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Attorney finds her place in county office | A Q&A with a public defender

Thirty years ago, when Joanna Wiegert was entering the legal profession, having graduated from Valparaiso University, she found Duluth. An outdoors enthusiast, Wiegert found that Duluth was smaller... Full story

Woman rescued after crash into pond

A 58-year-old Grand Lake Township resident was rescued Tuesday morning after she lost control of her vehicle on a slippery roadway and crashed into a pond. Tammy Shelton was driving on the 5200 block of Munger Shaw Road in Grand Lake Township when... Full story

Trio of fires strike Cloquet

Fire crews with the Cloquet Area Fire District had a busy 30-hour window last week, dealing with three fire calls starting at 5 p.m. Thursday and ending with a third at 11 p.m. Friday. The most serious fire call came in at about 3:30 on Friday,... Full story

Ruling: Board broke state open meeting law

The Thomson Township board of supervisors violated open meeting law in September when it used closed session to trim candidates for appointment to the board, the state Department of Administration ruled last week. “The board did not identify any...

Board appoints familiar face as supervisor

Following months of an empty seat and controversy surrounding the appointment process, the Thomson Township board of supervisors appointed David Sunnarborg to fill the vacancy on its board during its Dec. 1 meeting. After interviewing three... Full story

Nurses have an agreement

The Minnesota Nurses Association and more than a dozen hospitals in the Twin Cities area and Duluth reported tentative agreements on new three-year labor contracts Tuesday, averting a walkout by thousands of nurses that was scheduled to start... Full story

Rising police costs part of 6.23% levy increase

Two property owners addressed the Cloquet City Council on Tuesday about substantial property tax increases. Marty Hill said he was still suffering from sticker shock after seeing his taxes climb by 25 percent from this year to next, without any...

Program links generations

The Northland Foundation was recently awarded a federal grant of $500,000 over two years to support intergenerational programming in northeast Minnesota, leveraging the foundation’s “AGE to age” program which brings generations together in... Full story

Wanted: a new Ward 3 councilor

The city of Cloquet is accepting applications to fill the Ward 3 Cloquet City Council seat for the next two years, with plans for interviews in mid-January. Applicants must reside within Ward 3 — which lies in the area between Highway 33 and 14th... Full story

Welcome ho, ho, home Santa

It was cold, but Cloquet's Santa's Home For the Holidays celebration last week was a warm embrace of the season with a flurry of activity, including the Saturday night parade downtown with Santa and... Full story

Carlton native became a woman of the Arctic

The University of Minnesota's Bell Museum is known for its dioramas and the massive wooly mammoth in its main exhibit hall. But it is also home to a giant herbarium - a collection of nearly a million...  Website

At one festival site, magic of the season

Bonnie DeBondt and her husband, Bill, brought their two youngest grandchildren to Santa's Home for the Holidays festivities on Saturday in Cloquet. The children, Karsyn DeBondt, 7, and her cousin...

Obituary: Dennis R. Mattinen

Dennis R. Mattinen passed away Nov. 29, 2022. He was born on May 13, 1945, in Cloquet to Carl Hjalmer and Hilma (Esala) Mattinen. Shortly after graduating from high school, Denny enlisted in the U.S.... Full story

Obituary: John Spencer "Tony" Rogentine

John Spencer "Tony" Rogentine, 89, passed away Nov. 29, 2022, in Duluth. He was born in Cloquet on Aug. 25, 1933, to John "Toge" and Eula Rogentine. After graduating from high school in 1951, Tony... Full story

Obituary: Maria Mae Schroeder

Maria Mae Schroeder, 89, of Cloquet and formerly of McGregor, passed away on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, in Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. She was born in Durbin, North Dakota on Jan. 19, 1933, to... Full story

Obituary: Kevin L. Locke

Kevin L. Locke, 65, of Duluth died from cancer on Nov. 18, 2022. The son of Fred and Anna Marie (née Lemieux) Locke, Kevin was born Aug. 15, 1957, in Cass Lake. Kevin was preceded in death by his... Full story

Obituary: Mary H. Waller

Mary Helen (Eves) Waller, of Carlton and Cloquet, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, at the age of 89. She was born on Nov. 14, 1933, to Arthur C. and Helen (McKay) Eves and grew up in... Full story

Obituary: Shirley Ann Kuberka

Shirley Ann Kuberka, 86, of Chisholm died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, at Heritage Manor in Chisholm. She was born on Oct. 7, 1936, in Hayward, Wisconsin to Victor and Ruth (Livermore) Olker. She married... Full story

Obituary: Beth M. Terp

Beth Marianna Terp, 71, of Cloquet passed away in her home Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. She was born May 22, 1951, in Duluth, the daughter of Edward and Beatrice (Ehrman) Johnson. Beth graduated from... Full story

Our view: No hesitation in Cloquet's holidays

The many huddled paradegoers along Cloquet Avenue last Saturday evening came for the annual Santa’s Home for the Holidays finale of fireworks. But they also collectively told a story about Cloquet. It’s one of a community rich in its...

Keep Cherokee promise

On Nov. 16, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement claiming “the House Democratic Caucus will continue to explore a path toward welcoming a delegate from the Cherokee Nation into the People’s House,” which could finally address one of...

Wrestling history is made

Girls-only match is a Cloquet first The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton wrestling team hosted a triangular with Proctor/Hermantown and Mille Lacs Tuesday at Cloquet High School. The 'Jacks dropped the opener...

Carlton outduels rival Wrenshall

Carlton and Wrenshall opened their respective high school girls basketball seasons last Thursday, Dec. 1 in Wrenshall with the Bulldogs coming away with a 58-30 win over the Wrens. "I was pretty... Full story

Lumberjacks face early season tests

If the Cloquet boys basketball team was looking for a tough schedule to start its season, the Lumberjacks found it. The Lumberjacks opened on Friday, Dec. 2 against Hermantown, a state tournament... Full story

Wilderness are riding high as key player leaves

A stellar week found the Minnesota Wilderness atop the standings, while saying a temporary goodbye to one of the team's premier playmakers. Defenseman Gustavs Ozolins will play Friday's game in... Full story

No parking overnight during winter months

Winter parking is in effect now through March, so don’t leave your cars parked on the streets of Cloquet overnight. According to city code, cars cannot be parked on the streets or in alleys between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. from Nov. 1...

Loaner skates available

Cloquet Community Education has skates to loan for children and adults at no cost, either for the weekend or the season. To get skates, stop in the office located at the Cloquet Middle School, door No. 2, during business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30... Full story

Take 'Beach' survey

Cloquet Community Education is seeking input for the Beach at Pinehurst Park. There is a short four-question survey which can be filled out online, or in person at the office at Cloquet Middle School, door No. 2. Those who complete the survey and... Full story

Candy shop collects coats, offering sleigh rides

Sweetly Kismet Candy Store, of Carlton, and Top Hat Carriage Service, a tour operator in Canal Park, are working together to gather adult and teenage winter gear for local homeless shelters. New or gently used winter jackets, snow pants, or boots... Full story

Ski jumping clinic coming

The Cloquet Nordic Ski Club will conduct a ski-jumping clinic and competition Dec. 29-30 at Pine Valley recreation area. The clinic will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 29 across two sessions. Coaching will be available on the 10-, 20- and... Full story

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