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Fire grate in the BWCA. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Campfire ban lifted for BWCA, Superior National Forest

The campfire ban is over in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Tracy Benson is a former--and now, new--Grand Marais City Councilor

Speaking with new City Councilor Tracy Benson

Tracy Benson returned to government service at the beginning of September when she was appointed to fill a Grand Marais City Council vacancy.

Rep. Erik Mortensen. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Legislature

State legislator stirs land use issue in Cook County

An elected official serving in the Minnesota House of Representatives who owns property on Poplar Lake finds himself in the middle of a dispute with the Cook County Land Services Department regarding

Cook County logo. WTIP file photo

More cases of COVID-19 reported in Cook County

Cook County Public Health officials report another uptick in the local case count for COVID-19 among local residents.

Road construction at Highway 61 and 8th Avenue, Sept. 14. Photo by Rhonda Silence

Grand Marais Highway 61 construction detours to open Friday

Since the Highway 61 project began in 2020, WTIP Community Radio has been checking in periodically with Minnesota Department of Transportation project engineer, Ed Welch.

Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

County board sets preliminary levy at 4.5 percent

Zoning issues, commissioner salaries, the local lodging tax and the 2022 budget were among the key talking points during a busy meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, Sept.

City Hall building banner - File photo Rhonda Silence

City approves preliminary levy of 5.96 percent

There were two very important matters on the Grand Marais City Council agenda on September 8. One, the filling of a vacant council seat, and two, setting the city’s preliminary 2022 levy.

Containment line created for the Greenwood Fire. Photo by Klondyke Kate via US Forest Service

Explaining what wildfire 'containment' numbers mean

In WTIP’s ongoing coverage of wildfires in and near the Boundary Waters this summer and fall, listeners were likely to hear mention of how “contained” the various fires were with reg

There may be traffic delays through Tofte as another section of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail is completed. Photo Rhonda Silence

Work on the Gitchi-Gami State Trail underway in Tofte

More construction work began along Highway 61 at the end of August. However, it is not road work but work on the newest segment of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail.

Cook County line. Submitted photo

New federal vaccine mandate will impact some Cook County residents

In his most forceful pandemic actions and words, President Joe Biden last week ordered sweeping new federal vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans — private-sector employees a