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As vaccinations rise, some vacillation

Although first responders in Minnesota got to jump to the front of the line for the Covid-19 vaccine, some have said "no" to getting vaccinated despite their elevated risk of contracting and... Full story

Options grow regarding shots

• In Cloquet, Community Memorial Hospital has a vaccination registration form on its website, or call 218-879-1271. The form allows residents to register their interest but not to schedule an appointment. The hospital will notify people who have... Full story


Cloquet seniors take homecoming breather

Homecoming candidates were allowed to take a quick group photo without masks, but most of the ceremonies in the high school auditorium Thursday, Feb. 25 were both masked and socially distanced. No... Full story


K-9 death reverberates beyond Duluth

Police officers and mourners made a sad trip to Scanlon Saturday to say farewell to Duluth K-9 Luna, who was killed in a standoff Thursday. People lined the route from a pet hospital in West Duluth... Full story


Tobacco store plans move to Ave. C building

The former Avenue C restaurant space in West End Cloquet could soon be home to a tobacco and vape store, albeit not a new business. Rather, Lakeshore Tobacco Vapor owner Aysar Sadi said he needs to...

Unconscious assault trial is reset

The trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman who was a guest at his home has been tentatively rescheduled for May, after being delayed because of courtroom shutdowns due to Covid-19 concerns. Jamin Paul Beardley, 45, of...

Districts have a lot invested in schools

Since being hired as superintendent of Wrenshall school in 2012, the Carlton and Wrenshall districts have been in and out of consolidation talks for at least eight of the nine years. Many community members from the two districts will state that...


Cloquet student named delegate to medical leaders conference

Cloquet High School ninth-grader Quinn Danielson will be a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders March 20-21. The congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to...

Exploring the options

The Carlton school board is currently in the process of exploring various options. The primary options under consideration right now are a K-8 school with a high school tuition agreement, a new K-12 school, and reconstituting consolidation talks...

Photography show opens

Photographer Carla Goldschmidt’s aurora captures are now on display in Cloquet’s West End at Common Ground Coffee Bar & Deli. Goldschmidt moved to Carlton County in 2000, when her husband was called to minister. On a fall evening three years...

Power company candidates listed

Lake Country Power will hold director elections this spring. Director ballots for Districts 1, 3, 5 and 9 will be mailed to co-op members between March 26 and March 31. Those running for the LCP board in or near Carlton County include District 9...

MPCA has puzzling plan to change water rules

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency wants to change the rules on water quality. The agency has been working on these rules for a few years and hopes to put them into effect this summer. The plan looks like a sort of Rubik’s cube, eliminating...

Help available for heating bill spike

Minnesotans can get extra help paying their energy bills, following February’s bitter cold snap that drove up energy costs around the country. The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced last week that qualifying Minnesota households can now...

Some envision normal - including a state fair

Vaccination acceleration may finally be here. The Health Department on Wednesday reported about 32,000 new vaccinations in Minnesota, nearly twice the number from last Wednesday. The seven-day trend is running at nearly 39,000 shots daily now, the...  Website


Obituaries: Charles Michael Diver

Charles Michael Diver, 82, of Cloquet passed away Feb. 24, 2021. He was born on June 6, 1938 at the Fond du Lac Indian hospital to Charles and Elizabeth (Wood) Diver. He attended Wahpeton and... Full story


Obituaries: Marilyn Mae (West) Riihiluoma

Marilyn Mae (West) Riihiluoma, born on Feb. 19, 1931, left this earth on Feb. 28, 2021, into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who welcomed her to her eternal home. Marilyn was privileged... Full story


Obituaries: Robert "Bob" Charles Gerlach

Robert “Bob” Charles Gerlach, 86, died Jan. 23, 2021, at Northern Lakes Assisted Living in Baxter, with his family by his side. Bob was born on April 6, 1934 in Red Wing to Carl and Grace (Nilan)... Full story


Obituaries: Robert L. Fjerstad

Robert L. Fjerstad, 89, of Carlton passed away Feb. 27, 2021. He was born on June 21, 1931 in Fosston to Lloyd and Sadie (Carver) Fjerstad. He married Marie Cumber on June 13, 1959. He was a loving... Full story

Death notices

Kay Lenore Burgraff, 69, of Duluth and formerly of Holyoke, passed away Feb. 28, 2021, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. A gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. Robert Schultz, 90,... Full story


Obituaries: Robert Vernon Schultz

Robert Vernon Schultz, 90, of Carlton died Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in Augustana Health Care Center, Moose Lake. Robert was born June 16, 1930 in Barnum Township, the son of George and Ethel Schultz.... Full story


Obituaries: Margaret L. Jarvis

Margaret L. Jarvis, 91, a resident of Sunnyside Health Care in Cloquet, passed away March 4, 2021 with family by her side. She was born Oct. 31, 1929 to Otto and Emma (Gardener) Peil. Margaret... Full story


Harry's Gang: Cold snap brings hard slap when it comes to heating bills

That was quite a cold snap we just outlived, with 13 days in a row with lows of around 20 degrees below zero or even lower. Many of those days it never rose above zero. Our furnaces worked nonstop... Full story

Our View: Projects demand an engaged public

We took some heat recently for an Our View stating we were nervous about building a new fire station in Cloquet. Although we stand by our position that public officials need to be cautious about overtaxing residents, we also reiterate that help...

