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Lab testing confirms state's first Omicron Covid case

Infected Minnesota resident recently returned from domestic travel; variant was found through MDH variant surveillance program, which is one of the strongest surveillance programs in the nation The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced... Full story

Covid takes mother, son

"You don't think something will happen that fast," said Chad Laine. He explains how quickly his brother's Covid-19 infection progressed from something Connor was hoping he could sleep off in a few... Full story

CAFD Chief job is in limbo

After less than a year on the job, Cloquet Area Fire District chief Matt Ashmore has been placed on paid administrative leave by the CAFD board and is fighting to keep his job. Ashmore defended... Full story

Board gets a look at new jail cell option

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners examined a model jail cell as part of a regular meeting on Nov. 22. The board met in the Carlton County Transportation building and a jail cell was mounted...

Fire district issues heat up

There is drama in the Cloquet Area Fire District. The status of the fire chief is uncertain, and recent board meetings have included debates over a large tax increase for ambulance district residents... Full story

Guilty plea in friend shooting

A Cloquet area man who accidentally shot his friend almost a year ago pleaded guilty last week to second-degree manslaughter. Joseph James Fohrenkam, 19, pleaded guilty in Duluth Sixth District Court Monday, Nov. 22, to the manslaughter charge. The...

History Mystery

The Carlton County Historical Society is looking for any information on the above photo, found in its archives. Note the bus, the flags and the "Hotel" sign. Send your information to...

Tuition agreement with Carlton is all but set

Talks about a tuition agreement that would allow Carlton to close its high school and send students in grades 9-12 to Cloquet are moving toward action. On Monday, committee members representing both... Full story

Parent angst leads to board meeting changes

After a series of impassioned pleas from parents this fall to end the current mask requirement at Cloquet schools - which applies to all grades during the school day -the school board will have a...

New Barnum building combines city services, muni

Changes are underway for the city of Barnum. A new building houses the Barnum Municipal Liquor Store, a spacious event center and the city offices. The 100-year-old Barnum Community Center - once the Legion Hall - was demolished last week. The...

Double holiday lighting contests

It’s time for the fifth annual Deck the WrensHALLs lighting contest. Make your own amazing light display and enter the community contest for best lighting display. Forms are available at the Wrenshall General Store. Others can compete in the...

Adding and subtracting earns conservation kudos

The Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts has named Burnell Peterson and Ann Carlander from the Wrenshall area as one of eight finalists in the 2021 Outstanding...

Board elects interim chair, approves audit

Esko school board members elected interim officers last week, the result of board chair Jeff Salo stepping down from his leadership position. Salo’s action came after a long apology, for a verbal exchange with an Esko student athlete after a...

Wren's Nest: Tree culling advice leads to a cozy cabin

Over the last two years, my rural Wrenshall neighbor Burnell Peterson has built a cabin entirely of wood from trees he planted on his property 40 years ago. Peterson is quick to give Kelly Smith...

New Section 8 leader hired

The Cloquet/Carlton Housing & Redevelopment Authority hired Trish Stanius as the new coordinator of Section 8/Housing Choice voucher program. HRA executive director Debra Shaff said Stanius understands the challenges low-income households may have...

Coffee with the superintendent

Join Cloquet schools superintendent Michael Cary, along with some school board members and administration for conversation from 9-10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6 at the Warming House, 411 Sunnyside Drive, Cloquet. The meetings are being held monthly at...

Obituary: Mary Kathryn "Kathy" Millen

Mary Kathryn "Kathy" Millen of Cloquet passed away Nov. 29, 2021, in her home surrounded by family. She was born Nov. 30, 1940, in Cloquet to Joseph August and Laura Vivian (Arthur) Meisner. Kathy... Full story

Obituary: Barry Michael Hintz

Barry Michael Hintz, 66, of Esko passed away Nov. 19, 2021. A native of Cloquet, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Dickison Hintz, and his parents, William Marlin Hintz and Dolores Tuura... Full story

Death Notices

Karisa Kay Disberry, née Waltjer, 37, of Cloquet passed away Nov. 20, 2021 in St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. Services were held Nov. 27 in River of Life Church, Cloquet. Michele Marie Johnson, 63, of Mahtowa passed away Nov. 30, 2021.... Full story

Obituary: Patrick Calvin Dahl

Patrick Calvin Dahl, 68, of Wright passed away Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in his home. He was born March 13, 1953, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota to Lawrence and Dorothy Dahl. He graduated from Cromwell... Full story

