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Contracted work sparks controversy

The issue of using outside social workers received a second vote in a month at Monday's Carlton County board meeting, where one commissioner continued to vote "no."

Commissioner Tom Proulx was the lone dissenting vote in the board's 4-1 approval to use case management services from TLC of Duluth to help address a surge in cases involving people on elderly and disability waivers.

Unlike at the meeting Nov. 14, when Proulx conducted an in-depth inquiry of county staff and administration and told them at one point he didn't believe them, Proulx offered only his vote this time.

The county board ha...