Cook County Blog

Picture yourself here, take a virtual vacation!

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 4/8/20 1:47 PM

Picture yourself here ... literally!

We know you miss us, and we certainly miss all of you! To help compensate for our time apart while we flatten the COVID-19 curve. We have created custom virtual backgrounds that you can use for Zoom, Skype, or other virtual meeting platforms for each of your favorite Cook County communities.

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Topics: Northern Lights & Night Sky, BWCAW, Lake Superior

Tell Us A Story - Surviving social distancing through storytelling and imagery

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 3/19/20 2:44 PM

Tell Us A Story - Surviving social distancing through storytelling and imagery 

During this time of social distancing and isolation, let's join together to share stories of your favorite times in Cook County. Tell us a story about the time you encountered a moose on the Gunflint Trail, or when you taught your kid how to skip rocks in the Grand Marais harbor. Tell us about that time you learned to ski at Lutsen Mountains or about how all of your senses were heightened the first time you felt the raw power of nature crash down High Falls in Grand Portage

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Topics: Spring, Outdoors, Northern Lights & Night Sky, BWCAW

Winter Camping - Tips and Tricks From The Pros

Posted by Guest: Joe Friedrichs on 3/2/20 9:52 AM

Winter is a season we celebrate by getting outside here in Cook County. From skiing and snowshoeing, to snowmobiling and ice fishing, there are so many wonderful reasons to get outdoors and embrace this magical time of year.

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Topics: Winter, Northern Lights & Night Sky, BWCAW

A Few Of Our Favorite Spring Things

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 4/9/19 3:00 PM

In honor of this wonderful season, we’ve compiled a list of 19 awesome springtime adventures you won’t want to miss.

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Topics: Events, Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Scenic Drives, Services, Spring, Summer, Art, History & Culture, Grand Portage, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Outdoors, Northern Lights & Night Sky, BWCAW, Lake Superior

Top Celestial Events to experience in Cook County this year

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 1/20/19 11:12 AM

Blood moons, eclipse, super moons, meteor showers, northern lights and so much more. Make 2019 the year you explore the wonders of the night sky. Here is our short list of some of the Top Celestial Events to experience in Cook County this year. 

 

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Topics: phenomena, Northern Lights & Night Sky

Celebrating 40 years of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 10/17/18 3:04 PM

Happy anniversary to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (commonly known as the BWCAW/BWCA)! On October 21, 1978 President Jimmy Carter signed the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act into law, amending the national Wilderness Act of 1964.

While the 1964 National Wilderness Act included the BWCAW in the National Wilderness Preservation System, the new Act signed in 1978, set the course leading to the wilderness as it is known today. Each year, over 150,000 visitors travel from around the globe to explore the pristine waters that are home to moose, wolves, bears and more.

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Topics: Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Grand Portage, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Outdoors, Northern Lights & Night Sky, BWCAW

The Sky is Falling! Just kidding, it's the annual Perseid Meteor Shower.

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 8/9/18 3:15 PM

The Sky is Falling! Just kidding, it's the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. 

 Northern Minnesota’s night skies are spectacular for stargazing on any clear night. But this weekend there’s an extra special treat that we might be lucky enough to enjoy. If clear skies prevail as they are forecast now, it could be the kind of spectacular night show your kids will remember all their lives. Or maybe it’s the kind of moment with a special someone that’s usually reserved for Hollywood Rom-Coms. Whoever you may be with this weekend, or if you’re enjoying some solitude, don’t miss the chance to take in some magic. Or science. Observer’s choice.

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Topics: phenomena, Northern Lights & Night Sky

Northern Lights Viewing Routes - Find the best places to view the aurora borealis in Cook County MN

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 11/12/17 11:00 AM

Catching a glimpse of the northern lights is at the top of many "bucket lists" but the number one question we hear is "where are the best places to view the northern lights in Minnesota?" With the help of local photographer, Bryan Hansel, we have created a comprehensive list of some of the best places to view the northern lights in Cook County, MN.  

Please note: These maps are intended for reference only. Please pick up an official road map for offline navigation. Locations identified can be done individually or as a driving route. Not all roadways accessible year-round or maintained regularly. Proceed with caution during winter months and observe all road signs or closures. Visit Cook County is not responsible for lost or stranded drivers.  Safety is at the discretion of the driver

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Topics: Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Grand Portage, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Northern Lights & Night Sky