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Wood City festival returns to Cloquet Saturday

The Wood City Worship Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at Veterans Memorial Park in Cloquet. It’s BYOC (bring your own chair) for a full day of music and prayer. The annual... Full story

Teacher confronts board behavior

Another tumultuous week within the Wrenshall School District saw a school board member formally apologizing to one group of people, while offending another, and teachers and administrators... Full story

Fond du Lac treatment center opens

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa unveiled its new $8 million addiction recovery center in Cloquet earlier this month to a throng of well-wishers, adding a new era of residential...

History Mystery

This week's History Mystery isn't exactly a mystery, but we would love to get more information about this giant piece of history, all 5,000 pounds of it. Cloquet resident Bill Stolberg stopped by the...

Paulson too busy, resigns from board

The Thomson Township Board of Supervisors is looking for a township resident to fill a vacancy on the board following the resignation of one of its most active members. Jason Paulson announced his...

Reporter named grand marshal for Ma & Pa Kettle Days

Kettle River will be transformed Saturday, Aug. 13 as the small town celebrates the 38th year of the Ma & Pa Kettle Days celebration. Exhibitors and vendors will line both sidewalks "fair style,"... Full story

Kettle River teenager killed in Hwy 210 car crash

A 17-year-old Kettle River boy was killed last weekend after the Jeep he was driving crossed the centerline and collided with another vehicle. Sebastien Jakob Blondo was traveling east on Minnesota Highway 210 outside Aitkin when the crash occurred...

Don't fly drunk

According to last week’s Minnesota DNR report, conservation officer Jacob Willis (Brookston) recently worked ATV and angling activity and boating safety enforcement. A still-frequent violation found is the lack of personal floatation devices on...

Board approves final sales tax ballot question

The final wording for a ballot resolution related to funding a new $66.8 million justice center was approved by the Carlton County Board of Commissioners last week. Auditor/treasurer Kevin DeVriendt encouraged the action to make sure there was...

District to partner with college for student teachers

Cloquet public school board members began their meeting Monday brainstorming possible incentives to promote job growth within their district following staffing shortages and resignation letters. Signing bonuses and more benefits for part-time...

More summer fun headed our way

With Ma & Pa Kettle Days on Saturday and the Carlton County Fair starting next week, the summer celebrations are far from over. But it is beginning to wane a bit after a mad flurry of festivals, so seize the moment. Head to Kettle River tomorrow... Full story

World educators descend on tribal college starting Friday

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is welcoming Indigenous-serving educators from across the globe to showcase the college and the local Ojibwe culture from Friday, Aug. 12 through Thursday, Aug. 18. This year, FDLTCC is the hub of...

Volunteer, donate for Labor Day

Cloquet Labor Day organizers Chad Tuura and Joe Kneisel are in need of volunteers and donations to help with the events. “We would love to have people join in to make this year’s event even better,” Tuura said. Interested? Call Tuura at... Full story

Obituary: Jeff "J.O." Oien

Jeff "J.O." Oien, 70, of Carlton went out listening to his trademark top-of-the-line headphones surrounded by family. Derek, Kendra, and Kyrra joined him on his final night to swap stories with... Full story

Obituary: Dale Roger Line

Dale Roger Line, 85, of Duluth passed away Aug. 5, 2022, at St. Luke's hospital. He was born May 19, 1937, in Cromwell to James and Dorcas Line. Dale was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He worked many... Full story

Obituary: Betty Lou Krueger Batters

Betty Lou Krueger Batters, 99, of Cloquet passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at Evergreen Knoll in Cloquet. She was born in Cloquet on June 25, 1923, the daughter of Walter Johnson and Winifred... Full story

Obituary: Elizabeth "Betty" Louise Johnson

Elizabeth "Betty" Louise Johnson, 89, passed away peacefully in her home Aug. 1, 2022, after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cancer. Betty was born in her home, April 12,... Full story

Death Notices

Glada Joy Kermeen, 93, of Carlton passed away peacefully in her sleep Dec. 11, 2021, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday, Aug. 20 at Nelson Funeral Care in... Full story

