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Carlton County voters largely tune out primary

Carlton County voters proved none too eager to decide presidential nominees earlier this week. Voters turned out for the presidential nomination primary Tuesday at a rate 10 percent lower than four...


Minnesota is part of Super Tuesday voting

Minnesota is among a cluster of states and territories holding presidential nominating contests in the main multistate voting event of the 2024 primary campaign. For that reason, it’s called Super Tuesday. Democratic President Joe Biden and former P...  Website


County preps judges for March primary

Adopted by the state in 2016 and first practiced in 2020, the presidential nomination primary gets its second go-round in Minnesota on March 5. That's when the state will join 14 others as part of Sup...


Candidates file for April 2 FDL tribal council vote

Members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will have plenty of choices in the primary election April 2. Names for three Reservation Business Council positions — Chairperson, District I (Cloquet) Committeeperson and District III (...


Stauber is in, so rematch is on

U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, who represents Carlton County as part of the Eighth Congressional District, announced Monday that he will seek a fourth term in Congress. His announcement comes a week after Je... Full story


Radosevich to run: Rematch possible for 11A

Local attorney and Pine Knot News publisher Pete Radosevich is ready for Election Round 2, after an announcement Tuesday that he is running for Minnesota House of Representatives in District 11A.... Full story


Absentee voting in presidential primary opens Jan. 19

Ready or not, it’s time to start thinking about voting in what amounts to an election-heavy year. Next Friday, Jan. 19, marks the start of absentee voting for the state’s presidential nomination primary on March 5 — the first of three impor... Full story


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 E...


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,” she t... 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 P... 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


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