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Autumn continues to serve up nice weather

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 9:38am
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Enjoy it while you can. Nice weather forecast for the next several days – in the 50’s! WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Stewart.

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Vikings volleyball team reaches finals of 7A playoffs

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 8:28am
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The Cook County Vikings volleyball team has reached the finals of the 7A tournament following a victory Wednesday, Nov. 2 over North Woods in Virginia.

The Vikings will now take on Deer River in the finals. That game will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5. That game will also be in Virginia and begin at 4 p.m. That game will be broadcast live on WTIP.

Joe Friedrichs from the WTIP newsroom spoke with Vikings Head Coach Pam Taylor following Wednesday’s victory over North Woods. 
 

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LSProject: Too many deer in the deer yard?

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 2:32pm
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Deer weren't always common along the North Shore of Lake Superior. With the increase in their population, the plants that make our landscape so appealing are disappearing in areas where deer gather during the winter. 

In this edition of The Lake Superior Project, WTIP's Martha Marnocha joined State Park naturalist Kurt Mead and Silver Bay High School students to learn about a project being conducted at Tettegouche State Park. The project hopes to develop strategies for protecting young trees from heavy deer browse.

 

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WTIP shares the latest law enforcement report

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 2:39pm
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Cook County Law Enforcement Report
The following reports are a record of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center in the past week. These are the initial calls made to law enforcement dispatchers.
 

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Warm fall continues, sun on the way

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 11:44am
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Some rain on the Halloween costumes; but the warm fall continues and sun is on the way.  North Shore Morning host Mark Abrahamson talks with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson.

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'Bed & Sled' to open at dogsled-adventure business up Arrowhead Trail

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 11:09am
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A dogsledding adventure site up the Arrowhead Trail near Hovland is expanding to offer lodging as part of the business this winter. 

WTIP's Joe Friedrichs reports on the changes happening this year at Points Unknown. 

Click here to visit the Points Unknown Bed & Sled website. 

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Grand Marais home damaged by fire

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 9:59am
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A Grand Marais woman called Cook County Law Enforcement at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 28 reporting that her home was “getting really hot and there was smoke outside.”

The Maple Hill and Grand Marais Fire Departments were paged to 307 County Road 60, the home of Bruce and Nancy Leonard. When the fire departments arrived they found smoke rolling out of an upstairs window and the eaves on one side of the house.

Fire trucks traveled to the nearby Devil Track River to fill water tanks Firefighters hosed down the side of the house and the smoke subsided. To be certain the fire was out, firefighters climbed onto the roof to probe the soffits looking for flames.

Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading, but the home suffered significant damage from the heat and water used to extinguish the fire.

Cook County Ambulance also responded and stood by. All occupants of the home were able to exit safely. No one was injured fighting the fire. All emergency responders were clear of the scene by 10:31 p.m.

It is believed that the fire started in the roof near the woodstove used to heat the house.

Story by Rhonda Silence.

Shirley Elquist's funeral

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 9:31am

Shirley Ellquist's funeral will be at the Free Church on Monday, October 31 at 1 PM.  Visitation at 12 Noon will also be at the church building.

Beware of Deer while driving

Sun, 10/30/2016 - 2:59pm

Semitrailer load strikes overpass in Schroeder

Sun, 10/30/2016 - 2:55pm

Staff report

Many stories shared at the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum Storytelling dinner

Sun, 10/30/2016 - 2:52pm

Virginia Reiner, Museum President

Weekend News Roundup for October 29

Sat, 10/29/2016 - 9:31am
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Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. County road priorities, rain gardens for the lakeshore, trucks and trials…all this and more in the week’s news.

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Vikings volleyball team reaches Final Four of 7A playoffs

Sat, 10/29/2016 - 8:56am
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On Friday night, Oct. 28, the Cook County Vikings volleyball team defeated William Kelly High School from Silver Bay in round three of the section 7A tournament. The Vikings won in three sets 25-13 , 25-18, 25-16.

