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STRONG OPP PRESENCE IN NIPIGON 0 Crime
James Brown

STRONG OPP PRESENCE IN NIPIGON

NIPIGON, ONTARIO  ~~~ May 22, 2020  (LSN)  Hardworking OPP have had a strong presence in the Nipigon area for the past month but things have intensified this week. Earlier this week, there were OPP helicopters in the area...
Counterfeit Batteries, Hats and Flags 0 Public Safety
James Brown

Counterfeit Batteries, Hats and Flags

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MINNESOTA  ~~  May 20, 2020  (LSN)  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the International Falls Port of Entry targeted a rail container destined to arrive...
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Robert McKenzie

Honoring our Veterans

COOK COUNTRY, MINNESOTA May 22, 2020  (LSN) Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our nation in their service with the U.S....

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STRONG OPP PRESENCE IN NIPIGON

STRONG OPP PRESENCE IN NIPIGON

OPP EXECUTING SEARCHES ON SEVERAL LOCATIONS

NIPIGON, ONTARIO  ~~~ May 22, 2020  (LSN)  Hardworking OPP have had a strong presence in the Nipigon area for the past month...
Counterfeit Batteries, Hats and Flags

Counterfeit Batteries, Hats and Flags

CBP Officers Seize at International Falls Port of Entry

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MINNESOTA  ~~  May 20, 2020  (LSN)  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field...
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37-year-old Canadian Citizen who failed to stop for inspection

37-year-old Canadian Citizen who failed to stop for inspection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers Champlain Port of Entry

CHAMPLAIN, NEW YORK, ~~~  May 20, 2020  (LSN) Yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the...
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Arts

2020 Live from the Rock Folk Festival

2020 Live from the Rock Folk Festival

Cancelled Due to Covid-19 Pandemic Apr

RED ROCK, ONTARIO   ~~~  April 22, 2020  (LSN)  Due to public health concerns as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,...
Update Grand Marais Art Colony Summer Sessions

Update Grand Marais Art Colony Summer Sessions

COVID-19 cancelled summer programming through August 31, 2020

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  April 10, 2020  (LSN)  In order to protect the health and safety of our community, we have cancelled summer...
Update Grand Marais Art Colony & COVID-19

Update Grand Marais Art Colony & COVID-19

COVID-19 Response Plan

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  March 18, 2020  (LSN)  The Grand Marais Art Colony Staff, Board, and volunteers are united in a proactive...
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The Life of a County Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk, District 4

The Life of a County Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk, District 4

County Connections

COOK COUNTRY, MINNESOTA  September 6, 2019  (LSN) Commissioners are responsible for understanding the needs of the county and supporting staff in providing community services, such as public health, human services, public safety and transportation. Carrying out these responsibilities requires attention 24/7/365. Commissioners attend all meetings of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, and we serve on a variety of community, county and other agency committees.

We are publicly available and regularly receive phone calls, emails and one-on-one questions, irrespective of our location, on a variety of county topics. Public engagement in all these forms is key to our success as county commissioners because it is through interactions with the public that commissioners have an opportunity to educate – and to learn from – our constituents.

Service on Boards and Commissions

Serving on committees gives us better insight to do our jobs and to respond to citizens. I find that I am often able to connect the dots and make better decisions, especially the tough ones, as a direct result of this form of public engagement. I also have the opportunity to build relationships and connect with community members in more meaningful and personal ways. Representing Cook County on boards and commissions that meet across the state gives Cook County a voice when the alternative would be for decision-makers to make calls on regulations and funding without considering the impact to our county’s citizens.

Commissioners receive committee assignments at our first meeting of the year, often called our organizational meeting. Some we are appointed to, some we are a voting member, and others we may sit as ex officio.  The selection of committee work is based on the availability of the commissioner, personal interest and district impact, with the goal of ensuring that all meetings are covered. For example, I sit on the Airport Commission and the Scenic Byway Committee. Both are important to me and impact my district. This year, I asked Commissioner Mills to take my place at the hospital board meetings. I miss those meetings and the wealth of information I gained, but I felt that it was important for Commissioner Mills to have the opportunity to better understand hospital operations.

Public Comment

As many of you know, I struggle with the public comment period at the beginning of county board meetings. I find it frustrating and difficult to sit quietly when someone is simply looking for an answer to a question. That is why I enjoy other opportunities to speak directly to people, including the public meetings, public information sessions and town hall meetings that we have implemented in recent years.

