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Citing trafficking, Enbridge donation denied

It was quite a first meeting for interim Ward 3 Cloquet city councilor Chris Swanson last Wednesday. The agenda appeared simple and uncontroversial. Then Ward 2 councilor Sheila Lamb made a motion to... Full story

Clarity surfaces between school boards

The second joint board meeting this summer to broach the idea of consolidation between the Carlton and Wrenshall school districts, in Wrenshall Monday, went much like the meeting in July at South Terrace in Carlton. Until it didn’t. After a...

Cloquet authority to call the shots at CAT-7 comes into question

Cloquet city officials got some unexpected news last week. It appears that Cloquet city administrator Aaron Reeves had no authority to make any decisions regarding the CAT-7 cable access station -... Full story

Thunder Thoughts: Tribal college has a lot going on these days

Although it is summer and no classes are in session, much work continues at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. We are looking forward to having students back on campus and to another great year. The college’s $1.157 million bonding project...

Big Lake sewer plan in mediation

The stalemate over a joint powers agreement between the Big Lake Area Sanitary District and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa required a mediation session this week. Results of that...

Police department carries on without chief

Cloquet police chief Jeff Palmer resigned last week, something which will change operations at the police department very little, as he had already been on “voluntary paid leave” since April 16. Palmer, whose salary was set at $102,096.37,...

Suspicious couple leads to meth arrest

A Pequot Lakes man was arrested early Saturday on charges of possession of methamphetamine. Brandon James Salgy, 34, was charged Monday, Aug. 12, with first-degree possession of drugs in Sixth District Carlton County Court. According to the...

Esko examined under comp plan study

About a dozen people gathered at Thomson Town Hall Thursday evening for a brainstorming session on both the present and the future. On Tuesday, at the National Night Out celebration in Esko,...

Iowa pastor arrested in Cloquet on sex charges

A singer and pastor from Iowa was arrested Saturday, Aug. 10, by Cloquet police officers on a warrant accusing the man of fondling two minor girls. Emanuel J. Rodriguez, 44, was charged in Douglas County, Nebraska, with two counts of third-degree...

County auditor job to return to appointed status

With little public input, the Carlton County commissioners unanimously voted to change the Office of Auditor/Treasurer from an elected to an appointed position. Cloquet’s Clarence Badger was the only person to address the board during the public...

Farmers market news

It's peak produce season at the Carlton County farmers market - we recently celebrated National Farmers Market Week and are looking forward to our harvest festival in mid-September. Meanwhile,... Full story

Cloquet raises ticket costs to cover staffing expenses

In light of cuts to academic programs earlier this year to help with budget costs, Cloquet school board members said Monday that they were happy to vote in favor of increasing fees to help cover costs for additional coaching and theater staff. At...

Mortgage loan makes reservation history

Without much fanfare, David Danielson and David Hein made history last Wednesday. Danielson, a Fond du Lac band member and Vietnam veteran, sat on one side of a table, while the Korean vet and...

Cromwell road project delayed

The Highway 210 project through Cromwell is unable to be delivered in 2020 as planned, and MnDOT staff will attend the Cromwell city council meeting Aug. 21 to give an update and field any questions. The project is now scheduled to be constructed...

VFW plans for picnic, meeting

The Eighth District VFW and its 22 member posts are holding two events this weekend. Attend a picnic in Cloquet’s Veterans Park 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Open to all VFW members, auxiliary members and their families. The cost is $7 per...

No big surprises (except a hole in one) at Cloquet Country Club Championship

Approximately 60 golfers played in the 2019 Cloquet Country Club Championship Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11. The winners list includes a host of familiar names including Don McKay, winner of the...

Change is afoot for fall seasons

The fall high school sports season kicked off Monday with nearly every fall team hitting the gym, court, pool or field to start practices and get ready for the season. Student athletes have been...

Biking, running races boost trails

Supported by many spectators, a grand total of 42 people from Cloquet, Esko, Carlton and that big city to the east, Duluth, ran in the first Pine Valley Bike, Run, Family Fun series of races at Pine...

Mahtowa course beckons golfers

"It's the finest little nine-hole course in Minnesota." That's what one of the ladies in the clubhouse bar told me as I completed my interview at 29 Pines Golf Course in Mahtowa. I had to try the...

Cross-country brings unique challenges

The hilly and wooded Pine Valley trails, the often too-close encounters with wildlife, and the satisfying smack of shoe on ground … It must be cross-country season. But this year, we had a bit of a unique snag. Oftentimes, first-day snags include...

Wilderness hire new head coach; Boitz remains GM

For the third time in three years, the Minnesota Wilderness junior hockey team has made a coaching change. On Friday, the Wilderness announced that Jon Vaillancourt will take over for Dave Boitz, who...

