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Cook County logo. WTIP file photo

Cook County reports first confirmed case of COVID-19

Cook County confirmed the first case of COVID-19 today, noting that the infected person is a male resident of Cook County in his 30s.


Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, June 13, 2019 - Photo by Rhonda Silence

City council to consider downtown business coalition request

The Grand Marais City Council has been meeting weekly since its declaration of a state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

WTIP sets candidate forums, see who filed for county board

There are two seats up for election this year on the Cook County Board of Commissioners.


The Old Log Community building was the polling place for the Tuesday, June 9 primary election. Submitted photo

Grand Portage Tribal Council primary results announced

Unofficial results have been shared in the Tuesday, June 9 Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribal Council primary.


Firefighters and street crews work to clean up the fuel spill from the accident at the temporary stoplight. Submitted photo

Pickup collides with semi at temporary stoplight on the old Gunflint Trail

Emergency responders were paged to a collision between a pickup truck and a semi at the temporary stoplight on 5th Street in Grand Marais this afternoon, June 9.

Kate and Steve Surbaugh got their start in Cook County at Sawbill Canoe Outfitters in the early '90s. Submitted photo

Cook County couple navigate careers, family life amid COVID-19 pandemic

On many levels, Cook County residents Kate and Steve Surbaugh had every reason to believe 2020 was going to be an ideal year.


Cook County Sheriff's Office lights - Photo Rhonda Silence

Truck in ditch caused June 4 Gunflint Trail traffic detour

Motorists traveling near the Gunflint Hills Golf Course on June 4 may have had to make a temporary detour as a large commercial vehicle was removed from the ditch after a tire blowout.


Cook County sign at the Cook-Lake county border - Submitted photo

Sheriff says tree placed on Highway 61 out of fear of 'spreading COVID-19 in Cook County'

There were local whispers several months ago of closing Highway 61 at the Cook County line due to fears of the new coronavirus.


Miki, known as 'Tricky Miki,' is a host on the Black Helpline Podcast. Submitted photo

Host of Black Helpline Podcast talks race relations with WTIP

Miki ‘Tricky Miki’ is an artist, documentary filmmaker and host of the Minnesota-based Black Helpline Podcast.


The flag of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa - WTIP file photo

Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa primary is Tuesday

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is holding its primary for the tribal council on Tuesday, June 9.