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City hall in downtown Grand Marais. WTIP file photo

City council candidate Tracy Benson withdraws from race

At the end of the election filing period for the city of Grand Marais on Tuesday, August 11, there were five candidates vying for two city council seats.

School District 166 - Eagle entrance

ISD166 adopts distance learning model for 2020-2021

School District 166 held another marathon meeting on Thursday, August 13, this time via Zoom.

Cook County logo. WTIP file photo

Another teenager tests positive for COVID-19 in Cook County as case count climbs to six

Another Cook County teenager has tested positive for COVID-19, the second such case within a week and the sixth case of the new coronavirus in the county since the start of the pandemic.

The young bald eagle flew from one vehicle to another at Cascade Lodge. Photo by Cascade Lodge

Distressed eagle disrupts traffic on Highway 61, injures woman near Cascade Lodge

A juvenile eagle was spotted wandering around along Highway 61 immediately across from Cascade Lodge and Restaurant in Lutsen early this morning, August 13.

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais. Submitted photo

Overall community health a key part of school reopening discussion, local physician says

The difficult conversation continues in Cook County between local school board members, teachers, school administration and parents and students in the community regarding what the 2020-21 school

Grand Marais Pharmacy - a sign asks for patients for patience during this time of transition. Photo by Rhonda Silence

Grand Marais Pharmacy owner explains why business plans to shut down

Following the news that Cook County could be without a pharmacy at the end of the month, the most common question that surfaced in the community focused on a general theme: why?

A Cook County mail-in ballot 08-11-20 Photo by Rhonda Silence

Deadline quickly approaching to file for office

In Grand Marais there are three slots open--for mayor and two city council seats. As of 3:30 p.m. there are candidates for all three races.

An example of a "Thin Blue Line" flag - Photo by Tony Alter, courtesy of

Retired police officer complies with request to remove "Thin Blue Line" flag from city property

This summer in Cook County, flags and signs have been the subject of controversy.

Cook County Sheriff's Office squad car, responding to an emergency - WTIP file photo

Grand Portage man loses home to fire, suffers minor burns

A Grand Portage man suffered non-life-threatening burns and lost his house in a fire on August 10. A call went out to respond to a house fire in Grand Portage at 3:08 p.m.