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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


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