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New tower to bring cell service to northern Minnesota's Gunflint Trail, parts of Boundary Waters


December 23, 2020

ALEX KORMANN • Star Tribune

The fall colors were near their their peak along the Gunflint Trail in Grand Marais, Minn., in September.

DULUTH – Cellphone service could soon reach some of Minnesota's most remote northern wilderness, including the Gunflint Trail and parts of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

The Cook County Board on Tuesday approved a lease agreement allowing AT&T to build a tower on public land, a decision that sparked controversy among locals and visitors who prefer the region remain off the grid.

Rena Rogers, Cook County's management information systems director, said the cellphone provider asked to construct a tower near Gunflint Lake so that first responders can access the company's FirstNet service. Members of the public will also receive regular service.


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