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A vacation rental property in Grand Marais. Photo courtesy of Cascade Vacation Rentals

Legislative deadlock delays change to short-term vacation rental tax classification

The Cook County Chamber’s government relations specialist Judy Erickson gave a report to the Chamber at their last meeting on legislative activities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Megan Myers - Photo by Rhonda Silence

Myers appointed ISD 166 acting superintendent

School District 166 held a special board meeting on Tuesday, September 8 to address the need for a leave of absence for Superintendent Dr. Bill Crandall. Dr.


City hall in downtown Grand Marais. WTIP file photo

City talks dog park, rain garden and snow removal

The Grand Marais City Council heard requests for a dog park and new snow removal equipment at their last meeting in August.


Emergency lights - File photo Rhonda Silence.JPG

Man dies after falling from cliff into Caribou River

At approximately 9:30 p.m. last night (Sept. 7), Lake County law enforcement received a report of 29-year-old man from Rochester who fell into the Caribou River and was unresponsive. 


School District 166 buses leaving the garage. File photo - Rhonda Silence

COVID-19 case count remains low as new school year set to begin

It’s back to school week in Cook County as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter many facets of life across Minnesota.
 


Cook County Sheriff's Office - Photo by Rhonda Silence

A look at July law enforcement reports

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has had a very busy summer. Each week the sheriff's office shares a brief report of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center.


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

Second homes and vacation rentals impacting Cook County census count

There are many hundreds of seasonal homes and cabins throughout Cook County where property owners have not completed the 2020 census as of early September, according to local officials and census work