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  • Split Rock from the Water
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Lake County is located in the Arrowhead Region of Northeastern Minnesota, covering 2062 square miles with a population of 10,866 people. Within our boundaries are 4 state parks, a Nation Forest and the BWCAW. All offer superior hiking, camping, fishing and winter recreational opportunities. Snowmobiling, hiking, cross-country skiing and ATV trails are readily accessible throughout the county. Bordering our county is the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior. With its rugged beauty and pristine shoreline, it offers many recreational opportunities as well as historical shipwrecks, two operating lighthouses and two public marinas.

Lake County is rich in cultural heritage with many historical sites and museums to experience. Special events occur during every season, from the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in January to Grandma's Marathon in June, along with local community festivals. The largest city is Two Harbors, where the county seat is located. Here and in the City of Silver Bay, two operating harbors for shipping iron ore and taconite are located. Major industries in Lake County are mining, logging, wood products, shipping and transportation, manufacturing, health care and tourism. Come and grow with us!


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Spring Severe Weather Awareness

Spring Severe Weather Awareness

Spring is here and that means severe weather will return as well. Already, a tornado on March 6 in Freeborn County has caused Minnesota to provide State Disaster Assistance to make repairs to public infrastructure and reimburse them for clean-up costs.


Tornado drills are on Thursday, April 20. At 1:45pm, NOAA weather radios will broadcast a tornado warning test. Some TV and radio stations may do the same, and cell phone weather apps may also alert for the drill.  Lake County will use the 1:45 drill to test its CodeRED notification system for staff only. At 6:45pm, a tornado drill test will go out to all CodeRED subscribers in the County. Use this test to practice where you would take shelter in an real tornado.


Tornados are only one type of severe weather, and not as common in Lake County as thunderstorms, high winds and flash floods. Click on the following links to learn how to prepare for these other hazards.


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Skywarn Training in Silvery Bay, April 26
There is a free presentation for the public, elected officials, wilderness leaders and EM Responders no how to spot, prepare for, and respond to dangerous weather.  Please join us!
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CPR Instruction Free to Public ; 4-28-17 Deadline to Register
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** Deadline to Register is  4-28-17