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Board Chair Ginny Storlie reflects on county news from 2019

It’s nearing the end of another busy year for local government in Cook County. The levy was set at a 5.89 percent increase Dec. 17.


Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. WTIP file photo

County gets good news on BWCA payments

It took a single phone call to finally answer one of the most important questions facing Cook County in 2019.


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

Short-term rentals discussed during final county board meeting of 2019

Taxing short-term rentals in Cook County as commercial properties ‘violates the principle of tax fairness,’ according to certain business leaders in the community.


Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

County board sets wages, levy for 2020

There was a meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, Dec. 17. Among a variety of other topics, the county board discussed their pay structure for 2020.


Cook County Assessor Bob Thompson. Submitted photo

County assessor sets 'primary use' threshold for short-term rentals

A memo from the Minnesota Department of Revenue dated May 21 that was sent to every county assessor in the state says any property where the ‘primary use’ of the home is a short-term renta


Amanda Weberg is the Cook County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator. Submitted photo

AIS prevention efforts now directed by soil and water district

The Cook County Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program, funding and staff are transitioning to the Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).


County logo. WTIP file photo

Property values, taxes questioned during Truth in Taxation meeting

Cook County held its annual Truth In Taxation meeting last night in the commissioners’ room at the courthouse building in Grand Marais.


Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

County board discusses pay increases for commissioners

How much compensation an elected official receives will impact who runs for local office, according to at least two of the Cook County commissioners.


Cook County logo. WTIP file photo

County joins effort to combat youth tobacco use

The regular meeting of the Cook County board of commissioners was Tuesday, November 26.