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Cook County COVID-19 test information for October 2020. Photo courtesy of Cook County PHHS

Understanding the changing COVID-19 reports in Cook County

The case count for COVID-19 continues to climb in Cook County, with multiple new cases reported in recent days.  


James Joerke and Rena Rogers. WTIP file photos

County administrator transition process underway in Cook County

County Administrator James Joerke has a full week on the job working at his new post in Cook County.


Cook County. Submitted photo

County commissioner candidates weigh in on critical issues as Election Day nears

A total of seven candidates joined WTIP for two different primaries this summer to hear from local residents trying to fill two seats on the Cook County Board of Commissioners.


Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

District 1 primary features three candidates looking to advance to 2021 special election

In June, now former District 1 Cook County Commissioner Bobby Deschampe won an election to be the next chairperson for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.


James Joerke is the county administrator in Cook County. Submitted photo

WTIP talks with the new Cook County administrator

James Joerke is the new county administrator for Cook County.


Highway engineer Robbie Hass and his wife, Kaitlin. Submitted photo

New highway engineer preps for first winter in Cook County

With winters that can last for more than half of the year and a short window for construction and other projects, the Cook County Highway Department staff are rarely lacking for important tasks or goa


Cook County logo. WTIP file photo

Cook County Board sets preliminary levy increase of just over four percent

Affordable housing, property taxes, the 2021 budget and the future of how county government operates through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic were among the key talking points during a busy meeting of th


Election 2020 - courthouse flag.  Photo by Rhonda Silence

County Auditor talks mail ballots and election security

A reminder went out to postal customers last week, reminding anyone voting by mail-in ballot to allow plenty of time for their ballot to make it to its destination and be counted. 

Cook County logo. WTIP file photo

Numerous permit fees set to increase in Cook County

When it comes to permits, it will cost Cook County property owners more money to start a project on their land.


A camera caught a woman vandalising a Trump 2020 sign on County Road 7 in Grand Marais. Submitted photo

More incidents of political conflict in the county

Despite repeated appeals to community members from Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen to be respectful of views that may differ from their own, there continue to be incidents of political conflict here o