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Jan Sivertson discusses the county's communication policy
Former Cook County Commissioner Jan Sivertson made a request to the county’s revolving loan fund for $25,000 to make improvements to her art gallery in downtown Grand Marais. Sivertson used a personal guarantee rather than any personal property as collateral. The loan has a life, or payback...
Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo
Cook County has a new assessor.

Bob Thompson, who is currently employed in the assessor’s office, will be the new county assessor. Thompson will take over for outgoing assessor Todd Smith, who faced complications with regard to obtaining required licensure status from the state...
Photo by Gary Siesennop
A public hearing on the proposed changes that could potentially open a large section of the Gunflint Trail to ATV use is set for Wednesday (June 12) at approximately 5:30 p.m.  

According to Tim Nelson, the director of the county’s land services department, the Gunflint is...
Cook County courthouse
The Cook County Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, June 11 from 1 to 5 p.m. for a work session intended to improve the way commissioners interact with one another.

The meeting will be facilitated by the Association of Minnesota Counties and the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation...
Cook County logo. WTIP file photo
The 2018 financial report for the Cook County Public Health and Human Services Department was shared during a public meeting of the PHHS Board May 21.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Alison McIntyre, the director of the county’s PHHS department, and County Administrator...
Seth Jeffs issued a court summons on his Pike Lake Road property in May 2019. Photo by Joe Friedrichs
Seth Jeffs, a known polygamist, convicted felon and member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been ordered by Cook County to immediately stop “earth work activity” on his property near Pike Lake Road.

Jeffs purchased 40 acres of...
Vacation rentals are common on the North Shore. Photo by Joe Friedrichs
Cook County  is now officially involved with the regulation and oversight of vacation rentals through a specific ordinance. During a meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners today (May 28) the board voted 5-0 to adopt a vacation rental ordinance.

This follows a 4-2 vote...

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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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