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County delays South Shore Drive project near Devil Track Lake

After weeks of battling rainy conditions, this week the Cook County Highway Department announced a delay in the reconstruction of South Shore Drive located near Devil Track Lake.


Cook County Sheriff's Office lights - WTIP photo

A look at the Law Enforcement Log, October 7-13

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.


U.S. Bank Stadium is the scene of a "Not Your Mascot" protest this evening. Photo by Joe Friedrichs, WTIP

Lt. Governor Flanagan talks to WTIP about "Not Your Mascot" protest

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and other Native American leaders will protest outside of U.S.


Michael Kalnbach of MnDOT takes notes at a City of Grand Marais Open House in Feb. 2018  (Photo by Rhonda Silence

More from MnDOT on business concerns and tree removal

It should be no secret by now for North Shore residents that road reconstruction is coming to Highway 61 through Grand Marais in the next two years.


IRRRB Commissioner Mark Phillips 10-21-19 - Photo by Rhonda Silence.JPG

IRRRB Commissioner Mark Phillips shares thoughts on Polymet, Twin Metals

Mark Phillips, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation toured Cook County this week, along with Senator Tom Bakk and Representative Rob Ecklund. P


Split Rock Lighthouse. Photo by Jaye White

The torch is passed at Split Rock Lighthouse

There are changes coming to one of the North Shore’s landmark sites.


The Grand Marais elm trees, as they looked on October 8, 2019 - Photo by Rhonda Silence

City seeks delay of tree cutting for MnDOT project

After 17 citizens spoke during a crowded public comment period at the October 9 Grand Marais City Council meeting, the council agreed to talk to the Minnesota Department of Transportation about the tr


Ducks in flight. Photo by US Fish & Wildlife via Flickr in Creative Commons (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

More than half a million ducks light up weather radar in Duluth

More than half a million ducks that went airborne near the Rice Lake Wildlife Refuge in northern Minnesota sent the National Weather Service (NWS) radar into a frenzy of activity Oct. 16.


Pamela Dixon. Submitted photo

Cook County continues discussion of appointing an HR Director

There have been a number of staff changes for local government in Cook County in mid-October. Former County Administrator Jeff Cadwell’s last day at the county was Monday, Oct. 14.


Beargrease vice-president Frank Moe gets a high five from his handler (and wife) Sherri Moe in the 2018 race. Photo CJ Heithoff

International recognition for Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon made an exciting announcement last week, letting racing fans know that the Beargrease is now part of an inte