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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

The Governor's Cabin and a camper at WunderBar are on the auction block. Images courtesy of Auction Masters.

WunderBar campers, cabin, and building contents up for auction

The WunderBar Eatery and Glampground opened in 2017 with hopes to revitalize the building that was once the Harbor Light Supper Club.

Cook County logo. WTIP file photo

Numerous permit fees set to increase in Cook County

When it comes to permits, it will cost Cook County property owners more money to start a project on their land.

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais. Submitted photo

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic finalizes plan to keep pharmacy services in Cook County

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic announced today it has reached an agreement with Essentia Health Pharmacy Services to have prescriptions filled and delivered to patients in Cook County.  De

Minnesota DNR firefighter Aaron Mielke on a past deployment with a crew near Swan Lake, Montana - Submitted photo

Local wildland firefighters ready to deploy to western fires

The nation has been watching the spreading wildfires in California and Oregon, alarmed at the devastation. 

Cook County line. Submitted photo

Cook County has lowest COVID case count in Minnesota heading into September

Despite more than 2,000 new cases statewide, there were no new cases of COVID-19 reported in Cook County over the weekend and into Monday, leaving the total case count since the start of the pandemic

City consultant HKGi shared this example of a tiny house that would be allowed with ordinance revision. Photo courtesy of HKGi

City still seeking feedback on housing ordinance changes

In July, the city of Grand Marais tabled a final decision on changes to its zoning ordinance that are intended to make it easier for developers to build housing in the city.

Social Justice Vigil on Highway 61 in Grand Marais 08-28-20 - Photo by Rhonda Silence

Concern about conflict at Friday Social Justice Rally in Grand Marais unfounded

Every Friday evening since May 29, a demonstration has been held along Highway 61 in Grand Marais with participants holding signs calling for justice and equality for the BIPOC (black, indigenous