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 By Dan Reed    News    November 7, 2019 

Female offender programming to be explored for new jail

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to pursue Minnesota Legislative approval for the ability to levy a ½% sales tax, contingent on local voter approval, to build a new Carlton County Jail. The Minnesota Legislature has...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    October 17, 2019

Estimated price of Presidential Primary rises

Auditor/Treasurer Kathy Korteum received Carlton County Board approval to hire a part time election clerk for a job shadow of an Auditor’s clerk who is due to retire. Approval was given up to four months but Korteum said that she expected it to tak...

 

Carlton County declares State of Emergency

At an Emergency Meeting on October 1, the Carlton County Commissioners declared a State of Emergency after heavy rains in the previous two days flooded southern Carlton County with 6+ inches. Heaviest...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    October 3, 2019

Excise tax approved

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved continuing the $20 excise tax at their Adjourned meeting on September 23 after a hearing where only one comment was made from the public. Reporter and Automba Township Chair Dan Reed supported more...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    September 12, 2019

Proposed county ordinance to raise tobacco purchase to 21

For more than a year the Carlton County Board of Commissioners has heard concerns of the rising use of vaping and the negative influences on the County’s youth. Earlier this summer the County Board instructed the County Attorney to draw up a...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    August 29, 2019

Domestic violence services for Carlton County in new hands

Family Pathways is replacing Windows on October 1 to provide the domestic violence and sexual assault services of advocacy, education, outreach, and crisis line, as well as parenting time centers for supervised visitation in Carlton, Pine, and...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    August 29, 2019

Nuisance beaver control finally passes Legislature

New beaver control provisions were enacted by the Minnesota Legislature in the 2019 Session. HD 11A Representative Mike Sundin had authored the initial bill with input from Wayne Thom, a member of the Minnesota Trappers Association from Prairie Lake...

 
 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...

 

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