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The flag representing the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Photo by Rhonda Silence

An update from the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa on COVID and a slow reopening

During the coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic, WTIP Community Radio has been checking in with local government officials to learn more about community response to the virus.

Grand Marais ordinance changes could lead to different types of housing. Image courtesy of City of Grand Marais

City's draft housing ordinances available for review now

There have been many efforts to meet the need for housing on the North Shore. The city of Grand Marais is one entity looking at housing supplies.


Grand Marais Playhouse productions are often featured on banners in downtown Grand Marais. File photo Rhonda Silence

Grand Marais Playhouse director shares thoughts on lease with school district

The lease agreement between the Grand Marais Playhouse and School District 166 for use of the Arrowhead Center for the Arts has been the subject of quite a bit of discussion in the last week.

Sheriff Pat Eliasen - Photo courtesy of Cook County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff, county administrator both weigh in on access to "Passion Pit" beach

There has been a great deal of discussion in the last week regarding public access to a beach off of Old Shore Road in Grand Marais.

North Shore Health and Care Center is located in Grand Marais. Submitted photo

Care Center in Grand Marais to allow outdoor visitations starting this week

Outdoor visitation will be allowed among residents of the North Shore Health Care Center and their families and friends starting this week.


The Arrowhead Center for the Arts at School District 166 - Photo courtesy of the school

"Respect for All" Initiative discussions begin amidst Arts Center concerns

On Friday, June 19, an announcement came from the Grand Marais Playhouse that the organization was being "evicted"from the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on the grounds of School Distric

Arrowhead Center for the Arts - File photo.jpg

Community expresses concern about future of Grand Marais Playhouse

The lease agreement between the Grand Marais Playhouse and School District 166 for use of the Arrowhead Center for the Arts has not been on a school board meeting agenda for quite some time.

Sheriff squad car in the City of Grand Marais - Photo by Rhonda Silence

A look at the local law enforcement reports

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office shared a


Grand Portage Tribal Chair Beth Drost. Photo courtesy of Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

The latest update from the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

As part of our ongoing coverage of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on North Shore, here is the latest update from Grand Portage.

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. WTIP file photo

Community spread, testing capacity questions arise after first Cook County COVID-19 case

Following the first confirmed case of the new coronavirus in Cook County, local healthcare officials in Grand Marais and Cook County continue to hear questions about the local testing capacity for COV