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  • Schultz enters race for Minnesota's 8th Congressional District

    Jan 26, 2024

    Schultz is angling for a rematch in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, which stretches from areas just north of the Twin Cities area all the way to the Canadian border. Schultz lost to Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber by 15 points in 2022. But in kicking off a new campaign Tuesday, Schultz said this time will be different because she entered earlier than last time. She said she will have more time to visit with residents across the expansive district. She also pointed to her bipartisan work at Minnesota’s Capitol, where she rep...

  • Board candidates look to fill vacancy

    Brady Slater|Oct 27, 2023

    A vacancy on the Carlton school board is one of just two county-based elections on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Last week, the Pine Knot previewed the two-person race for a vacancy in Barnum. The Carlton race is much the same, featuring two people seeking to fill out the remainder of a term vacated by a previously elected official. What follows are the candidates responses to the questions in the Carlton race: Ryan Leonzal Briefly summarize your personal background, qualifications and any prior election... Full story

  • Barnum Board candidates make their pitch

    Brady Slater|Oct 20, 2023

    It's a sparse election season in Carlton County, where the only electable seats belong to a pair of school boards seeking to fill terms vacated by previously elected officials. In Barnum, board appointee Patrick Poirier and challenger Tony Newman will vie to fill the remaining year left on a seat that's up for election again in 2024. Election day is Nov. 7, with early voting already started. The Pine Knot News asked the candidates to respond to our election questionnaire, and both Poirier and... Full story

  • Early primary voting off to a slow start

    Jana Peterson|Jul 15, 2022

    Early voting started June 24 for the Aug. 9 primary election, but so far it’s been a trickle versus the flood of absentee ballots cast before the 2020 elections, when there was a presidential election and lines across the country the first day voters could cast their ballots in advance. In an attempt to avoid confusion, county auditor/treasurer Kevin DeVriendt noted that “early” and “absentee” voting are the same thing. Whatever name you choose to call it, DeVriendt said last week it’s been... Full story

  • Nystrom makes case in county

    Jana Peterson|Oct 16, 2020

    DFL Congressional candidate Quinn Nystrom made a campaign stop in Cloquet Saturday as part of a whistlestop tour across every county in the 8th Congressional District. Nystrom addressed close to 30 masked and mostly socially distanced supporters at the gathering in the parking lot between Premiere Theatres and L&M. She started by being thankful for the sunny fall weather. "After announcing this 18-county tour, we didn't know if it was going to be more of an 'Amy Klobuchar announcing a...

  • Race for state Supreme Court heats up

    Tim Pugmire, MPR News|Oct 16, 2020

    Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul Thissen is trying to retain the seat he was appointed to in 2018. His challenger is Michelle MacDonald, a controversial lawyer who is making her fourth bid for the court. This is the first time Thissen will face voters as a Supreme Court justice, but it’s not the first time he’s faced voters. Before he was appointed to the court two years ago by then Gov. Mark Dayton, Thissen had a long run as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He served from 2003 to 2018, including a stint as spe...

  • Lee announces run for Minnesota Senate District 11

    Nov 15, 2019

    Michelle Lee is running to represent District 11 in the Minnesota Senate. The Moose Lake resident will seek the DFL endorsement at the district convention in March. Lee told supporters and attendees of the HD 11A Homegrown Harvest Festival Dinner fundraiser as long as the Minnesota Senate is controlled by Republicans, access to quality healthcare, first-class education and training of our future workforce, the expansion of broadband and attention to the critical needs of our infrastructure in... Full story

  • Ward 3 candidate column: CHRIS SWANSON

    Nov 1, 2019

    It’s been an honor serving Ward 3 since being appointed in July. I’ve had the privilege of visiting with city staff, various department heads, fire district personnel, police officers and acting chiefs, local leaders and, of course, the public. We have much to be proud of and I’m grateful for the insights gleaned along the way and their confidence. I’ve taught government and history classes at Cloquet High School since 2001, have served on the Carlton County Historical Society Board, on my chur... Full story

  • Ward 3 candidate column: RAY SCHOW

    Nov 1, 2019

    I have spent much of my life in the public eye. As a teacher, I was always very familiar with the idea that it wasn’t just what you did in the classroom that mattered. Nearly anything done in the community was also the subject of judgment and gossip. Then working in the media, I knew that my words were given more importance than they deserved. When I stopped working on radio and TV, I was more than happy to fly under the radar. I even moved away from Cloquet for a couple of years and most d... Full story

  • Ward 3 candidate column: URIAH WILKINSON

    Nov 1, 2019

    I am a 25-plus-year resident of Cloquet and have been working as a Realtor in the area for the last 15. As a long-time resident of this city, I have always had a vested interest in the political landscape and an interest in the direction Cloquet is headed. I have served on the planning commission for the last nine years and have been politically active in this community for the last 20. I have served on multiple boards, including transportation and housing and governmental affairs, to name a... Full story

  • Ward 3 Cloquet Council Candidate profile: Uriah Wilkinson

    Pine Knot News|Nov 1, 2019

    Ward 3 Cloquet Council Candidate profile: Uriah Wilkinson PKN: Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. Wilkinson: I have been a resident of Cloquet (with my five children) for 25-plus years, and have been working in the real estate industry for the past 15. I have served on the Cloquet Planning Commission for going on eight years as well as task forces including housing, transportation and zoning. PKN: What made you decide to run for Cloquet City Council? Wilkinson: This... Full story

  • Ward 3 Cloquet Council Candidate profile: Ray Schow

    Nov 1, 2019

    Ward 3 Cloquet Council Candidate profile: Ray Schow PKN: Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. Schow: I have held jobs in almost all sectors of the job market, from janitor to stockbroker, from call center supervisor to golf course manager, but I am best known as a teacher which I started at 22 and still sub to this day. PKN: What made you decide to run for Cloquet City Council? Schow: I decided first to apply for, and then to run for city council because I have been ver... Full story

  • Ward 3 Cloquet Council Candidate profile: Chris Swanson

    Pine Knot News|Nov 1, 2019

    Ward 3 Cloquet Council Candidate profile: Chris Swanson PKN: Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. Swanson: I grew up and lived in this area of Cloquet most of my life. I've taught government classes at CHS since 2001. As a parent, resident and community member, I appreciate the importance of remaining level-headed under pressure, responsive to my fellow residents, and conscious of the public's trust. PKN: What made you decide to run for Cloquet City Council? Swanson:... Full story

  • Ward 3 council primary set for Tuesday

    Jana Peterson|Nov 1, 2019

    Three candidates — Uriah Wilkinson, Ray Schow and Chris Swanson — are running for the Ward 3 Cloquet city council seat vacated by Dakota Koski in July when he moved out of his ward. The special primary election for Cloquet Ward 3 councilor is Tuesday, Nov. 5. The voting location for Ward 3 residents remains at the former Cloquet City Hall location, 1307 Cloquet Ave. The polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Following Tuesday’s primary, two of the three candidates will advance to the Ward 3 Special General Election, on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Abse... Full story

  • Swanson, Wilkinson advance to Ward 3 general election

    Nov 1, 2019

    Chris Swanson and Uriah Wilkinson advance to the general election on Feb. 11 for the Ward 3 Cloquet City Council seat. Not too many voters turned out for the primary election in Cloquet today, where the Ward 3 special election was the sole race on the ballot. Totals for the Ward 3 Special Primary are below: Chris Swanson - 124 Uriah Wilkinson - 54 Ray Schow - 7 The council will certify the totals at its meeting Thursday, Nov. 7. Ward 3 lies between Highway 33 and 14th Street, and Doddridge...

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