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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


Cook County logo. WTIP file photo

Commissioners select finalists to be the next Cook County adminstrator

The search for the next county administrator in Cook County was narrowed during a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 18.
 


Cook County logo. WTIP file photo

Expletives fly during tense meeting of the Cook County commissioners

Requiring masks in public and the future of a public beach near Grand Marais were the centerpieces of lively and occasionally heated discussion during a meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissione


WTIP building. Archived photo

WTIP seeks questions for upcoming commissioner forums

The rest of this year promises to be crowded with political news and WTIP intends to stay on top of it.


Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk. WTIP file photo

Doo-Kirk discusses not running for reelection, status of local government

Cook County Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk did not file for reelection this year, opening up the District 4 seat that includes the Gunflint Trail and Devil Track Lake areas.