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Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo
The tax rolls for Cook County and local government became more complicated with a discovery in the final week of 2020.

Cook County Assessor Bob Thompson informed County Administrator James Joerke on Dec. 29 that an error occurred in the collection and processing of data related to...
Two candidates are running for District 1 commissioner: Paula Marie Powell and Bob Svaelson. WTIP file photos
Ballots for the special election to determine who will be the next District 1 Cook County Commissioner are scheduled to be mailed out this week (Jan. 11-15).

Two candidates will appear on the ballot: Paula Marie Powell and Bob Svaelson.

In June, now former District 1...
Dave Mills is the board chair for the Cook County commissioners in 2021. WTIP file photo
Commissioner Dave Mills will be the board chair of the Cook County Commissioners for 2021.

The decision to appoint Mills as the board chair came during the organizational meeting of the commissioners Jan. 5.  The commissioners nominate and ultimately vote amongst themselves...
Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo
The Cook County Board of Commissioners agreed to set the 2021 levy at an increase of 3.95 percent over the current funding year.

The motion was made by Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk. It passed on a unanimous 4-0 vote.

The preliminary levy was set in September at a 4.16...
Gunflint Trail sign. WTIP file photo
Cell phone coverage up the Gunflint Trail has been an issue for many years.

Some want cell coverage up the Trail. Others don’t.

The Cook County Board of Commissioners brought cell service on the Gunflint Trail one step closer to reality during a meeting Dec....
Trash cans awaiting pick up. Photo by Erik McClean, Unsplash.com
 At the December 8 meeting of the Cook County Commissioners, Tim Nelson, the county's solid waste administrator, told the county board that it was time for a review of the county's waste management plan. 
 
The county gave Nelson authorization to...

Cook County line. Submitted photo
Cook County continues to lose its long-term rental housing stock, homes in the community are quickly aging even while their values soar and nearly a quarter of all local residents are cost burdened by rent or mortgage payments, according to a recent presentation by the Minnesota Housing Partnership...

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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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