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  • Voter Guide: Cromwell School Board

    Oct 2, 2020

    Brian Granholm Background I have lived in the district my entire life, graduated from Cromwell High School. I'm a retired construction worker, and managed a concrete cutting business the last eight years. My wife and I have had a beef farm for the past 33 years. Since retiring I started a welding business. What made you decide to run for school board this year? I am seeking re-election to be part of the decision making process that will help keep Cromwell/Wright a sound school district for our... Full story

  • Voter Guide: Scanlon City Council (elect 2)

    Oct 2, 2020

    Scott Boedigheimer Background I have lived in Scanlon 35 years and retired from the Scanlon fire dept after 20 years of volunteer service. I was assistant chief when I retired and secretary of the fire department relief association. I have been a councilor for eight years now. What made you decide to run for city council this year? I am running again so we can keep moving forward with improvements to our city parks, water, sewer and streets which are well used. What do you think are the top two... Full story

  • Voter Guide: Wrenshall Mayor

    Oct 2, 2020

    DonnaMae Weiderman (incumbent) Background Over 12 years ago, my family and I were drawn to Wrenshall because of its overwhelming sense of community. Since our move to Wrenshall I have served on the Planning Commission as a member of the Wrenshall City Council and currently serve as Mayor. What made you decide to run for mayor this year? I decided to run for a second term as mayor to continue the positive developments that the city has made during my first term. What do you think are the top two... Full story

  • Voter Guide: Barnum School Board

    Oct 2, 2020

    Beth Dinger Background My husband and I have made our home in Barnum for 14 years. We have four children: James, Luke, Ruth, and Rachel. I have a B.A. in Music Education, and a M.S. in Teaching. I have taught fourth grade at East Central for the last five years. What made you decide to run for school board this year? I have children in the district, as a teacher I offer a unique perspective, and I am concerned about the school district's budget deficit. What do you think are the top two issues f... Full story

  • Voter Guide: Moose Lake City Council

    Oct 2, 2020

    Greg Sarvela Background I grew up in Moose Lake. After Vietnam I became a master electrician and later returned. I’ve served on the Water and Light Commission, Liquor Board, EDA, Park Board and Zoning Board. In 2016 I became a member of the City Council and hope to continue service. What made you decide to run for city council this year? Moose Lake is an important part of my life, I want to see it continue in the right direction and complete unfinished projects. What do you think are the top t... Full story

  • Absentee voting opens; election is on

    Jana Peterson|Sep 18, 2020

    It may feel too early to vote for the Nov. 3 General Election, but the clock is ticking. Starting Friday, people can go to the Auditor's Office on the second floor of the Carlton County Courthouse and vote absentee. Districts where residents vote by mail and people who have requested absentee ballots should be receiving the first batch of Carlton County ballots in the mail at the end of the month. The requests for absentee ballots this year is a flood, not a trickle, said Carlton County acting... Full story

  • Voting basics: who is eligible to vote

    Pine Knot News|Sep 18, 2020

    To be eligible to vote in Minnesota you must: • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day • Be a citizen of the United States • Have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day • Have any felony conviction record discharged, expired or completed • Not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights • Not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law You do not have to be registered to vote to apply for an absentee ballot, but it makes the process easier. Check your registratio... Full story

  • Voting by mail in four steps

    Pine Knot News|Sep 18, 2020

    Here’s a rundown of how to vote by mail in Minnesota’s November general election: Step 1) Register Registering first isn’t required to cast a mail-in ballot, but state elections officials say it makes the process easier. In Minnesota, you can register to vote or update your registration online if you have a Minnesota driver’s license or state identification card. If not, you still can download a paper application you can mail in or drop off at your county election office. Step 2) Request ballot Eligible Minnesota voters can get an absente... Full story

  • Signs of the times

    Pine Knot News|Sep 11, 2020

    There have been a number of reports of stolen or damaged political signs. Above, Jim Crowley's yard in Cloquet is awash in signs offering many messages to folks walking or driving by, but he brings his signs inside every night because he doesn't want them to be stolen. Below, Tony Sheda and Cindy Bourn said they repaired a Donald Trump sign outside Frandsen Bank and the Maytag Laundry in Cloquet about 10 times, with strangers helping out more than once (pictured). Because of repeated vandalism...

