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A house of any size is difficult to find in Grand Marais. Photo by Andrew Balet, Wikimedia Commons

Research of Cook County housing crunch continues

Grand Marais city councilors recently went through the process of listing the things important to the citizens of Grand Marais.


Grand Marais City Hall was crowded with people "speaking for the trees" on October 9. Photo by Rhonda Silence

Standing room only for public comment on city trees

Approximately 50 people crowded into Grand Marais City Hall at the Wednesday, October 9 city council meeting to share comments and concerns about the removal of the elm trees that line Highway 61 thro


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Rena Rogers appointed interim Cook County administrator

Cook County Administrator Jeff Cadwell’s last day is Monday, Oct. 14. Cadwell is leaving to become the new administrator in Mahnomen County.


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Some local residents 'appalled' by treatment of county employees

Human suffering has no place in the community or in the workings of local government, according to County Attorney Molly Hicken.


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A look at the Law Enforcement Log, Sept. 24-30

Each week the Cook County Sheriff’s Office provides a brief report of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center. WTIP requested more information on the following incidents.

Jim Miller's lighting designs grace many local establishments, including the CD library at WTIP! Photo by Rhonda Silence

A bright future for Hovland lighting design company

It can be a challenge to operate a business in rural Cook County, but Jim Miller does just that from one of the most remote parts of the county, in Hovland.


Balloon debris on a Great Lakes beach. Submitted photo

Michigan researcher tracking balloon debris near Lake Superior

A University of Michigan graduate student and researcher is tracking balloon litter near Lake Superior to raise awareness of how balloons impact the environment.


While the city focuses on costs of the Highway 61 project, the fate of these elm trees is still uncertain. Photo J. Friedrichs

A closer look at the city's Highway 61 costs

The reconstruction of Highway 61 through the City of Grand Marais has been an ongoing topic on the city council agenda.


This group of vehicles followed the proposed B2B route through Cook County. Photo by Scott Benolken

Group supporting Twin Metals, motorized B2B route requests funds from Cook County

A group that advocates for proposed copper-nickel mines and the Border-to-Border Touring Route in northern Minnesota is requesting that Cook County pay it more than $2,000 annually to support their mi


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Superintendent Crandall shares an ISD 166 update

School District 166 had its first school board meeting of the school year on September 19.