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 By Dan Reed    News    August 22, 2019 

County Auditor/Treasurer becomes an appointive position

With little public input the Carlton County Commissioners unanimously voted to change the Office of Auditor/Treasurer from elected to appointed. Clarence Badger of rural Cloquet was the only one to address the County Board during the hearing and was...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    August 22, 2019 

Changes continue at County Extension Service

Longtime head of the Minnesota Extension Service in Carlton County, Troy Salzer, has left and is now employed in St. Louis County, handling Extension Services education for farmers and guiding 4-H activities. At present he has no by-products...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    August 1, 2019

Funding method approved for Barnum garage upgrade

Carlton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to upgrade the Barnum Transportation Garage and attach a large addition to create a 50,000 sq. foot plus facility. Modern road equipment is considerably longer than the needs of the current 1970s style...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    July 18, 2019

County Board holds hearing on new Barnum Garage funding

About a dozen citizens attended the hearing on funding a new Carlton County Transportation garage in Barnum on Tuesday, July 9, held during the regular meeting of the Carlton County Board of Commissioners. The need for additional space at the Barnum...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    June 27, 2019

Carlton County tax base continues to rise

Few Carlton County taxpayers attended the Local Boards of Review to contest, or at least ask questions, about their estimated market value for the buildings and land they own. Land values continue to improve with a typical 40 acre piece valued at...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    June 27, 2019

New Jail option to be presented in August

BKV, the consulting group handling the architectural and engineering design for the proposed new Carlton County Jail, will present their recommendations in early August. Three options are being considered and the costs and impact on County programs...

 
 By Dan Reed    Local News    June 20, 2019

Hearing on July 9 for funding a new Barnum Shop

A new/renovated shop building is needed at the Carlton County Transportation Center in Barnum with estimates running as high as $10 million for renovation/addition construction. At the June 11 Regular Session of the Carlton County Commissioners, the...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    June 6, 2019

Jail construction plans continue to unfold

A request for a proposal (RFP) for a new Carlton County Jail has been approved by the Carlton County Board of Commissioners as the new jail planning continues to unfold. The vote was 4-1 with Commissioner Tom Proulx voting nay. “This action by the...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    May 23, 2019

Negotiations stall between AFSCME & County Board

The contract with the union AFSCME Local 2750 expired December 31, 2018 and those Carlton County employees have been working without a contract since then. It appears health care funding for retirees has been the sticking point. Negotiations have...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    May 9, 2019

Carlton waterline to Junction passes Minnesota House

The Minnesota House of Representatives, guided by Representative Mike Sundin and Representative Mary Murphy (Chair of the House Bonding Committee), passed a $9 million bonding proposal for the construction of the waterline from the City of Carlton...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    May 2, 2019

County Board moves to proceed with new jail

After several studies and countless meetings, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners voted to proceed with final plans for a new jail construction. The size of the jail, the total cost of the project, the location of the building, and the means...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    April 18, 2019

Impact of utility tax court cases continues to unfold

Per a press release from the Chair of the Carlton County Board of Commissioners Dick Brenner posted April 12, 2019, the Great Lakes Transmission and Enbridge Energy Southern Lights Line Pollution Control Exemption 2018 cases have been finalized and...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    April 11, 2019

Sale tax funding makes impact on County road system

“The ½ % sales tax dedicated to County road upgrades has made a huge impact,” observed Assistant County Highway Engineer Milt Hagen at the Carlton County Committee of the Whole on April 2. “I have been working for the Carlton County Transporta...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    April 4, 2019

30 unit apartment building financed for City of Carlton

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved $174,000 in Carlton County Economic Development funding to complete a funding package for a 30-unit residential apartment building to be built in the City of Carlton by Willows Edge LLC at their...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    March 21, 2019

New landfill hauling contract saves $92,000 this year, $184,000 next year

“Hauling costs for the Superior, Wisconsin landfill have been bid openly for several years,” explained Heather Cunningham, administrator for Zoning and Environmental Services, at the Carlton County Board of Commissioners meeting on March 12. “O...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    March 7, 2019

Salt stockpile for County roads is down

This has been one of our old style winters with lots of snow and at times high winds. Locals complain of the inconvenience of it all – slippery roads, poor snow plow service, and high heating bills...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    February 21, 2019

Sheriff, County Attorney first in the state

"Our Sheriff and County Attorney have made history,' explained County Coordinator Dennis Genereau. "This is the first time in Minnesota history when a County's law enforcement leaders are both women....

 
 By Dan Reed    News    February 21, 2019

Holmes, Thell testify at hearing for utility tax abatement legislation

Commissioner Mark Thell and Assessor Kyle Holmes spoke to the Carlton County Board of Commissioners on Feb. 12 about their appearance at a hearing at the State Legislature in support of State of...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    February 14, 2019

Cloquet City Hall transfer to County on track

“Our goal continues to be a building for County occupancy with little cost to the County taxpayer,” observed County Coordinator Dennis Genereau at the Carlton County Committee of the Whole meeting on February 5. “Cloquet officials still say...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    February 7, 2019

Primary election costs Carlton County over $50,000

“Why do the costs for a special primary and special election fall solely on the local Counties and townships involved?” asked Carlton County Gary Peterson at the Adjourned Session of the County Board on January 28th. “The State of Minnesota...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    January 17, 2019

Brenner new chair of county board

A year goes by and it is now time again for the Carlton County Board of Commissioners to reorganize and elect new chairs and vice-chairs for the Board and the Committee of the Whole and assign Commissioner committee assignments. Following a tradition...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    January 10, 2019

Great River Energy to pay less in Carlton County

Another Minnesota Tax Court settlement has come down with several large utility interests such as Enbridge still to be finalized. Word has come that Great Rivers Energy utility will now be assessed less for their line that crosses western Carlton...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    December 20, 2018

County board agrees to waterline expansion

“The stars are in alignment,” commented Twin Lakes Township Chairperson Diane Felde-Fink at the Carlton County Regular County Board meeting on December 11. “We are now preparing for our proposal for the State Bonding Bill.” The Highway 210...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    December 13, 2018

Carlton County Board seeks space for third courtroom

“Let us see if 6th District Chief Judge Tarnowski would be open to having a courtroom established in the purchased current Cloquet City Hall boardroom,” stated Chair of the Committee of the Whole Commissioner Dick Brenner at their December 4...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    December 6, 2018

Carlton County snowplowing policy draws phone calls

Commissioner Gary Peterson opened a discussion about the newly implemented County Transportation Policy for opening private driveways at the Adjourned Session of the Carlton County Board on November 26. Peterson had received some calls from...

 

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