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Cook County to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day Oct. 10

Cook County will officially recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, Oct. 10. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs has this story on what lead to the decision. 


Commissioner Doo-Kirk talks about challenges ahead for the county

In preparation for the November 8 General Election, WTIP’s Jay Andersen has been interviewing local candidates about the challenges and opportunities of holding public office.


Commissioners set preliminary levy and sales tax increase

The County Commissioners are locked in the hard work of budgeting.


Wiinanen retires, Marasco takes over at Emergency Management

There’s a changing of the guard at the county’s Emergency Management director’s office.


WTIP Opioid program elicits tip, leads to arrest

As a result of WTIP’s recent Third Thursday program on opioid abuse, a tip was received and an arrest was made of someone importing fentanyl into the county.


County Board prepares for vote on sales-tax increase

During a 90-minute afternoon session of their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Sept.


Affordable housing discussed by county board

The local Economic Development Authority obtained five county owned tax forfeit lots in the city of Grand Marais that will be the site of affordable housing projects.


Commissioners struggle with high levy numbers

The county commissioners are grappling with high levy figures and how to make a half-percent sales tax increase for transportation.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with the board’s chair H


Commissioners continue to discuss sales-tax increase

Though no action was taken by the Board of Commissioners regarding a proposed sales tax increase in Cook County to be used for projects by the highway department, the topic was again discussed during

An old, tattered building contains some of the highway department's materials. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Highway engineer talks sales tax, facilities and road projects

The Cook County Highway Department and the County Board continue to discuss the possibility of a sales-tax increase that would generate funds for the highway department.