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 By Dan Reed    News    March 29, 2024

Community flocks to Hwy 73 meeting

For 80 years, local residents have been asking for a Minnesota Highway 73 upgrade, specifically for the eight miles of the two-lane highway south of Cromwell. "That road in the present condition is...

 By Dan Reed    Opinion    September 8, 2023

Now & Then: Fire doesn't change with the times

The Lahaina destruction on the Hawaiian island of Maui definitely is a catastrophe. The loss of lives, livelihoods, homes, and irreplaceable ancient relics from early inhabitants of the islands is a... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    August 25, 2023

Seniors celebrated Friday

Cromwell mayor Sharon Zelazny and Wrenshall resident Harold Ankrum were recognized as the 2023 Carlton County Outstanding Seniors for 2023 on Friday, Aug 18, during Senior Day at the Carlton County...

 By Dan Reed    News    August 18, 2023

Sawyer, Wright farms honored with century status

The Mike and Jen Olesiak farm of Sawyer and the Dahl farm in Wright - owned by Cindy Dahl Jokinen - are both being recognized as Carlton County Century Farms for 2023. Qualifying farms have been in... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    August 4, 2023

Kettle River honors longtime community helpers

Next weekend, Aug.11-13, Kettle River will mark the 36th celebration of Ma & Pa Kettle Days. Started in 1985, the theme of this year's gathering is "Our work is never Finn-ished," in a nod to the...

 By Dan Reed    News    June 23, 2023

Justice center almost 30 percent complete

Carlton County's $75 million justice center is 28-percent complete, jail administrator Paul Coughlin told Carlton County Commissioners at the June 13 meeting. Crews are putting in 2,000 hours each wee...

 By Dan Reed    Opinion    June 16, 2023

Now and Then: A journey to mark 'Old Ones'

I just got back from a car trip to the West Coast. My cousin Kaija Kivimaki from Finland, my sister Denise, and my cousin Patsey Koivisto VanderVeer from Floodwood went with me on a mission to bring...

 By Dan Reed    Outdoors    May 12, 2023

Like state, county moves to curb deer disease

Upon the recommendation of the Carlton County Planning Commission, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved zoning changes to the county zoning ordinance Tuesday for cervid farms, kennels and cemeteries. Existing cervid farms (raising...

 By Dan Reed    News    April 28, 2023

Public meetings tackle road projects

Eight years have passed since the Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved the half-cent sales tax and the yearly $20 fee per vehicle licensed in Carlton County. In 2022 the net receipts of...

 By Dan Reed    News    April 14, 2023

Cervid farms, cemeteries to get new rules

Carlton County officials are poised to make some significant changes to the zoning ordinance, specifically addressing cervid farms, residential and commercial kennels and future cemeteries, with a public hearing set for May 3 to receive public...

 By Dan Reed    News    March 31, 2023

Essentia supply center moving to Esko

The Essentia Health medical supply distribution center is moving to 126 Bedrock Lane in the Esko Industrial Park by late 2024. A 163,000-square-foot warehouse is planned to support the medical supply...

 By Dan Reed    People    March 31, 2023

EMS workers are honored

It's that time of year again, and those volunteers that make Carlton County a safer place to live by providing emergency medical services throughout the year were recognized at the Carlton County...

 By Dan Reed    News    March 17, 2023

Abuse cases stress county resources

Citing stress and burnout as the precipitating factor for three open positions in Health and Human Services, director Dave Lee said those staffers have “tough jobs.” Caseloads in child protection, mental health and involving vulnerable adults hav... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    March 3, 2023

Closure irks Kettle River residents

Icy roads did not deter a dozen concerned Kettle River citizens from attending Monday's Carlton County Board meeting to ask why the grader was pulled from the Kettle River area county garage. "Six...


State money OK'd for 'blue' blizzard damage

Carlton County will receive more than $700,000 in state disaster relief following the winter storm Dec. 12-16 which coated the region with heavy snow, breaking tree limbs and crippling power...

 By Dan Reed    News    January 27, 2023

Justice center funding sought

With a state budget surplus of more than $17 billion, Carlton County leaders are again looking to the state legislature for help funding the new justice center, despite voter approval in November of a half-cent sales tax for the next 30 years. The...


Better internet is on the way

Good internet service in rural areas has been troublesome for a long time. This is not the world of my grandparents. Waiting for more advanced technology to finally hook up all of rural America, I have seen a lot of changes in my lifetime. But the... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    January 6, 2023

Zmyslony returns to county board

Commissioner Susan Zmyslony was sworn in as the new commissioner from District 4 of Carlton County this week, representing the southeast portion of the county, including Carlton, Barnum, Wrenshall,... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    December 30, 2022

Board raises county levy 6.55%

Budget discussions for the 2023 Carlton County fiscal year finally culminated at the board of commissioners on Tuesday, Dec. 27 with a 4-0 vote for a 6.55-percent increase in the county’s property tax levy. Commissioner Tom Proulx was absent. A p... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    December 30, 2022

County board approves pay increases

County commissioners set the salary rates, per-diems, meal reimbursements and mileage for the next year at its final regular meeting of the year Tuesday. Department heads, confidential, and other non-union employees received a 2.75-percent increase... Full story

 By Dan Reed    Opinion    December 23, 2022

Guest column: Getting by in dark days

The early reports of first rain, then snow, seemed somewhat unusual. But those of us who have lived up north a long time know winter has the upper hand. Just live with it, because before you know it,...

 By Dan Reed    News    December 23, 2022

Landowners keep cemetery issue in front of board

Again, a delegation of nearly 20 landowners from Blackhoof Township attended the Dec. 12 county board meeting, watching to see what action, if any, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners will take on a proposed “green” cemetery in their nei... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    December 16, 2022

Rising property taxes dominate hearing

About 20 Carlton County residents came to the Truth in Taxation hearing on Tuesday to voice fears of losing their homes under heavy increases in local property taxes. An Eagle Lake summer resident testified she had a 23 percent increase for taxes...

 By Dan Reed    News    December 2, 2022

County prepares for sales tax kick-in

Carlton County voters approved it, but paperwork and state bureaucracy means collecting the voter-approved half-cent sales tax money to support the construction of the Justice Center won’t begin until spring. In November, Carlton County voters o...

 By Dan Reed    News    October 14, 2022

Blackhoof green cemetery lingers as hot topic

Blackhoof Township residents have collected nearly 100 local signatures on a petition opposing a new “green” cemetery advertising its services on land in the township. Residents again attended Tuesday’s county board meeting, this time to objec... Full story


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