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 By Dan Reed    News    September 30, 2022

New 'green' cemetery in Blackhoof riles neighbors

Two dozen people attended Monday’s Carlton County board meeting to voice opposition to a new cemetery being established in Blackhoof Township, at what is known to locals as the old Gordon MacVey dairy farm on Pioneer Road. The Loving Earth M...

 By Dan Reed    News    September 16, 2022

County spends to evaluate justice program

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved $20,000 for an evaluation of the Restorative Justice program, currently used as a tool for some offenders under the jurisdiction of the local District Court system. This is one of several steps the...

 By Dan Reed    News    September 9, 2022

Budget increases reflect inflation pressures

Carlton County officials blamed a national inflation rate of more than 8 percent this year for putting pressure on the county’s upcoming 2023 budget. On Tuesday, the Committee of the Whole forwarded a preliminary 6.9-percent levy increase for b...

 By Dan Reed    News    August 26, 2022

Justice center breaks ground

After workers spent the past few weeks clearing the site of the future justice center, Carlton County commissioners and other dignitaries gathered for a traditional groundbreaking ceremony Monday...

 By Dan Reed    News    August 26, 2022

County to close its only youth shelter this fall

The only local youth shelter will be closing its doors this fall. Located in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Cloquet, the Carlton Youth Shelter, run by Lutheran Social Services, will close by Oct. 1 and the county will utilize a different LSS shelter...

 By Dan Reed    News    August 19, 2022

It's county fair time

Editor's note: Find the fair schedule below this story. This weekend people from the greater Carlton County area will gather in Barnum to celebrate the 131st Carlton County fair. Last year saw a... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    August 12, 2022

Board approves final sales tax ballot question

The final wording for a ballot resolution related to funding a new $66.8 million justice center was approved by the Carlton County Board of Commissioners last week. Auditor/treasurer Kevin DeVriendt encouraged the action to make sure there was...

 By Dan Reed    News    August 12, 2022

Reporter named grand marshal for Ma & Pa Kettle Days

Kettle River will be transformed Saturday, Aug. 13 as the small town celebrates the 38th year of the Ma & Pa Kettle Days celebration. Exhibitors and vendors will line both sidewalks "fair style," runn... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    August 5, 2022

Broadband and next year's budget dominate board talks

Carlton County commissioners gave their support for a $400,000 broadband internet grant during their meeting Monday, July 25. The board instructed economic development director Mary Finnegan to write a letter of support for the Border-to-Border grant...

 By Dan Reed    News    July 29, 2022

Maximum cost for justice center $66.8 million

The Carlton County board of commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to accept the guaranteed maximum price for the construction of the new justice center at just over $66.8 million, nearly double early estimates. County coordinator Dennis Genereau s...

 By Dan Reed    News    July 22, 2022

County closes in on justice center costs

After eight years of research and planning, Carlton County officials should know the maximum cost of a new justice center following a special meeting set for Thursday, July 21, after this issue of the Pine Knot News went to press. County coordinator...

 By Dan Reed    News    July 15, 2022

Jail project charges along in bonding limbo

With bonding money from the state in limbo after the legislature failed to reach an agreement on an omnibus bonding bill, the Carlton County board of commissioners is counting on voter approval of the half-percent sales tax in the November election....

 By Dan Reed    News    July 1, 2022

Elk farm stirs moratorium debate

A public meeting Monday regarding captive deer, elk and moose farms yielded two surprises: news of a new elk farm in the county and a state agency’s refusal to give county officials any information regarding the new business. The Minnesota Board o...

 By Dan Reed    News    June 17, 2022

County probation aims to reduce 'super-utilizers'

As a member of the Arrowhead Regional Corrections agency, Carlton County pays 11 percent of that operating budget to handle 100 percent of Carlton County’s client probation needs. With the advent of the soon-to-be-built justice center, a Carlton C...

 By Dan Reed    News    June 10, 2022

Carlton County: Public health nurse receives national 'Never Quit' award

Carlton County's Jenny Barta has never worked harder than she has during the Covid-19 pandemic, but the public health nurse met the challenge head-on. "This is what I was called for, this is what I...

 By Dan Reed    News    May 27, 2022

County weighs benefits of leased vehicles

Carlton County coordinator Dennis Genereau gave a pitch for three new leased pickups for the property management department during Monday’s meeting, sparking a discussion by the Carlton County Board of Commissioners about replacing all c...

 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 c...

 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 prices...

 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...


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