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Remote Minnesota Lake

MPCA study finds chemical pollution in remote Minnesota lakes

In the last decade, studies have revealed that endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDC’s, are present in virtually every watershed in the United States.  There is growing concern that eve


A map of the study

New study ranks Lake County as “unhealthiest” but with a bright future

A new report reveals how counties across America stack up when it comes to health. The news is not good for Cook County’s neighbor to the west.


Shae Kosmalski

County Highway Engineer resigns

Cook County Highway Engineer Sharon “Shae” Kosmalski has resigned her position effective no later than Sept. 30 of this year. The resignation became effective Feb.


Rep. David Dill

Rep. Dill to face kidney transplant surgery

Rep. David Dill, the District 6A DFLer who represents Cook County, among others, is getting ready for a kidney transplant.


Gov. Tim Pawlenty

Governor proposes large cuts in local government aid

Gov. Tim Pawlenty released plans Monday to close a $1.2 billion state budget deficit, relying on hoped-for federal funding and further cuts to healthcare and welfare programs.


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House committee introduces broadband bill

Last week the House Telecommunications Regulation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill that sets goals from the final report of the Minnesota Ultra High-Speed Broadband Task Force.  Th


The EDA office in downtown Grand Marais

EDA struggles with finances; board considers director layoff

At the monthly meeting of the Cook County-Grand Marais Joint Economic Authority, or EDA, on Tuesday, Feb.


Cook County Board of Commissioners

County board to continue Alternative Work Site program

The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to approve an Alternative Work Site (AWS) plan for Public Health and Human Services Director Sue Futterer on Tuesday, Feb. 9.


Sue Futterer, Public Health and Human Services director

County board to review Alternate Work Site plan

Cook County Commissioners will consider a plan that would define the on-site and off-site responsibilities of the Public Health and Human Services Director.


Tofte Fire Department gets a large grant

Local firefighters get federal grant

Members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation have announced that 21 communities across the state will receive $1,444,938 as part of The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.&nbsp