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Rep. Erik Mortensen. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Legislature

County allows state legislator to keep noncompliant structure in place

A member of the Minnesota House of Representatives built a structure that is not in compliance with local zoning ordinances, violated a cease and desist order from the Cook County Land Services Depart


Commissioner Ann Sullivan. Submitted photo

Commissioner Ann Sullivan selected as board chair for 2022

Commissioner Ann Sullivan will be the board chair of the Cook County Commissioners for 2022.


Cook County courthouse

Cook County board approves levy of 3 percent

While noting the financial benefits of federal grants, public health funding and unforeseen reductions in health care premiums, the Cook County Board of Commissioners set their 2022 budget and levy du


Equipment in the new public works facility for the Cook County Highway Department. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Cook County may face challenges to secure federal dollars from massive infrastructure bill

For many years, and through the tenure of multiple highway engineers, Cook County has struggled to maintain and repair its many bridges throughout the massive county.


Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

Commissioners discuss increasing their salaries for 2022

While discussing the fact their salaries have remained flat for nearly two decades, the Cook County Board of Commissioners considered increasing their compensation for next year during a meeting Tuesd


Housing is a key issue facing Cook County. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Cook County assessor explains anticipated property value increases

As recently reported by WTIP, Cook County homeowners should expect their property values to


Cook County Sheriff's Office - logo courtesy of Cook County Sheriff's Office

Cook County reaches $350K settlement with former sheriff's deputy

A former deputy with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department will receive $350,000 to drop a lawsuit alleging she experienced sexual discrimination on the job.  


Cook County courthouse - Photo by Rhonda Silence

Cook County board discusses land acknowledgment statement

During a committee of the whole work session Nov.


Home construction in Grand Marais. WTIP file photo by Joe Friedrichs

Assessor says property values likely to increase in Cook County

Cook County homeowners should expect their property values to go up in the coming year, according to local officials.


Tofte is a community on the 'West End' of Cook County. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

County board approves $1.3 million in tax breaks for Tofte projects

The Cook County Board of Commissioners unanimously signed off on more than $1.38 million dollars in tax breaks for two proposed projects in Tofte.