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NOAA Outlook for Mar-Apr-May: Warmer than Average Almost Everywhere; California Drier than Average, East Wetter than Average
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The NOAA March-April-May 2020 temperature outlook favors above-normal temperatures from central and southern portions of the West, across the southern tier of the CONUS, northward to Great Lakes, and to the East Coast states.

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Alberta Protecting Infrastructure

Alberta Protecting Infrastructure

from illegal activity

EDMONTON, ALBERTA  ~  February 26, 2020  (LSN)  The Government of Alberta has introduced legislation to protect critical...
Sixth Annual Northern Ontario Mining Showcase

Sixth Annual Northern Ontario Mining Showcase

to host over 100 Northern Ontario suppliers at PDAC

Temiskaming Shores, Ontario ~ February 26, 2020 (LSN)  The sixth annual Northern Ontario Mining Showcase will host 110 Northern Ontario...
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Lake Superior Circle Tour

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...
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...
Ontario Northland Bus coming to TBay

Ontario Northland Bus coming to TBay

Province Extends Intercommunity Bus Service from Ottawa to Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - February 12, 2020  (LSN)  The Ontario government is providing more travel options for passengers in the...
Celebrating the life of Terry Fox

Celebrating the life of Terry Fox

Put Terry Fox on the new Five Dollar Bill

#LSN_CircleTour THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  January 15, 2020  (LSN)  Terry Fox has always been a beacon of light to me and his...
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Public Safety

Alberta Protecting Infrastructure

Alberta Protecting Infrastructure

from illegal activity

EDMONTON, ALBERTA  ~  February 26, 2020  (LSN)  The Government of Alberta has introduced legislation to protect critical...
Two Arrested for Robbery

Two Arrested for Robbery

Sault Ste. Marie Police Service

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  February 25, 2020  (LSN)  On February 24, 2020 officers with Patrol Services and Investigation...
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Arts

Four Weddings and an Elvis

Four Weddings and an Elvis

Cambrian Players Theatre Opens March 4th

#LSN_Arts THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  February 22, 2020  (LSN)  A Las Vegas wedding chapel with an owner who has seen it all; a...
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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Soo Chamber ATHENA Award®

Soo Chamber ATHENA Award®

Nominations now being accepted

#LSN_Econ    Soo Chamber SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO - January 27, 2020  (LSN)  –   ​The Sault...
Soo Chamber expansion TAP Program

Soo Chamber expansion TAP Program

Trade Accelerator Program to Sault Ste. Marie

#LSN_Econ    Soo Chamber SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO - January 17, 2020  (LSN)  –   ​The Sault...
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Health

New COVID-19 Case in Ontario

New COVID-19 Case in Ontario

1...

OTTAWA, ONTARIO  February 26, 2020  (LSN) Today, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, confirmed a new positive case...
Canada acknowledged today

Canada acknowledged today

b...

OTTAWA, ONTARIO  February 24, 2020  (LSN) Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Theresa Tam acknowledged today that Canada may...
pH of Water to Change

pH of Water to Change

a...

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  February 24, 2020  (LSN) The City of Thunder Bay is beginning to phase out the addition of sodium hydroxide...
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Outdoors Tourism

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...
From tree-killing infestation

From tree-killing infestation

arises hope for diverse forest

TWO HARBOURS, MINNESOTA  February 5, 2020  (LSN)  As the ongoing spruce budworm outbreak turns dense, single-species stands of...
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Sports

Soustal wins tight Molson Cup race

Soustal wins tight Molson Cup race

Lakehead University Thunderwolves Hockey

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, February 24, 2020   (LSN) In one of the closest finishes in recent years, Lakehead Thunderwolves’...
SIJHL announces 2020 playoff format & timeline

SIJHL announces 2020 playoff format & timeline

SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  February 20, 2020  (LSN)  The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Thursday its...
Full-event ticket packages for 2021 Scotties

Full-event ticket packages for 2021 Scotties

in Thunder Bay on sale Friday

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  February 19. 2020  (LSN)  Thunder Bay curling fans have waited a quarter-century for the Scotties...
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Opinion

ShutDownCanada claims are spurious and harmful

ShutDownCanada claims are spurious and harmful

outsiders exploiting a division within one First Nation

TORONTO, ONTARIO  - February 19, 2020  (LSN) ——  On Tuesday, while activists reportedly tried to...
Thunder Bay Rain Tax Exposed

Thunder Bay Rain Tax Exposed

City paid a quarter of a million dollars for a study

#LSN_TBay THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, February 18. 2020  (LSN)  City hall is where transparency goes to die. The proof? City...
Why Would Anyone Invest In Canada Now?

Why Would Anyone Invest In Canada Now?

Our country can’t even manage a tiny number of blockading radicals.

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA  - February 17, 2020  (LSN) In theory, Canada should be richest country on earth on a per capita...
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