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 By Dan Reed    News    July 12, 2018 

Carlton County board assesses road damage after recent storms

Carlton County Highway Engineer Jin Yeene Neumann reported major damage to CSAH 8 and CSAH 6 due to summer downpours in southeastern Carlton County during a Committee of the Whole meeting on July 3. Neumann estimates that 2.5 million dollars was...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    July 5, 2018

Enbridge Line 3 approved by MPUC

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) voted 5-0 to approve a certificate of need on June 18 for the replacement of the old Line 3 of Enbridge Pipeline. In further action, on a 3-2 vote, the Line 3 corridor was approved following most of...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    June 21, 2018

Carlton County declares state of emergency

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners declared a State of Emergency for portions of SE Carlton County mainly affecting county and township roads. The County Highway Transportation Department is...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    June 7, 2018

County board looks to sell building on historic registry

The Carlton County Economic Development Director Connie Christensen was instructed by the Carlton County Board of Commissioners to call for RFP’s (Request for Proposals) on the sale of the Shaw Memorial Building, now the home of the Carlton County...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    May 17, 2018

High E. coli found in area streams

“High E. coli populations (over 1,260 colony forming units) have been found with testing in the Blackhoof River, Skunk Creek, Net River (downstream from the Holyoke Park), Nemadji River and Kettle River,” reported the Manager of the Carlton...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    May 10, 2018

Carlton County considers new tobacco purchase restrictions

“Youth smoking has seen its first increase in 17 years of record keeping,” related Pat McKone, representing the American Lung Association of Duluth, at the Carlton County Committee of the Whole meeting on May 1. “Teachers say the increase is...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    May 3, 2018

Carlton County sees 'positive results' from new program

County Attorney Tom Pertler addressed the county board on the relatively new Adult Diversion Program for first-time possible felony offenders at Carlton County Board of Commissioners Adjourned Meeting on April 23. Pertler commented, “This program...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    April 19, 2018

Carlton Co. deed records to be digitized

"The deed records and some supporting documents now in bound books are going to be digitized, organized for computer access, and a safety back-up service installed to guard against a disaster," commented Kris Basilici Carlton County Recorder. "This...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    April 5, 2018

Transportation department reveals five-year plan in Carlton County

“The Carlton County Transportation Department has an ambitious five year construction program,” explained County Engineer Jinyeene Neumann at a public meeting on March 26 billed as a Five-year Capital Improvement Program. “We are now receiving...

 
 By Dan Reed    Opinion    March 29, 2018

The struggle of the 'Melting Pot'

I remember in my early school years having teachers proclaim that America is an example of a successful melting pot. They said we are a nation of immigrants, some here only a few decades, some having roots back to Colonial days. In defense of these t...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    March 22, 2018

Shortage of child protection social workers in Carlton Co.

“It takes two years of experience to make an effective child protection officer,” Director of Health and Human Services Dave Lee pointed out at a regular Carlton County board meeting on March 13. “There is a shortage of experienced child...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    March 15, 2018

County board seeks to reduce pressure on jail

Initial plans for a 14 to 16 bed male program centering on a moderate intensity treatment is being considered by the Carlton County Board of Commissioners in a local setting. The first discussion of this proposal was presented at the March 6...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    February 1, 2018

Opioid use in county among highest in state

“Opioid prescriptions are so prevalent here that it averages one prescription per resident, per year,” said attorney David Asp, an associate in the law firm of Lockridge Grindal Naunen, while he presented his firm’s participation in litigation...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    February 1, 2018

Chairperson comments on investigation

At the end of the Carlton County Board of Commissioners adjourned meeting January 22, Chairperson Sue Zmyslony read a prepared letter she had written. This followed an investigation of County Attorney Thom Pertler’s behavior and his ability to run...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    January 11, 2018

County board reorganizes, Zmyslony new board chair

Fourth District Commissioner Sue Zmyslony was elected chair of the Carlton County Board of Commissioners at the reorganizational meeting January 2. Rotating the chair position among each of the five commissioner districts has traditionally been...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    January 4, 2018

Commissioners get raise, still low compared to others

During their final meeting of 2017 on December 26, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners raised their annual salary by 2 1/2% to $23,033.80 effective for 2018. The per diem rate for meetings attended has been at $50 and no final decision on the r...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    October 19, 2017

Revenues continue to rise with sales tax

Carlton County Auditor Paul Gassert reported at the October 10 regular meeting of the Carlton County Board of Commissioners, "We had anticipated that sales tax monies for county road improvements would come in at about $1.8 million/year. Sales tax...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    September 21, 2017

County supports broadband expansion

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners agreed to sponsor a Broadband Development Grant from the Department of Employment and Economic Development on behalf of Frontier Communications at their regular board meeting September 12. According to...

 
 By Dan Reed    Local News    May 18, 2017

Free dental care available for veterans

Duane Brownie, Carlton County Veterans Service Officer, announced veterans will be able to get free dental care on a one day basis Saturday, June 24. Dentists from nearly 450 Aspen Dental-branded practices in 35 states will open their doors for...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    March 30, 2017

State revenue, utility providers go to mediation

Carlton County Commissioner Gary Peterson and county assessor Kyle Holmes attended an Enbridge presentation in Floodwood March 3 concerning Enbridge’s litigation with the Minnesota Department of Revenue over the level of property taxes paid by the...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    February 23, 2017

Public input sought on roadwork

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners set March 7, 6-7 p.m., at the transportation building (1630 County Road 61, Carlton) for a hearing to receive public input for new additions to a dedicated list of county road reconstruction projects. These...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    December 22, 2016

Enbridge continues permitting process

Enbridge Pipeline has applied for a Certificate of Need and a route permit from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) to construct a replacement pipeline in a new corridor for the old Line 3 pipeline that runs through Carlton County from...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    December 8, 2016

County to remain with Blue Cross

Finally, it’s final — for a year. After at least two months of study on insurance options, Carlton County Coordinator Dennis Genereau announced at the meeting of the Carlton County Board of Commissioners on November 28 that Blue Cross Blue Shield...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    November 10, 2016

County decides on HealthPartners

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners are expected to pick HealthPartners for county employee health coverage at a major cost savings with little change in benefits. Final approval cannot be accepted until the seven unions involved vote in favor...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    November 3, 2016

Blue Cross counters with better deal

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners continues to wrestle with county employee health insurance costs. After their last meeting in which they decided to pursue health care coverage from HealthPartners at a first year savings of $340,000 in...

 

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