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Glamorous camping is not the right fit for Pike Lake Road, according to a decision made by the Cook County Planning Commission following concerns shared by a collection of residents near the remote but well-traveled roadway.

The planning commission heard a plan during their August...
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There was a meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, Aug. 13.

Toward the end of Tuesday’s meeting, the board engaged in lengthy and varying discussions regarding the 2020 budget.   According to Auditor Braidy Powers, the initial levy, based on requests...
Cook County Law Enforcement Center - Photo by Rhonda Silence
As Cook County commissioners begin looking at the budget and levy for 2020, they are meeting with department heads. As WTIP Community Radio does every year, our news department follows the process from start to finish. Listen to an interview with Cook County Administrator about the budget proces...
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Cook County stands to lose $751,000 following a federal appraisal connected to a payment for federal lands in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. As a result,  this year’s preliminary levy could be in the double digits once again.

The county budget and property tax...
ATVs are currently allowed on sections of the Gunflint Trail - Photo by Rhonda Silence
ATVs are now allowed to operate in a large section of the Gunflint Trail where they were previously banned.

Changes to the local ATV ordinance became official this morning during a meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.
In June, the county’s seven-member...
Alison McIntyre, director of Cook County PHHS. WTIP file photo
Minnesota lawmakers are considering reorganizing the state’s Department of Human Services following a series of leadership resignations.
 
After the Minnesota’s Department of Human Services commissioner resigned this week, some state lawmakers are calling for a...
Pike Lake Road. Photo by Joe Friedrichs
The Cook County Highway Department is seeking input from the community to better understand the public’s expectations and preferences on the county’s road construction investments and maintenance services such as plowing, re-graveling, sidewalk maintenance, and vegetation...

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Cook County Commissioners Contact Information

Heidi Doo-Kirk
Term expires 2020
Email: heidi.doo-kirk@co.cook.mn.us
Telephone: 218-387-2928
 
Myron Bursheim, Board Vice Chair
Term expires 2020
Email: myron.bursheim@co.cook.mn.us
 
Dave Mills
Term expires 2022
Email: dave.mills@co.cook.mn.us

Ginny Storlie, Board Chair
Term expires 2022
Email: ginny.storlie@co.cook.mn.us
Telephone: 218-663-7092

Bobby Deschampe 
Term expires 2022
robert.deschampe@co.cook.mn.us
Phone: 218-370-1181
 
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