After staffing shortage, Cloquet schools on the rise
After warning families that the district might have to switch to distance learning because of staffing shortages caused by the pandemic, Cloquet superintendent Michael Cary said things are looking...
Alleged child abuse investigation continues
The two women accused by protestors of abusing children in their care fought back in Sixth District Carlton County court Tuesday. More than 100 people observed the online hearing, which ultimately...
County pushes Hwy 73, masks
For the fourth time in the last 40 years the Carlton County board of commissioners declared their support for necessary funding by state and federal action to rebuild Highway 73 in western Carlton County, particularly the 8-mile stretch south of...
Up-and-down winter leads to crashes
Continued fluctuations between moderate and frigid temperatures this month, coupled with spates of snow, have left roadways slick. In just the past week there were several incidents of cars sliding off roads and some overturning. In Cloquet on...
Student: it's about staying in school
Esko senior Nate Rengo has been vocal about mask wearing at the high school, saying he advocates taking any “proactive” measures to avoid a school shutdown and missing school events in his final year. After a board meeting earlier in January...
Attorney to argue self defense
A Cloquet man who is facing manslaughter charges will argue he acted in self defense, and seek to have the charges dismissed, according to his attorney. Joel Jay Ammesmaki, 58, was charged with first-degree manslaughter in September for “causing...
Band renames building to honor officer
The Fond du Lac Resource Management & Tribal Court building has been renamed the John A. Smith Memorial Building, honoring a retired conservation officer who died at age 69 on Dec. 25. Smith...
Esko votes to end its mask mandate
While other area schools and cities are heightening Covid-19 protocols, the Esko school board voted Monday to pass a set of guidelines that would allow the removal of mandatory masks on Feb. 7. With a 3-2 vote at the regular meeting Jan. 24, the...
Fire district turns focus to staffing
Following the upheaval of the final weeks of 2021, the first Cloquet Area Fire District Board meeting Wednesday, Jan. 19, was positively noncontroversial. The fact that it was held online likely helped — the board will meet remotely as long as...
Other Dean's Lists
Other local students at colleges and universities across the country who also made the Dean’s list at their respective universities are listed below: Southern New Hampshire University Melissa Heroff, Emily Johnson, both of Cloquet Iowa State... Full story
FDLTCC Dean's List
More than 100 students attending Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College during Fall Semester 2021 achieved high academic standing and earned Dean’s List honors for the semester grading period. Requirements for earning Dean’s List honors at... Full story
Board votes to reappoint Paulson to CAFD, changes snow removal policies
Talk of the Cloquet Area Fire District continued at the Thomson Township Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday, Jan. 20. In past discussions about CAFD board representation, it was unclear whether the township’s representative had to be an...
On The Mark: Stay politically engaged
Lately, I’ve been reading about American political history since World War II. Prominent topics include the civil rights movement, the Congress of American Indians (founded in 1944), the women’s...
Political precinct caucuses set
The 2022 precinct caucuses will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1. Precinct caucuses are meetings run by Minnesota’s political parties. They are the first in a series of meetings where parties may endorse candidates, select delegates, and set...
County awarded for Covid work
Carlton County was one of five counties recognized for the Association of Minnesota Counties County Achievement award out of all 87 counties in Minnesota last month. Several Carlton County departments were recognized for their collaborative work on...
Obituary: Wendy L. Clark Diemart
Wendy L. Clark Diemart passed away Jan. 12, 2022, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth from complications from Covid. Her two sons were by her side. Wendy was born in Duluth to Stanley A. and Wilma... Full story
Obituary: Stacy Lea (Golden) Beckes
Stacy Lea (Golden) Beckes passed away very peacefully Jan. 23, 2022, surrounded by her family in her home. She was born on Aug. 22, 1966, in Cloquet, to Clifford and Catherine (Maack) Golden. Stacy... Full story
Obituary: Betty L. Hilton
Betty L. Hilton, 87, passed away Jan. 25, 2022, at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. Betty was born Nov. 8, 1934, in Cloquet, the daughter of Charles and Matilda (Loisel) Rodgers. Betty was a... Full story
Letter to the editor: Restaurant owner disappointed by mandate
As a business owner, the news of the Cloquet mask mandate passed Jan. 18 raised some questions and concerns. When previous Covid-19 safety measures were implemented, I ensured that my restaurant followed all of the appropriate guidelines. I did not... Full story
Our View: Football loss could be a gain
We weren’t taken aback at the news that Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is ending its football program. Football is always expensive, with lots of players, lots of equipment. Very few of the football players — at least in recent years...
Harry's Gang: Vote on schools coming
The Minnesota Legislature starts up again next week, and while it’s fun to make fun of lawmakers, they really do an important job in our society, and most of them take their job very seriously.... Full story
Letter to the editor: Mask mandate a good idea
Kudos to Mayor Maki and the City Council for implementing and supporting a mask mandate in indoor public gathering places. I appreciate the courage this took. Thank you for helping us help ourselves. John Boland,... Full story
Lumberjacks finding groove at the right time
In their 10 games leading up to last Thursday's matchup with Duluth Marshall, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team had struggled. They went 1-8-1 in that stretch and scored only 14 goals for an... Full story
Rebels battle state champs to the end
Notice has been served by the Moose Lake Area girls hockey team that they will be a tough team to beat come Section 7A playoffs. The Rebels gave the defending state Class A state champion... Full story
Esko overpowers depleted Rebels
A stifling defense and a steady offense created a potent mixture for the Esko girls basketball team in a 69-22 home win over a depleted Moose Lake/Willow River on Thursday, Jan. 20. Many of the... Full story
FDLTCC drops football program
It’s game over for football at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. “Leadership … has made the difficult decision to end the college’s football program,” wrote Taylor Warnes, director... Full story
Wilderness are back on track
The Minnesota Wilderness scored three times in both the first and second periods and once more in the third, while Matt Smith stopped all 26 shots he faced in a 7-0 shellacking of the Minnesota... Full story
The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action
Thursday, Jan. 20 Girls Basketball Floodwood-42 Carlton-11 Esko-69 ML/WR-22 Cromwell-Wright-48 Mesabi East-31 Two Harbors-52 Barnum-44 McGregor-84 Wrenshall-50 Boys Basketball Northland-82 Carlton-35 Girls Hockey CEC-3 Northern Lakes-0 Boys Hockey... Full story
The latest photo from the Carlton County Historical Society is of some very smiley students at the Scanlon grade school in the early 1960s. Do you recognize anyone? The society would love to put some...
Using American Rescue Plan money, an action committee of residents and city officials in western Carlton County has been formed for the Minnesota Highway 73 reconstruction in Cromwell. The goal is to...