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  • ELECTION GUIDE: Carlton County Sheriff

    Oct 21, 2022

    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/ Hibbing Law Enforcement. Married to Rick; children ages 24, 22, 15, 13. Live in rural Barnum; raise beef cattle and have horses. Worked for the Sheriff's Office for 33 years as Corrections Officer, Deputy, Patrol Sergeant, and as your Sheriff since 2005. Past president of MN Sheriff's Association.... Full story

  • ELECTION GUIDE: City of Carlton Council

    Oct 21, 2022

    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 boys. I enjoy being active in the community, I have volunteered on the fire and ambulance department since 2012 and I have been on the City Council since May of 2018. What made you decide to run for city council this year? (limit 35 words) I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve as a council member... Full story

  • ELECTION GUIDE: Cloquet Mayor

    Oct 21, 2022

    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 in 1971. I have a B.S. degree in social science, political science from UMD. I served as Ward 3 councilor for eight years and mayor since 2019. I'm also a Realtor Emeritus and still work in real estate. What made you decide to run for mayor this year? (limit 35 words) I decided to run for reelection... Full story

  • ELECTION GUIDE: Cloquet City Council, Ward 1

    Oct 21, 2022

    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 Area Fire District board. In addition, I was a salesman for 31 years. I also have coached youth hockey and softball. What made you decide to run for city council this year? I enjoy serving on the city council. I feel my experience and the cohesion of the city council gives me an opportunity to contin... Full story

  • ELECTION GUIDE: Esko School Board - Seven candidates

    Oct 21, 2022

    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 make your decision. Todd Rengo (incumbent) 1. Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. (limit 50 words) My wife Sandra and I are lifelong Eskomos who raised four kids in this community. I have a Biology/Ed degree from CSS and I'm a financial advisor with Thrivent Financial.... Full story

  • Oct 21, 2022

    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 Rochester, Duluth, Mankato and Fargo moderated the conversation that aired live on Gray Television stations outside the Twin Cities and was streamed online. Walz and Jensen traded digs over abortion, education, health care and public safety as they tried to get their campaign platforms through to viewers....  Website

  • ELECTION GUIDE: Cloquet City Council, Ward 3

    Oct 21, 2022

    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 lived in Cloquet since 1988 and I've been working in the Cloquet school district for 23 years. I have taken on many large projects with many people involved. I know how to work with other people. What made you decide to run for city council this year? I've always been involved with this community and... Full story

  • ELECTION GUIDE: City of Kettle River Mayor

    Oct 21, 2022

    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 have a Bachelors of Science degree in public health from the University of the Cumberlands, working towards a Master's of Science degree in Biology. I was elected to the city council here in 2021. What made you decide to run for city council or mayor this year? The city desperately lacks leadership... Full story

  • ELECTION GUIDE: Kettle River City Council

    Oct 21, 2022

    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 City and want to continue to be the voice of our citizens to make the best decisions for our future. What made you decide to run for city council this year? I am running for the City Council position to use my skills and experience to serve the citizens of Kettle River. The Kettle River city council... Full story

  • ELECTION GUIDE: Moose Lake Mayor

    Oct 21, 2022

    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 active member of the Moose Lake Fire Department. I have been appointed to numerous officer positions including chief for over 20 years. I currently work for the Department of Corrections-Moose Lake. What made you decide to run for city council or mayor this year? I was previously on the ML City... Full story

  • ELECTION GUIDE: Scanlon Mayor

    Oct 21, 2022

    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 politician. I am running to try to make a difference in our small city. What made you decide to run for city council or mayor this year? I want to bring a fresh perspective to a city where there hasn't been much of any change in years. I am tired of the same old, same old when it comes to our city's... Full story

  • ELECTION GUIDE: Scanlon City Council

    Oct 21, 2022

    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 field of utility maintenance and surveying. I have worked my way from field surveyor to a safety professional and certified instructor. My current role is Environmental Health and Safety & Operator Qualifications Manager. 2. What made you decide to run for city council this year? (limit 35 words) I want... Full story

  • ELECTION GUIDE: Wrenshall School Board - Seven candidates

    Oct 21, 2022

    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 before you make any decisions. Ben Johnson (Appointee) 1. Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. (limit 50 words) I serve as a captain with the Duluth Fire Department, and have a degree in Business Management and Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I have... Full story

