Annexation process for Carlton County Justice Center moves forward

The City of Carlton voted Oct. 13 to approve the annexation of land in the Twin Lakes Township to be used for the site of the new Carlton County justice Center.

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Carlton County Courthouse in Carlton. 2019 file / Pine Journal
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The Carlton City Council voted to approve the annexation of the 28-acre piece of land in Twin Lakes Township for the use of the planned Carlton County Justice Center.

While this moves the process forward, the city of Carlton did submit a letter of understanding to the county, stating the city will not be responsible for maintenance of the new justice center and confirming the county will still have a presence in the current courthouse.

Carlton City Clerk and Treasurer Carol Conway said the process will be official once county officials sign the letter. Should they have amendments or changes it would require city officials to review them during a city council meeting.

Once the annexation has been finalized on the city of Carlton’s end, it will then be Twin Lakes Township’s turn to weigh in. Conway said because it is an orderly annexation, the same resolution will go before the township.



  • Consultant lays out financing options for Carlton County Justice Center The Carlton County Board of Commissioners and county staff learned more about options for financing the justice center project.

  • Carlton County officials answer public questions on proposed justice center During a public information meeting Tuesday, Oct. 12, Carlton County officials gave an update on the justice center projects and answered questions from the public.

Dylan covers the local governments of Cloquet and Carlton County, as well as the Esko and Wrenshall school boards for the Cloquet Pine Journal.
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