Vikings player Meredith Sutton had 13 digs, and 18 kills, Tarin Hanson had 33 set assists, Alyssa Lashinski had 13 digs and 7 ace serves and Raina Ryden had 15 digs

For Silver Bay, Kayla Klofstad 9 kills, 7 digs, Brooke McMillan 5 kills and 12digs and Cora Carter 5 kills.

The Vikings will now travel to Virginia for the Final Four of the 7A playoffs. The Vikings will take on North Woods High School on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

If the Vikings advance to the Finals, they will play again on Saturday, Nov. 5. That game will also be in Virginia and begin at 4 p.m. The Finals matchup would be against the winner of the Deer River vs. Carlton game, which takes place on Wednesday.

If the Vikings reach the Finals, it will be broadcast on WTIP, North Shore Community Radio. 
 

WTIP shares Cook County law enforcement report

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 8:28am
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Cook County Law Enforcement Report
The following reports are a record of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center in the past week. These are the initial calls made to law enforcement dispatchers.
 

October 24, 2017
1:30 a.m. Grand Marais Caller has a drunk person in the house, wants them out.
5:50 a.m. Caribou Trail, Lutsen Caller is caring for someone’s dog. They are late picking the dog up.
6:50 a.m. Grand Marais Party in for fingerprinting
9:21 a.m. Grand Marais Two Razr scooters lost in town over Moose Madness. One blue, the other silver with red trim.
9:40 a.m. Grand Marais Prisoner transport to Lake County Jail
12:47 p.m. Grand Marais Caller concerned for boyfriend who is depressed and may hurt himself. He said he was going to Grand Marais.
1:51 p.m. Grand Marais Permit to purchase gun application.
2:09 p.m. Grand Marais Reported domestic abuse to deputy.
5:32 p.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, citation issued.
5:47 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, citation issued.
5:51 p.m. Clearview, Lutsen Bus driver with stop arm violation
6:11 p.m. Tofte Traffic stop, warning given.
6:34 p.m. Schroeder Accident, semi with equipment hit bridge
9:41 p.m. Grand Marais Caller can hear yelling outside her residence.
9:44 p.m. Grand Marais Intoxicated male walking in the middle of Highway 61 by Dockside Fish Market.
10:44 p.m. Lutsen Reported a female walking on lakeside shoulder of Highway 61, eastbound. Concerned for her safety.
October 25
7:46 p.m. Grand Marais Lost black trifold wallet.
9:58 p.m. Grand Marais Female guest at Aspen Lodge having seizure.
10:12 a.m. Grand Marais 911 call, error in dialing, no emergency.
10:19 a.m. Grand Portage Found drugs in a guest room.
11:48 a.m. Gunflint Trail Traffic stop, warning given.
1:02 p.m. Grand Portage Caller at Mt. Josephine Trailhead. His wife is missing.
1:11 p.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, warning given.
1:33 p.m. Grand Marais Lost iPhone, pink camo cover.
3:12 p.m. Grand Marais Reporting a cow outside of the fence.
3:15 p.m. Bluefin Bay, Tofte 911 call. Misdial.
4:31 p.m. Grand Portage White Nissan SUV speeding past residence.
5:25 p.m. Grand Portage Daughter threatening to run away.
6:18 p.m. Grand Portage State Park Back door alarm
6:42 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
7:04 p.m. Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
7:15 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
7:38 p.m. Gunflint Trail Power went out an hour ago. Other cabins in area appear okay.
8:25 p.m. Hovland Traffic stop, warning given.
9:28 p.m. Schroeder Traffic stop, warning given.
9:42p.m. Schroeder Traffic stop, warning given.
10:09 p.m. Tofte Traffic stop, warning given.
October 26
2:46 p.m. Mill Road Traffic stop, advised.
7:52 a.m. Grand Portage School zone patrol
7:58 a.m. Grand Marais School zone patrol
10:41 a.m. Lutsen Company vehicle hit at the gas pump. Other vehicle drove off. No damage to vehicle.
11:28 a.m. Voyageur Canoe Outfitters Collecting parking fee money.
12:30 p.m. Sheriff’s Office Dropping off gun.
2:11 p.m. Tofte Arrowhead Transit bus backed into awning
4:19 p.m. Tofte School bus stop arm violation.
5:43 p.m. Grand Portage 911 call, no one on line, can hear TV. Called number, party answered, no emergency.
6:40 p.m. Schroeder 76-year-old Male on oxygen had cigarette that caught on fire, some facial burns.
6:46 p.m. Grand Marais 911 hang-up, got voicemail on return call.
7:10 p.m. West Highway 61 Reporting a call over the centerline repeatedly.
7:39 p.m. Grand Marais Yellow lab on County Road 7, looks scared. Went into woods; couldn’t see collar.
8:42 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
9:09 p.m. Grand Marais Caller has concerns about daughter’s ex-boyfriend.
9:19 p.m. Tofte 86-year-old male with medical issues.
11:15 p.m. Schroeder Structure fire on Sugar Loaf Road.
October 27
3:50 a.m. Grand Marais Vehicle parked, unoccupied.
7:49 a.m. Grand Portage School zone patrol.
7:56 a.m. Grand Marais School zone patrol.
