Supervisor resigns as Thomson Township resets appointment process
The Thomson Township Board of Supervisors is once again accepting applications for an open seat on the board. In an effort to self-correct after the Minnesota Department of Administration ruled this month that the board violated open meeting law... Full story
Trio of fires strike Cloquet
Fire crews with the Cloquet Area Fire District had a busy 30-hour window last week, dealing with three fire calls starting at 5 p.m. Thursday and ending with a third at 11 p.m. Friday. The most serious fire call came in at about 3:30 on Friday,...
Attorney finds her place in county office | A Q&A with a public defender
Thirty years ago, when Joanna Wiegert was entering the legal profession, having graduated from Valparaiso University, she found Duluth. An outdoors enthusiast, Wiegert found that Duluth was smaller... Full story
Ruling: Thomson Township Board broke state open meeting law
The Thomson Township board of supervisors violated open meeting law in September when it used closed session to trim candidates for appointment to the board, the state Department of Administration ruled last week. “The board did not identify any... Full story
Woman rescued after crash into pond
A 58-year-old Grand Lake Township resident was rescued Tuesday morning after she lost control of her vehicle on a slippery roadway and crashed into a pond. Tammy Shelton was driving on the 5200 block of Munger Shaw Road in Grand Lake Township when...
Rising police costs part of 6.23% levy increase in Cloquet
Two property owners addressed the Cloquet City Council on Tuesday about substantial property tax increases. Marty Hill said he was still suffering from sticker shock after seeing his taxes climb by 25 percent from this year to next, without any...
Wanted: a new Ward 3 councilor
The city of Cloquet is accepting applications to fill the Ward 3 Cloquet City Council seat for the next two years, with plans for interviews in mid-January. Applicants must reside within Ward 3 — which lies in the area between Highway 33 and 14th... Full story
UPDATED: Board appoints familiar face as supervisor
Editor's note: On Dec. 8, appointee David Sunnarborg resigned his new position so the board could rewind its selection process after the Minnesota Department of Administration ruled that they had violated open meeting law when they illegally closed...
Nurses have an agreement
The Minnesota Nurses Association and more than a dozen hospitals in the Twin Cities area and Duluth reported tentative agreements on new three-year labor contracts Tuesday, averting a walkout by thousands of nurses that was scheduled to start...
Age to age program links generations
The Northland Foundation was recently awarded a federal grant of $500,000 over two years to support intergenerational programming in northeast Minnesota, leveraging the foundation’s “AGE to age” program which brings generations together in...
At one festival site, magic of the season
Bonnie DeBondt and her husband, Bill, brought their two youngest grandchildren to Santa's Home for the Holidays festivities on Saturday in Cloquet. The children, Karsyn DeBondt, 7, and her cousin...
Welcome ho, ho, home Santa
It was cold, but Cloquet's Santa's Home For the Holidays celebration last week was a warm embrace of the season with a flurry of activity, including the Saturday night parade downtown with Santa and... Full story
Obituary: Dennis R. Mattinen
Dennis R. Mattinen passed away Nov. 29, 2022. He was born on May 13, 1945, in Cloquet to Carl Hjalmer and Hilma (Esala) Mattinen. Shortly after graduating from high school, Denny enlisted in the U.S.... Full story
Obituary: John Spencer "Tony" Rogentine
John Spencer "Tony" Rogentine, 89, passed away Nov. 29, 2022, in Duluth. He was born in Cloquet on Aug. 25, 1933, to John "Toge" and Eula Rogentine. After graduating from high school in 1951, Tony... Full story
Obituary: Mary H. Waller
Mary Helen (Eves) Waller, of Carlton and Cloquet, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, at the age of 89. She was born on Nov. 14, 1933, to Arthur C. and Helen (McKay) Eves and grew up in... Full story
Obituary: Beth M. Terp
Beth Marianna Terp, 71, of Cloquet passed away in her home Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. She was born May 22, 1951, in Duluth, the daughter of Edward and Beatrice (Ehrman) Johnson. Beth graduated from... Full story
Obituary: Kevin L. Locke
Kevin L. Locke, 65, of Duluth died from cancer on Nov. 18, 2022. The son of Fred and Anna Marie (née Lemieux) Locke, Kevin was born Aug. 15, 1957, in Cass Lake. Kevin was preceded in death by his... Full story
Obituary: Maria Mae Schroeder
Maria Mae Schroeder, 89, of Cloquet and formerly of McGregor, passed away on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, in Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. She was born in Durbin, North Dakota on Jan. 19, 1933, to... Full story
Our view: No hesitation in Cloquet's holidays
The many huddled paradegoers along Cloquet Avenue last Saturday evening came for the annual Santa’s Home for the Holidays finale of fireworks. But they also collectively told a story about Cloquet. It’s one of a community rich in its...
Keep Cherokee promise
On Nov. 16, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement claiming “the House Democratic Caucus will continue to explore a path toward welcoming a delegate from the Cherokee Nation into the People’s House,” which could finally address one of...
Wilderness are riding high as key player leaves
A stellar week found the Minnesota Wilderness atop the standings, while saying a temporary goodbye to one of the team's premier playmakers. Defenseman Gustavs Ozolins will play Friday's game in... Full story
Carlton outduels rival Wrenshall
Carlton and Wrenshall opened their respective high school girls basketball seasons last Thursday, Dec. 1 in Wrenshall with the Bulldogs coming away with a 58-30 win over the Wrens. "I was pretty... Full story
Wrestling history is made
Girls-only match is a Cloquet first The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton wrestling team hosted a triangular with Proctor/Hermantown and Mille Lacs Tuesday at Cloquet High School. The 'Jacks dropped the opener... Full story
Candy shop collects coats, offering sleigh rides
Sweetly Kismet Candy Store, of Carlton, and Top Hat Carriage Service, a tour operator in Canal Park, are working together to gather adult and teenage winter gear for local homeless shelters. New or gently used winter jackets, snow pants, or boots... Full story
Loaner skates available
Cloquet Community Education has skates to loan for children and adults at no cost, either for the weekend or the season. To get skates, stop in the office located at the Cloquet Middle School, door No. 2, during business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30... Full story
Take 'Beach' survey
Cloquet Community Education is seeking input for the Beach at Pinehurst Park. There is a short four-question survey which can be filled out online, or in person at the office at Cloquet Middle School, door No. 2. Those who complete the survey and... Full story
No parking overnight during winter months
Winter parking is in effect now through March, so don’t leave your cars parked on the streets of Cloquet overnight. According to city code, cars cannot be parked on the streets or in alleys between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. from Nov. 1...