Teens are focus in vaccination push
Gov. Tim Walz toured a Covid-19 testing site in Duluth last Thursday morning — one of more than a dozen community testing sites around the state. He said officials were getting ready to announce an additional expansion of testing capacity around... Full story
Wrenshall School Board makes another pick to fill open seat
The Wrenshall school board completed its do-over on the appointment of a new school board member last week. Eight candidates applied for the spot, including Ben Johnson, Karola Dalen, Cindy Bourn,...
Old game for a new generation
The field across the street from Holy Family Church on the Fond du Lac Reservation was busy Saturday, filled with modern people practicing a very old game in the same place their ancestors played... Full story
Photo studio owner inspired by place
One of Amy Louhela's favorite places is Jay Cooke State Park, and that is often the setting for her clients at Amy Louhela Photography. "I go to Jay Cooke every day," said Louhela in an interview in...
Police promotions in the spotlight
Cloquet City Council chambers were packed Tuesday, not with irate citizens, but with proud parents, spouses and children. In a followup to the oath of office for officers hired during the pandemic... Full story
3 dead in apparent murder-suicide
Investigators are still working to figure out exactly what happened last weekend, when a father and his grown son were shot and killed at a home in Culver township by the son's best friend, who later...
Board will vote Monday on new mask mandate
As Covid case counts continue to rise here, Carlton County commissioners say they will vote on a mask mandate at the board meeting Monday, Oct. 25. The mandate would apply to public spaces inside county buildings, not the county as a whole, and is...
Driver dead after semi crash
A semi-truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene after his truck rolled into a ditch on Highway 210 just after 5 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15. According to the Minnesota State Patrol report, 49-year-old Dallas Clinton McCloud of Baudette, Minnesota,... Full story
Lake Country Power seeks Community Award applications
Lake Country Power is seeking applications for the Touchstone Energy Community Award. Any nonprofit organization that has helped make northern Minnesota a better place to live and work through its community service is eligible for the $500 cash... Full story
New surgery center coming
St. Luke’s and Gateway Clinic are partnering on a multi-million dollar project that will bring more healthcare resources to people who live in the Moose Lake area. On Wednesday, the two groups announced a partnership to build Northern Lakes...
Obituaries: Douglas John Plante
Douglas John Plante, 59, of Cloquet, with care and grace, ended his battle with cancer on Oct. 16, 2021. Doug was born on Sept. 27,1962, in Dayton, Ohio to Kenneth and Sharon (Thompson) Plante. Doug... Full story
Obituaries: Brandon Allen Blacketter
Brandon Allen Blacketter, 24, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. He was born March 5, 1997, to Brad “Raff” and Melanie “Mel” (Rabideaux) Blacketter in Cloquet. Brandon graduated... Full story
Harry's gang: Let's slow the roar on Esko snowmobile trails
Nothing sounds more like winter in the modern age than the roar of snowmobiles racing across town, engines revving, maybe a long line of enthusiasts following close behind. You just don’t hear that... Full story
From the editor: Nonprofit expands reach toward preventing addiction
Although its roots are in mentoring, Cloquet's nonprofit REACH organization has been evolving to meet community needs from the beginning. A $920,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Human... Full story
My wife was in California for a week, so I turned on the TV and watched all the stuff I'd been hoarding - a sickening amount sports, including UFC - which isn't really allowed when she's around...
Our View: Speak up on schools, Carlton residents
It’s not a done deal. That was the rally cry from Carlton school board members Monday night when it comes to the possible closure of the district’s high school and the continuing talks about a tuition agreement allowing ninth- through...
At 20-6, Cloquet looks to keep rolling
Five words - "we're excited for the playoffs" - shows the excitement and kind of season the Cloquet volleyball team has had thus far. With a gaudy 20-6 record, the Lumberjacks are in rarified air... Full story
Statebound! CEC boys find redemption
Brothers Jordan Aultman scored twice and Elijah Aultman once as the Lumberjacks defeated top-seeded Denfeld 3-2 in the Section 7AA championship Tuesday night. Winning was sweet revenge for No. 3 seed... Full story
Girls get another - with state in the offing
When the Lumberjacks won their second straight Section 7A title a year ago, it was bittersweet. Thanks to Covid-19 guidelines, there was no state tournament, so the victory left the Cloquet players... Full story
Korby's Connections: He captured more than Kirby's homerun ball
Do you remember where you were the evening of Oct. 26, 1991 - 30 years ago? If I tell you it was the night that Twins baseball player Kirby Puckett hit a home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to... Full story
Top seed Esko girls are stunned
The top-seeded Esko girls soccer team shut out Two Harbors 2-0 in the Section 7A quarterfinals last Wednesday, but came up short in the semifinal game Saturday. The Eskomos fell to No. 4 seed Legacy... Full story
Race is on leading to sections
The end of the high school cross country season is on the horizon. On Tuesday night all six local teams participated in the Proctor Lions cross country meet in an effort to show how far they've come... Full story
The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action
Thursday, Oct. 14 Volleyball Wrenshall-3 Two Harbors-0 Duluth East-3 Esko-0 Grand Rapids-3 Cloquet-0 Barnum-3 Cherry-1 Cromwell-Wright-3 Bigfork-0 South Ridge-3 McGregor-0 Boys soccer CEC-2 Grand Rapids-0 Girls soccer Cloquet-Carlton-2 Duluth... Full story
Theater has second take on outdoor spookiness
Last year, the Covid-19 pandemic drove the County Seat Theater Company's annual Halloween show outdoors. With rave reviews, the theater will offer a parking lot show again this year. The Halloween... Full story
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 23. The event runs locally 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cromwell Fire Hall. Participants may dispose of prescription drugs with or without the...
Area Haunts this Halloween Season
Haunted Hawthorne This 10-minute walk-through maze at 827 Hawthorne St. in Cloquet returns for another year. There’s candy at the end and you can buy a $5 raffle ticket to win a T-shirt. It’s free, and donations are accepted. Do the haunt 7-10...
Globetrotter finds herself down under
Kirsti Hakala Assendelft has moved quite a bit since graduating from Cloquet High School in 2005. She was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and now finds herself putting down roots in Australia. Cloquet has... Full story
Field notes: Deer season looks fairly normal
Nearly half a million firearms deer hunters are preparing for the firearms deer season, which opens Nov. 6. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife managers report favorable weather so far this year, and good opportunities to harvest... Full story