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Soil and Water has cost share funds for landowners

The Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District has cost share programs available for landowners.


Board chair talks Lutsen housing project, public dialogue for levy

Scott Harrison, the Cook County/Grand Marais EDA treasurer, and EDA Director Mary Somnis gave an update on the Lutsen Rental Housing project during a meeting of the Cook County Commissioners on Tuesda


Administrator discusses budgets, the highway engineer and human services

The county budget setting process begins, as does the replacement for the county engineer.  The future of the Health and Human Services director remains a somewhat open issue.

Pike Lake Road. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Plans for youth camp move forward in Pike Lake area

A request came before the Cook County Planning Commission on June 14 for a conditional use permit regarding a cabin on Pike Lake.


County moves forward on plans to expand community center

The Cook County Board of Commissioners agreed to spend approximately $14,500 to research expansion plans for the community center in Grand Marais.


County commissioner aims to increase local awareness of sexual exploitation

Cook County Commissioner Hedi Doo-Kirk attended a conference in the Twin Cities region on June 29 focused on sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.


Courthouse awarded security improvement funds

Six courthouses in mostly rural counties of Northeastern Minnesota will see security upgrades thanks to a statewide funding program. As a part of the program Cook County received $17,500.


EDA gives update on Lutsen housing project to county board

Staffing issues for the sheriff’s department and an update from the EDA on a workforce housing project in Lutsen were talking points during a meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners on


County board hears local reports on climate change

Cook County residents Olya Wright and George Wilkes discussed potential impacts of climate change on the local level during a meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, June 27.


Commissioners discuss review process for county administrator

During a Committee of the Whole discussion in the Cook County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 20, the commissioners and staff discussed the process of reviewing the performance of the county administrator