Public Affairs

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.


Remote Minnesota Lake

MPCA study finds chemical pollution in remote Minnesota lakes

In the last decade, studies have revealed that endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDC’s, are present in virtually every watershed in the United States.  There is growing concern that eve


A map of the study

New study ranks Lake County as “unhealthiest” but with a bright future

A new report reveals how counties across America stack up when it comes to health. The news is not good for Cook County’s neighbor to the west.


Shae Kosmalski

County Highway Engineer resigns

Cook County Highway Engineer Sharon “Shae” Kosmalski has resigned her position effective no later than Sept. 30 of this year. The resignation became effective Feb.


Rep. David Dill

Rep. Dill to face kidney transplant surgery

Rep. David Dill, the District 6A DFLer who represents Cook County, among others, is getting ready for a kidney transplant.


Gov. Tim Pawlenty

Governor proposes large cuts in local government aid

Gov. Tim Pawlenty released plans Monday to close a $1.2 billion state budget deficit, relying on hoped-for federal funding and further cuts to healthcare and welfare programs.


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House committee introduces broadband bill

Last week the House Telecommunications Regulation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill that sets goals from the final report of the Minnesota Ultra High-Speed Broadband Task Force.  Th