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Wrestling event tied to Covid-19

Participants from Carlton County are included in a warning about an outbreak of Covid-19 cases associated with a Minnesota youth wrestling tournament held in South Dakota in late March and early April. The Minnesota Department of Health and... Full story


On tap: Safer water

Homeowners in the Olsonville area of Twin Lakes Township struggle with well water that smells bad, will dye their whites orange and may contain arsenic (along with other chemicals). On top of all...

Board approves Belcastro request to drop duties

The Wrenshall school board approved a major administrative shift for the district Wednesday night in a special meeting. The move was precipitated by superintendent Kim Belcastro’s request to reduce her duties by nearly half, primarily giving up...


Road construction plans firm up

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced more than 200 construction projects for the 2021 construction season. Northeastern Minnesota will have little disruption to traffic flows save for...


Jail plan moves ahead; Extension revamped

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners selected a firm to do the preliminary work on architectural and engineering concepts for the new Carlton county jail during Tuesday’s meeting. Adolfson &...


Vets group sifts donation treasure, trash

Drivers passing the Cloquet Armory Monday morning saw what appeared to be a mountain of garbage bags outside the bright green DAV donation boxes. Happily, those bags were mostly filled with clothing...


Space needs may uproot childcare site

Cloquet High School is expecting some growing pains over the next couple years, and moving the Li'l Lumberjacks program may be just what the doctor ordered. Superintendent Michael Cary told board...


Cloquet officer faces discipline for DWI

A Cloquet police officer who pleaded guilty to driving while impaired last summer is now facing discipline from the police department. Officer Andrew Michael Murray is being suspended without pay for...

Honor Rolls

Cloquet High School Honor rolls for the third quarter A Honor Roll Grade 9 Joshua Anderson Elexis Anderson Elijah Aultman Joseph Bailey David Baker Brandon Bandy Hannah Bastien Owen Brenner LeeAna Burley Ava Carlson Courtney Carroll Ella Chartier... Full story

Food distribution

Saturday, April 24 Ruby’s Pantry visits Mission Creek Church, 521 131st Ave. West in the Fond Du Lac neighborhood of Duluth, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month. The April 24 food distribution will be drive-thru to limit...


New business manager comes from Floodwood

Teresa Hart has been hired as the Esko school district’s new business manager, replacing Janet Halonen, who is retiring June 30. Hart is the current business manager at the Floodwood school, a...

Moose Lake prison Covid appeal denied

A lawsuit accusing the Minnesota Department of Corrections of not fulfilling its obligations to protect prisoners in Moose Lake from the Covid-19 pandemic was dismissed in July 2020 by a Sixth District judge. That decision was upheld earlier this...

EPA enters water quality standards discussion

The Biden administration’s Environmental Protection Agency is emerging as a powerful ally in the years-long fight to get Minnesota to protect wild rice beds from sulfate pollution. Tribal and environmental groups have repeatedly pushed the...


Obituary: Richard Joseph Smith "Makade-Miigwan"

Richard J. Smith “Makade-Miigwan” started his journey into the Spirit World on April 10, 2021. Richie was born on June 27, 1965 in Cloquet, the son of Raymond Smith Sr. and Judith Northrup. He... Full story


Obituary: Erwin Charles Shaw

Erwin “Chuck” Shaw, 83, of Carlton passed away at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet on Dec. 14, 2020. He was born Sept. 8, 1937 in Richville to Milton and Clara (Butler) Shaw. Chuck was a... Full story


Obituary: Jodie Lee Shelton

Jodie L. Shelton, 53, of Wrenshall passed away April 2, 2021, at home with her family by her side. She was born July 24, 1967 in Duluth, the daughter of Rodney and Peggy (Shaw) Stadin. Jodie was... Full story


Harry's gang: Removing politics is the only Supreme Court reform needed

There's been talk of making major changes to the Supreme Court, and that makes me nervous. Politics can be a dirty game, and it often attracts dirty players. For example, after the last president won... Full story


Notes from the small pond: We have the right to have rights ... right?

Freedom of Speech: We can say what we want, whenever, wherever we want. Except “Fire!” in a crowded theater when there is no fire. Most of us get that. Freedom of Assembly: We can peaceably... Full story

Our View: Cable access is vital information link

CAT-7 has been a part of local cable television since the late 1970s. In recent years, the channel became stagnant and irrelevant, serving little purpose except to broadcast some City of Cloquet meetings and a few half-hearted public service...


Area athletes shine on Duluth campus

Four former Cloquet-Esko athletes are making their mark on the Bulldog baseball and softball rosters this spring. Tim Pokornowski and Kiana Bender from Cloquet and Esko's Dea DeLeon and Tyler... Full story


Ski athletes compete on national stage

Like so many sporting events last spring, the 2020 USA Nordic Junior Championships were canceled at the last minute due to the spread of Covid-19 across the country. This year, three high-flying... Full story


After a lost season, softball teams seek state redemption

When the pandemic canceled all spring sports in northern Minnesota last year, it also took away the chance for a repeat trip to state for three local softball teams: Cloquet, Esko and South Ridge.... Full story

Moose Run is virtual this year

Since the first Moose Run in 2000 on the first Saturday in May, it has become the unofficial kickoff event for the busy summer season in Moose Lake. This year, the Moose Run organizers wanted to help some local businesses impacted by the ongoing... Full story

History mystery

This week’s History Mystery is … where did the weekly History Mystery feature go? Nowhere. We’re still here. We have a few mysteries up our sleeve and have been waiting for the Carlton County Historical Society to open to the public once...


Wright/Cromwell news

Spring has arrived, and how do I know? Well, I heard the frogs croaking April 6 in our pond in the yard. But I still haven’t seen a robin. I’ll keep watching for them. Did you know that you can...

County Seat sells out live

Although live performances of “Almost, Maine” by the County Seat Theater sold out this week, patrons can still buy tickets for virtual performances through April 18 at under the “tickets” section on the website....


Korby's Connections: Friend tackled sports and life head on

Seeing how people are struggling and yet winning battles with Covid-19 reminds me of my friend Dave Boyer - a man with great inner strength and character - and so does my wedding anniversary this... Full story


Wrenshall faces

Ellie Swanson's photojournalism class at Wrenshall High School, where the yearbook is produced, has students collaborating on a spread called "Face It." The class borrowed a backdrop and asked the...


Food Sources: Food truck caters to a wide palate

You're lucky if you find yourself at the VFW in the West End of Cloquet on a Friday night for a smashburger at the Room at the Table food truck. You'll have a great supper prepared by Paul Sapyta and... Full story

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