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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

 

ELECTION GUIDE: Kettle River City Council

KETTLE RIVER CITY COUNCIL Miya Kohmetsche (Incumbent) Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. (limit 50 words) I am a lifelong resident of Kettle River, former mayor and active member of the community. I truly care about the... Full story

 

ELECTION GUIDE: Moose Lake Mayor

MOOSE LAKE MAYOR Jim Michalski Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. I have lived in the City of Moose Lake for the past 30-plus years. I am currently on my 32nd year as an... Full story

 

ELECTION GUIDE: Scanlon Mayor

SCANLON MAYOR Joshua Kolodge Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. I am 24 years old and have lived in Scanlon for 13 years. I work in the maintenance field. I am not a... Full story

 

ELECTION GUIDE: Scanlon City Council

SCANLON CITY COUNCIL Jesse Johnson 1. Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. (limit 50 words) I have an AAS in Civil Engineering Technology. I have worked 24 years in the... Full story

 

ELECTION GUIDE: Wrenshall School Board - Seven candidates

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

 

ELECTION GUIDE: Cloquet School Board - Five candidates

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

 

Guidelines: Political endorsement letters

The Pine Knot News will accept candidate endorsement letters, with the following restrictions. The suggested word limit is 200 words, but we’ll accept up to 300 words for those who aren’t simply repeating themselves. If we receive multiple let... Full story

 

No rush yet as early voting starts

Earlier this week, Carlton County election officials mailed 600 absentee ballots to people who’d requested to vote in advance of the Nov. 8 midterm election. It was a far cry from the 2020 general election, in which roughly half of the county’s vot... Full story

 

Another write-in candidate fills Ward 3 picture

As a 23-year educational interpreter working at Cloquet High School, it's normal to find Iris Keller standing with the teacher at the front of the classroom. Keller delivers in sign language what the... Full story

 

Ward 3 gets first write-in candidate

Cloquet Ward 3 city council candidate Pete Erickson has a unique challenge this fall: he has to get voters to do more than fill in a box next to his name. For Erickson to win, voters will have to actu... Full story

 

For first time in ages, contested race for sheriff

For the first time in 16 years this November, Carlton County residents will face a choice when voting for sheriff. First appointed Carlton County sheriff in 2005, Kelly Lake has experienced only one... Full story

 

Candidate filings, races for Nov. 8 general election

The filing period for Carlton County, the state of Minnesota, and the city of Cloquet was in May, but the filing period for remaining cities in Carlton County ended Tuesday, Aug. 16. Now that filing periods and August’s primary races have c... Full story

 

Election ushers in new tech

Low voter turnout and new voting machines led to a speedy turnaround for Carlton County election results in Tuesday's primary election. County elections staff were finished tallying the votes by 10:40... Full story

 

Primary election set for Tuesday

If early voting is any indicator, next week’s primary election may not be a barnburner in Carlton County. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. Kelly Lampel, chief deputy auditor/treasurer for Carlton County, said the o... Full story

 

File for office now

The filing period for local school boards, most city councils and township supervisor positions opened Tuesday and will remain open through Tuesday, Aug. 16. In most cases, one must file in the clerk’s office, whether it’s for a school district, mun... Full story

 

Contact Your Local Officials

Cloquet City Council Mayor Roger Maki [email protected] 218-879-4976 Warren “Bun” Carlson Councilor Ward 1 [email protected] 218-879-3347 Sheila Lamb Councilor Ward 2 [email protected] 218-590-5308 Chris Swanson Councilor Ward 3 csw... Full story

 

Local candidate filing period opens Tuesday

The time is now for folks who want to make an impact in local politics. The filing period for local school boards, most city councils and many township supervisor positions will be open Tuesday, Aug. 2 through Tuesday, Aug. 16. Filing fees are minima... Full story

 

DFL state senate candidates sound off

The names of two Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidates - John Peura of Moose Lake and Michelle Boyechko of Tamarack - will be on the ballot for Minnesota Senate District 11 in the Aug. 9 primary... Full story

 

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