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Cook County MIS staff. Submitted photo

Cook County anticipates some staff working remotely beyond pandemic

When the realities of an oncoming pandemic sunk in for local government in March 2020, the Cook County Management Information Services Department (MIS) had to get creative.


Krysten Foster is a former Cook County highway engineer now working for MnDOT. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

MnDOT shares input on Cook County bridges in need of repair

Former Cook County Highway Engineer Krysten Foster is now a district state aid engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. She spoke with WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs Feb.


Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

County administrator shares update during busy week for local government

A busy week for local government continued Thursday (Feb. 11) with the swearing in of a new commissioner and continued discussion of the housing crunch facing the community.


Bob Svaleson is the District 1 Cook County Commissioner. Submitted photo

Svaleson wins special election to be District 1 commissioner

Bob Svaleson will be the next representative for District 1 on the Cook County Board of Commissioners.


Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

County board prepares to seat fifth commissioner as special election nears

The Cook County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting Feb. 11 to swear in the new commissioner elected to represent District 1 on the county board.


A view of the popular Passion Pit area on a county map. Photo courtesy of Cook County

County Parks & Trails to take a more in-depth look at Passion Pit beach area

The summer of 2020 brought controversy to a strand of Lake Superior shoreline in Grand Marais.

Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

Error in assessor’s office results in change to Cook County tax estimates

The tax rolls for Cook County and local government became more complicated with a discovery in the final week of 2020.


Two candidates are running for District 1 commissioner: Paula Marie Powell and Bob Svaelson. WTIP file photos

District 1 commissioner ballots will be mailed this week

Ballots for the special election to determine who will be the next District 1 Cook County Commissioner are scheduled to be mailed out this week (Jan. 11-15).


Dave Mills is the board chair for the Cook County commissioners in 2021. WTIP file photo

Commissioner Dave Mills selected as board chair for 2021

Commissioner Dave Mills will be the board chair of the Cook County Commissioners for 2021.


Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

Cook County Board of Commissioners set levy for 2021

The Cook County Board of Commissioners agreed to set the 2021 levy at an increase of 3.95 percent over the current funding year.