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 By Dan Reed    News    May 29, 2020 

County begins move into old city hall

After more than a year's wait, two Carlton County departments are being moved from the Courthouse to the former city hall building in Cloquet. At the regular meeting Tuesday, May 26, the Carlton...

 By Dan Reed    News    May 15, 2020

Board taps brakes on county hiring

In response to the COVID-19 impact on the local economy and health, the Carlton County board of commissioners approved a limited freeze on hiring, with the board pledging to make a step-by-step study of each position before a new person is hired....

 By Dan Reed    News    May 8, 2020

County board member will run to keep seat

Two-term Carlton County board commissioner Gary Peterson announced this week that he will seek re-election this fall. He made the announcement at the board’s committee of the whole meeting on Monday. Filing opens on May 19 with the Carlton County...

 By Dan Reed    News    May 8, 2020

With pandemic, what's old is new again ... sort of

Saturday night sauna visits with Great-Uncle Krigsholm and the Reed and Koivisto grandparents included tales of past epidemics that killed family members or neighbors. Average life expectancy in 1918 wasn’t much past age 50. People who died in...

 By Dan Reed    COVID-19    May 1, 2020

County mulls COVID-19 impact

For the first time in recent county board action, commissioner Mark Thell voted “no” to approve a road construction project funded through the half-percent sales tax after a presentation by county highway engineer JinYeene Neumann at the Carlton... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    April 17, 2020

County takes stock of pandemic resources

The Carlton County board of commissioners met Tuesday, April 14 with all commissioners participating: Dick Brenner and Gary Peterson attended via telephone conferencing while Marv Bodie, Tom Proulx and Mark Thell were physically present, but...

 By Dan Reed    News    March 27, 2020

More county buildings, offices close

The workings of government have changed as the pandemic spreads at an unknown rate throughout the nation. Physical participation in Carlton County meetings and whether any County building should be open to the public were two of many public safety... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    March 13, 2020

County extension program reorganizes

Changes unfolding in the Carlton County Extension Office were laid out in a report presented by acting supervisor Donna Lekander at the Carlton County Committee of the Whole meeting March 3. The Extension program has been under intense scrutiny...

 By Dan Reed    News    February 28, 2020

Weakened tobacco ordinance passes

After deleting several portions of the tobacco ordinance that passed in December, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a reduced version of the ordinance with a May 1 enforcement date. The ban on the sale of all tobacco...

 By Dan Reed    News    February 14, 2020

State sets date for county jail closure

The state of Minnesota has set a closure date for the Carlton County jail of July 31, 2023. The deadline came in a letter from the Minnesota Department of Corrections, dated Jan. 28, 2020, delivered to Carlton County sheriff Kelly Lake and county coo...

 By Dan Reed    News    January 31, 2020

State: Replace county jail soon

After the yearly review by the state corrections inspector earlier this month, the Carlton County jail is looking at a forced retirement. The final report following the Jan. 9 inspection of the jail...

 By Dan Reed    News    January 10, 2020

Tobacco ordinance remains unlit

Final passage and authorization of a county tobacco ordinance is still in the air despite being passed by the Carlton County Board of Commissioners Dec. 23. On Tuesday, Cromwell gas station owner Lance Line stated his concern at the board’s first m...

 By Dan Reed    News    January 3, 2020

County tobacco ordinance passes easily

Several Carlton County health staff and about 25 other people attended the year-end meeting of the Carlton County Board of Commissioners Dec. 23 to support and finally clap when a new tobacco ordinance was passed unanimously. It is believed that...

 By Dan Reed    News    December 27, 2019

County lowers levy increase to 2.9 percent

At its final meeting of 2019, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners set the property tax levy increase at 2.9 percent, shaving 1 percent from the preliminary levy set in September. This is the smallest increase in the levy for many budget...

 By Dan Reed    News    November 22, 2019

Big Lake discussed between band, county

Development on Big Lake, the future of the sanitary district, cooperative zoning and boat enforcement all entered the discussion at an Oct. 28 meeting between the Fond Du Lac Reservation Business Committee members and officials from Carlton County. T...

 By Dan Reed    News    November 1, 2019

County moves on jail tax

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to pursue Minnesota Legislative approval for the ability to levy a half-percent sales tax, contingent on local voter approval, to build a new Carlton County Jail. The Minnesota... Full story

 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...


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