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Hand Gun Robbery at LCBO Marina Park 0 Crime
James Brown

Hand Gun Robbery at LCBO Marina Park

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~  July 11, 2020  (LSN)  HARDWORKING THUNDER BAY POLICE MAKE ARREST IN ARMED ROBBERY AT LCBO. A 29 year old DUSTIN MOFFAT WAS WANTED FOR USING HANDGUN TO ROB LCBO ON MAY 22,2020. #LSN_Cime ...
Homicide #8 0 Sudden Death Thunder Bay 2020
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Homicide #8

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO July 10, 2020 - (LSN)  It will be a week today that a 69-year-old man was beaten in his home and later died in the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital.  #LSN_Crime #LSN_TBPS #LSN_TBayCourthouse
MAN ARRESTED AFTER WOMAN VIOLENTLY ASSAULTED 0 Crime
James Brown

MAN ARRESTED AFTER WOMAN VIOLENTLY ASSAULTED

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~  July 10, 2020  (LSN)  Hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers were called yesterday Thursday July 9,2020 after a woman had been violently assaulted and injured in the East End. It is alleged that a...
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Robert McKenzie

Witnessing Airplane Crash on Patrol

PEMBINA NORTH DAKOTA ~~~  July 9, 2020  (LSN)   On July 9, 2020, at approximately 8:00 a.m., a Grand Forks Sector Border Patrol Agent assigned to the Pembina Station witnessed an airplane crash in a field while on patrol...
TOP ONTARIO SOCCER STAR BUSTED 0 Sports
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TOP ONTARIO SOCCER STAR BUSTED

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~  July 9, 2020 (LSN)  Hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers made a big drug bust on Tuesday July 7,2020 arresting a top Ontario soccer star and a local.  Officers arrested both the man and...
Edmonton cuts police budget by $11M 0 Public Safety
James Brown

Edmonton cuts police budget by $11M

EDMONTON, ALBERTA  ~~~  July 9, 2020  (LSN)  The socialist Edmonton city council has voted to defund the police by about $11 million. After hosting public hearings on policing, Council may not have looked closely at...

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Hand Gun Robbery at LCBO Marina Park

Hand Gun Robbery at LCBO Marina Park

Public No Warned!

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~  July 11, 2020  (LSN)  HARDWORKING THUNDER BAY POLICE MAKE ARREST IN ARMED ROBBERY AT LCBO. A 29...
Homicide #8

Homicide #8

McKellar Ward

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO July 10, 2020 - (LSN)  It will be a week today that a 69-year-old man was beaten in his home and later died in the...
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SAULT STE. MARIE ARTIST WINS WORLDWIDE CONTEST, BOOK RELEASE

SAULT STE. MARIE ARTIST WINS WORLDWIDE CONTEST, BOOK RELEASE

Her winning art is published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA ~~~  May 10, 2020  (LSN)  Twelve winning writers and twelve illustrators from around the...
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...
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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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Bryan Graham ended his term as league commissioner

Bryan Graham ended his term as league commissioner

Superior International Junior Hockey League since 2014

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~ June 18, 2020  (LSN)  Bryan Graham, who has served as the commissioner for the Superior International...
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BORDER CATS FORCED TO CANCEL 2020

American born players option to play in Bismarck, North Dakota

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~  May 26, 2020  (LSN)  The Thunder Bay Border Cats regretfully announced today that due to the current...
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Liberals LOSE Bid For UN Seat

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WINNIPEG, MANITOBA ~~~June 17, 2020 (LSN)  Trudeau wasted our tax dollars and threw our values under the bus. He still lost. A pathetic...
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