Board tackles wolves, celebrates safety


February 9, 2024

Brady Slater

Melvin Blumer speaks at the Carlton County board committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday. An assistant superintendent for Adolphson and Peterson Construction, Blumer was flanked by Adolphson senior superintendent Mike Hartl, county jail administrator Paul Coughlin and project manager Cary Everson. On display was a safety flag awarded to the project by OSHA.

The Carlton County board appears on the verge of joining the chorus against wolves.

During its committee of the whole meeting Tuesday, the board advanced a resolution that would position the county as favoring wolves being federally delisted and hunted in the state.

The board packet included a sample resolution letter from Hunters for Hunters, the group that has riled anti-wolf sentiment during a series of public meetings throughout northeastern Minnesota. The group blames wolf predation for a subpar deer hunt last November.

Board member Gary Peterson raised the issue of a resolution, an...

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