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 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...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    October 20, 2016

County saves big on health insurance

A total of $340,000 a year will be saved from Carlton County employee health insurance premiums in action taken by the Carlton County commissioners at their October 11 meeting. HealthPartners was chosen tentatively, subject to union approval, as the...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    September 15, 2016

Carlton County jail eighth oldest in state

"Carlton County has the eighth oldest Class III (medium security) jail facility of the 84 jails in Minnesota, and is the oldest holding more than 35 inmates," Carlton County Sheriff's Office...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    July 7, 2016

Carlton County rehires HHS Director Dave Lee

In an unexpected move, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners at their meeting June 27 rehired Dave Lee to his old position as director of the Carlton County Health and Human Services. Lee had been hired and worked for one month as the Public...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    June 2, 2016

Carlton County bond refinancing to save money

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners authorized refinancing of two bonds used to build the Carlton County Health and Human Services building in Cloquet at their meeting on May 23. “The time is right to do this,” commented Paul Gassert,...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    May 12, 2016

Environmental concerns focus of hearings

About a dozen environmental activists and tribal band members turned out at the Black Bear Convention Center for the May 5 evening "Public Information and Environmental Document Scoping Meeting" scheduled by the Minnesota Department of Commerce...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    March 3, 2016

Collaborative accounting plan revealed

"We have met and have a plan," Carlton County Auditor/Treasurer Paul Gassert reported at the February 22 adjourned session of the Carlton County Board of Commissioners. "The Restorative Justice and truancy programs will be supervised by the county...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    January 28, 2016

Winter proves hazardous

Snowfall and slick roads Monday, January 25, lead to numerous accidents throughout the day. This car slid off the roadway on Soo Hill (Highway 73-27) in Moose Lake and was stopped by the corner of...

 

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