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 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...

 By Dan Reed    News    July 30, 2021

Departments present cases for county budget

Work on the new Carlton County budget for 2022 has started, with each department making presentations for their needs during the next budget cycle during the county board meeting Monday. Increased health insurance and employee salaries are again a...

 By Dan Reed    News    July 23, 2021

Jail site in Twin Lakes saves nearly $4 million

The information is in. Architects and engineers have told Carlton County that moving the new justice center, consisting of the jail and courtrooms, to the “green site” located northeast of the transportation building on Old Highway 61 will save...

 By Dan Reed    News    July 16, 2021

Tech gurus get high praise for pandemic work

A tiny Carlton County department gained national recognition recently for work they did to limit person-to-person contact during vaccination clinics held during the pandemic. Geographic Information...

 By Dan Reed    News    July 2, 2021

Airport expansion project moves forward

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners took the next step toward the construction of a new hangar and relocated fuel system at the Cloquet Airport this week, but the price tag was higher than origi...

 By Dan Reed    News    June 25, 2021

Jail site and scope study continues

What a new jail or justice center will look in Carlton County continues to evolve as several groups work on specific issues for the project. Recognized as the largest, single county building project since the Carlton County Courthouse became a...

 By Dan Reed    News    June 11, 2021

County to study its own labor agreement

Hot on the heels of a months-long Cloquet debate, Carlton County is taking its turn to determine whether its own Project Labor Agreement (PLA) — dating back to 2013 — for county construction projects should be dropped or amended. The county’s...

 By Dan Reed    Happenings    May 28, 2021

Number crunchers make the transition

Transitions can be stressful, but retiring Carlton County auditor/treasurer Kathy Korteum has had plenty of challenges in her less than two years at the helm of her department. But she's hoping to...

 By Dan Reed    News    May 28, 2021

Voices raised before parking rule is passed

At what was expected to be an uneventful hearing for a new countywide parking ordinance Monday, more than 20 people gave opinions, often straying from the details of the ordinance to complaints of trespassing, confrontation, and fear surrounding...

 By Dan Reed    News    May 21, 2021

New jail sites get more scrutiny

Planning for a new county jail, although slow and methodical, is getting closer to a decision on site and building design. The Carlton County jail steering committee and the property management department headed by county coordinator Dennis Genereau...

 By Dan Reed    News    May 21, 2021

Reed tells a 'Forest Story'

I was taught at an early age that land, for the most part, does not change. It is the forest and the plants that naturally grow there that always are adapting to the natural forces of the earth.... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    May 14, 2021

New auditor/treasurer is a familiar face

Approving the choice for a new county auditor/treasurer was easy, but what salary to pay brought out some dissension among the Carlton County commissioners. On May 3, commissioners interviewed finalists for the Carlton County auditor/treasurer and...

 By Dan Reed    News    May 7, 2021

$5 million payback to utilities looms

The latest news regarding Minnesota property tax assessments was good for Enbridge and other utility companies and fairly dire for local governments, who find themselves on the hook for many years’ worth of past overpayments. Carlton County is no...

 By Dan Reed    News    April 30, 2021

County digs into Old Hwy 61 site for new jail

It is now apparent that the construction of a new jail/justice center will be the most significant Carlton County project since the Carlton County courthouse was built in 1922. County coordinator...

 By Dan Reed    News    April 23, 2021

Jail planning shifts into high gear

With an end-of-year clock ticking, county officials are digging into the details of what a new Carlton County jail building plan will look like. The county's building committee, court system, finance...

 By Dan Reed    News    April 16, 2021

Jail plan moves ahead; Extension revamped

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners selected a firm to do the preliminary work on architectural and engineering concepts for the new Carlton county jail during Tuesday’s meeting. Adolfson & Peterson Construction has its main office in the...

 By Dan Reed    People    April 2, 2021

Squeaky wheel, bumpy ride led to road fixes

Community service was drilled into many of us growing up. This was necessary in rural communities of the past that had little money to spare. People gave time and energy to provide community centers,... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    April 2, 2021

Federal relief includes pension bailout

In addition to the popular $1,400 payments for many citizens, the recently passed $1.9 trillion federal American Relief Plan also allocated $86 billion to help stabilize distressed multi-employer pension funds for the next three decades. The money...

 By Dan Reed    News    March 26, 2021

Extension service fate remains unclear

The future of the Carlton County Extension program services appeared up in the air Monday when the County Board shifted a vote on the proposed restructure to a Committee of the Whole meeting April 6, despite the presence of a number of County...


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