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Skunk Creek was stabilized

Skunk Creek was stabilized

Trout migration route from Lake Superior was restored

#LSN_Outdoors CARLTON, MINNESOTA  October 16, 2019   (LSN)  -- Rebuilt, free-flowing stretch of Skunk Creek is among...
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Songwriter Supporting the Carousel Restoration

Songwriter Supporting the Carousel Restoration

One String Wonder project, a Music Video

#LSN_Arts THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  October 7, 2019  (LSN) Thunder Bay: Local Singer-Songwriter Megan Nadin has recorded a music...
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Songwriter Supporting the Carousel Restoration

Songwriter Supporting the Carousel Restoration

One String Wonder project, a Music Video

#LSN_Arts THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  October 7, 2019  (LSN) Thunder Bay: Local Singer-Songwriter Megan Nadin has recorded a music...
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Media Arts Skill-Building Workshops

Media Arts Skill-Building Workshops

offered by Vox Popular

#LSN_Arts THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  October 1, 2019  (LSN) Those interested in developing media arts skills - Artists interested...
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Tri-State Band Festival

Tri-State Band Festival

UW-Superior to host best high school musicians

#LSN_Arts Superior, Wisconsin - September 30, 2019  (LSN)  The University of Wisconsin-Superior will host more than 100 of the...
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Two Charged with Possession of Stolen Property

Two Charged with Possession of Stolen Property

Sault Ste. Marie Police Service

#LSN_Crime  SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  October 15, 2019  (LSN) On October 11, 2019 officers with the Patrol Services Unit...
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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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Economy

Bridges to Better Business is an annual event

Bridges to Better Business is an annual event

targets the small business community in Sault Ste. Marie.

#LSN_Econ     SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  - September 30, 2019  (LSN)  –  Bridges to Better...
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Growth in Northern Agriculture Sector

Growth in Northern Agriculture Sector

Province investing Farmers, Agri-food Businesses in Northern Ontario

#LSN_Econ     VERN, ONTARIO  - September 18, 2019  (LSN)  –  Ontario's government is...
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Soo Development Corp releases Q2 results

Soo Development Corp releases Q2 results

Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation

#LSN_Econ    #LSN_SSM   SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO - September 11, 2019  (LSN)  –  The...
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Health

HOPE Prevails at Luncheon of Hope

HOPE Prevails at Luncheon of Hope

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#LSN_Health   THUNDER  BAY,  ONTARIO - October 4, 2019  (LSN)  – For 27 years the Tbaytel Luncheon of...
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#LSN_Health   THUNDER  BAY,  ONTARIO - September 24, 2019  (LSN)  – Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences...
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Deer Baiting/Feeding Ban in Place

Deer Baiting/Feeding Ban in Place

to Protect White-Tailed Herd Wisconsin DNR

MADISON, Wisconsin  October 12, 2019   (LSN)  -- Deer baiting and feeding bans are implemented as a tool to limit the spread...
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Tri-State Band Festival

Tri-State Band Festival

UW-Superior to host best high school musicians

#LSN_Arts Superior, Wisconsin - September 30, 2019  (LSN)  The University of Wisconsin-Superior will host more than 100 of the...
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Opinion

McKenna Giving Over $200 MILLION More

McKenna Giving Over $200 MILLION More

Of Our Taxpayer Dollars To Foreign Countries

#LSN_Opinion   #LSN_TBay Spencer Fernando  WINNIPEG, MANITOBA  - September 8, 2019  (LSN) Catherine McKenna and the...
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Libs Panicking About Possible RCMP Investigation?

Libs Panicking About Possible RCMP Investigation?

Hill Times report quotes Liberal MP saying “If the RCMP comes in, we’re cooked.”

#LSN_Opinion   #LSN_TBay Spencer Fernando  While the Liberals are projecting confidence and support for PM Trudeau publicly, there...
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Bombardier Layoffs Hajdu Vs Ford

Doug Ford Slams Liberal Government As They Try Falsely Blaming Him For Bombardier Layoffs

#LSN_Opinion   #LSN_TBay Spencer Fernando  WINNIPEG, MANITOBA -  July 10, 2019   (LSN) Liberal government is...
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