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Development, growth and the future of the Lake Superior North Watershed

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:11am

This is the first in a five-part series that focuses on clean and sustainable water along Lake Superior’s North Shore. The story describes the role human activities and development will play in shaping the future of the Lake Superior North Watershed. 


EDA appoints Mary Somnis as director

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 8:26am

 The Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) appointed Mary Somnis as its new executive director. Somnis was appointed as the EDA director during a meeting Tuesday, April 12. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Mary about her new role with the EDA. 


Man thought missing found dead in Grand Portage

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 5:50pm

On April 11 at 11:43 a.m., the Cook County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call requesting assistance in locating a 48-year-old male who had missed multiple days of work. The man was not at his home, but his dog was there.

Cook County Sheriff deputies, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers, Border Patrol agents, and a Grand Portage Conservation Officer responded. The missing man, Kim Crawford, was found deceased this afternoon.

His body was transported to Cook County North Shore Hospital by Grand Portage Ambulance and Grand Portage First Responders.

The matter is under investigation, but no criminal conduct is suspected to have occurred at this time.


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Vikings baseball coach optimistic on 2016 season

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 2:58pm

 The Cook County Vikings baseball team is getting ready to start the season. The first two games of the season were canceled due to weather and other related reasons, but the home opener is scheduled for Thursday, April 14. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke Vikings Head Coach Arleigh Jorgenson about the upcoming season. 


Ham Run celebration—new and improved

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:35am

The route of the Ham Run Half Marathon is the same this year as in the past, however, the celebration surrounding the marathon is seeing some positive changes.

Cook County YMCA Executive Director Emily Marshall said she is happy to announce that the pre-race pasta feed will be back this year, hosted by the Gunflint Lodge. The pre-race celebration will be at Gunflint Lodge on Friday, May 6 from 4 – 8 p.m.

Runners can pick up race packets at the YMCA or at Gunflint Lodge this year.

The race itself will once again finish at the Trail's End, but a new post-race celebration is being planned, said Marshall. Upon completion of the race, racers and spectators will be shuttled back to Gunflint Lodge for a delicious meal, awards, and youth activities including the Little Runts Run.

Marshall said having the post-race celebration at the lodge will allow for higher quality and more food and beverage options as well as a warm, comfortable space to host the awards ceremony.

In addition to being one of the main sponsors of the event Gunflint Lodge is also offering lodging packages for racers.

Marshall said, “The Cook County YMCA never turns anyone away for the inability to pay and provides around $40,000 in scholarships to make sure everyone has access to programs and services.”

She noted that with the help of the Gunflint Lodge and other sponsors and volunteer groups such as the Gunflint Fire Department, Big Bear Lodge, BWARC, MN Power, Gunflint Pines, Lake Superior Trading Post, Great River Energy, Grand Marais State Bank, Northern Wilds, and Voyageur Canoe Outfitters, the race is anticipated to raise around $10,000. “These funds will primarily be used for camp scholarships to help reduce the cost to families that need school-age childcare over the summer,” said Marshall.


Registration open now for 37th Annual Tofte Trek

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:33am

Registration is now open for the 37th Annual Tofte Trek 10k Wilderness Run/Walk on Monday, July 4, 2016. There are events for runners, walkers and children.

The Trek was started by Tofte resident Jan Horak as a way to get people outside and be healthy. Today, the Sugarbush Trail Association carries on the muddy tradition of the run/walk on snowmobile and hiking trails.

The 4th of July celebration in Tofte is a classic small-town Americana celebration of Independence Day: Do the Tofte Trek, and then enjoy the day's festivities in Tofte, as well as in Grand Marais.

Pre-register for the Trek at


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