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MnDOT invites public to comment on rules governing Special Transportation Services providers

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking public comments on existing rules for Special Transportation Services providers that serve the elderly or disabled, or provide nonemergency medical transportation services paid for with public fun...

 
 By Press Release    News    February 6, 2020

Culverts win County praise

Members of the County and Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) earned recognition for 2019 through their efforts on culverts over the past several years. Starting with the County, the Carlton Department of Transportation (DOT) team...

 
 By Press Release    News    February 6, 2020

If the Dress Fits is coming to Barnum

The Duluth, MN based nonprofit, If the Dress Fits, is proud to announce after years of giving away hundreds of prom dresses they are embarking on a northern Minnesota free prom dress giveaway tour. Du...

 
 By Press Release    News    February 6, 2020

Blood donors needed to support community hospitals

The need for blood is constant, but the supply is not. Every two seconds, someone needs blood – whether it’s heart transplant and cancer patients, or accident victims and premature babies. Our hospital partners rely on the generosity of...

 

February should be closer to normal than January

Another Groundhog Day has come and gone and this year, Punxsutawney Phil predicts a short winter and a rapidly approaching spring. Of course, Phil's accuracy rate is 39%. Coin flips are 50% accurate and one of the famous almanacs has a 52% rating so...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    January 30, 2020

County Jail's days are numbered

After the yearly inspection by the State Corrections Inspector on January 9, 2020 of the Carlton County Jail facility and daily operations, the final report included plans to recommend to the Commissioner of Corrections that a Sunset Authorization...

 
 By Press Release    News    January 30, 2020

Minnesota dentists offering free dental care for over 2,000 children in need February 7 & 8

Minnesota dentists are offering free dental care to children in need on February 7 and 8, 2020. Appointments can be booked now. The Minnesota Dental Association (MDA) has over 1,200 dental professionals volunteering at nearly 100 clinics across the...

 
 By Mike Gainor    News    January 30, 2020

Help judge the Highway 61 Film Festival in 2020

The Highway 61 Film Festival is seeking a few good judges to pick the festival winners in 2020. With scores of films submitted to the festival this year from filmmakers around the world, organizers are looking to send the very best ones to their...

 
 By Press Release    News    January 30, 2020

Master gardeners honored at awards night

Thirty-Five University of Minnesota Extension Pine County Master Gardeners volunteered 2,679 hours and put in 444 education hours in 2019. They were honored at their Awards Night and Dinner at Osprey...

 
 By Press Release    News    January 23, 2020

Nearly 11 percent of Minnesotans are REAL ID ready

While more Minnesotans are now REAL ID ready, there are about 3.7 million Minnesota license holders who will need to decide if they need a REAL ID or other acceptable form of identification before the federal deadline of Oct. 1, 2020. Approximately...

 
 By Press Release    News    January 23, 2020

FROSTBITE: SERIOUS COLDWEATHER RISK

Cold weather conditions are the most common cause of frostbite, although direct contact with ice, frozen metal or very cold liquids can also lead to frostbite. Trench foot is a type of tissue damage b...

 
 By Press Release    News    January 23, 2020

Minnesota lakes and streams need a low-salt diet

As the snow and ice arrive, so does the recurring battle to manage paved surfaces. Salt – used to de-ice our paved surfaces – is commonly over-applied. We scatter an estimated 445,000 tons of chloride-laden salt in Minnesota each year. More than...

 
 By Press Release    News    January 23, 2020

New electronic monitoring law now in effect

Elderly and vulnerable adults now have the right to conduct electronic monitoring, such as with a camera or video streaming device, thanks to a law passed by the 2019 Legislature. The legislation was the most significant reform to state law for...

 
 By Press Release    News    January 23, 2020

Lifestyle choices may help glaucoma patients preserve eye sight

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss, affecting about 3 million people in the United States. Because there are no symptoms early on, about half of people with the disease don’t know they have it. Once vision is lost to glaucoma, it...

 
 By Press Release    News    January 16, 2020

Funding available for specialty crops

Organizations that benefit Minnesota fruit, vegetable, and other specialty crop producers can apply for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grants through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) by 4...

 
 By Press Release    News    January 16, 2020

Northland Foundation Board of Trustees seeking new members

Press Release The Northland Foundation has announced that its Board of Trustees seeks to elect new trustees at its June 2020 meeting. Interested individuals living in northeastern Minnesota within the boundaries of the Foundation’s service area...

 
 By Mike Gainor    News    January 16, 2020

Deputy Neel passes away after entering hospice

The family of Ben Neel said farewell on the evening of Jan. 8, soon after the longtime Pine County deputy and K9 officer went into hospice care. Neel, 37, had been in a coma since early December,...

 
 By Press Release    News    January 16, 2020

Safety hazards peaked during Great Lakes high water

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, strongly urges individuals to use caution around Great Lakes structures and to be aware of safety hazards resulting from high water levels. Many accidents and incidents near harbor structures occur...

 
 By Press Release    News    January 9, 2020

Fatal snowmobile crashes trend up

Conservation officers from the Department of Natural Resources are reminding all snowmobile riders to make safety their priority as the number of fatal crashes around the state has trended upward the...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    January 9, 2020

Carlton County Board reorganizes, Bodie new Chair

Commissioner Marv Bodie from Thomson Township was tapped as the new Chair of the Carlton County Board of Commissioners at their reorganizational meeting on January 7, 2020. The Chair position is rotated among the five commissioner districts each...

 
 By Press Release    News    January 9, 2020

Carlton County Rural Child Care Innovation Program – community input requested

Carlton County has been accepted into the Rural Child Care Innovation Program (RCCIP), a community engagement process designed to address the challenges of child care in rural areas through the lens of economic development. This program is led by...

 
 By Press Release    News    January 9, 2020

Esko resident awarded Sheriffs' Association Scholarship

Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake is pleased to announce the local awardee of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association Scholarship Program for 2019. The association awards scholarships each year to individ...

 
 By Press Release    News    January 9, 2020

Annual treecycling locations

Carlton County residents are encouraged to recycle their fresh-cut Christmas trees during Treecycling, a free program with drop-off locations throughout the region. Christmas trees, like yard waste, are banned from landfills in Minnesota. Dispose of...

 

Using Drones to Combat Noxious Weeds

Noxious weeds, characterized by their aggressive behavior, continue to be an increasing problem throughout the United States. Early detection is critical in order to contain and/or eradicate an...

 
 By Staff Report    News    January 9, 2020

Family, community mourn as Pine County deputy goes on hospice

After a months-long battle to recover his health, including brain surgery, Pine County Deputy Ben Neel was expected to enter hospice care on Wednesday, Jan. 8. A lifelong resident of Pine County, Neel is a graduate of Hinckley-Finlayson High School...

 

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