7:58 a.m. Grand Marais 911 call, no one on line. Reached caller who said her son had been playing with the phone.
8:14 a.m. Grand Portage School bus driver requesting deputy to patrol because there is a car that chases the bus almost every morning.
9:05 a.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, warning given.
10:00 a.m. Grand Marais Racial comments found on bathroom wall at Cook County High School.
11:16 a.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
11:55 a.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
12:24 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, citation issued.
12:41 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, warning given.
12:52 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, citation issued.
1:36 p.m. Sheriff’s Office Permit to purchase weapon received.
2:07 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, warning given.
4:27 p.m. Grand Marais Report of person being intoxicated at Cook County High School.
4:27 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, citation issued.
6:19 p.m. Grand Marais Hospital requested help for a patient that ran away from them.
8:41 p.m. Hovland Reporting break-in at garage. Unknown what was taken.
9:51 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
October 28
1:10 a.m. Grand Marais Caller reporting party driving that is intoxicated.
7:39 a.m. West Highway 61 Security alarm on upstairs door. Clear.
10:57 a.m. Grand Marais Lock on gate cut. Nothing missing, but extra patrols requested.
1:08 p.m. Grand Marais Lost black square wallet with driver’s license, credit cards and $10 or $11 in it.
3:13 p.m. Grand Marais Attempt to pick-up party on Pine County warrant.
3:31 p.m. Grand Marais Gas drive-off – white jeep, driver is younger female with hair in messy bun.
5:15 p.m. Grand Marais Business concerned about a female that stopped there looking for a place to stay.
6:03 p.m. Gunflint Trail Traffic stop, clear.
6:48 p.m. Grand Marais Foot patrol, volleyball game.
7:21 p.m. Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
7:27 p.m. Grand Marais Caller believes house is on fire.
7:59 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
11:01 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, citation issued.
October 29
12:49 a.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
8:48 a.m. Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
9:01 a.m. Ski Hill Road, Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
9:25 a.m. Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
9:30 a.m. Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
10:29 a.m. Schroeder Traffic stop, warning given.
10:59 a.m. Tofte Traffic stop, citation issued.
11:10 a.m. Gunflint Trail Doing some target shooting today.
11:54 a.m. West Highway 61 Out with two vehicles with flashers on.
12:49 p.m. Grand Marais Two ATVs seemed to be racing, not sure, but they are gone now.
4:05 p.m. Grand Marais Caller is having a “Treasure Hunt” tonight so kids and people will be running around town with flashlights.
4:16 p.m. Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
5:52 p.m. Schroeder Traffic stop, warning given.
6:12 p.m. Sheriff’s Office Booking party into jail on Martin County warrant.
6:37 p.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, warning given.
7:39 p.m. Sheriff’s Office Transporting prisoner to hospital.
8:16 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
11:38p.m. Grand Marais Caller states party is drinking and running their mouth, wants party to go to bed.
October 30
12:11 a.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, warning given.
12:40 a.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, party arrested for DWI.
2:40 a.m. Grand Marais Ambulance requested for a 71-year-old man who recently had spinal surgery experiencing severe pain.
7:54 a.m. Gunflint Trail Vehicle in ditch, door open, no one around.
8:43 a.m. Ski Hill Road, Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
8:52 a.m. Ski Hill Road, Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
9:00 a.m. Ski Hill Road, Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
9:52 a.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
10:00 a.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, citation issued.
11:15 a.m. Tofte Blue vehicle with tail light out passed them on right shoulder.
11:39 a.m. Grand Marais Small horse or burrow with red halter on County Road 6.
2:16 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
3:28 p.m. Schroeder Traffic stop, citation issued.
4:01 p.m. Schroeder Traffic stop, warning given.
4:28 p.m. Tofte Traffic stop, warning given.
4:56 p.m. Schroeder Traffic stop, citation issued.
5:10 p.m. Tofte Foot patrol through Temperance River State Park.
7:57 p.m. Grand Portage Caller reporting that some kids are egging cars by the Grand Portage National Monument.
9:00 p.m. Hovland Traffic stop, warning given.
9:18 p.m. West Highway 61 Residential fire alarm.
10:35 p.m. Tofte Traffic stop, warning given.
11:23 Grand Marais Party having difficulty breathing.

