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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.

Minnesota State Auditor Julie Blaha. Submitted photo

WTIP speaks with Minnesota state auditor ahead of primary election day

Many WTIP listeners and Cook County residents think of one name when they hear the words auditor and government: Braidy Powers.

Grand Marais Pharmacy is located on a log building on Highway 61. Photo by Rhonda Silence

Grand Marais Pharmacy likely to close August 31

Cook County could be without a pharmacy by the end of the month.

Coronavirus, COVID-19. Image courtesy of the CDC

Cook County reports fifth case of COVID, first in a local teen, as new cases soar statewide

As the virus continues to spread across all corners of the state, the Minnesota Department of Health reports it was among the most troubling weekends for new cases since the start of the COVID-19 pand

Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

Learn the specifics for voting in Cook County on primary day

Minnesota’s primary election day is Tuesday, August 11. Many Cook County traditionally vote by a mail-in ballot.

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

Health officials announce first COVID-19 positive in Grand Portage

On Friday afternoon, August 7, the Grand Portage clinic director was informed that there has been a lab confirmed positive test for COVID-19 for a resident of Grand Portage.

Teacher Michael McHugh spoke in favor of starting the year with distance learning. Photo by Rhonda Silence

School board struggles with decision on return-to-school

After an hour of emotional public comment and nearly three hours of discussion and debate, the School District 166 school board ended its August 6 special meeting with a tentative decision to proceed

The county COVID-19 emergency operations center reported a new coronavirus case on Aug. 6 - Image courtesy of Cook County EOC

Cook County records third resident COVID-19 case

Cook County has received confirmation of a new resident case of COVID-19, a female in her 20s.