Public Affairs

County lodging taxes down over 8 percent in 2009

County lodging taxes down over 8 percent in 2009

Last year was not a good one for Cook County tourism. According to the Auditor-Treasurer’s year-end lodging tax report, 2009 was down 8.3 percent from 2008.


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Manpower is the only backup system for communications on the North Shore

When people along the North Shore last week found themselves without the usual communications tools, they began asking, “What happened and where’s the back-up?” Residents along th


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Cook County caucus results stray from state trends

Republicans and Democrats gathered Tuesday evening for party caucuses. The attendance numbers were down from 2008, but there was still plenty of political business accomplished.


The proposed site of the PolyMet mine

Grand Portage unites with other northern tribes in concern over PolyMet mine proposal

Tribal governments are coming together in concern over the PolyMet mine proposal.  There’s been a flurry of interest recently by companies that want to mine copper, nickel and other prec


Tyler Dean with a young Haitian girl in Saint Marc, Haiti on the last day of his aid-related trip.

Local 2007 high school grad contributes to relief effort in Haiti

On Jan. 12, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless.


1 percent local option sales tax

County will pursue sales tax on incoming shipments

The Minnesota Department of Revenue administers and collects sales taxes, but Cook County has a special interest in the process.


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New information casts doubt on Qwest’s outage explanation

A report in the Duluth News Tribune casts doubt on the reason given by Qwest for the widespread communications outage along the North Shore.

 

Cook County political caucuses to be held Feb. 2

Feb. 2 is the day for political caucuses. Democrats will caucus at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts and Republicans will caucus at the Community Center. Both events will begin at 7 p.m.


EDA Director Matt Geretschlaeger

EDA in financial turmoil

The Cook County-Grand Marais Joint Economic Development Authority, or EDA, is in crisis.  There’s no money to pay its bills. 


Local offices up for election in November

Local offices up for election in November

In addition to national and state offices, there are several county and school board positions up for election this year.