Elections 2020

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Smattering of ballots trickle into auditor's office

As of Monday afternoon, six days after the election, exactly eight late mail ballots had arrived at the Carlton County auditor’s office, not exactly a game changer. Although the Pine Knot News did n...


Carlton County voters break records, leans DFL (but it's close)

While many polling places in Carlton County were busy Tuesday, Thomson Township voters took it to a whole new level, with many waiting in line for more than an hour in a line that morphed throughout... Full story


Carlton county election numbers

The following vote totals are for Carlton County only, with all 38 precincts reporting. These totals are preliminary because the county auditor’s office is accepting mailed ballots that were postmarked by Election Day until Nov. 10. Vote totals a... Full story


Updated: Haven't voted yet? Here's what you need to know

The 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. Carlton County acting auditor/treasurer Kath... Full story


Watch candidate forums on CAT-7, city website

Did you miss the Oct. 21 Cloquet candidate forum? Don’t despair. The forum is running at 6 p.m. every night through Monday, Nov. 5, on CAT-7 for Mediacom cable subscribers. Residents with online access can watch the forum anytime by clicking on t... Full story


Carlton school board race needs a write-in

With only two candidates running to fill three seats up for election, the Carlton school board will have to make some decisions after canvassing the Nov. 3 vote on Nov. 12. Longtime board member Tim Hagenah is seeking re-election, while chairwoman... Full story


Find more local Voter Guide stories

Find more local Voter Guide stories by clicking on the Elections 2020 tab at the top of the page. We have candidate profiles from all of the contested local school board, municipal, township and county elections. Or stop by our office at 122 Avenue...


Voters choose to cast ballots early

With less than two weeks to go until the Nov. 3 election, almost half of the registered voters in Carlton County have received mail or absentee ballots. As of Friday, Oct. 16, the Carlton County... Full story



Editor’s note: The following questions and answers were facilitated by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for its member newspapers. U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber Q If elected, what is your top priority f... Full story


Voter Guide: U.S. SENATE

Editor’s note: The following questions and answers were facilitated by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for its member newspapers. U.S. Sen Tina Smith Q If elected, what is your top priority for t... Full story


Voter Guide: Minnesota Supreme Court

Editor’s note: The following questions and answers were facilitated by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for its member newspapers. Michelle MacDonald Why do you want to be a judge? What are your personal priorities? I have witnessed an u... Full story


Mail-in, absentee ballots abound

The dynamics of this year's general election brings to mind a question: Is it the pandemic or the rhetoric? Minnesotans are requesting absentee ballots in record numbers for the Nov. 3 election -... Full story


Voter Guide: State Senate, District 11

Michelle Lee, DFL Background My life experience is my qualification. My husband and I built a home and raised a family in Moose Lake. Two pay checks allowed us to enjoy a good life here. My concern... Full story


Voter Guide: State Representative, District 11A

Jeff Dotseth Background I am a husband, father, grandfather, farmer, small business owner and a lifelong Minnesota resident. I care deeply for our community and the values we share. I am not a... Full story


Voter Guide: Carlton County Board, District 1

Dick Brenner (incumbent) Background I moved to Cloquet in 1972 with my six children. I have a finance degree and over 40 years of corporate accounting experience. My wife, Liz, and I volunteered... Full story


Voter Guide: Cloquet School Board

Karin Sabyan Background I have a bachelor's degree in business as well as a certificate in Catholic School Administration from Loyola Marymount University. I have been in the education field for 18 ye... Full story


Voter Guide: Carlton County Board, District 5

Gary Peterson (incumbent) Background I was born and raised on a farm in Carlton County. I have had many different jobs and life experiences that give me the ability to relate and understand people. I... Full story


Voter Guide: Soil and Water Supervisor, District 4

Kim Samuelson (incumbent) Background I have been an SWCD board supervisor for much of the past eight years. I also spent many years working with other organizations that emphasize natural resources.... Full story


Voter Guide: Cloquet City Council, Ward 5

Dennis Painter Background I was born and raised in Cloquet. I am a proud 1995 CHS graduate, earned my AAS from FDLTCC and my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from UWS. I a... Full story


Voter Guide: Esko school board

A note from Julian Bertogliat I have decided not to run for re-election for the upcoming term. I have been a school board member for three terms and my health issues are telling me it's time to... Full story


Voter Guide: Thomson Township Supervisor, Seat C

Bill Gerard (incumbent) Background I've been an Esko resident for over 25 years, married 42 years, graduated four children from Esko, and have seven grandchildren. I bring 18 years of experience on... Full story


Voter Guide: Wrenshall school board

Karola Dalen Background My husband, Rick, and I have two children at Wrenshall School and have lived in Wrenshall for 14 years. Our family owns and operates Northern Harvest Farm. In addition, I work... Full story


Voter Guide: Thomson Township Supervisor, Seat D

Jason Paulson (incumbent) Background Born and raised in Thomson Township, graduate University of Minnesota, ten-year Marine Corps veteran, current airline pilot and assistant chief pilot/instructor... Full story


Voter Guide: Moose Lake School Board

Donna Kirk Background As a licensed teacher, my experience spans over twenty years of teaching both in person and online in K12 schools as well as in higher ed preparing future K12 teachers. For... Full story


Voter Guide: Holyoke Town Clerk

Rosanne Haynes Background I am a retired school teacher. My husband, George, and I raised 3 daughters in Holyoke and have five grandchildren. I enjoy riding bicycle, taking walks, watching birds and w... Full story


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