Public Affairs

Grand Marais campground

City Park Board works on improvements timeline

Members of the Grand Marais Park Board met this week to begin strategic planning for 2010. The planning process will look at several capital improvements as well as funding strategies.


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Broadband application passed over

Cook County’s first round fiber optic stimulus grant application has not been selected for funding. The Broadband Initiative group received notice about a week ago.


Cook County Schools ISD 166 campus

Superintendent makes change to ISD166 to staff cuts

Among the staff cuts originally listed as a part of budget balancing for Cook County Schools ISD166, was one that should not have been there.


County to begin 1 percent sales tax collection April 1

County to begin 1 percent sales tax collection April 1

It’s not an April Fools prank. April 1 is the day Cook County begins collecting an additional 1 percent tax on retail sales within the county.


The EDA office in downtown Grand Marais

County helps EDA and Superior National with finances

On Tuesday, Cook County Commissioners agreed to advance the Joint Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) a portion of the first half of the property tax levy.


PolyMet hopes to set up shop in the old LTV taconite facility that closed in 2001.

U.S. EPA gives PolyMet mine proposal low marks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released an analysis of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine proposed for Minnesota’s Eastern Iron Range.  The agency says the mining operation would result in “unacceptable and long-term water quality impacts,” and should not proceed as proposed.


ISD166 makes cuts

ISD166 to cut staff and programs to balance budget

The Cook County Schools ISD166 school board needs to make program reductions of $440,000 in school year 2010-11 to balance their budget.


 

Tom McCann: Mapping Haiti from Cook County

Ann talked Feb. 19 with local GIS specialist Tom McCann about his volunteer work helping Haiti relief efforts, using his mapping skills, without ever leaving the county.


Local phone service disrupted Tuesday

Local telephone service disrupted again Tuesday morning

Local telephone service was disrupted this morning for about an hour around 8:30 a.m.