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Making culture a part of graduation

Sometimes you just have to ask. But it never hurts to do a little homework first. That's pretty much what happened with Cloquet High School senior Maya Fairbanks this spring, when she decided to ask...

$5 million payback to utilities looms

The latest news regarding Minnesota property tax assessments was good for Enbridge and other utility companies and fairly dire for local governments, who find themselves on the hook for many years’ worth of past overpayments. Carlton County is no...

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Historical society to hold annual meeting in May, reopen in June

The Carlton County Historical Society has seen its fair share of change over the past year, including a new roof and a new director who came and went in that time. Former board president Ed Kavanaugh...

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Divided council overturns project labor agreement

By the narrowest of margins, the Cloquet City Council voted to overturn the city's Project Labor Agreement, as recommended by staff last month. The 4-3 vote came after extensive public comment during...

Council votes to reduce liquor license fees

After repeated requests from bars and restaurants that were hammered financially by closures and restrictions because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Cloquet City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to reduce liquor license fees by 50 percent for the...

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Cloquet MCCU receives marketing award

The Cloquet branch of Members Cooperative Credit Union (MCCU) was recognized recently with a CUNA Diamond Award for its distinctive lobby design and aesthetics. Hosted by CUNA Marketing &...

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Seeding the future

Students have been planting trees on Arbor Day since 1872, when more than a million trees were planted in Nebraska for the first official celebration of trees. Now add research, science and satellite...

CMH Wound Clinic wins award

For the third year in a row, the Advanced Wound Clinic at Community Memorial Hospital was awarded the Center of Distinction award by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Advanced Wound Clinic achieved...

State ruling causes alarm

A recent state ruling regarding the state's open meeting law (OML) and public meetings during the pandemic had area school districts scrambling to make sure they were following the law, and changing procedures if they weren't. The Minnesota...

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Obituaries: Quentin John Badger

Quentin John Badger, 87, of St. Helen, Oregon passed away April 25, 2021. He was born Feb. 20, 1934 in Wright to Mae (Beseman) and Darrel Badger. He grew up in Cloquet and attended Sacred Heart... Full story

Obituaries: Forrest Paul Lee

Forrest Paul Lee, 66, died on April 29, 2021, at the Mayo Health Center in Mankato, Minnesota. He was born Jan. 22, 1955 at the Butler Maternity Hospital in Cloquet to Mildred Ruth Holmes Lee and Paul Elmer Lee. He was baptized as an infant into... Full story

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Obituaries: Kevin Jeffrey MacDonald

Kevin Jeffrey MacDonald, 65, of Nickerson died of natural causes April 21, 2021 at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Orien and Mildred MacDonald. Kevin was born July 24, 1955 in... Full story

Death Notices

Kenneth George Olson, 78, of Carlton passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021 in Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Crosslake with his loving family by his side. Visitation was scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6 in the Atkins Northland Funeral... Full story

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Obituaries: Veikko Leander Himanka

Veikko Leander Himanka, 91, of Cloquet passed away Feb. 7, 2021 in his winter home in Lake Worth Beach, Florida. He was born April 12, 1929 in Kalajoki, Finland to Sanfrid and Hilma (Lastikka)... Full story

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Obituaries: Edward William Davidson

Edward William Davidson, 93, passed away peacefully May 5, 2021 at Barnes Care in Esko. He was born to Joseph and Helia (Oja) Davidson June 16, 1927 in Thomson Township, where he resided most of his... Full story

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Harry's Gang: Local restaurants are starting to flourish again

One of my favorite jobs was writing restaurant reviews for the old Ripsaw, the now-defunct alternative weekly out of Duluth. After exploring a couple of locally owned restaurants recently, I... Full story

Guest view: Measuring the value of our local college

In April 2015, then President Larry Anderson challenged the leadership team at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College to be prepared to discuss the value of the college during a campus administrative meeting. For some reason I couldn’t attend,... Full story

Letter to the editor: City should be proactive and limit river access from playground

An elderly friend, who happens to be a great-grandma, brought this real and potential danger to my attention. I would like to preface our concern by commending the City for providing amenities to denizens and families from the nearby campground.... Full story

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On The Mark: Counterpoint: Yes, raise the minimum wage

Even newspaper owners don’t always agree, and that’s OK. This week I’d like to examine the other side of the argument for raising the minimum wage, in response to my fellow Pine Knot board...

Our View: Walter Mondale: A politician worth emulating

We were sad to hear of Walter “Fritz” Mondale’s passing last month at age 93. It’s well known that Fritz served as our U.S. Senator before he became Jimmy Carter’s vice president in 1976, and that he was the Democrats’ candidate for...

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Cloquet track teams dominate

The Cloquet boys and girls track teams are serving notice early this spring that the Lumberjacks are teams to be reckoned with. On Friday both teams won their first home triangular meet with Duluth... Full story

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Korby's Connections: Baker takes golf game on the road

Could it happen again? Way back in 1962, Cloquet golfing legend Harry "Butch" Newby Jr. was the captain of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers golf team. Could someone from Cloquet again be... Full story

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Cardinals fly past Wrens in OT

If fans wanted to watch an exciting softball game on Tuesday night, all they needed to do was pull up a chair at wind-blown Braun Park in Cloquet. That's where Cromwell-Wright and Wrenshall hooked up... Full story

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Lumberjacks roll past Rebels

Cloquet senior left-handed pitcher Amanda Paul reached double digits in strikeouts again as the Lumberjacks notched their fourth straight win Friday by defeating Moose Lake/Willow River at Braun Park... Full story

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Esko softball

Hard-throwing Esko right-hander Miranda Kelly received the pitching start at Duluth Denfeld on Monday... Full story

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Rebels down Bombers in hard-fought battle

The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels relied on the strong pitching arm of sophomore pitcher Alex Hoffman last Tuesday as they pulled away to a 6-2 victory over the Barnum Bombers in Willow River.... Full story

FDLTCC to hold virtual commencement ceremony

On Thursday, May 13, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will host a virtual commencement ceremony to honor this year’s graduates. “Once again we find ourselves celebrating apart rather than together, but it does not lessen our happiness...

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Wright/Cromwell news

It’s that time again when we need to meet to decide what events we are having at this year’s Wrong Days celebration. Our first meeting was last Tuesday at Kalli’s. We will definitely need some...

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Road Wranglers

On Sunday, May 2, members of the Carlton County Rowdy Wranglers 4-H club cleaned up a 2-mile stretch of County Road 4 as part of their Adopt A Highway...

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Carlton County's only Jeopardy champion

When the pandemic suddenly made Minneapolis substitute school teacher Sam Kavanaugh jobless, the Carlton High School alumnus turned it into an opportunity. He went full "Olympic mode" with his... Full story

Pease joins MCCU mortgage team

Tony Pease is the newest mortgage loan originator with Members Cooperative Credit Union, and is based out of The Cloquet office. As a mortgage loan originator, Pease will assist homeowners and prospective buyers with all their real estate financing...

Carlton County added to burning restrictions list

The risk of wildfire has moved into the northern part of the state, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently added Carlton, Cook and Lake counties to the burn restriction list effective immediately. The state will not issue burning... Full story

Take Mom fishing this weekend

Take a Mom Fishing Weekend — when Minnesota-resident moms can fish without purchasing a license — is this weekend, May 8-9. Most years, under Minnesota law, the fishing opener and Take a Mom Fishing Weekend fall on the same weekend, but not... Full story

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