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 By Dan Reed    News    March 6, 2014

Cost of flood recovery manager questioned

A total of $44,000 will have been spent from Carlton County general funds for special projects and long-term flood recovery staff from July 2012 through June 2014 as presented by a "History of Board A...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    February 6, 2014

County board buys Carlton building

In a surprise move with no earlier public discussion on the proposal, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved last week the purchase of a 3,000 square foot building in the city of Carlton, a block south of the present courthouse. The...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    January 30, 2014

State precinct caucuses Feb. 4

Precinct caucuses for both the Democratic and Republican parties will be held on February 4 at 7 p.m. throughout the state. Carlton County is part of House District 11A, Senate District 11, and the 8th Congressional District (maps can be found on...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    January 16, 2014

Brenner named new board chair

Dick Brenner, Cloquet area Carlton County Commissioner and longtime DFL activist, was selected as the new county board chair at the yearly reorganizational meeting. The board chair position is traditionally rotated among the five sitting county...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    January 2, 2014

Finance Committee: It's a 3.9% increase

The Carlton County Finance Committee is recommending county board approval of a 3.9 percent levy increase for the 2014 budget year starting January 1. County Board Chair Bob Olean summed up the decision, "County government has been in a holding...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    December 19, 2013

County board discusses 2014 budget

County growth, an improving economy, and evolving county governmental needs weigh in the balance as Carlton County commissioners wrestle with adoption of the 2014 Operating Budget. "Requests from each department would need a budget increase of 6 to...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    December 5, 2013

Staffing needs considered in budget discussion

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners are working through a new budget for 2014 as some surrounding counties vow to not increase the levy at all. The State Legislature has capped levy increases to 6.5 percent. That level is not being considered...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    November 7, 2013

Talks continue on oil pipeline

On October 28 the Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved a letter to Enbridge Pipeline proposing the pipeline be built on existing right-of-way routes and recognizing that a "new right-of-way through Carlton County could cause unacceptable...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    October 10, 2013

Carlton County board seeks input on Sandpiper oil line route

Carlton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Olean, after a lengthy discussion about the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper Oil Pipeline from the Dakota oil fields to the Superior, Wisconsin, terminal, asked for public input by affected landowners....

 
 By Dan Reed    News    September 19, 2013

Sandpiper Pipeline issues discussed

Carlton County Land Stewards, led by Janaki Fisher-Merritt of rural Wrenshall, pressed the Carlton County Board of Commissioners on issues relating to the construction of the Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline through Carlton County and its effects on...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    July 4, 2013

County reluctant to provide gravel

Carlton County commissioner Marv Bodie made a motion which was successful to table consideration of a city of Moose Lake request to provide a gravel source for 700 yards of pit run for site work of a pavilion next to the Farmers' Market and hockey...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    June 13, 2013

Salary increase debated by county board

Pointed and intense discussion preceded a 3-2 vote of approval by the Carlton County Board of Commissioners for a 10 percent increase in Health and Human Services Director Dave Lee's salary over a two year period. Commissioners Thomas Proulx and Gary...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    May 23, 2013

End of session brings surprise to city

The Minnesota Legislative session has ended, a new funding bill has been approved, and the City of Moose Lake is receiving $2 million as reimbursement for infrastructure and sewer work done earlier to provide services for the state prison and the...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    May 16, 2013

Study finds Carlton County ranks near bottom in health outcomes

Representatives from Carlton County's Public Health program reported Carlton County ranks near the bottom in a Minnesota study on health outcomes for its residents. What does this mean? The study looked at 25 factors that influence health, such as ch...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    May 2, 2013

Muddy, wet roads hinder traffic

Record snows and cold temperatures, mixed with rain, have challenged rural travel the Carlton County Highway Department reported to the township officers at their spring meeting April 23. Several mild winters with road bed frost out sometimes in earl...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    April 18, 2013

Carlton County mulls strategic planning, building needs

Carlton County Commissioner Gary Peterson continued to press the board for a strategic planning session using a trained facilitator from the Minnesota Association of Counties. Tentatively June 4 was chosen. The Carlton County Committee of the Whole m...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    April 11, 2013

In Carlton County, flood property losses to affect remaining tax base

Due to the Flash Flood of 2012, $3.1 million in property losses in Carlton County will impact the tax valuations and thus the tax levied in several of the townships and cities. All taxable property in Carlton County has a combined value of $2.6...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    April 4, 2013

Rep. Sundin updates county commissioners

House Representative Mike Sundin addressed the Carlton County Board of Commissioners at their May 25 meeting on legislative issues affecting the area directly this year. "It has been a learning experience," Sundin commented. "But, there are critical...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    March 28, 2013

1918 Fire area tour planned

This year marks the 95th anniversary of the 1918 Forest Fire. The Moose Lake Area Historical Society is planning a three day commemoration of the historical event on October 11, 12 and 13. A program committee has been working on details since the...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    March 7, 2013

Flood recovery struggle continues

Bureaucracy, red tape, and lack of staff for processing paperwork are big issues for flood recovery Drew Digby, Long Term Recovery Manager for the Carlton County flood area, explained at a February 25 Carlton County Board meeting presentation....

 
 By Dan Reed    News    February 21, 2013

County to install new phone system

An obsolete, 13-year-old phone system for the Carlton County Courthouse will be replaced by a Telcologix (Avaya) VolP based phone system estimated to cost $93,774 the Carlton County Board decided at their February 12 regular meeting. Cost of...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    January 17, 2013

Carlton County awarded $1.8 million for flood relief

Pat Oman, Economic Development director for Carlton County, announced that word has come from the Minnesota Investment Fund personnel of a $1.8 million grant for flood relief in Carlton County. Carlton County was the only one to apply. $110,000 is de...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    January 10, 2013

Most flood victims not covered by current programs

Drew Digby, Carlton County lead on a response to Flash Flood of 2012 damage, addressed the Carlton County Board at their last meeting of 2012. In a nutshell, Digby said there are over 400 active cases in the county with 91 residential homes approved...

 
 By Dan Reed    Opinion    January 10, 2013

What can be done after so much death?

Time has passed. The Connecticut community shaken by school shootings of the young is groping its way to healing. Claims fly back and forth from the fringes of American society on gun ownership and regulation. I own guns. I was raised with guns....

 
 By Dan Reed    News    December 20, 2012

Planning continues for new county building

The Carlton County Board approved $5,000 worth of architectural work for a new Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Agricultural Extension building at the Transportation Building site at its December 11 board meeting. "I'm at a loss,"...

 

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