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All the chairs in this photo will be replaced in 2020. Photo by Rhonda Silence

County opts to spend thousands on new chairs in commissioners' room

There was a meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, Feb. 25. The meeting opened with a public comment period.

Change starts at the local level. Photo by Rhonda Silence.JPG

Citzens turn out for local political caucuses

 Across the state of Minnesota, political precinct caucuses were held on Tuesday, February 25, including here in Cook County.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation Highway 61 project is on track to start in mid-May

MnDOT on track for highway construction to begin mid-May

Discussion of the upcoming Highway 61 road construction this spring has been on the agenda of many local government meetings.

Cook County Sheriff's Office - Photo by WTIP

A look at the Law Enforcement Log, Jan. 28 - Feb. 10

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office shared a brief report of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center from January 28 - February 10.

Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department - File photo

Telephone outage on Gunflint Trail, Fire Hall 1 staffed for emergencies

 Phone service is currently unavailable in the 388 telephone exchange in Cook County

Grand Marais Pharmacy on Highway 61 in Grand Marais. File photo by Rhonda Silence

Blue Cross-Blue Shield status change for Grand Marais Pharmacy

In January, WTIP reported that Grand Marais Pharmacy was no longer a “preferred provider” for patients with health insurance with Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Senator Tom Bakk visiting Superior National at Lutsen. File photo by Rhonda Silence

A conversation with Senator Tom Bakk

Longtime District 3 Senator Tom Bakk has seen some changes to his position at the State Capitol. He lost his seat as Senate minority leader on February 1 to Senator Susan Kent of Woodbury.

Minnesota State Capitol at night. Photo by Rhonda Silence

Short-term rental tax conversation shifts to St. Paul

The topic of short-term rental tax classification in Cook County and across Minnesota found its way to the Capitol in St. Paul.

Caucuses are being held across the state on Tuesday, Feb. 25 - Photo by Rhonda Silence

Time for our local political caucuses

Political precinct caucuses are being held across the State of Minnesota on Tuesday, February 25, starting at 7 p.m.