Voters in Carlton County blew away the 2016 primary election in terms of turnout, with a total of 6,767 people casting votes Tuesday, Aug. 14, versus approximately 1,400 two years ago.
There are a lot of candidates on the ballot for this year's primary election Aug. 14, Cloquet has two City Council races and a mayor's race in the primary, and the District 4 county commissioner race has five candidates. This is also the first election in Minnesota since 1978 that both U.S. Senate seats and the governorship are up for election in the same year.
"I thought I should tell my story," Smalley said. "I wanted to tell the kids and parents and community that I didn't quit. I wasn't walking out because I made a mistake." When asked whether Smalley was pressured, Cloquet Schools Superintendent Michael Cary said administration always shares its intentions with individual coaches or other extracurricular staff before going to the board, adding that it's common practice to give someone a chance to resign.
This story is the longer version of the print one in the Pine Journal
More than 100 years ago, there were actually two settlements on the site of the current city of Kettle River. Everything north of the Soo Line was called Finland, established by mostly Finnish settlers. Many Polish settlers lived on the other side of the railroad tracks; they called their town Kettle River. Just before the fires of 1918, the two communities consolidated.
Koski, the executive director of the REACH mentoring program, said he is running for several reasons: to be a voice for youth and bring a younger person's perspective to the council, to be a voice for people and to act as a mediator in difficult situations. "Mediation is a skill that I have developed in my job, working with parents and kids and mentors, trying to get people to come to common ground," he said. "I don't get too worked up over things. Even if I'm passionate about things, I can still relay information respectfully and not belittle people if we don't agree."
In front of a standing-room-only crowd Monday morning, Cloquet School Board members voted unanimously not to renew the contract of boys varsity hockey coach Kevin Smalley.
"The Fond du Lac membership has a right to sign a petition to remove an RBC member," RBC Chairman Kevin Dupuis said in the statement. "Once we receive a petition, the RBC has a process that it needs to follow. We followed that process and reached our decision." Petition spokesperson Brian Bosto estimated there were close to 75 people at Northrup's hearing in the gymnasium.
Six residents applied to serve for the remainder of the year. After a council vote tied, Mayor Dave Hallback appointed Barb Wyman to finish the rest of 2018 Now, four of those same six candidates are running in the special election to serve the last two years of Bailey's term.
"Having meaningful discussion with Wrenshall (school district) is probably our best option of surviving and maintaining an identity," said one of the community advisers, as each table offered up two ideas discussed among the group. The June 26 community visioning meeting was another step in the ongoing process of trying to gather input from community members and school district staff regarding their vision for the education of Carlton students. <