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Dave Mills is the board chair for the Cook County commissioners in 2021. WTIP file photo

Commissioner Dave Mills selected as board chair for 2021

Commissioner Dave Mills will be the board chair of the Cook County Commissioners for 2021.


Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

Cook County Board of Commissioners set levy for 2021

The Cook County Board of Commissioners agreed to set the 2021 levy at an increase of 3.95 percent over the current funding year.


Gunflint Trail sign. WTIP file photo

County board approves new tower and the arrival of cell service to the Gunflint Trail

Cell phone coverage up the Gunflint Trail has been an issue for many years.

Some want cell coverage up the Trail. Others don’t.


Trash cans awaiting pick up. Photo by Erik McClean, Unsplash.com

County authorizes an update to its waste management plan

 At the December 8 meeting of the Cook County Commissioners, Tim Nelson, the county's solid waste administrator, told the county board that it was time for a review of the county's w

Cook County line. Submitted photo

Cook County continues to navigate critical need for affordable housing

Cook County continues to lose its long-term rental housing stock, homes in the community are quickly aging even while their values soar and nearly a quarter of all local residents are cost burdened by


Cook County logo. WTIP file photo

Cook County offering COVID-19 saliva test kits to local residents

Officials from the Cook County Emergency Operations Center will distribute COVID-19 saliva test kits at sites throughout Cook County this week.


Winter settles on the Gunflint Trail. WTIP file photo by Travis Novitsky

Highway department braces for winter after slow start to the season

Wind, snow and ice. The fixings for a Minnesota winter arrived to Cook County in unison to start the week of Dec. 14.


Cook County Courthouse and government offices. WTIP file photo

County board sets sights on 2021 after busy start to December

Waste management, land use, equipment for the highway department and local property taxes were key themes during a memorably busy day for the Cook County Board of Commissioners Dec. 8.


Cook County logo. WTIP file photo

Cook County to hold two Truth in Taxation meetings this year

There’ve been some marathon Truth in Taxation meetings in Cook County in recent years, but the 2020 meeting will shatter all records when it comes to the official length of the annual event wher


James Joerke is the county administrator in Cook County. Submitted photo

County administrator shares update ahead of Truth in Taxation meeting

Cook County has been working with officials in Grand Marais, the Grand Portage Tribal Council, local townships and multiple partners in the healthcare and business communities to prevent the spread of