanding the changing COVID-19 reports in Cook County

The case count for COVID-19 continues to climb in Cook County, with multiple new cases reported in recent days.  


Cook County - North Shore Health ambulance

Colorado man rescued after kayak capsizes on Devil Track Lake

A Colorado man was rescued yesterday (Oct. 18) from the frigid waters of Devil Track Lake after his kayak capsized on the popular lake near Grand Marais.


James Joerke and Rena Rogers. WTIP file photos

County administrator transition process underway in Cook County

County Administrator James Joerke has a full week on the job working at his new post in Cook County.


Vacation rentals are common on the North Shore. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Passage of tax bill brings clarity to vacation rental properties in Cook County

After months of discussion, much of it halted by the COVID-19 pandemic and delays to the decision making process at the Capitol this year, the Minnesota Legislature in recent days approved the largest


Cook County logo. WTIP file photo

Another teen tests positive for COVID in Cook County as numbers spike statewide

The case count for COVID-19 continues to climb in Cook County.


Cook County. Submitted photo

County commissioner candidates weigh in on critical issues as Election Day nears

A total of seven candidates joined WTIP for two different primaries this summer to hear from local residents trying to fill two seats on the Cook County Board of Commissioners.


The intersection of County Road 7 and the Gunflint Trail. Submitted photo

Traffic control measures lifted at intersections along County Road 7 in Grand Marais

Motorists driving through Grand Marais on County Road 7 need to remember the wisdom of an old saying that goes like this: Look both ways before you cross.


Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

District 1 primary features three candidates looking to advance to 2021 special election

In June, now former District 1 Cook County Commissioner Bobby Deschampe won an election to be the next chairperson for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.


City hall in downtown Grand Marais. WTIP file photo

City council candidates discuss important issues ahead of election

As it did for so many governing body across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic changed almost everything for the Grand Marais City Council in 2020.


Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux and Kelly Swearingen are the 2020 mayoral candidates in Grand Marais. WTIP image

Mayoral candidates square off in WTIP election forum

2020 has been a memorable year for Grand Marais.