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Cook County Issues Local Emergency Declaration

Grand Marais, MN, May 16, 2022—Cook County, MN, issued a Local Emergency Declaration on May 12, 2022, after flooding damaged roads and culverts in multiple locations around the County. The damage has led to several road closures, but most roads are now open again as Cook County Highway Department...
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Free Rides for Kids Comes to Cook County

From the Grand Marais Public Library• May 16, 2022. Grand Marais Public Library is pleased to announce that Arrowhead Transit’s Free Rides for Kids program will be offered in Cook County this year, thanks to a partnership between the organizations. Youths wearing an Arrowhead Transit wristband can Dial-a-Ride...
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Northeastern Minnesota Bracing For Record Flooding

LUTSEN, Minn. (AP) — Communities in northeastern Minnesota are preparing to deal with more flooding and are calling for volunteers to help with sandbagging. Near Voyageurs National Park, most docks are under water at area lakes and some 200 homes and resorts are at risk. Kabetogama Township Supervisor John...
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Notice to Haulers - Lifting of Road Restrictions

May 17, 2022 - Seasonal load restrictions on some of Cook County’s paved and gravel roads have ended, effective today, in accordance with Minnesota’s guidance for the North frost zone. Legal weight trucks are able to use these roads, unless otherwise posted, effective at 12:01 am. Restrictions have...
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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports lower-than-normal water temperatures along with very high fast-moving water levels confounded many anglers over the fishing opener. Some anglers found success and several limits were seen on area lakes. Violations included angling with no license in possession, failure to display watercraft registration and no PFDs on board a watercraft.
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Cook County Schools Activities schedule for the week ahead

Monday, 5/16: High School Awards Program in the high school gym, beginning at 1:30. Tuesday, 5/17: Baseball/Softball @ Carlton. 4 p.m. Wednesday, 5/18: Track and Field @ Esko. 3 p.m. Wednesday, 5/18: JV Baseball @ Silver Bay. 4 p.m. Thursday, 5/19: Baseball/Softball @ North Woods. 4 p.m. Thursday, 5/19: Junior...
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Communities in northern Minnesota seek volunteers as flood waters rise

Volunteers prepare sandbags in Kabetogama Township in advance of expected flooding. They have been working since Tuesday. Kabetogama Township. Small northern Minnesota communities are preparing for more flooding and are calling for volunteers to help with sandbagging efforts in the coming days. In Kabetogama Township, near Voyageurs National Park, Township...
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Chasing waterfalls? What to know before you go

As I’m getting out of my car at a wayside across Highway 61 from Cross River Heritage Center, I can already hear the roar of rushing water. A short walk of fewer than 50 feet across a flat, paved sidewalk, and I’m standing right in front of a mighty and magnificent waterfall.
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Check road conditions before heading out on backroads

The Cook County Highway Department announced this morning that Arrowhead Trail is now open to McFarland Lake, however, the Irish Creek Forestry Road remains closed. “The Arrowhead Trail was closed Friday due to multiple areas of water running over the road,” said Maintenance Supervisor Josh Dix. “Those waters have subsided without major damage, and crews are out making repairs.”
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Cook County gets update on federal payments for land inside BWCA

Cook County officials were informed May 12 by representatives from the U.S. Forest Service that the appraised value of the 242,590 acres of Boundary Waters wilderness within Cook County was at just over $194 million. The county will receive less than the previous amount of approximately $2.25 million from the...
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DNR warns the public of flooding and dangerous high-water conditions along North Shore

From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources • May 13, 2022. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning visitors to the North Shore of hazardous conditions caused by recent storms. Many tributaries to Lake Superior are breaching trails, roads and bridges and have resulted in closures to portions of state parks and trails in the area. The majority of state parks along the North Shore are experiencing flooding. The public should also understand that these hazardous conditions along the North Shore are not limited to state parks and trails.
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Rivers Along North Shore Overflowing After Large Rainfall

Originally published May 13, 2022 DULUTH, Minn. (WCCO) — Officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources say that the rivers on the North Shore along Lake Superior are overflowing following significant rainfall totals amid the spring snowmelt season. “Our first priority is ensuring public safety and the safety of our staff,” Ann Pierce, Parks and Trails Division director, said. “Last night’s severe storms, paired with the late-spring melt, caused rivers to flood. These waters are dangerous and unpredictable and have the power to sweep away anything. Please stay safe by staying away from these areas.” There are also closures affecting Gooseberry Falls,...
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COOK COUNTY CONNECTIONS: Children and Mental Health in Cook County

By: Grace Bushard, Cook County Public Health and Human Services Children & Family Services Supervisor - May 13, 2022. Parents, caregivers, and those that work with children have all experienced the wonder, joy and at times challenges of connecting with children. We all enter the world with the need to connect, learn and make sense of the world around us with all that we have been given. A good definition of children’s mental health is:
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