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Boreal Community Media


Welcome to Boreal Community Media.

Boreal Community Media is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation designed to share stories, news, and information about community activities to keep our local Cook County community connected through our website: We also offer a free business directory, free classified advertising and a free regional events calendar to keep community members up to date and engaged.

We serve Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Hovland, Grand Portage, Lutsen, Sawbill Trail, Schroeder, Tofte and the greater Arrowhead region.

Our small but mighty team is made up or two part-time employees, and wonderful freelance writers and event photographers. If you're interested in becoming a freelancer for Boreal Community Media, please reach out to [email protected]

If you have content or articles that you think might be of interest to Boreal readers, please send them to [email protected] for consideration (each piece will be reviewed by the Digital Content Editor. Submission does not automatically mean publication). If you would like to pitch an idea for a story to us beforehand, please reach out to us at [email protected]Read more about our submission guidelines here. 

Sponsorships & Donations
As a non-profit organization, we depend on sponsorship support from local businesses and organizations, public and private grants, and private donations.  All financial underwriting to Boreal Community Media is tax-deductible.  Our sponsors in turn can choose a variety of methods ranging from business listings to advertising sponsor messages to communicate with their audiences.  We have a number of different sponsorship packages to fit the needs of any business or organization.  For sponsorship information or to learn about private donations, and what they can accomplish, contact [email protected].

Or if you would like to make a donation directly to Boreal Community Media, follow this link to our page on the GiveMN website.

Other Services
We also provide internet and digital marketing tools and services, website and hosting referrals, and other technical services.  For more information, contact us at [email protected]

Board Of Directors

Boreal Community Media is run by a volunteer Board of Directors.  Our current Board of Directors members are:
  • Brad Shannon, Board Chair - Grand Marais, MN
  • Jim Boyd - Grand Marais, MN
  • Anne Brataas - Grand Marais, MN
  • Jeff Latz, Lutsen, MN
  • Steve Surbaugh - Grand Marais, MN
  • Jaye White - Grand Marais, MN
If you would like more information or are interested in joining Boreal Community Media
as a Board member, or if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions please contact us at [email protected]

Contact Information:

We can be reached at:

Boreal Community Media

Box 1269

Grand Marais, MN 55604

218-387-9471    Voice

Contacts For Specific Matters

Technical support and questions

 [email protected]

Billing and account issues [email protected]

Sponsorship information

[email protected]

Content submissions or article proposals 
[email protected] 

What some of our users say about

Beth Kennedy, Community Volunteer

"The best most important thing about Boreal is that it has connected the community through the years that it has been in existence! You can put meetings and events on Boreal for free! Or weather warnings! Ads in newspapers are not timely and they are expensive! So boreal is especially great for nonprofits!  You can find a lost item by posting or you can get a ride! It is a great communication tool!"

Rose Prissel, Retired, Cook County Visitor

"I like Boreal for the news, pictures, and variety of stories.  It brings back happy memories of when I am up there.  I also like to look at the weather to see how it differs from where I live."

Ann Sullivan, Cook County Commissioner

"I am so happy with the recent changes at! Although change can be difficult, I have enjoyed not only the new "look" but the ease of posting events and activities for organizations which I belong to.  The way the classified ads are organized makes sense to me, and I can always find the news or grab a quick link to WTIP, which I often use.  Thanks for making this site more user friendly and available to so many who live and play here in Cook County!"

Hartley Newell-Acero, M.A., Community Health Specialist, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

"Boreal has been indispensable in my efforts to get information from Sawtooth Mountain Clinic out to residents of the Arrowhead region. Their staff posts our articles in an attractive, easy-to-read format that makes it simple for users to find out what they need to know. Boreal helps make connections happen!"

Doug Sanders, Grand Marais

"About 1990 I began using when Mary and I moved from Grand Rapids, Michigan to our new home in Grand Marais.  Not yet retired and with a staffed actuarial consulting firm back in Michigan (Sanders and Associates, Inc.) I was able to predominantly work in Grand Marais.  Using, I sent and received  prolific emails,and documents from Grand Rapids staff and clients throughout the country. I traveled once a month to either Grand Rapids or to clients. was my brand and still is.  

In Grand Marais, I met a woman who used for her livelihood by auditing Medicare claims throughout Minnesota.  Also met a man whose family was able to live in Grand Marais by performming image programming for Mayo Clinic physicians and with the communication help of"

My clients were chiefly insurance companies, employer associations, hospitals, and even the AFL-CIO.  Also I provided gratis actuarial services to native American tribes including Grand Portage and an association of over140 tribes.

We depend on the financial support of our community members.
We are a unique non-profit media resource that is focused on our community with news and information of interest to residents and visitors alike to Cook County.

Consider all the many benefits of Boreal and make your contribution to Boreal Community Media.

  • Community news and information, including reports from our valued parts at WTIP and the Cook County News Herald.
  • Weather forecast and emergency information, such as severe weather alerts, school closings, road closings and more.
  • A community calendar featuring meetings, events and activities posted for free by any member of the community.
  • A free business directory for local businesses and organizations.
  • Free classified advertising with dozens of categories.
  • Feature articles of local interest from around the region.
  • Profiles of community members and their organizations.
  • Sponsorship opportunities allowing businesses to feature their messages, specials, promotions and more.
  • Public notices from Cook County government, law enforcement, including weekly Sheriff's office and Conservation officer reports.
We rely on community members for their financial support in order to continue providing the services you and others depend on.

We ask you to consider gifting Boreal a tax-deductible donation to Boreal Community Media.  We are a non-profit organization, with a dedicated staff and volunteers who keep residents and visitors alike connected across Cook County, the Arrowhead region and greater Minnesota.

Mail your donation to:

Boreal Community Media
P.O. Box 1269
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Or email your donation pledge and we will follow-up with you for payment:  Email your donation to [email protected]

We proudly serve our community and humbly thank you for your gift of financial support.

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