Guest Commentary: Passing on Enbridge donation sets a bad example

At last Wednesday’s city council meeting, the council voted 4:3 to refuse a $1,000 donation from Enbridge to help defray expenses for the city’s National Night Out event at Veterans Memorial Park and also any future donations. I am, among other...

Harry's Gang: City hires should be lasting

The “Help Wanted” sign is out again at City Hall. Not only does Cloquet need to hire a new police chief, we also need to find a good city administrator. Those are two of the most important city...

Letters: Redraw the blue line in Cloquet

As a matter of civic duty, I share my thoughts. As our city continues to recover from bad politics, our newest interim police chief is perhaps demonstrating why he wasn’t picked as interim when former police chief Steve Stracek was forced into...

Our View: Cheers & Jeers

A look at the good and bad in the area this month: Cheers: To good folks at Kingdom Builders Ministries who organized the annual Wood City Music Festival last week. It’s a positive event for our city, an excellent use of Veterans Park and draws...

Letters: City can ponder its police use

Here are a few thoughts for consideration by our elected official and concerned citizens. With the departure of the city administrator and the police chief, the mayor and city councilors have many decisions ahead of them. The current turmoil and...

Letters: Stop bear hunting, save the Sasquatch

Now that we have the insane wolf hunting stopped, what about adopting a sane policy regarding the unnecessary bear hunting season? ... And while we’re at it we might take notice of the beauty of our woods and lakes and rivers while they’re...

The Political Account: Right to have guns shouldn't be an absolute

Last week I wrote about the problems we face when examining preventive measures in regard to the horrific acts at the hands of the mentally ill. Acts that have taken the lives of so many ...

Death Notices

Stephen Richard Krogh, 72, of Duluth died at St. Luke’s Hospital April 22, 2019. Visitation: 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. memorial service Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Cromwell United Methodist Church. Debra Louise Kucera, 58, of Cloquet died peacefully... Full story

See you at the fair!

It's fair time! With the official start of the 129th annual Carlton County Fair only a couple days away, on Tuesday the 4-H students were showing off their projects in hopes of impressing the judges... Full story

Stuff the bus today!

The Cloquet Educational Foundation is hosting the fifth annual “Stuff the Bus” event on Friday, Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cloquet Walmart. Because “Back to School” can be a tough... Full story

Wright-Cromwell news

Congratulations to Barb Dahl and Oscar Eliason who will be honored on Friday, Aug. 16 at 12 p.m. in the Log Pavilion at the Carlton County Fair, as they have been named the 2019 Female and Male...

Wood City Music Festival rocks on

Blessed with both clear skies and a full audience, the Wood City Music Festival set out yet again last Saturday to extend the hand of God to all who would listen. The free, family-friendly event...

This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events that took place Aug....

Lost wedding ring

LOST White gold wedding band w/ one round bezel-set diamond, Cloquet Walmart parking lot, weekend of Aug. 9. REWARD...

A place to walk

Walkers use the recently completed 1.3-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail along Big Lake Road on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The trail runs from University Road to Pinewood Drive, and now people can...

Fun, fun, fun in Esko

From sunrise to sunset, the final day of the Esko Fun Days brought dancing, games, food, a little bit of running and a parade with candy and smiles. The Kristin Burkholder 5K kicked off things...

Forestry center opens doors

There will be an open house at the University of Minnesota’s Cloquet Forestry Center, 175 University Road, Cloquet, on Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 4:30-8 p.m. This is fun for all ages and is free to the public. There will be self-guided walking tour,...

Cloquet students on U of M list

The following students from Cloquet were named to the 2019 spring semester dean’s list from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis: Mikayla Baker, a senior in science and engineering; Courtney Beaupre, a senior in liberal arts; and Sophia...

Cloquet author finds stories from home

Author Tim Jollymore continues to evolve. He grew up in Cloquet in the 1950s and '60s and held many different jobs from tree planter to traveling salesman to corporate manager to teacher. He moved...

Bemidji State honors list

Nicholas Niemi from Cloquet earned dean’s list honors from Bemidji State University at the end of the spring 2019 semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, BSU students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits and earn a 3.5 GPA during the...

Pine Knot Outdoors: Reflections on fishing from the baseball diamond

We loaded the Suburban with most of the Baker crew plus an omnipresent extra child, and headed north. The big blue Lund stared back at us in confusion as we pulled away — it would remain unhitched...

Birds can be found during dog days of summer

You can still find birds in August. They're not as noisy and easy to spot as in April or May and during fall's migration. They've found their mates - the goal of the glorious singing they treat us...

DNR deer meeting is on Aug. 28

An open house meeting for discussions about deer and deer management with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources area wildlife managers has been scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Carlton County Transportation building at 1630 County Road 61....

DNR report

Recent reports from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in the area: Scott Staples (Carlton) attended training at Camp Ripley during the week and gave assistance at a work detail in Duluth when the tall ships arrived. A...

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