By Dan Reed 

Closure irks Kettle River residents


March 3, 2023

This Carlton County satellite map shows the constructed fiber optic lines of SCI Broadband, some of which are going to be installed this summer. The area around Cromwell is also an area of SCI construction this summer. The shaded area runs from Moose Lake west through Silver, Split Rock and Automba townships is the largest area being considered for new fiber optic lines installed by SCI and is included in this latest grant cycle.

Icy roads did not deter a dozen concerned Kettle River citizens from attending Monday's Carlton County Board meeting to ask why the grader was pulled from the Kettle River area county garage.

"Six months ago the Kettle River people were assured the county garage would stay open," Bob Hattenberger said to county commissioners. "No one from the county let us know the garage was empty. Our first inkling the man and machine were gone was when we saw no tracks in the snow in front of the garage. We were shocked and angry why no one let us know."

In an interview after the meeting, county coordin...

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