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Cloquet implements mask mandate

With local health care leaders asking for help and a Mayo Clinic data scientist predicting a peak in Omicron Covid cases in the next two weeks, Mayor Roger Maki declared a local emergency due to the... Full story

Order free Covid tests

Households in the U.S. can order one set of four free at-home tests from, courtesy of the federal government. Go to to order. Here’s what you need to know about your order: • Limit one order per... Full story

Free booster clinic available

Carlton County Public Health and Human Services will hold a free Moderna booster clinic 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 in the second-floor conference room at the Carlton County Community Services Building, 14 N. 11th St., Cloquet. Registration... Full story

Alleged road rage leads to hit and run

Cloquet police issued a press release Tuesday that a "dispute over parking issues" led to "road rage," leaving a Cloquet man in critical condition Saturday. Cloquet police responded to a 911 call of... Full story

Family home, belongings lost in Esko fire

A house and garage in Thomson Township were destroyed in a fire Sunday morning. According to a Carlton County Sheriff's Office press release, fire crews were called to 21 Ridge Road north of Esko at... Full story

Man found guilty of 'heinous' sexual assaults

After nearly seven hours of deliberation and close to five days of testimony, a Carlton County jury returned guilty verdicts on all but one kidnapping charge for a Scanlon man accused of rape,...

County K-9 is just 'part of the family' now

It had been three weeks since he'd been at work, and K-9 Roman practically danced from the squad car to the back door of the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center Friday. Once inside, he got busy... Full story

Budget crunching begins in Carlton

The heavy lifting on cutting away the Carlton school district’s million-dollar budget hole will begin in meetings in February, but the school board on Tuesday showed signs that those cuts will sting — especially for those seeking activities...

After protests, courts enter fray

Protests and social media posts alleging abuse of up to 10 Native American children at two local foster care homes have been seen and heard. Fond du Lac Band attorney Scott Buchanan filed a petition...

Parties ready for caucus meetings

November may seem a long time away, but the first steps toward the next election are already happening with political candidates announcing their decisions to run or not, and precinct caucuses next...

Wright/Cromwell news

The Father-Daughter dance is back. This year’s dance is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Cromwell Park Pavilion. Tickets: $20 per couple, $5 for each additional girl, in advance; at the door: $25 and...

CAFD meetings are going virtual

Hot on the heels of the Cloquet City Council decision to go to remote meetings due to the high number of Covid cases, the Cloquet Area Fire District Board is also going remote. Residents can still attend meetings online or via telephone. To join...

FDL election filings open

Candidate filings for the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee positions of secretary/treasurer and Committeeperson District II (Sawyer) opened Jan. 14 and will close at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Band members may file with the sec...

Obituary: Bernice "Da Da" Ostoff

Bernice "Da Da" Ostoff, 84, of Cloquet, passed away with peace on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at Augustana Care Health and Rehabilitation in Moose Lake.She was the youngest of 18 siblings, the daughter... Full story

Obituary: Russell C. Johnson

Russell C. Johnson, 88, of Moose Lake died Jan. 18, 2022, at Augustana Moose Lake Village after a short illness. Russell was born Dec. 21, 1933, to Selma (Anderson) and John E. Johnson at home, east... Full story

Obituary: Leo James Sell

Leo James Sell, 57, of Edmond, Oklahoma passed away Jan. 15, 2022. He was born on July 12, 1964 in Cloquet to Robert and Virginia (Bryant) Sell. Leo spent his childhood in Carlton, where he met and... Full story

Obituary: Carolyn Marjorie (Huisinger) Lehikoinen

Carolyn Marjorie (Huisinger) Lehikoinen, 89, passed away in her home Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. She was born Sept. 17, 1932, in Ivanhoe, Minnesota to Richard "Dick" and Kate (Woltjer) Huisinger. She... Full story

Obituary: Thomas "Tommy" R. Rosen

Thomas "Tommy" Richard Rosen, 58, of Cloquet passed away Jan. 12, 2022, at his home. He was born March 25, 1963, in Duluth, the son of Robert G. and Aletha E. (Schmidt) Rosen. Tommy graduated from... Full story

Obituary: Leslie Gayle (Ward) Schermerhorn

Leslie Gayle (Ward) Schermerhorn, 57, lost her battle with cancer on Dec. 20, 2021, wrapped in the arms of her husband Arlan Schermerhorn and daughter Brionna (Scott) Lentner. Service will be held at... Full story

Harry's Gang: What would we do?

