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USG plant celebrates 100 years

Touring the USG mill in Cloquet this week, Jenna Leger met every encounter with a greeting and a smile. She inquired about employees' families, vacations and lives in general. She knew them all not... Full story

Cloquet seniors pass the four-year test, graduate

Cloquet High School principal Steve Battaglia made a pretty big announcement at Friday's commencement: for the first time in at least recent memory, every senior was graduating. "We have zero seniors... Full story

Missing senior weighs heavily in Wrenshall graduation

The graduation ceremony in Wrenshall Friday afternoon was remarkable in that it wasn't your typical look back on school years or forward to whatever is next. It was grounded in living every moment,...

Brothers retrace father's final trip

Their dad's plane went down in Cloquet 50 years ago, killing him and an uncle David sat right down in the bramble, overcome with thoughts of what happened in this spot exactly 50 years ago. He is...

DNR: fire safety matters

According to a story by Minnesota Public Radio, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported 50 wildfires over the long Memorial Day weekend, from central Minnesota northward to the Canadian border. While Carlton County was listed as a... Full story

17 graduate from Cromwell-Wright school

Seniors at Cromwell-Wright celebrated their departure from high school during commencement on Friday, May 26. With a graduating class of 17 students, the celebration was filled with their close...

Two finalists named for FDLTCC president

Minnesota State has named two finalists in the search for the next president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. The candidates are Anita Hanson and Kimberly Spoor. Anita Hanson has served the college since 1994, beginning her career as a...

Math Masters make their mark

The fourth-grade Math Masters teams from Cloquet's Churchill and Washington elementary schools competed at a competition in Duluth on April 21. The team from Washington finished in sixth place, with...

Community honors and remembers on Memorial Day

Members of the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard made their longest and final Memorial Day stop - their 10th in three hours - at Veterans Park Monday. It was a celebration of Memorial Day in its purest...

Meet dairy royalty

Carlton and Pine County Dairy Princesses and Ambassadors will be serving up free ice cream and cheese sticks at the Carlton County Farmers Market on Saturday, June 3 at 9 a.m. in Cloquet. In addition to dairy treats, the dairy royalty will be...

PHOTO STORY: 26 get diplomas in Carlton

For more photos of graduates from across the region, see Page 12. And visit for a...

Wright/Cromwell news

I was diagnosed with Stage 2 aggressive triple-negative breast cancer about two months ago. I have chemotherapy treatments at St. Luke’s in Duluth, but this week is my week off, so just waiting...

Kettle River news

Plan to attend the Jump into June sale which runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, June 2 at the Kettle River Veterans Building. There will be baked goods, plants and slightly used treasures. The next Ma & Pa Kettle Days meeting is 1 p.m. Sunday, June 11....

Obituary: Blanche Mae "Sue" Karjala

Blanche Mae "Sue" Karjala, 90, of Cloquet passed away May 25, 2023, at Essentia Health Miller-Dwan, with her family by her side. She was born on March 29, 1933, in Jamestown, North Dakota to Herman... Full story

Obituary: Anthony J. Mullen

Anthony J. Mullen, 60, passed away after a long battle with cancer on May 26, 2023. He is survived by his wife, Yelda; parents, Patricia and Jerome; siblings, Michael Andrew and Elizabeth Meseke;... Full story

Obituary: Patricia Caroline Johnson

Patricia Caroline Johnson, 89, of Elk River passed away Saturday, May 27, 2023 at Guardian Angels by the Lake with her daughters by her side. Patricia was born Sept. 14, 1933, to Joseph and Sena (Madsen) Weckert. She was born and raised in Cloquet,... Full story

Obituary: Donna Mae Baker

Donna Mae Baker, 91, of Cloquet passed away May 24, 2023 at Barnes Care Assisted Living in Esko. She was born to Stanley and Martha (Shurcek) Tillman. Donna was united in marriage to Jerome Baker on... Full story

