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Move to purple isn't an anomaly

Reliably blue and labor-centric throughout recent history, the city of Cloquet is experiencing something a lot of population centers are encountering: an encroaching red hue. Five of six precincts in...

 

Vacant Ward 3 seat remains up in the air

The Cloquet city council canvassed votes Tuesday, making the final numbers official with a unanimous vote. Those vote totals included the write-in candidates for Cloquet’s Ward 3 city council race, with Iris Keller receiving 49 votes to Pete...

 

Dotseth finally clears hurdle

In dribs and drabs, and sometimes huge rushes, throughout the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the results in the District 11A state house race came in. In the end, Republican Jeff Dotseth's third try... Full story

 

County sees busy day at polls

Election judges reported a steady stream of voters all day Tuesday, with many expressing surprise at such a good turnout for the midterm elections. Thomson Township clerk Rhonda Peleski said they had...

 

State flush with Democrats at three branches

Prior to Tuesday night, the only real talk of "trifectas" in Minnesota state government had been from the GOP side - that Republican Scott Jensen could knock off incumbent DFL Gov. Tim Walz while the...  Website

 

Board newcomer is top vote getter

Three of five candidates were going to be elected to the Cloquet School Board on Tuesday. Sarah Plante Buhs didn’t have the faintest idea she’d be the top vote-getter. “I’m very appreciative, and I was very surprised with what the outcome was... Full story

 

Incumbents win handily in Esko area

There will be no new faces on the Thomson Township Board of Supervisors following the 2022 midterm election, as all three incumbent candidates were re-elected to their spots on the board. The board’s current chairperson, Ruth Janke, defeated... Full story

 

Voters return Rarick to St. Paul

Incumbent State Senator Jason Rarick (R-Pine City) won easily in the District 11 race, with 22,111 votes (61%) to 14,152 (39%) for challenger Michelle Boyechko (DFL-Tamarack). He praised Boyechko for...

 

Election Day around the corner Nov. 8

The long months of campaigning are peaking now, with Election Day on Tuesday and both local and national candidates trying to reach people who have yet to vote. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. There are polling locations in... Full story

 

State house candidates diverge throughout forum

There was little back-and-forth between the two candidates for the state House of Representatives District 11A seat at the Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce candidate forum Oct. 25. Incumbent Democrat... Full story

 

Senate candidates different, but friendly

Candidates for Minnesota Senate District 11A worked overtime last week, facing off in two candidate forums in three days. Tuesday's event was sponsored by the Cloquet Chamber of Commerce, while the... Full story

 

School safety occupies candidates' attention

Four of five candidates for school board weighed in at the Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce candidate forum Oct. 25. In the wake of two lockdowns within the past year, the topic of school safety drew provocative responses from an incumbent and... Full story

 

Forum gives voters food for thought

The Cloquet city council chambers was a revolving door Tuesday, as candidates for six races answered questions in the Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce candidate forum, an election year tradition. All... Full story

 

State auditor candidates disagree on role of office

In a subdivision in suburban Medina, Republican state auditor candidate Ryan Wilson went door to door to make his pitch to voters. The attorney and former CEO of a medical auditing company knocked, readied his hand-outs and then launched into his...  Website

 

ELECTION GUIDE: State Senate District 11

STATE SENATE District 11 Republican: Jason Rarick (Incumbent) Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. (limit 50 words) I am a lifelong resident of Pine County, a union... Full story

 

ELECTION GUIDE: State Representative District 11A

STATE REPRESENTATIVE District 11A Republican: Jeff Dotseth Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. (limit 50 words) I am a husband, father, grandfather, farmer, realtor, small... Full story

 

ELECTION GUIDE: Carlton County Commissioner

CARLTON COUNTY COMMISSIONER Mark Thell (Incumbent) Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. (Limit 50 words) Lifelong resident of County, Enlisted United States Air Force,... Full story

 

ELECTION GUIDE: Carlton County Sheriff

CARLTON COUNTY SHERIFF Kelly Lake (Incumbent) Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. (limit 50 words) Lifelong resident of Carlton County, graduate Cloquet schools and FDLTCC/... Full story

 

ELECTION GUIDE: City of Carlton Council

CITY OF CARLTON COUNCIL Brent Bodie Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. (limit 50 words) My wife and I moved to Carlton in 2015 where we are currently raising our two young... Full story

 

ELECTION GUIDE: Cloquet Mayor

CLOQUET MAYOR Roger Maki (Incumbent) Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. (limit 50 words) I was born in Cloquet, raised in Esko and my wife, Peggy, and I moved to Cloquet... Full story

 

ELECTION GUIDE: Cloquet City Council, Ward 1

CLOQUET CITY COUNCIL, WARD 1 Warren 'Bun' Carlson (Incumbent) Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. I am currently the city councilor for Ward 1. I also serve on the Cloquet A... Full story

 

ELECTION GUIDE: Esko School Board - Seven candidates

There are a total of seven candidates vying for three seats on the Esko School Board, and there are profiles of all seven of them within this file. So please read all the way to the bottom before you... Full story

 

5 takeaways from the second Walz-Jensen debate

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Republican challenger Scott Jensen on Tuesday faced off during a wide-ranging television debate. It was the second of three debates planned ahead of Election Day and the only one to be televised. TV reporters from...  Website

 

ELECTION GUIDE: Cloquet City Council, Ward 3

CLOQUET CITY COUNCIL, WARD 3 Iris Keller (Write-in*) Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. I have 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren, with another expected in December. I've... Full story

 

ELECTION GUIDE: City of Kettle River Mayor

CITY OF KETTLE RIVER MAYOR Monique Doward Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. I am a public health analyst previously working with the Minnesota Department of Health. I... Full story

 

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