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Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

County board sets preliminary levy, talks administrator transition

Property taxes, the 2020 budget and the future of how county government operates were among the key talking points today during a busy meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.  


Cook County logo. WTIP file photo

Changes to food stamp benefits could impact Cook County families

Cook County staff and elected officials expressed concern about a federal proposal that could impact the number of people who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


US Forest Service logo courtesy of USDA Forest Service

Forest Service brings changes to 'planning' on Superior National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service is considering some changes to its forest management planning on Superior National Forest here in northeastern Minnesota.


Cook County/Grand Marais Airport. WTIP file photo

Event to highlight variety of news from local airport

It’s busy times at the Grand Marais/Cook County Airport. A recently expanded paved runway can now accommodate charter planes carrying up to 30 passengers.


Martin Kubik is the founder of the Boundary Waters Advisory Committee. Submitted photo

The success story of a BWCA hiking trail

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is known for its endless options for, well, canoeing. However, the BWCA also features more than 200 miles of hiking and backpacking trails.


A presentation on vaping in Cook County was held at the ACA Sept. 17. Photo by Grace Grinager

County considers raising legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21

Discussions are underway at the county level to raise the age to purchase commercial tobacco to 21.


Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

County considers next steps with ‘board-administrator’ government

Cook County might continue operating under the current form of government using the ‘board-administrator’ model, though an outside consulting firm will likely advise the county board on th


PolyMet permit process sign. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Minnesota publication asks if PolyMet, Twin Metals can fight climate change

An article published last week in the online publication MinnPost explores the notion of what role proposed copper-nickel mines in northeastern Minnesota can play in defeating climate change.


City hall in downtown Grand Marais. WTIP file photo

City sets preliminary levy, preps to talk trees at October meeting

There was a meeting of the Grand Marais City Council Sept. 11 at city hall in downtown Grand Marais. 


Radio Waves Evening, 2019 (Photo by Will Moore)

WTIP Radio’s 12th annual Radio Waves festival reports a diverse music lineup and high attendance

September 13, 2019—Grand Marais, MN—In keeping with Radio Waves tradition, the Cook County Community Swing Band filled the large stage on Friday, September 6, at Sweethear