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A BWCA camper after the July 4, 1999 Blowdown. Photo courtesy of Jim Cordes

Blowdown Series: Part three, 'Blowin in the Wind'

In part three of WTIP’s commemorative look back on the 1999 Boundary Waters Blowdown storm, we hear we hear about what the weather event did to Minnesota forests both during and after the storm.


PolyMet permit process sign. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

WaterLegacy attorney talks EPA audit of PolyMet permit

The Office of Inspector General of the U.S.


Sandi McQuatters and Emily Kettleson are ready to help at the Grand Marais DMV.  Photo by Rhonda Silence

New Grand Marais Department of Motor Vehicles open for business

The Grand Marais Department of Motor Vehicles opened at a new location, at Terra Bella Floral, at 407 4th Avenue East in Grand Marais, on June 5.


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

A tax policy confusion: Where do short-term rental properties fit?

Property owners and businesses in Cook County that operate short-term rentals could see large increases in their property taxes in the coming years if a state directive becomes reality.  


U.S. Forest Service Tofte Ranger District map showing the location of Lichen Lake - Image courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

Lichen Lake canoeists found safe

 A late night page sent Cook County Search and Rescue out on an extensive search on Tuesday, June 11.


Cook County Sheriff's Office lights - WTIP photo

A look at the Law Enforcement Log, May 13-27

Each week the Cook County Sheriff’s Office provides a brief report of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center in the past week.


ATVs are currently allowed on sections of the Gunflint Trail - Photo by Rhonda Silence

Planning commission approves opening bulk of Gunflint Trail to ATV use

About a dozen people showed up at the Cook County Courthouse June 12 for a public hearing that could open a large section of the Gunflint Trail to ATV use.


Jan Sivertson discusses the county's communication policy

County board approves $25,000 loan for former commissioner

Former Cook County Commissioner Jan Sivertson made a request to the county’s revolving loan fund for $25,000 to make improvements to her art gallery in downtown Grand Marais.


Highway 61 going through Grand Marais, June 2019 - Photo by Rhonda Silence

Bids for Grand Marais Highway 61 reconstruction higher than expected

Bids for the reconstruction of Highway 61 from Cutface Creek, through the City of Grand Marais, to just before County Road 14 in Colvill, have come in much higher than anticipated.