Obituary: Duane Gurneau

Duane Gurneau, 90, of Lakeville, Minnesota, passed away on Dec. 16, 2022. Duane was born Nov. 1, 1932 in Cloquet, where he resided for 37 years. He played football in high school, in the bygone era... Full story

Obituary: Mary Lou (Olness) Slininger

Mary Lou (Olness) Slininger, age 67, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2023, at REM Fairview house in Cloquet, Minnesota. Mary Lou Olness was born on November 17, 1955 in Bagley, Minnesota to... Full story

Obituary: John "Jack" Harold Dahl

John "Jack" Harold Dahl, 88, of Cloquet, MN passed away Thursday June 1, 2023, at Community Memorial Hospital. He was born January 7, 1935, in Minneapolis, MN to Harold and Marlowe (Stewart) Dahl.... Full story

Death notice: Sharon Sue Nystrom

Sharon Sue Nystrom, age 79, of Cloquet, MN entered the spiritual world on Tuesday, May 30, 2023. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at Silverbrook Cemetery in Wrenshall, MN followed by a luncheon at the Fond du... Full story

Our View: Thumbs up, thumbs down

THUMBS UP to the free tree and brush pickup currently being offered by the city of Cloquet. The city council agreed in May to contract with Cloquet-based 3D Construction to help clean up trees damaged by heavy winter snow. The contractor began... Full story

Letter: Kudos deserving for Lindsey Graham

I don’t have much in common with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, and I don’t agree with many of his political policies and ideals, but one recent comment he made really struck a chord with me. Russia has issued an arrest warrant for Graham over his... Full story

Harry's gang: Town hall returns; come on in

I hope some of you can join us at the “town hall” meetings we’re holding around Carlton County next week. The first is Tuesday, June 6 at the Moose Lake Brewing conference room, and the other... Full story

Letter: Dotseth failed county, voters

While I am happy we received $10 million from the state for our new jail, what happened to the $22.5 million that we had in the state bonding bill that didn’t pass last year? This time it took a DFL legislator from the Iron Range to sponsor... Full story

Lumberjacks' section loss is extra painful

After notching a first-round win in the Section 7AAA softball playoffs, the Lumberjacks were knocked out of the playoffs Saturday with back-to-back losses at home. No. 5 seed Cloquet opened with an... Full story

Freshman wonder wins title

Lumberjacks tennis player Ethan Lavan has had a strong season. Last Thursday, he capped off the regular season by laying claim to the Section 7A individual championship ... as a freshman. Lavan is... Full story

Revival rally isn't enough for Eskomos

The Section 7AA softball tournament opened May 23 with Esko pulling out a convincing 12-1 victory over Two Harbors. That was the first of many games for Esko over the next week as they tried to get a... Full story

Rebels defeat Raptors

Moose Lake/Willow River returns to section final When the Section 7A softball tournament opened play Tuesday at the Grand Rapids Sports Complex, there were only two unbeaten teams remaining: the... Full story

Gathering in memory in Carlton

A solemn scene took place as Capt. Phil Anderson salutes the American flag at Hillside Cemetery in Carlton, where members of the Carlton VFW Post 2962 Honor Guard...

Letters kept soldiers informed

Last Saturday a small group gathered in Hillcrest Cemetery to recognize a family of heroes: the Edward and Mabel Kennedy family of Cloquet. The Hebert-Kennedy VFW Post 3979 in Cloquet is named after...

Korby's Connections: Meet the new Cloquet children's librarian

Cloquet children's librarian Morgan Reardon grew up in Ashland, Wisconsin, about a 90-minute drive from Cloquet and a stone's throw away from Lake Superior. Boating, swimming, fishing and playing on...

PHOTO: Dinner is served

Mark Cline stopped by an osprey nest in Carlton just in time to witness a food delivery. He said the little ones aren't big enough to be seen over the edge of the nest yet. The nest is in the middle...

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