I wonder what would happen if hundreds of strangers suddenly got stranded in Cloquet. Maybe a huge blizzard hits while we’re hosting a big hockey tournament? Or tragedy strikes on a summer Sunday... Full story

Our View: Consider doing more in 2022

It’s been a while since John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address inspired children and adults to see the importance of civic action and public service. “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country,” he said,...

Ski jumping, racing take over park

Saturday dawned cold and clear with just a light wind puffing some fresh snow out of the trees at Pine Valley in Cloquet. Mid-January turned out to be a perfect time for ski jumping. By the time the... Full story

Seattle picks up Esko's Karson Kuhlman

Former Lumberjacks and University of Minnesota Duluth star Karson Kuhlman faced a bad news, good news scenario this week. On Sunday, Kuhlman found out he was being put on waivers by the Boston... Full story

Ski team stays busy with plenty of snow

The Lumberjacks boys and girls alpine ski team has been busy this season, and the pace didn't slow down Monday when the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton competed in an eight-team meet at Mont du Lac Resort.... Full story

Wilderness get sweep with bolstered special teams

“Good special teams play” is a phrase that hasn’t been attached to the Minnesota Wilderness very much this season. The club entered its game Saturday vs. the Minnesota Magicians in the bottom 10 of the NAHL’s power-play and penalty kill... Full story

Wrenshall splits with Cromwell-Wright

The second time was a charm Tuesday for the Wrenshall boys basketball team as they raced out to a 16-point halftime lead that eventually turned into a 63-49 home victory over Cromwell-Wright. The win... Full story

Lumberjacks fall short in Hermantown

A slow first half doomed the Cloquet boys basketball team last Thursday in a 96-80 road loss to Hermantown. The Lumberjacks struggled to keep pace and fell behind by 16 at the break, then rallied,... Full story

Young reaches 1,000-point mark

This past week the Cloquet girls basketball team has notched wins over Esko, Crosby-Ironton, Hermantown and Barnum. The 'Jacks are an impressive 12-3 on the season and have not lost since losing the... Full story

Talented Esko boys team aims for state

Esko boys basketball finds itself at the midpoint of the season with a stellar 10-2 record. The highflying Eskomos have scored an average of 78 points a game while allowing an average of just 59... Full story

The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Jan. 13 Girls Basketball Cloquet-57 Hermantown-49 South Ridge-53 Floodwood-25 Cromwell-Wright-66 Two Harbors-45 Mesabi East-70 MLWR-62 Boys Basketball Hermantown-96 Cloquet-78 Lakeview Christian Ac.-78 Wrenshall-58 Esko-88 Superior-77... Full story

Sports Schedule

Friday, Jan. 21 Boys hockey CEC vs. Rock Ridge, 7:30 MLA at Lake of the Woods, 6 Boys basketball Esko at ML/WR, 7:15 Carlton vs. Floodwood, 7:15 Barnum vs. Two Harbors, 7:15 Cromwell-Wright at Silver Bay, 6:15 South Ridge vs. Cook County, 6:30... Full story

On The Mark: Music and dancing bring joy to center

Last week, residents of Cromwell's Cardinal Court and Villa Vista care complex were treated to the rousing music of Florian Chmielewski's accordion and his banter between numbers. Lots of laughter,...

Stutter steps in pandemic marathon

Test your short-term memory with this last installment of the 2021 year in review, covering September through December. It includes the continuing waves of Covid-19 spread and some wins in the “back to normal” department, including the return... Full story

Sliding adventures of the Scanlon Rottensnots

As I recently watched young, smiling kids riding down the snow-covered hill at Cloquet's Pinehurst Park, I thought back to the great times the "Scanlon Rottensnots" had sliding in "the pines" in the... Full story

Lone Wolf

Reader Mike Farmer recently captured this black wolf, a rarity in the wild. While technically simply a "black-colored" gray wolf, it is estimated the percentage of them found in wolf populations is... Full story

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