  • ELECTION GUIDE: Cloquet School Board - Five candidates

    Oct 21, 2022

    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 you make your decision. Sarah Buhs Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. I am a lifelong Cloquet resident. Along with my children, I have nieces, nephews and friends in Cloquet schools. I serve on the Washington PIE as president, Cloquet Education Foundation Board member and... Full story

  • Guidelines: Political endorsement letters

    Oct 14, 2022

    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 letters about a candidate saying the same thing, we won’t run all of them. We don’t charge for endorsement letters like many other papers, but expect our readers to understand that space is valuable. Endorsements must abide by the same rules as any other letter to the editor: in particular, reader comment... Full story

  • No rush yet as early voting starts

    Brady Slater|Sep 30, 2022

    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 voters (10,900) used early voting and mail-in options during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. “I feel like the 600 we just mailed out will be the bulk of them,” said Kevin DeVriendt, Carlton County auditor/treasurer. Early voting began last week, 46 days prior to election day, and voters can vote at... Full story

  • Another write-in candidate fills Ward 3 picture

    Brady Slater|Sep 30, 2022

    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 teacher is saying to a student Keller has worked with since he was in fifth grade. "There I am, looking out at this whole class," Keller said. "I go with the student to all his classes - college government, calculus, physics, German 4. He's really smart." Like the student, she carries a backpack and... Full story

  • Ward 3 gets first write-in candidate

    Jana Peterson|Sep 23, 2022

    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 actually write his name, and NOT fill in the box next to the listed candidate's name: Chris Swanson. In the meantime, Swanson is running his own informal "Please don't vote for me" campaign, after moving out of Ward 3 and stepping down as councilor in August. August was too late to change the ballots fo... Full story

  • For first time in ages, contested race for sheriff

    Brady Slater|Aug 26, 2022

    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 election challenge, coming in 2006, when she won 85 percent of the vote. Since then, she's gone unchallenged. Until now. Lake is being tested by Jason Syrett, a 10-year law enforcement officer with the Moose Lake Police Department. "Kelly's been in there since April 2005," said Syrett, 35. "My... Full story

  • Candidate filings, races for Nov. 8 general election

    Pine Knot News|Aug 19, 2022

    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 concluded, what follows is a list of all candidates running for public office in the Nov. 8 general election (*incumbent): School board filings Cloquet (elect 3: Ted Lammi*, Gary “Hawk” Huard*, Jamie Graham, David Battaglia*, Sarah Plante Buhs) Barnum (elect 3: Betty A. Anderson, Dawn Hultgren, Jessica Unkel... Full story

  • Election ushers in new tech

    Jana Peterson|Aug 12, 2022

    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 p.m., something Carlton County auditor/treasurer Kevin DeVriendt said was a pleasant surprise. "Things went very smoothly - well, as smooth as can be with all new equipment and many people doing a role for the first time," he said. The county had new DS200 ballot scanning machines at the polling pl... Full story

  • Primary election set for Tuesday

    Jana Peterson|Aug 5, 2022

    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 office was prepared for a much higher turnout in advance of the primary, but relatively few people have requested absentee ballots. “It’s nothing at all compared to 2020,” she said. “But primary elections often have lower turnout, especially during a non-presidential year.” Still, it’s not too late... Full story

  • File for office now

    Aug 5, 2022

    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, municipality or township. Filing fees are minimal, mostly between $2 and $5. School Board positions Current seat holders’ names are provided in parentheses. Cloquet (Ted Lammi, Gary Huard, Dave Battaglia) Barnum (Paul Coughlin, Beth Schatz, Jessica Unkelhaeuser) Carlton (Ann Gustafson, Susan Karp,... Full story

  • Contact Your Local Officials

    Aug 5, 2022

    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 [email protected] 218-390-2010 Kerry Kolodge Councilor Ward 4 [email protected] 218-481-3862 Lyz Jaakola Councilor Ward 5 [email protected] 218-393-3528 Lara Wilkinson Councilor At-Large [email protected] 218-451-2188 Cloquet School Board Board chair Ted Lammi [email protected] 218... Full story

  • Local candidate filing period opens Tuesday

    Pine Knot News|Jul 29, 2022

    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 minimal, mostly between $2 and $5. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State website, all candidates: • must be eligible to vote in Minnesota • must have not filed for another office at the upcoming primary or general election • must be 21 years of age or more upon assuming office. A candidate must al... Full story

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