  • Democrats get together

    Pine Knot News|Aug 28, 2020

    Democrats from the county and region gathered Aug. 20 at what was billed as a "People First Festival" on the lawn at Carlton's Oldenburg House. It allowed people to see and hear from Democratic candidates running for state and local offices, including Michelle Lee, at right, and Rep. Mike Sundin. Physical distance practices were observed as attendees arrived with face coverings and signs about avoiding virus spread mixed with traditional campaign signs. They came from across Carlton County and...

  • Incumbents prevail in tribal election

    Jana Peterson|Aug 21, 2020

    The incumbents swept this year's elections for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Kevin Dupuis Sr. will serve a second term as chairman of the Reservation Business Committee, defeating challenger Bryan (Bear) Bosto with 575 votes (69 percent) to Bosto's 255 (31 percent). Wally Dupuis was re-elected as RBC District I Committeeperson, with 345 votes (60 percent) to Jeroam Defoe's 232 (40 percent). RBC District III Representative Roger Smith Sr. was already sworn in for another term...

  • Candidate filings for local positions

    Pine Knot News|Aug 21, 2020

    The filing period for the most local of political offices — school board, cities and township positions — ended on primary election day last week with one exception. In Carlton County, Cloquet city candidates filed by June 2 and there was a primary election for the Ward 5 City Council spot last week. Staff at the Carlton County Auditor’s office said residents may request absentee ballots by calling the auditor’s office at 218-384-9127 (leave your name and address if you get voicemail) or register online at mnvotes.org. It’s not urgent th... Full story

  • With 82 late ballots, primary results hold

    Jana Peterson|Aug 21, 2020

    An additional 82 mailed ballots were delivered to the Carlton County Courthouse in the two days following Tuesday's primary, but even with the additional votes counted, the rankings in the local election remain unchanged. Moving on to the general election in November for Cloquet City Council Ward 5 are Lyz Jaakola and Dennis M. Painter, while former mayor Dave Hallback is out of the race with a third-place finish. Final results showed Jaakola with 217 votes (up from 210 after Tuesday), Painter...

  • Primary provides pandemic preview of November polls

    Jana Peterson|Aug 14, 2020

    Jana Peterson [email protected] Tuesday's primary election offered a small taste of what the general election will likely offer voters in November. Far more people voted either by absentee or mail ballot than ever before, outnumbering people voting in person. Those who voted at polling stations were required to follow pandemic social distancing measures and wear masks inside. Election judges also had to sanitize any surfaces touched by voters after each person voted. Although all the votes... Full story

  • Tribal election is Tuesday

    Pine Knot News|Aug 14, 2020

    Voters on the Fond du Lac Reservation will elect two vital leadership positions next Tuesday. Facing off for Reservation Business Committee chairperson are incumbent Kevin R. Dupuis Sr. and challenger Bryan (Bear) Bosto. The two candidates for RBC District I (Cloquet) Representative are incumbent Wally Dupuis and challenger Jeroam DeFoe. RBC District III Representative Roger Smith Sr. was already sworn in for another term July 8, after winning more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary election. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.... Full story

  • RBC Chair candidate: Bryan Bosto (challenger)

    Pine Knot News|Aug 14, 2020

    Q What in your personal background, characteristics and/or qualifications makes you good for this job? A I have 14 years of experience as a reservation division director/manager. In that capacity I have worked closely with community members to provide services through mentoring and by building partnerships with outside organizations like the Minnesota Extension Office, Minnesota Swarm Lacrosse Team and Native American Law Enforcement Summit. Partnerships that help foster leadership skills by giv... Full story

  • RBC Chair candidate: Kevin R. Dupuis Sr. (incumbent)

    Pine Knot News|Aug 14, 2020

    Q What in your personal background, characteristics and/or qualifications makes you good for this job? A I started reading the tribal constitution and treaties in 1990, when I came home from the Marine Corps. There was a lot I didn't agree with. I started getting more involved with the reservation and the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT). I wasn't aiming for politics but decided I had something to offer. I've served as secretary-treasurer, Brookston Rep and now Chair and MCT president. I believe... Full story

