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Phil Larson and Ilena Hansel wrap up another successful day near the Poplar River

Cook County Soil & Water District preps for busy 2020

Though winter is still here for months to come, the staff with the Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District are keeping busy.


Vacation rentals are common on the North Shore. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Emotions run high during short-term rental tax discussion at courthouse

The muddy waters of how much short-term rentals should be taxed did not get any clearer during a busy meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, Jan.


Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

Commissioners discuss B2B touring route, short-term rental taxes

If Cook County officials are going to question the region’s capacity to handle more tourists for one method of outdoor recreation or an event, the same method of reasoning should apply across th


Commissioner Myron Bursheim talks with Highway Engineer Krysten Foster at the new Hovland garage. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

New public works facility in Hovland is complete

The new public works facility for the Cook County Highway Department is up and operational.


A county plow truck went off road on the Mink Ranch Road in Lutsen. Submitted photo

Highway department facing challenging storm cleanup

The Cook County Highway Department is working hard to get roads cleared from the snowstorm that dumped 12-18 inches on the county. It is challenging to say the least.


Cook County Board of Commissioners 2019-20. Photo courtesy of Cook County

Cook County votes to support refugee resettlement

Following a 5-0 vote to support refugee resettlement within county lines, the Cook County Board of Commissioners kept a door to the community open, according to Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk.


Cook County logo. WTIP file photo

Commissioners prepare to discuss refugee resettlement in Cook County

The Cook County Board of Commissioners are planning to address resettlement of refugees within county lines.


Commissioner Myron Bursheim. WTIP photo

Commissioner Myron Bursheim selected as board chair for 2020

Commissioner Myron Bursheim will be the board chair of the Cook County Commissioners for 2020.


Cook County Assessor Bob Thompson. Submitted photo

Community conversation with the Cook County assessor

Now complete, 2019 proved to be a very busy year in the Cook County Assessor’s office. The new assessor, Bob Thompson, took his post in June.


Alison McIntyre, director of Cook County PHHS. WTIP file photo

County changes position regarding DHS billing errors

Cook County taxpayers were scheduled to be on the hook for at least $2,000 as the result of a series of billing errors by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.