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Cook County High School student skis in the Alps

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 1:08pm
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Will Lamb is a Cook County High School student and a member of the local ski team. Will also took a trip to Austria recently to continue his development in the sport.

Learn more about Will and his travels in this feature by WTIP's Joe Friedrichs.

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October 17, 2017
3:17 a.m. Gunflint Trail A tree across the Gunflint Trail
10:16 a.m. Trout Lake Road Someone shot up the Trout Lake Resort mailbox over the weekend.
10:56 a.m. Hovland Possible squatters in house that is for sale
11:35 a.m. Grand Marais Party in lobby wants to talk to deputy about a woman that stopped him in the road and was yelling at him.
12:46 p.m. Gunflint Trail Male in 60s cut hand on saw.
12:49 p.m. Grand Portage Caller would like assistance removing party from house.
1:03 p.m. Grand Marais White, long hair dog running on Highway 61 toward downtown Grand Marais.
2:37 p.m. E. Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
3:43 p.m. Grand Marais Caller believes she may be having a stroke
8:40 p.m. Grand Portage Female in her early 60s may have food poisoning
October 18
1:36 a.m. Grand Marais Party will not leave.
8:05 a.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, warning given
8:23 a.m. Law Enforcement Center Permit to purchase weapon issued
2:37 p.m. Grand Marais Grader backed into vehicle. Damage to vehicle, no injuries.
3:27 p.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, warning given.
3:29 p.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, warning given.
3:44 p.m. Grand Marais Residence checks.
6:28 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
6:34 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, citation issued.
6:56 p.m. Grand Marais Party walking into peoples’ apartments and screaming about meth.
8:04 p.m. Grand Portage Caller kicked party out of house, concerned that he may come back. Individual arrested for disorderly conduct.
October 19
7:44 a.m. Grand Portage School Patrol
7:54 a.m. Grand Marais School Patrol
11:30 a.m. Tofte Staff member slipped and dislocated knee.
1:31 p.m. East Highway 61 Vehicle hit deer. Animal needs to be dispatched.
2 p.m. Law Enforcement Center 911 call from 911 only phone. No sounds of distress. Likely pocket dial.
4:39 p.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, warning given.
4:42 p.m. Grand Marais Duluth Police Department requesting a death notification
5:02 p.m. Grand Marais Party turned in Samsung cell phone
5:22 p.m. Tofte Store worker confronted shoplifter
7:21 p.m. Grand Portage Caller says party having issues, may have taken something.
7:30 p.m. Law Enforcement Center 911 call hang-up.
8:33 p.m. Tofte Caller reporting white Mustang in ditch on Temperance River Road for four days.
8:43 p.m. Grand Marais Dog got loose, red sharpei named Shelby. May be at the Catholic Church.
October 20
7:43 a.m. Grand Portage School zone patrol
8:03 a.m. Grand Marais School zone patrol
8:32 a.m. Grand Portage Individual arrested on warrant.
9:04 a.m. Grand Portage Sometime last winter someone broke two windows on his pumphouse and door was ripped off. Needs a report for insurance.
10:45 a.m. Grand Marais Caller reporting that one of her employees received a sexually explicit phone call from a blocked number.
11:12 a.m. Law Enforcement Center Permit to Carry application
12:49 a.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
2:17 p.m. Grand Marais Party reports tingling in her arm and head, trembling
3:12 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
3:31 p.m. Forest Road 304 Report of garbage dumped by old dump on Forest Road 304
3:41 p.m. Grand Marais School zone patrol.
4:28 p.m. Grand Portage Clinic doctor requesting ambulance to this address. Male party having seizures.
5:45 p.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop.
6:32 Lutsen A kayak broken in half washed up on the beach.
7:37 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
7:58 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
8:25 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
