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Restaurants, bars hit reset ... again

Loyalty means a lot in the hospitality industry, especially during a pandemic. So does the ability to adapt. At area restaurants that has meant surviving without indoor dining for months at a time,... Full story


Hospital lands machine for rapid tests

Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet is now the owner of a rapid testing device which can produce Covid-19 results in approximately an hour. Once a sample is gathered from a patient using a... Full story

County creates Covid hotline, messages

Carlton County Public Health and Human Services is working with state and federal agencies on vaccine distribution. Residents can call for updates and ask questions at 218-499-6312. A message will share relevant information about the vaccine and an... Full story

Blue light displays urged to honor frontline workers

Public health staff from 11 county and tribal public health departments have partnered on an intiative called Project Blue Light to honor frontline workers who have been working to keep the community safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. During the... Full story

State launches vaccine dashboard

A public vaccine data dashboard was launched this week to track the progress of Covid-19 vaccine allocation, distribution and administration across Minnesota. The dashboard provides what designers call a “visual and user-friendly way to view key... Full story


Schools chart return course to classrooms

Expect to see children in a school near you very soon. School districts across Carlton County will have students back to in-person or hybrid learning as soon as next week, thanks to a change in state... Full story


Former county resident witnesses D.C. chaos

Ginger Spiess, a former Moose Lake resident who now lives in Ramsey, Minnesota, had just 10 minutes to prepare for a trip to Washington D.C. on Jan. 4 for what turned out to be an infamous week after...

College News

Gamradt makes dean’s list Ellie Gamradt of Wrenshall has been named to the Southeast Missouri State University dean’s list for academic achievement during the fall 2020 semester. Students named to the list earned at least a 3.75 grade point... Full story


Esko Scouts take a stand on crosswalks

Three Esko Girl Scouts are hoping to make the world a safer place for pedestrians, starting in their own backyard. Annika Halvorson, Claire Fontaine and Carli Bloom, along with Troop 4079 leaders...

Shooting suspect and mother charged

The mother and son who fled following the shooting death of Joseph James Peterson on Dec. 28 were apprehended last week. Alleged shooter Joseph James Fohrenkam, 18, and his mother, Little Fawn Fohrenkam, both made their initial appearances in St....


Signals point to unrest in state

The FBI says members of a far-right group that wants to foment a second civil war scouted out the Minnesota State Capitol ahead of a pro-Trump rally planned for this weekend. A memo to law...  Website


Stauber condemns violence, urges calm

Minnesota Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber says he wants to move forward and heal the nation after this week's violent storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. On MPR...  Website

Food assistance increases 15%

Minnesotans on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other food assistance programs who are receiving the maximum amount will soon see a 15-percent increase in monthly food benefits. They do not need to do anything additional to receive...


Obituaries: Joyce E. Angell

Joyce E. Angell passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in the arms of her daughter, her guardian angel at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. Joyce was born in Minot, North Dakota on April 27,... Full story


Obituaries: Carol A. Schlenvogt

Carol A. Schlenvogt, age 71 of Cloquet, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at her home with family at her side. She was born August 6, 1949 in Jamestown, N.D., the daughter of Reinhart and... Full story

Death notice: Norman Lee Rubesh

Norman Lee Rubesh, 77 of Cloquet passed away suddenly on Friday, January 8, 2021 in Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2021 in the Atkins Northland Funeral,... Full story


Obituaries: Duane Putnam

Duane Putnam, 90, passed away Jan. 8, 2021, at The Waterview Shores in Two Harbors. He was born on Aug. 23, 1930, to Aaron and Katherine (Nathan) Putnam in Linton, North Dakota. Duane enlisted in... Full story


Harry's Gang: On court, experience should be valued over any ideology

The Supreme Court took a hard turn to conservatism when President Trump appointed Amy Coney Barrett just a few months ago. Despite the disappointing way she was confirmed to the court, she exhibits... Full story

Our View: Responsibility can keep things open

Finally. After a holiday season where restaurants and bars were closed for indoor dining, the state has finally allowed them to open dining rooms for dine-in customers, following a few guidelines to keep patrons and staff safe from the coronavirus....


Boys Basketball Preview

Cromwell-Wright If Cromwell-Wright is going to contend for a section championship this year, they will have to overcome the loss of five seniors who graduated from last year's state-ranked 20-5 team.... Full story


Girls Basketball Preview

Cromwell-Wright Oh what could have been! Last year Cromwell-Wright was on the precipice of what could have been a state title. The Cardinals were loaded with talent and had two of the top players in... Full story


History Mystery

With the help of Wrenshall writer Annie Dugan and relatives, we have a host of information and photos on the subject of last week's History Mystery, Tim and Nellie Pappelis and their restaurant on...


It's the rime of the season

Photographer Mark Cline found himself in a frosty wonderland last weekend in Jay Cooke State Park. He captured these crystals on the swinging bridge there, which required a steady tripod when no one...


Wright/Cromwell news

Sue Walli Shelerud has retired after 31 years of teaching nursing at Lake Superior College in Duluth. She graduated from the St. Luke’s School of Nursing in 1980. She worked on the surgical unit at...


Wrenshall News: Just reaching out can work

When I was young I remember my mom telling me a story about a guy whose car had broken down on a country road with a flat tire. It was late at night and bitter cold. He had helped his wife with a...

Full wolf control moves to state

Minnesota wolves are managed solely by state and tribal authorities after a change effective Jan. 4. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Oct. 29 that it would remove the wolf from the federal endangered and threatened species list, which...


Your guide to area eateries and bars

The coronavirus pandemic continues its assault on our bodies and the economy. On the bright side economically, restaurants and bars reopened Monday, Jan. 11, at 50 percent capacity with a mandatory... Full story

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