Absentee voting for Thomson/Carlton
The Carlton County Auditor’s Office will be open for absentee voting for the Thomson/Carlton City Special Election during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, and until 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4. This is in addition to regular office hours.
Citizens may vote at the Carlton County Auditor’s Office, located in the Courthouse in Carlton.
Donate kids’ books to the United Way
The United Way of Carlton County is looking for lots of new and gently used books for babies to middle-school aged kids. The books will be placed on one of four special blue bookshelves (made by United Way volunteers during this year’s Day of Caring) at the following locations: Tri-Community Food Shelf in Cromwell, Salvation Army in Cloquet, Carlton Youth Shelter and Carlton Library. The Blue Bookshelf at the Carlton Library will be sponsored by the local Boy and Girl Scout troops.
To help the United Way fill these blue bookshelves, consider starting a book drive at your place of employment, or simply drop off books at the United Way office, 807 Cloquet Avenue, or at the Pine Journal, 122 Avenue C, during normal business hours. Books will be screened for quality and appropriateness before placement on “The Blue Bookshelf.” Books not appropriate for “The Blue Bookshelf,” and in good condition, will be donated to other community organizations. Call United Way Executive Director Dorine Houck at 218-879-8404 for more information.
Judge rules Band owes $10.3 million to Duluth in casino revenue
DULUTH—A U.S. District Court judge ruled Tuesday that the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa must pay the city of Duluth at least $10.3 million in casino revenue back payments.
The ruling addresses the period between late 2009 — when the band stopped paying the city under a revenue-sharing agreement involving the Fond-Du-Luth Casino — and April 2011. It does not affect money the city claims the band owes since that date.
Mayor Don Ness called the ruling by Judge Susan Nelson “an important victory for Duluth” and said he believes the final amount owed to the city will increase once interest is taken into account.
“(It) gives us confidence that the $12 million owed to the city of Duluth will be paid,” Ness said.
Karen Diver, chairwoman of the band, said she was not surprised by the ruling because Nelson had previously issued the same opinion.
Diver said her records indicate that the amount in question is just under $10.4 million, but that does not include any interest that may be applied.