Robert F. Cummins

Robert F. Cummins, 76, lifelong resident of Barnum, passed away at home Nov. 27, 2021, surrounded by his family. Bob was born Nov. 21, 1945, to Clyde and Myrtle (Sortedahl) Cummins. Bob worked for... Full story

Obituary: Armas John Laine

Armas John Laine, 87, of Wyoming, Minnesota, formerly of Cloquet, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in his home. He was born Oct. 21, 1934, in Grand Rapids to John and Mary Ellen (Pajuola) Laine.... Full story

Obituary: Gerald Thomas "Jiggs" La Breche

Gerald Thomas "Jiggs" La Breche was born May 1, 1932, in Cloquet and passed away Nov. 17, 2021, in Floodwood. He was better known to his family and friends as "Jiggs." His parents were Edward and... Full story

Obituaries: Laurie Jean Sparks

Laurie Jean Sparks, 62, of Wrenshall passed away Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. She was born Dec. 22, 1958 in Duluth to Gerald and Barbara Cook. She was raised on Lawrence Road in Cloquet and attended... Full story

Harry's Gang: We kings and queens are facing supply realities

We live like royalty in America. We have stores full of food and trinkets. We work only 40 hours a week. Some people work even less and some of us choose to work more. Nearly everyone has indoor... Full story

Our View: Don't chance it on winter parking

This week’s snow reminded us that it’s time to shift into winter mode. That means we need to wear our hats and mittens, get out our brooms and shovels, and keep our cars off the streets at night. From Nov. 1 until March 31, in Cloquet, cars...

After two decades in top job, Cloquet coach steps down

After 19 seasons, Tom Lenarz has resigned as head coach of the Cloquet Lumberjacks football team. Lenarz notified activities director Paul Riess on Monday, and prior to that had sent out a letter to... Full story

Lumberjacks outpace Rebels, 2-1

After the first three games of the girls hockey season, the Moose Lake Area team was 3-0 and Cloquet-Esko-Carlton was 1-2. On Nov. 23, the two teams met, with the Lumberjacks coming out on top 2-1... Full story

Lumberjacks get over Esko

Prior to the Lumberjacks first game of the season Tuesday, head coach Heather Young said "the first game of the season we normally feel rushed and ready to go, but tonight I think we are set." This... Full story

Sports Schedule

Friday, Dec. 3 Boys hockey CEC at Bloomington Jefferson, 3 MLA at Mora, 7 Boys basketball Barnum at Cloquet, 7:15 Esko vs. Virginia, 7:15 Cromwell-Wright vs. McGregor, 7:15 South Ridge vs. North Woods, 7:15 Girls basketball ML/WR vs.... Full story

Korby's Connections: We lost a golfing great

I was saddened to hear that my high school driver education teacher, Gerald “Jiggs” LeBreche, recently passed away. Jiggs was a legend at the Cloquet and Big Lake golf clubs. He was a longtime... Full story

Lumberjacks rebound after rough start

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team wasted little time jumping into their early season schedule, playing three games within the past five days. CEC went 1-2 during that stretch after suffering... Full story

Steel flurry makes for miserable Wilderness weekend

The Chippewa Steel had goals from six players and were backed by stellar goaltending Saturday night, as they handed the Minnesota Wilderness their third straight defeat, 6-1, at Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Cloquet. Croix Kochendorfer stopped... Full story

Celebrate the holidays in Cloquet today

It looks like Mother Nature is giving Santa time to celebrate in Cloquet before the snow falls. Santa's Home for the Holidays festivities are in full swing after kicking off Thursday night with Mrs.... Full story

Volunteers drive DAV's gift of holiday meals

The Carlton County DAV set a record with this year's community Thanksgiving: 900 meals served. And they did it in half the space they usually have. Because the kitchen and dining hall at Zion...

Wright/Cromwell news

Last week I won a Jennie-O turkey at the Village Pump Saloon in Tamarack. The turkeys needed to be picked up at the Farmers Co-op in Wright, so when I left the co-op board meeting, I grabbed the...

Forest service has new tribal representative

For the first time, the Superior National Forest has a full-time tribal liaison. Juan Martinez coordinates communication between the national forest and the three Ojibwe bands in northeastern...

Robert Bly, county's poet neighbor, dies at 94

Minnesota poet, teacher and men's movement founder Robert Bly was a major figure in American literature for decades who drew adulation and controversy. Bly died Nov. 21. He was 94. Born in 1926, he...

County Corner: Bly was a welcome and welcoming presence here

The passing of Robert Bly, a well-known poet and author of "Iron John," brought back many memories for me as a longtime reporter and resident of the Moose Lake area. Bly lived in the Twin Cities area...

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