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Seth Jeffs. Photo courtesy of the Pueblo County Sheriff's Department in Colorado

Polygamist leader and brother of Seth Jeffs has mental breakdown, lawyer says

Imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has suffered a mental breakdown and isn't fit to give a deposition in a sex abuse case against him, according to a recent court filing.


City Hall was crowded with citizens concerned about removal of the trees on Highway 61 for road reconstruction. Photo R. Silence

Public pleads for preservation of elm trees in Highway 61 corridor

It was nearly standing room only in Grand Marais City Hall for a Minnesota Department of Transportation public information meeting on Thursday, August 8.


Bob Padzieski charges his electric vehicle at home before a ride up the Gunflint. Photo by Ginny Padzieski

Electric vehicles find a home on the Gunflint Trail and Highway 61

Bob and Ginny Padzieski of Grand Marais purchased a Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid car in 2019. They did so for a variety of reasons, including both environmental and economic factors.


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

A look at the Law Enforcement Log, July 28 - August 4

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.


Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley at WTIP Community Radio - Photo by Rhonda Silence

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley visits WTIP

Steve Kelley, a former Minnesota legislator and Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, was named as Minnesota Department of Commerce co


Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. WTIP file photo

Clinic staff discuss plan to combat opioid addiction

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic announced in July a medication-assisted treatment program that helps patients struggling with opioid use disorder.


Aquatic Invasives Species Inspector Scott Brown on the job at the Grand Marais Rec Park - Photo by Rhonda Silence

Aquatic invasives education on the waterfront

About half of Minnesota’s counties participate in the statewide Aquatic Invasive Species program.


Posters like this one appeared on trees in the Highway 61 corridor last weekend - Photo by Rhonda Silence

Mayor encourages public to attend MnDOT informational meeting

Over Fisherman’s Picnic weekend, on August 2-4, flyers were distributed around the city of Grand Marais, asking citizens to attend an upcoming meeting of the Minnesota Department of Transportati


A mass of fur in the North Woods may lead to Bigfoot tips. Submitted phtoto

Minnesota group forms in pursuit of Bigfoot

Great Lakes Sasquatch is a group of Minnesota-based researchers currently gathering reports of possible bigfoot encounters or sightings from the Great Lakes region.