Letter: Wrenshall board member highlights the positive

I am proud to serve on the Wrenshall School Board, and I would like to share a little about what is going on within the Wrenshall School. The views expressed in this letter are my own. Our district is finishing the final stage of construction on... Full story

Letter: Housing should be top priority for Congress

Whether Munter, Schultz, Welty, or Stauber wins the 8th District Congressional race, the winner should focus on housing. The home mortgage tax exemption has been the great engine of Middle Class prosperity for the past 70 years. I suggest these... Full story

Our View: Thumbs up, down

THUMBS UP to everyone who worked at or voted in Tuesday’s primary election. Voting is the cornerstone of democracy and works best when people actually vote (and of course, when voters are educated on the issues or candidates). Kudos to all of you... Full story

Esko Junior Legion team takes third at state

The Esko Junior Legion baseball team had a strong performance in the Minnesota State Junior Legion baseball tournament held last week in Ely. Esko went 2-1 and finished in third place in the... Full story

With Twins on the podium, it was time

Cloquet resident Ron Tondryk has been a Minnesota Twins fan as far back as he can remember. He has framed autographed pictures of 1960s Twins stars Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew and Tony Oliva in his... Full story

LaCrosse Champs

The LAX North JV lacrosse team won the Championship of Summer tournament in Maple Grove Aug. 3-4. The LAX North team - consisting of high school players from Carlton County, Proctor, and Hermantown -... Full story

MN Wilderness hire associate head coach

The final piece of the Minnesota Wilderness coaching staff puzzle is in place with the hiring of Brett Skinner as associate head coach. Skinner is a Brandon, Manitoba, native who has been the assistant coach of the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL... Full story

Burkholder 5K draws a crowd

Cool temperatures and overcast skies greeted runners on Saturday morning for the 25th running of the Kristin Burkholder 5K run/walk in Esko. "We had 178 finishers this year," said race director Randi... Full story

Photos: Esko Fun Days celebrates school, community

Esko added a whole new layer to its annual Esko Fun Days celebration, by inviting every single graduate of the 102-year-old school to come back next week for an all-school reunion. Work toward... Full story

Classic cars cruise to cloquet

Gordy's annual Curbside Classic car show drew a full parking lot and long lines of customers and classic car enthusiasts on Thursday night, Aug. 4, with more than 150 cars cruising to the popular...

Kettle River News

Thank you to the members of the city council, city employees, fire department and police and anyone else who worked so hard putting together the National Night Out event in Kettle River. About 100 people attended, and roughly 20 children got rides...

Wright/Cromwell news

Recently, I spent four hours going through and organizing all the Cromwell-Wright yearbooks (formerly known as “The Cromwellian”) I have collected over the years. To my surprise, I have four file...

Photos: Wrenshall builds Brickyard Days anew

Wrenshall residents came together to celebrate Brickyard Days Friday and Saturday. It was hectic, but it's worth it, Phyllis Rousseau said. "Every town has something, a community gathering, where you... Full story

Ma and Pa Kettle Days schedule

Head to Kettle River Saturday for some small-town fun. The street fair runs 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Expect at least 30 exhibitors. Enjoy homemade pie, ice cream and something to drink from noon to 2 p.m. at the senior citizens building next to... Full story

Music, pollinators take center stage at Honey Bee Festival

There was magic in the air at the Oldenburg House last weekend, along with plenty of music. Revelers could find a jazz quartet and a mermaid at the pool, a maypole and dancing, riotous music under... Full story

Life comes full circle for newest Eagle Scouts

Matthew Mangan has always been interested in pollinators. In elementary school, his second-grade teacher, Cathy Rikkola, now retired, had Washington students raise caterpillars into butterflies using... Full story

Election ushers in new tech

Low voter turnout and new voting machines led to a speedy turnaround for Carlton County election results in Tuesday's primary election. County elections staff were finished tallying the votes by... Full story

Korby's Connections: A fishing tale from far away

While visiting Finland to see my spouse's cousin, Outi, and her husband, Timo Paukkio, we traveled to the Paukkio summer cottage/cabin in southwestern Finland. The Paukkios hand-built the five... Full story

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