8:48 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
10:09 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
11:48 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
11:40 p.m. Grand Marais Party is hearing someone outside their house, banging on the house.
October 21
12:17 a.m. Grand Marais Man knocking on hotel door next to caller for the last 20 minutes
12:56 West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
1:52 a.m. Grand Marais People outside the hotel room yelling and pounding on doors.
2:08 a.m. Grand Marais Party is not being allowed to leave house.
6:39 a.m. Grand Marais Caller reports hearing a car going in the ditch near Devil Track Road
7:35 a.m. Gunflint Trail Caller reporting a vehicle on its roof, airbags deployed, no one around.
1:01 p.m. Hovland Traffic stop, warning given.
1:06 p.m. Lutsen Report of about $600 worth of tools stolen out of a work truck.
1:08 p.m. Grand Marais Inmate transport
1:25 pm. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
1:35 p.m. N. Bearskin Lake Caller reports a large cedar tree sawed down on his property. Wants a report for insurance claim.
2:38 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
4:18 p.m. Law Enforcement Center 911 call, sounds like pocket dial.
5:05 p.m.  East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
6:06 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, citation given.
8:13 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
8:53 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
9:07 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
11:11 p.m. Gunflint Trail Traffic stop, warning given.
October 22
12:30 a.m. Grand Portage Alarm at Grand Portage Legion
2:17 a.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
8:07 am. East Highway 61 Abandoned vehicle on lakeshore – California plates. Appears to be stuck. No one around.
10:09 a.m. Tofte Complaint of vehicle being towed on Highway 61
11:19 a.m. Grand Marais Woman passed out at local café.
11:31 a.m. Lutsen Ski Hill Road Fire alarm at Caribou Highlands – false alarm.
12:41 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
12:52 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
1:15 p.m. Schroeder Trespassing on the Taconite Harbor property
2:39 p.m. Grand Marais Neighbor’s dog off leash, chased reporting party’s wife home, barking and growling. Goldish colored pit bull.
2:48 p.m. Grand Marais Exposed cables in roadway, unsure what it is.
7:41 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, warning given.
8:42 p.m. Tofte Traffic stop, citation given.
8:51 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
9:20 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, citation given.
10:03 p.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, warning given.
10:51 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
11:29 p.m. Lutsen Walk-through at Papa Charlie’s
11:47 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
October 23
1:38 a.m. Tofte Traffic stop, citation given.
9:05 a.m. Schroeder Hit a deer last night. Front passenger side and bumper damage.
9:30 a.m. Schroeder Fire alarm in basement hall.
10:39 a.m. Hovland Car hit deer, deer still alive.
2:30 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, citation given.
4:49 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
4:52 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, citation given.
5 p.m. Blueberry Road, Gunflint Deputy assistance requested.
5:51 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, warning given.
6:50 p.m. Devil Track Party reporting someone driving on snowmobile trail by Devil Track.
6:58 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, citation issued
7:07 p.m. Lutsen Traffic stop, citation issued
7:35 p.m. Tofte Traffic stop, warning given.
7:43 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
7:48 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
7:58 p.m. Tofte Traffic stop, warning given.
8:11 p.m. Schroeder Traffic stop, warning given.
9:25 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop.
9:48 p.m. Grand Marais Hospital requests ambulance to come with carbon monoxide detector
11:02 p.m. Lutsen Business check – Cathedral of the Pines