Student Views: Find new uses for trash

A verdant forest flooding with life. A sun-baked land contrasted by the cool, calm sea. A fluttering flame of oranges, yellows, and reds. And a glittering wonderland crafted from diamonds. This is the land we were given, an immense, majestic being,... Full story


Korby's Connections: Brothers epitomize area's ski jumping glory days

It is quite remarkable to have two state high school champions from the same Cloquet household, but especially rare in the world of ski jumping, in particular because it's no longer a sanctioned high... Full story


CEC will return to state meet

By the narrowest of margins - one point exactly - the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys ski team is headed to the state meet next week, after taking second place in the Section 7 ski meet Wednesday. Duluth... Full story


Teams make strides

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton alpine ski team wrapped up its regular season last week, and competed in the Section 7 Championships Tuesday, March 2 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. For the girls team,... Full story

The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Feb. 25 Boys Basketball Wrenshall-57 Cook County-47 Esko-78 Duluth Denfeld-34 Cherry-84 Carlton-46 Cloquet-78 Proctor-19 Girls Basketball Cook County-78 Wrenshall-68 Cromwell-Wright-54 Floodwood-17 Barnum-58 McGregor-43 Cloquet-61 Mesabi... Full story


Cards pluck Wrens

Cromwell-Wright used the three-point shot Tuesday night to defeat Wrenshall 66-49 in a high school boys basketball game played in Cromwell. "We played pretty well tonight," said Cardinals coach Bill... Full story


South Ridge making run to postseason

Don't look now, but the South Ridge Panthers girls basketball team is serving notice that they are going to be a tough team to beat come playoff time. The Panthers notched their fifth win in a row... Full story


Wins come in as season gets rolling

Things couldn't be much busier for the Cloquet-based Minnesota Wilderness hockey team as they wrapped up seven games in a 10-day stretch this past week at Northwoods Credit Union Arena with games on... Full story


Wright/Cromwell news

Congratulations to Glenn and Fran Solomon on being chosen the king and queen at the Cardinal Court/Villa Vista’s recent annual Valentine’s Day celebration. Glenn and Fran are recent residents,...

Frozen Forester set for March 13

The annual Frozen Forester race at Pine Valley is set for March 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cloquet’s Pine Valley Park. Racers can do a 5K run/walk/snowshoe starting at 8:30 a.m. and/or a 15K bike ride on groomed trails starting at 10:30 a.m.... Full story

History Mystery

The story about the closing of Wood City Lights & Hardware in the Pine Knot News a few weeks ago got us thinking about that nickname for Cloquet. It’s obvious why Wood City came to be, given the influence of the wood-related industry here. But...

Rotary Rally for Kids canceled

Due to poor trail conditions and the high temperatures this week, the Rotary Rally for Kids snowmobile rally and poker run have been canceled for this year. According to the website, the event is being pushed to February of 2022. All net proceeds...

Sign up for summer soccer

The Cloquet Youth Soccer Association is holding summer rec soccer registration through March 12. Teams will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The link to register is posted on Coaches are needed. Registration... Full story


TikTok post on cold snap heats up

Move over Jessica Lange, Jamie Langenbrunner and Sappi fine paper - Cloquet has a new export. Her name is Emerson Rock and she's a TikTok star. A recent post by Rock about "what negative 25 degrees... Full story


Wrenshall News: Libraries are sacred space

Annie Dugan's recent column about what people are reading in the Wrenshall community got me thinking about libraries in schools. It's been a while since I've student-taught, but I can clearly...


Out In It: Winter fish fry stirs up warm memories

I twisted and pulled at the icy bags scattered along the bottom of our basement chest freezer in mid-February. The Minnesota winter had proven mild until that week. Bone-chilling winds pummeling the... Full story


Raven attraction creates a bone yard

Editor's note: A couple weeks ago, Pine Knot News columnist Annie Dugan received a text from Wrenshall resident Dale Wolf about a flock of ravens in his backyard. He provided her with his growing...

ATV use ended on groomed trails

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has suspended winter ATV use on 99 miles of groomed, shared-use trails in the Nemadji and St. Croix state forests, including the Matthew Lourey State Trail due to warming temperatures. The Gandy Dancer... Full story

Area forest input wanted by DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a virtual public input meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. on March 11 about potential trail modifications within the Fond du Lac State Forest in Carlton County. Fond du Lac State Forest recreational... Full story

Ice fish house deadline looms

The deadline to remove fish houses from northern Minnesota lakes is March 15. The removal deadline in the southern two-thirds of the state was March 1. Anyone caught leaving litter — including any part of a fish house — on a lake may be cited... Full story

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