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 By Dan Reed    News    May 20, 2022 

Justice Center bids coming in June

After years of planning by the Carlton County board of commissioners and county administration, major bid packages for the county’s justice center are scheduled to be released June 10, closing June 30. A guaranteed maximum price for the justice...

 By Dan Reed    News    May 13, 2022

Animal disease stirs debate

Chronic wasting disease is spreading in deer farms and, to a lesser extent, among wild deer in Minnesota and across the country. While there has been no CWD documented in Carlton County, a positive... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    May 13, 2022

Board looks ahead to 2023 budget, revenues

Carlton County commissioners got a taste of some of the challenges they will face in crafting a budget for 2023 at Tuesday’s board meeting. “Fuel costs are at $4 and rising,” said county coordinator Dennis Genereau. “The rise of gas and fuel...

 By Dan Reed    News    April 29, 2022

Commissioners hold boundaries

Following a hearing and a presentation of a redistricting proposal by a high school student, the Carlton County board of commissioners voted 4-1 to make no changes to the boundaries of the five commissioner districts. Commissioner Mark Thell voted...

 By Dan Reed    News    April 22, 2022

2 brothers, dispatch are EMS award winners

Volunteers from the Mahtowa Fire Department and the dispatch supervisor at the Carlton County Sheriff's Office were recognized at this year's Carlton County EMS Council awards. EMS Council chairman... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    April 15, 2022

Esko student pitches county redistricting plan

The only person to propose a plan at Tuesday's county redistricting hearing was an Esko High School student. He was also the only person to get his plan in on time. Senior Nathan Barta explained his...

 By Dan Reed    News    April 8, 2022

County Board: Overhaul of road agreements proposed

After a lapse of around 40 years, the Carlton County highway maintenance department is proposing a new, written agreement with those Carlton County townships that use the county to grade and plow...

 By Dan Reed    News    April 1, 2022

Board approves bond round for justice center

Carlton County officials didn't waste any time with the latest round of financing for the new justice center. The call for a sale of $27.5 million in bonds took only 12 days from presentation to...

 By Dan Reed    News    March 11, 2022

Concrete plans made with justice center

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners continued to advance the combined justice center project, voting on the first construction contract and finalizing the administrative contracts during their meeting Tuesday morning. The board awarded Taracon...

 By Dan Reed    News    February 11, 2022

County expands search for jail funding

Carlton County commissioners are hoping the state will come through with close to 10 times the amount of bonding money previously allocated for the new justice center/jail during the new legislative session, as lawmakers decide what to do with a...

 By Dan Reed    News    February 4, 2022

Board will decide on $7 million in relief

Carlton County will receive almost $7 million from the American Rescue Plan Act, county economic development director Mary Finnegan reported at the board of commissioners committee of the whole meeting Feb. 1. There are nearly four years allowed to...

 By Dan Reed    News    January 28, 2022

County pushes Hwy 73, masks

For the fourth time in the last 40 years the Carlton County board of commissioners declared their support for necessary funding by state and federal action to rebuild Highway 73 in western Carlton County, particularly the 8-mile stretch south of...

 By Dan Reed    News    January 7, 2022

Board squares things away for new year

Fifth District commissioner Gary Peterson was chosen as the new chairman of the Carlton County board of commissioners at the annual re-organizational meeting Tuesday, Jan. 4. Fourth District commissioner Mark Thell became the vice chairman of the...

 By Dan Reed    News    December 31, 2021

County levy increase stays at 4.9 percent

The Carlton County board of commissioners gave final approval for a property tax levy increase of 4.9 percent for the 2022 budget year. The new county budget was set for $69,772,168 in expenditures, revenues of $37,966,520, use of fund balances of...

 By Dan Reed    News    December 24, 2021

New jail funding and land is secured

Unanimously, the Carlton County board of commissioners approved the sale of $10,000,000 worth of bonds to pay for early planning and early construction costs of the new jail/justice center to be built just south of Olsonville at Carlton Junction. In...

 By Dan Reed    News    December 17, 2021

Few objections heard on 4.9% tax bump

Only a few people attended Tuesday’s Carlton County board of commissioners Truth in Taxation hearing. The commissioners held the hearing to talk about the property tax levy they are proposing for the 2022 budget year and how the individual county...

 By Dan Reed    News    October 29, 2021

Board votes in masks for county buildings

Masks will be mandated and the policy guidelines will go into effect Monday, Nov. 1 in any county-owned buildings, as ordered by the Carlton County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Monday. The...

 By Dan Reed    News    October 22, 2021

Board will vote Monday on new mask mandate

As Covid case counts continue to rise here, Carlton County commissioners say they will vote on a mask mandate at the board meeting Monday, Oct. 25. The mandate would apply to public spaces inside county buildings, not the county as a whole, and is...

 By Dan Reed    News    October 15, 2021

County court will try to unclog case backlog

A directive has come from Minnesota Supreme court chief justice Lorie S. Gildea to the Sixth Judicial District, which includes Carlton County, that all backlogged cases due to the Covid-19 pandemic are to have judicial action before the end of this y...

 By Dan Reed    News    October 1, 2021

Board settles on new jail site

It’s official. After more than two years of studies and debate, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to build a new justice center north of the current transportation building. The justice center will house both the...

 By Dan Reed    News    October 1, 2021

Kettle River garage discussed; vote looms

A crowd of about 75 people traveled from western Carlton County to a public hearing at the county board meeting Monday on whether to close or keep open the county’s satellite garage in Kettle River. County engineer Jin-Yeene Neumann gave a short...

 By Dan Reed    News    October 1, 2021

Venerable Star Club turns 100

There was a time when every rural community had a special gathering place, a hall where people could hold dances, dinners and other community events. On Highway 27 west of Kettle River, there was -... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    September 17, 2021

Rescue plan money reaches county level

Just under $7 million is available from the federal American Rescue Plan Act for coping with the effects of the pandemic for Carlton County residents and entities. Economic development director Mary Finnegan, addressing the Carlton County board on...

 By Dan Reed    News    August 20, 2021

Big Lake Road speed limit could change

Carlton County will petition the Minnesota Department of Transportation for a speed limit of 45 mph on Big Lake Road from Pinewood Drive to just past Brevator Road and the tribal center. The tribal council for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior...

 By Dan Reed    News    July 30, 2021

'Green' is a go for jail

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to build the proposed jail and justice center next to the Carlton County Transportation Building. Requested by Twin Lakes Township official Diane Felde-Finke, a motion by...


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