Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Dan Reed
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Carlton County Board reorganizes, Bodie new Chair


January 9, 2020

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 year and this is Bodie’s second tenure in that position.

Commissioner Tom Proulx of Cloquet was elected Vice-Chair of the Board and will also serve as the Chair of the Committee of the Whole each month. Commissioner Gary Peterson was elected Vice-Chair of the Committee of the Whole in the rotation cycle.

At this reorganizational meeting the official newspaper to print County legals is chosen from those submitting a quote. The Moose Lake Star-Gazette and the Pine Knot News submitted a joint, combined bid at $13. Minnesota State Statute finds an acceptable legal publisher to be a qualified newspaper that has its primary office in Carlton County. Both newspapers fit that concern.

Editor of the Pine Knot News Jana Peterson explained that the legals can be found on the newspaper’s online site. Land Commissioner Greg Bernu and Zoning and Environmental Services Administrator Heather Cunningham both confirmed they put out their notices in both newspapers and the local shoppers. All notices are found on the Carlton County website.

The Commissioners unanimously approved the combined Star-Gazette-Pine Knot bid, citing the coverage over the whole County warranted the extra expense.

Final passage and authorization of the Tobacco Ordinance is still in the air. Owner Lance Line of the Cromwell Gas Station came to state his concern that the new ordinance would impact any sales of menthol products and would force his customers to buy the product in Moose Lake or Cloquet and then they would buy all the other products they need there rather than in Cromwell. He pointed out that this ordinance would affect adults that had smoked or chewed menthol products for decades.

The County Board decided to have further discussion on the Tobacco Ordinance during the Committee of the Whole meeting on February 4 at 4 PM.


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