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Stauber Votes for Coronavirus Relief Package

Stauber Votes for Coronavirus Relief Package

COVID-19 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act,

WASHINGTON, D.C.  ~~  March 27, 2020  (LSN)  Today, Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) helped pass the Coronavirus Aid,...
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Canadians have until March 11 to nominate

Canadians have until March 11 to nominate

Put Terry Fox on the new Five Dollar Bill

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  February 25, 2020  (LSN)  The Bank of Canada has announced an online campaign calling for nominations to...
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“Stay at Home” Is Not A Recommendation

“Stay at Home” Is Not A Recommendation

By: Molly Hicken, Cook County Attorney

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA ~ March 28, 2020  (LSN) Beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27, all those living in Minnesota are ordered by...
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Grand Marais Art Colony & COVID-19

Grand Marais Art Colony & COVID-19

No Cancellations or changes at this time

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  March 12, 2020  (LSN)   As you are aware, there are several confirmed cases of the coronavirus...
Stauber Invites Students to Participate

Stauber Invites Students to Participate

in 2020 Congressional Art Competition

HERMANTOWN, MINNESOTA  February 20, 2020  (LSN) –  Congressman Pete Stauber issued an invitation to high school students who...
TBSO signs up Music Director

TBSO signs up Music Director

Paul Haas for another four years

#LSN_Arts Thunder Bay, Ontario  January 23, 2020  (LSN)   After a brief but thorough renegotiation process, TBSO...
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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

 

 

About Cook County Minnesota

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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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COVID-19 will change how we buy food

COVID-19 will change how we buy food

Now more about survival and safety.

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA  ~~~  March 26, 2020   (LSN)  Convenience now has a different meaning. It’s less about...
Stauber Statement on Coronavirus Agreement

Stauber Statement on Coronavirus Agreement

COVID-19 This virus poses a threat to every American

HERMANTOWN, MINNESOTA  ~~  March 26, 2020  (LSN)  Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) made the following statement after the...
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President’s Point at Silver Islet

President’s Point at Silver Islet

Where History and Nature Come Together

SILVER ISLET, ONTARIO  ~ February 24, 2020   (LSN)  Silver Islet is a small off-grid cottage community one hour drive...
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Soustal wins tight Molson Cup race

Soustal wins tight Molson Cup race

Lakehead University Thunderwolves Hockey

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, March 23, 2020   (LSN) Sophomore forward Tomas Soustal (Sternberk, Czech Republic) and his junior linemate...
CJHL/SIJHL announces cancellation of 2020 season

CJHL/SIJHL announces cancellation of 2020 season

until further notice, due to COVID-19 pandemic

CALGARY,  ALBERTA  -  March 12, 2020  (LSN)  The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced Thursday that effective...
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Devastating Timeline Reveals Total Incompetence

Devastating Timeline Reveals Total Incompetence

Of Theresa Tam’s Virus ‘Response’

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA  - March 29, 2020  (LSN) The facts are undeniable: Tam was late at every step, focused on political...
COVID-19 will change how we buy food

COVID-19 will change how we buy food

Now more about survival and safety.

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA  ~~~  March 26, 2020   (LSN)  Convenience now has a different meaning. It’s less about...
The Countries That Were Weak On Foreign Nationals

The Countries That Were Weak On Foreign Nationals

Are Now Being Forced To Be Tough On Their Own Citizens

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA  - March 23, 2020  (LSN) Weak borders and a lack of strength has serious consequences. With health...
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