Public Affairs

The EDA office in downtown Grand Marais

EDA struggles with finances; board considers director layoff

At the monthly meeting of the Cook County-Grand Marais Joint Economic Authority, or EDA, on Tuesday, Feb.


Cook County Board of Commissioners

County board to continue Alternative Work Site program

The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to approve an Alternative Work Site (AWS) plan for Public Health and Human Services Director Sue Futterer on Tuesday, Feb. 9.


Sue Futterer, Public Health and Human Services director

County board to review Alternate Work Site plan

Cook County Commissioners will consider a plan that would define the on-site and off-site responsibilities of the Public Health and Human Services Director.


Tofte Fire Department gets a large grant

Local firefighters get federal grant

Members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation have announced that 21 communities across the state will receive $1,444,938 as part of The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.&nbsp


County lodging taxes down over 8 percent in 2009

County lodging taxes down over 8 percent in 2009

Last year was not a good one for Cook County tourism. According to the Auditor-Treasurer’s year-end lodging tax report, 2009 was down 8.3 percent from 2008.


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Manpower is the only backup system for communications on the North Shore

When people along the North Shore last week found themselves without the usual communications tools, they began asking, “What happened and where’s the back-up?” Residents along th


Minnesota State Capital

Cook County caucus results stray from state trends

Republicans and Democrats gathered Tuesday evening for party caucuses. The attendance numbers were down from 2008, but there was still plenty of political business accomplished.


The proposed site of the PolyMet mine

Grand Portage unites with other northern tribes in concern over PolyMet mine proposal

Tribal governments are coming together in concern over the PolyMet mine proposal.  There’s been a flurry of interest recently by companies that want to mine copper, nickel and other prec


Tyler Dean with a young Haitian girl in Saint Marc, Haiti on the last day of his aid-related trip.

Local 2007 high school grad contributes to relief effort in Haiti

On Jan. 12, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless.


1 percent local option sales tax

County will pursue sales tax on incoming shipments

The Minnesota Department of Revenue administers and collects sales taxes, but Cook County has a special interest in the process.