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...
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...
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
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
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
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
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...
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