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A photo of the McKinley Fire between Talkeetna and Willow, Alaska. Photo by Katie Writer from KTNA radio

Alaska governor cuts public radio funds, says 'stay tuned' to radios during wildfires

A small community radio station providing updates on at least two large wildfires burning in Alaska will have its budget slashed after a recent move by Alaska’s Republican Gov.


Cook County Sheriff's Office - logo courtesy of Cook County Sheriff's Office

A look at the Law Enforcement Log, August 8-13

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.


North Shore Hospital and Care Center. Submitted photo

Hospital levy to increase again in 2020, up 62 percent in two years

A levy increase of $200,000 in 2020 for North Shore Hospital and Care Center will contribute to an overall increase in taxes for Cook County property owners.


Joining the "Save the Trees" posters in the Highway 61 corridor this week are these with toxic soil cautions. Submitted photo.

Learning more about MPCA's role in the Highway 61 reconstruction project

There has been a great deal of community discussion of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s plans for reconstruction of the Highway 61 corridor passing through Grand Marais.


Back-to-School can mean tax savings for some parents. Photo by Rhonda Silence

Save school supply receipts for possible tax savings

Parents around the State of Minnesota are in the midst of shopping for school supplies.

The elm tree in front of Java Moose, as it looked when it was assessed by the Minnesota DOT - Photo courtesy of MnDOT

Health of Grand Marais elm trees still being debated

At an August 8 meeting held by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, there was a large turnout of citizens who wanted MnDOT to reconsider its plans to remove the trees in the Highway 61 cor

School District 166 Superintendent Dr. Bill Crandall - Photo by Rhonda Silence

Superintendent talks staffing, finances at ISD 166

The school board of Cook County Schools/School District 166 met on Thursday, August 15. On the agenda was a variety of issues related to the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.


Cook County logo. WTIP file photo

Pike Lake Road is not a place for a 'glampground,' planning commission says

Glamorous camping is not the right fit for Pike Lake Road, according to a decision made by the Cook County Planning Commission following concerns shared by a collection of residents near the remote bu


The Lux Lake Prescribed Fire is scheduled for fall 2019. Image courtesy of US Forest Service

Mid-Gunflint is at 'high risk' of damage from wildfire, prescribed burns scheduled

The Mid-Gunflint Trail area is at high risk for property loss and other damage should a wildfire erupt in the near future, according to information shared by the US Forest Service during a public meet


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Other options available during Duluth weather radar update

WTIP, many Cook County residents and visitors to the North Shore utilize the National Weather Service radar in Duluth to follow the local weather.