  • RBC District I candidate: Wally Dupuis (incumbent)

    Pine Knot News|Aug 14, 2020

    Q What in your personal background, characteristics and/or qualifications makes you good for this job? A My dedication to the Band shows in my years of service to FDL Law Enforcement and Tribal Council. I have 10 years experience as District I Representative and seven months as RBC Chairman. It is my passion to help others and help my community thrive. My integrity, dedication, and dependability speak for themselves. My positive attitude, experience, and strong working knowledge of our... Full story

  • RBC District I candidate: Jeroam DeFoe (challenger)

    Pine Knot News|Aug 14, 2020

    Q What in your personal background, characteristics and/or qualifications makes you good for this job? A Boozhoo, I am Jeroam DeFoe and I'm 23. I try my best to follow my teachings every day. I'm respectful, driven, open-minded and a great listener. I strive academically and graduated from FDLTCC with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Arts degrees. I'm now going to St. Scholastica and am one semester away from my business management degree. I care deeply about o... Full story

  • Primary 2020: Local tallies on election night aren't final

    Aug 14, 2020

    With all of the votes up to and including election day counted in Cloquet's Ward 5 City Council primary, former Cloquet mayor Dave Hallback is in third place in the vote count, with 103 votes compared to top vote getter Elizabeth "Lyz" Jaakola at 210 and Dennis M Painter with 117 votes. In the other local race, with all 14 precincts reported to the Secretary of State's website, incumbent Gary Peterson had 570 votes, Alex French had 316 and Marci Moreland had 207 votes in the District 5 Carlton... Full story

  • Primary vote is Tuesday

    Jana Peterson|Aug 7, 2020

    As is everything in this year of Covid-19, the election season is also changed. Far more people have voted absentee this year than ever before, and more mail-in ballots are being cast in Carlton County for Tuesday's primary election than in the past. Additionally, a state rule change giving mail ballots an extra two days to reach the courthouse will likely delay results in any close races until the end of the week. But polling stations will also be open as usual (sort of) on Aug. 11. According... Full story

  • Carlton County board candidate: Marci Moreland

    Pine Knot News|Aug 7, 2020

    Q What in your personal background, characteristics and qualifications makes you good for this job? A I worked for Carlton County for 39-plus years, the last eight years as Carlton County Assessor. Having worked in county government my working career, I have vast knowledge of how government works along with knowledge of budgets, property taxes, levies, special programs and how all of these items intertwine to make government work. Building relationships with the public, employees and businesses... Full story

  • Carlton County board candidate: Gary Peterson

    Pine Knot News|Aug 7, 2020

    Q What in your personal background, characteristics and qualifications makes you good for this job? A I was born and raised on a Carlton County farm where my parents instilled in me the value of hard work and treating others with respect. My education in government, teaching, counseling, and coaching, together with my many years of work and life experiences have made me a thoughtful, compassionate and dedicated public servant. As a recent retiree, I have enjoyed spending my time working and... Full story

  • Carlton County board candidate: Alex French

    Pine Knot News|Aug 7, 2020

    Q What in your personal background, characteristics and qualifications makes you good for this job? A Working as an accountant at Alaspa and Murray provides the opportunity to work with a variety of county residents, each with unique circumstances. Being approachable, relatable and trustworthy are essential qualities. Clients and constituents must feel comfortable before expressing their frustrations, ideas and concerns openly. The listening and interviewing skills I have developed enable me to... Full story

  • Cloquet city council candidate: Dennis Painter

    Pine Knot News|Aug 7, 2020

    Q What in your personal background, characteristics and qualifications makes you good for this job? A I am a hard working, honest individual that is running for the position of city councilor to represent the people of Ward 5. I will put in the research and work necessary to ensure the decisions I make best represent the interests of my constituents. Q What motivated you to run for city council? A I was born and raised in Cloquet. My wife, Gina, and I are raising our boys, Sam and Gavin, here.... Full story

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