I know that we have had meetings where individuals left without getting answers to their questions, oftentimes because they did not feel comfortable in that setting. My hope is that we can continue to improve the respectful environment during all meetings so that everyone is comfortable being there and asking questions on a regular basis when they can. It is in the best interest of both the citizens and the commissioners to have a welcoming environment at our meetings. After all, public engagement in all its forms helps us learn from our constituents, better understand the needs of the county, and support our staff in providing the services vital to our community.

Please keep those comments and questions coming.

County Connections is a column on timely topics and service information from your Cook County government. Cook County – Supporting Community Through Quality Public Service.

By: Cook County Sheriff’s Office in collaboration with the Cook County Attorney’s Office

 

 

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Cook County is at the tip of Minnesota's Arrowhead region in the remote northeastern part of the state, stretching from the shores of Lake Superior to the US-Canada border. By land it borders Ontario, Canada to the north, and Lake County, MN to the west.  The highest point in Minnesota, Eagle Mountain is 2,301 feet and the highest lake,  Total Area equals 3,339.72 sq miles

Cook County is home to three national protected areas:
Grand Portage National Monument
Superior National Forest
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Cook County include:
 Grand Marais     Lutsen Mountains
 Gunflint Trail      Superior Hiking Trail
 Grand Portage 


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Canadians say post-COVID-19 ‘return to normal’ is far off

Canadians say post-COVID-19 ‘return to normal’ is far off

68% now say it will be at least six months before normal life Angus Reid Institute

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~  May 15, 2020  (LSN)  Remember when we went to the movies, or when summer vacation plans included...
Ontario Starts to re open Saturday and Tuedays

Ontario Starts to re open Saturday and Tuedays

businesses must follow public health guidelines

TORONTO, ONTARIO  ~~~  May 14, 2020 (LSN)  Today, the Ontario government announced the retailers, seasonal businesses and...
Ontario Northland Starting May 17th

Ontario Northland Starting May 17th

Winnipeg, Kenora, Thunder Bay and points East

TORONTO, ONTARIO  ~~  May 14, 2020 (LSN) The Ontario government is introducing new bus routes that will connect passengers to jobs,...
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Health

Ontario Community Spread Increasing

Ontario Community Spread Increasing

C...

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~ May 10, 2020 (LSN)  Case of COVID-19 around Lake Superior Starting at the Ontario Manitoba border and east to...
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2020 Thunder Bay Chill Season Suspended

2020 Thunder Bay Chill Season Suspended

our division being spread over multiple states, coupled with the existing health crises, were

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~  April 10, 2020  (LSN)  Thank you for your patience as we have worked with the league, fellow clubs,...
Hounds select Bryce McConnell-Barker

Hounds select Bryce McConnell-Barker

4th overall pick; 1st Round Selection

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  - April 6, 2020  (LSN) With their 1st Round Selection (4th overall) in the 2020 OHL Priority...
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Opinion

Government debt piling up for Ontarians

Government debt piling up for Ontarians

Blame economic contraction due to COVID-19 and increased government spending

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA ~~  May 13, 2020 (LSN)  Ontario’s provincial government now carries more net debt per person than...
Canadians get too little value for their taxes

Canadians get too little value for their taxes

taxes in Canada impose a huge economic cost

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA  ~~  May 12, 2020  (LSN)  As Canadians prepare their tax returns, it’s fair to ask if we get...
Pandemic gives us a chance to re-imagine education

Pandemic gives us a chance to re-imagine education

we have the technology to do things differently?

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA ~~  May 10, 2020  (LSN)  With school districts in some parts of Canada drafting plans to reopen,...
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Shipping News

No Sail Order for Cruise Ships

No Sail Order for Cruise Ships

Does this mean no Cruise Ships on the Great Lakes>

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~  April 11, 2020 (LSN)  On April 9, 2020, CDC renewed the No Sail Order and Other Measures Related to...
FIRST OCEAN-GOING VESSEL

FIRST OCEAN-GOING VESSEL

Port of Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~   April 11, 2020  (LSN)  International shipping is open in the Port of Thunder Bay. ...
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COVID-19

May 24, 2020
United States United States
Confirmed  1.68M    +22,784
Deaths       98 004   +  1,089

Minnesota
Confirmed  19,845   + 840
Deaths             852  +    10

Canadian Flag Lake Superior New Canada
Confirmed     84,626 +1,178)
Deaths             6,424    +69

Ontario
Confirmed  25,500   + 460
Deaths         2,073    +  25

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