Public Affairs

County to begin 1 percent sales tax collection April 1

County to begin 1 percent sales tax collection April 1

It’s not an April Fools prank. April 1 is the day Cook County begins collecting an additional 1 percent tax on retail sales within the county.


The EDA office in downtown Grand Marais

County helps EDA and Superior National with finances

On Tuesday, Cook County Commissioners agreed to advance the Joint Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) a portion of the first half of the property tax levy.


PolyMet hopes to set up shop in the old LTV taconite facility that closed in 2001.

U.S. EPA gives PolyMet mine proposal low marks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released an analysis of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine proposed for Minnesota’s Eastern Iron Range.  The agency says the mining operation would result in “unacceptable and long-term water quality impacts,” and should not proceed as proposed.


ISD166 makes cuts

ISD166 to cut staff and programs to balance budget

The Cook County Schools ISD166 school board needs to make program reductions of $440,000 in school year 2010-11 to balance their budget.


 

Tom McCann: Mapping Haiti from Cook County

Ann talked Feb. 19 with local GIS specialist Tom McCann about his volunteer work helping Haiti relief efforts, using his mapping skills, without ever leaving the county.


Local phone service disrupted Tuesday

Local telephone service disrupted again Tuesday morning

Local telephone service was disrupted this morning for about an hour around 8:30 a.m.


Largest Duluth union represented by AFSCME considers strike

Largest Duluth union considers strike

Members of The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 66 in Duluth may decide to authorize a strike if the union votes to reject an offer from the city today.


Former iron mine near Eveleth, MN

“Safe Mines” bill introduced in Minnesota legislature

A bill to strengthen Minnesota mining laws was recently introduced in the state legislature.
 


The Cedar Grove Business Park in Grand Marais, photo by Carah Thomas

Living on the Edge: Part 11

One way communities often try and grow their local economy is through business development. It was in this spirit that the county and city first started talking about developing a business park.


County Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers

County may lose all local government aid

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is proposing drastic cuts in the state’s budget, not the least of which is aid to local governments.