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

Short-term rentals likely to be considered commercial properties in Cook County

Property owners and businesses in Cook County that operate short-term rentals could see large increases in their property taxes in the coming years when a state directive becomes reality in 2020.&nbsp


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County delays South Shore Drive project near Devil Track Lake

After weeks of battling rainy conditions, this week the Cook County Highway Department announced a delay in the reconstruction of South Shore Drive located near Devil Track Lake.


Pamela Dixon. Submitted photo

Cook County continues discussion of appointing an HR Director

There have been a number of staff changes for local government in Cook County in mid-October. Former County Administrator Jeff Cadwell’s last day at the county was Monday, Oct. 14.


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Rena Rogers appointed interim Cook County administrator

Cook County Administrator Jeff Cadwell’s last day is Monday, Oct. 14. Cadwell is leaving to become the new administrator in Mahnomen County.


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Some local residents 'appalled' by treatment of county employees

Human suffering has no place in the community or in the workings of local government, according to County Attorney Molly Hicken.


This group of vehicles followed the proposed B2B route through Cook County. Photo by Scott Benolken

Group supporting Twin Metals, motorized B2B route requests funds from Cook County

A group that advocates for proposed copper-nickel mines and the Border-to-Border Touring Route in northern Minnesota is requesting that Cook County pay it more than $2,000 annually to support their mi


Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

County board sets preliminary levy, talks administrator transition

Property taxes, the 2020 budget and the future of how county government operates were among the key talking points today during a busy meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.  


A presentation on vaping in Cook County was held at the ACA Sept. 17. Photo by Grace Grinager

County considers raising legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21

Discussions are underway at the county level to raise the age to purchase commercial tobacco to 21.


Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

County considers next steps with ‘board-administrator’ government

Cook County might continue operating under the current form of government using the ‘board-administrator’ model, though an outside consulting firm will likely advise the county board on th


Radio Waves Evening, 2019 (Photo by Will Moore)

WTIP Radio’s 12th annual Radio Waves festival reports a diverse music lineup and high attendance

September 13, 2019—Grand Marais, MN—In keeping with Radio Waves tradition, the Cook County Community Swing Band filled the large stage on Friday, September 6, at Sweethear