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Paula Overby has been involved with the MN DFL in many ways. She is seeking endorsement in the 2020 US Senate race. WTIP photo.

Former Green Party/Independent candidate Overby to seek DFL endorsement

2020 is a major election year. The nation will be voting for president and some key legislative seats.


MnDOT officials and local business owners have been in Cook County court over right-of-way matters. Photo by Rhonda Silence

MnDOT right-of-way acquisition challenged by local business owners

Attorneys for several local business owners and the Minnesota Department of Transportation were back in the Cook County courtroom before Judge Michael Cuzzo on January 8-9, debating the legality of Mn


Commissioner Myron Bursheim talks with Highway Engineer Krysten Foster at the new Hovland garage. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

New public works facility in Hovland is complete

The new public works facility for the Cook County Highway Department is up and operational.


A county plow truck went off road on the Mink Ranch Road in Lutsen. Submitted photo

Highway department facing challenging storm cleanup

The Cook County Highway Department is working hard to get roads cleared from the snowstorm that dumped 12-18 inches on the county. It is challenging to say the least.


Over a foot of snow fell overnight on Jan. 17. Photo by Rhonda Silence

Travel advisory issued for Gunflint Trail

Snow continues to a fall across the Northland this morning. A winter storm warning is in place until 9 p.m. tonight.


Get your ski pass before hitting the trails - Photo courtesy of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Don't hit the trails without your XC ski pass!

 It’s been a great January for outdoor enthusiasts. Area trails have an abundance of snow.


Cook County Sheriff's Office squad car. WTIP photo

A look at the Law Enforcement Log, Dec. 23-Jan. 6

 The Cook County Sheriff’s Office shared a brief report of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center from December 23 – January 6.


Cook County Board of Commissioners 2019-20. Photo courtesy of Cook County

Cook County votes to support refugee resettlement

Following a 5-0 vote to support refugee resettlement within county lines, the Cook County Board of Commissioners kept a door to the community open, according to Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk.


An architectural drawing of the proposed Morrison Arbor at the Rec Park. Photo courtesy of Creative Economy Collaborative

"Community Connection" to feature George Morrison-inspired arbor

A “community connection” in the unused space between the Grand Marais Recreation Park and North House Folk School has been in the works for many years.