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Cook County COVID-19 test information for October 2020. Photo courtesy of Cook County PHHS
The case count for COVID-19 continues to climb in Cook County, with multiple new cases reported in recent days.  

And while new reports of COVID-19 are coming in, the case count has fluctuated from higher to lower and back up again in Cook County due to discrepancies with where...
James Joerke and Rena Rogers. WTIP file photos
County Administrator James Joerke has a full week on the job working at his new post in Cook County.

With his contract approved by the Cook County Board of Commissioners in late September, Joerke arrived to Grand Marais and the North Shore earlier this month and appeared in his first...
Cook County. Submitted photo
A total of seven candidates joined WTIP for two different primaries this summer to hear from local residents trying to fill two seats on the Cook County Board of Commissioners. After the primary election in August, four candidates emerged, including two for the Cook County District 2 seat and two...
Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo
In June, now former District 1 Cook County Commissioner Bobby Deschampe won an election to be the next chairperson for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Deschampe’s term on the county board did not expire until 2022, meaning there needs to be a special election...
James Joerke is the county administrator in Cook County. Submitted photo
James Joerke is the new county administrator for Cook County.

With his contract approved by the Cook County Board of Commissioners Sept. 22, Joerke arrives to Grand Marais and the North Shore area in early October. His first day working for Cook County is Monday, Oct. 12.
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Highway engineer Robbie Hass and his wife, Kaitlin. Submitted photo
With winters that can last for more than half of the year and a short window for construction and other projects, the Cook County Highway Department staff are rarely lacking for important tasks or goals that need to be accomplished.

This is a reality Robbie Hass, the new Cook County...
Cook County logo. WTIP file photo
Affordable housing, property taxes, the 2021 budget and the future of how county government operates through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic were among the key talking points during a busy meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, Sept. 22. 

During this...

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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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