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 By Dan Reed    News    October 11, 2019

Presidential primary cost estimate quadruples

Carlton County auditor/treasurer Kathy Korteum told the Carlton County board of commissioners that the estimated cost of the presidential primary has basically quadrupled. “We must be prepared for the new presidential primary occurring in...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    October 4, 2019

High water wrecks roads

After two days of heavy rains brought more than 6 inches of water to southern Carlton County, the Carlton County board of commissioners met and declared a state of emergency Tuesday. Heaviest hit was...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    September 20, 2019

Public hearing set on county road funding

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners will hold a public meeting on road funding Monday: specifically to get public input on the continuation of the excise tax authorized in 2014 for county transportation projects and improvements approved in...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    September 13, 2019

Many lessons learned after Extension inquiry

The Carlton County Extension Office has made some procedural and management changes following an investigation last year conducted by the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Allegations regarding a former Carlton County employee were “exceptionally c...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    September 13, 2019

County mulls age-21 requirement on tobacco

For more than a year, the Carlton County board of commissioners have heard concerns of the rising use of vaping e-cigarettes and the negative influences on the county’s youth. Earlier this summer the board instructed the county attorney to draw up...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    August 30, 2019

Change coming in domestic abuse services

Starting Oct. 1, Family Pathways will replace WINDOW Victim Services in providing domestic violence and sexual assault services such as advocacy, education, outreach and crisis line, as well as parenting time centers for supervised visitation in...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    August 30, 2019

Legislative change makes beaver dam control easier

New beaver control provisions were enacted by the Minnesota Legislature this past session but the final bill provided no money to guarantee alleviating the financial burden on local governments for...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    August 16, 2019

County auditor job to return to appointed status

With little public input, the Carlton County commissioners unanimously voted to change the Office of Auditor/Treasurer from an elected to an appointed position. Cloquet’s Clarence Badger was the only person to address the board during the public...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    July 26, 2019

County board to pay for Barnum garage funding through wheelage and sales taxes

The Carlton County board of commissioners voted 3-2 to upgrade the overcrowded Barnum transportation garage and attach a large addition to create a 50,000-plus square-foot facility. The need for a new facility wasn’t debated — it was how to pay...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    July 26, 2019

County wants to appoint auditor/treasurer

With little fanfare, the commissioners approved unanimously to move to appoint a new auditor/treasurer. Recent legislation gives the county board the power to fill the position by appointment; the office of auditor/treasurer has been an elected...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    July 12, 2019

Opinions fly on how to pay for county garage

About a dozen residents attended the hearing on funding a new Carlton County transportation garage in Barnum on Tuesday during the regular meeting of the Carlton County Board of Commissioners. Most people attending voiced concern that using a half-pe...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    June 28, 2019

County drills down in new jail discussion

The question is not if there will be a new county jail, but what that new building would include, and how Carlton County would make the annual loan payments on such a massive mortgage. Voters are...

 
 By Dan Reed    Opinion    June 28, 2019

The County Beat: Raiding sales tax funds isn't sustainable

More than four years ago, then county highway engineer Mike Tardy sold a half-percent sales tax levy to upgrade county roads (those identified by a number above 100). He said that extra revenue was needed for major repairs, sometimes a complete...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    June 21, 2019

County tax base still on the rise

Few Carlton County taxpayers attended local boards of review to contest — or at least ask questions about — the estimated market value for the buildings and land they own. Land values continue to improve with a typical 40-acre piece valued at...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    June 14, 2019

Commissioners ponder how to pay for new Barnum shop

All options are on the table as Carlton County board commissioners try to figure out how to pay up to $10 million for a new or renovated shop building at the Carlton CountyTransportation Center in Barnum. During its Tuesday, June 11 regular session...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    May 31, 2019

County approves call for bids on jail

A request for proposals for a new Carlton County jail has been approved by the Carlton County Board of Commissioners, as planning for the new jail continues to unfold. The vote was 4-1 with Commissioner Tom Proulx voting against. “This action by...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    May 24, 2019

Popular county auditor Gassert will retire after 29 years

By the end of next week, Paul Gassert will retire from his job as Carlton County auditor/treasurer. Gassert has been with the county since 1990 and is one of the longest-serving elected officials in...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    May 17, 2019

County labor talks stall

Carlton County employees in AFSCME Local 2750 have been working without a contract since it expired Dec. 31, 2018. Negotiations began in August 2018 with mediation services in the fall. After a mediation session Nov. 27, the Carlton County board of...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    May 10, 2019

County, tribe and city leaders meet to discuss issues

Tribal, county and city leaders met Tuesday for what they hope will be the first of more collaborative meetings between the different governmental units. Discussion ranged over several areas. Carlton County board chairman Dick Brenner brought up...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    April 26, 2019

County board moves to proceed with new jail

After several studies and countless meetings, the Carlton county board of commissioners voted to proceed with final plans for a new jail construction. The size of the jail, the total cost of the project, the location of the building, and the means...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    April 19, 2019

Sales tax funding good for county roads

Milt Hagen said the county’s half-percent sales tax — which is solely dedicated to county road upgrades — has made an enormous impact on the state of Carlton County roads. “I have been working for the county transportation department for 28...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    April 19, 2019

Utility tax court settlements continue to affect county

According to a press release from Carlton County board of commissioners chair Dick Brenner, as of April 12 the Great Lakes Gas Transmission 2019 and Enbridge Pipelines Southern Lights Line Pollution Control Exemption 2018 cases have been finalized...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    April 5, 2019

County provides final funding piece for new apartments in Carlton

Carlton County will provide the final piece of funding for a 30-unit residential apartment building to be built on the north side of Carlton. At their March 25 meeting, the Carlton County board of commissioners approved $174,000 in Carlton County...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    March 22, 2019

New landfill hauling contract means big savings for county

Thanks to a more competitive bidding process, Carlton County stands to save a lot of money on the cost of hauling garbage from the county transfer station to the landfill. Zoning and Environmental Services administrator Heather Cunningham told...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    March 8, 2019

Plentiful winter weather depletes road salt supplies

This has been one of our old-style winters with lots of snow and at times high winds. Locals complain of the inconvenience of it all: slippery roads, poor snowplow service, and high heating bills from...

 

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