Chief shuffle continues at police station

In another administrative shift at the Cloquet police department, Commander Derek Randall is now acting chief - effective Monday, Sept. 16. Randall replaces Commander Carey Ferrell at the helm, as... Full story

Wendy's will become Burger King

Cloquet Wendy’s store sold, Burger King coming The Wendy’s in Cloquet is closed for good, and will be replaced by Burger King. “Thanks for a great 15 years,” says a sign on the window of the local fast food restaurant, which is located in a... Full story

Carlton, Wrenshall school boards approve maximum tax levies

Continued decreasing enrollment is driving decisions in the Carlton school district this month. Outside of the continuing discussions about consolidation with Wrenshall, the school board set its preliminary levy for next year at the maximum. By...

Credit union is top in the state

Members Cooperative Credit Union has been named the top 2019 Minnesota Credit Union of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. According to an MCCU press release, the award is being...

Courts take action on runaway teen and her daughter

After a teenage girl disappeared from the Carlton County Youth Shelter last week with her baby and the teen’s 3-year-old sister, police issued a missing children alert — and removed the alert...

Cloquet will make up more snow days

Thanks to actions this spring by the state legislature to let schools off the hook for not meeting the state mandated minimum number of school days due to snow days, the Cloquet School District will be making up more snow days in the future. School...

Court sides with Enbridge on line

The Minnesota Supreme Court has declined to take up challenges by tribal and conservation groups to the environmental review of Enbridge Energy’s proposal for replacing its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline in Minnesota. The decision means that...

Cloquet limits open enrollment

The Cloquet School Board approved a resolution last week to close open enrollment in grades 6 and 8 last week. The board had closed open enrollment for kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 4 and 7 in August, leaving open enrollment open only for grades 2,...

So long, Dixieland

Fidgety Feet Dixieland Band ended its season last Tuesday night with a free concert at the Cloquet Presbyterian Church. The group is led by Steve Tomhave (back row, far left) with David Luehr and...

Public hearing set on county road funding

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners will hold a public meeting on road funding Monday: specifically to get public input on the continuation of the excise tax authorized in 2014 for county transportation projects and improvements approved in...

County issues offender notice

The Carlton County Sheriff’s Department issued a notification that Dustin Nelson, who is identified as a risk level three sex offender, is moving from rural Barnum into Barnum Township. In addition to a sexual assault charge, Nelson has a...

Fond du Lac steps into PolyMet fray

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is stepping into the legal battle surrounding the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. According to a press release from the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee, on Sept. 10, the Band filed a...

Wright-Cromwell news

The 13th annual Karl Kalli Memorial Golf Tournament generated $9,122 for the Cromwell-Wright athletic department, which was evenly distributed to the eight athletic teams at school. The tournament...

Raptors down Cardinals, remain unbeaten at 3-0

The 2019 combination of the Carlton Bulldogs and Wrenshall Wrens football teams continued its early season success Friday night as the Raptors picked up their third win of the season. Using stellar...

Wrens take Fond du Lac

The Wrenshall Wrens notched a road volleyball win on Tuesday night by beating the Fond du Lac Ogichidaa 25-15, 25-20 and 25-13, as two of the areas smallest schools did battle at FDL. "Offensively we...

Cloquet teams sweep a wet Eveleth race

The sky threatened the Cloquet girls cross country team and drenched the boys, but both teams raced to firsts in the Class AA boys and girls divisions at the Eveleth Lions Invitational Sept. 12....

Thunder fall to undefeated Itasca

The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Thunder Football team lost 39-6 to undefeated Itasca Community College at Terry Egerdahl Field in Proctor on Saturday, Sept. 14. The Thunder loss dropped...

Eskomos sweep Rebels

A well rounded hitting attack served the Esko volleyball team well last Thursday as the Eskomos downed Moose Lake-Willow River 25-16, 25-9 and 25-15. "All of our girls played well," said Esko coach...

Boy Soccer Roundup

It was overall a good week for the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys soccer team as a loss to Class AA power Duluth East was book-ended by dominant performances over Hibbing and Ashland. Cloquet defeated...

Football Roundup

Cloquet-35 Denfeld-8 The Lumberjacks rolled to a 23-0 halftime lead on their way to a home victory over the Hunters. Markus Pokornowski rushed for 238 yards and Cole Ketola added 104 yards on the...

CEC swimmers dive into the season

In a dual meet last Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls swim team fell 97-73 to the Proctor Rails. Despite the loss, the 'Jacks have been seeing solid improvement early in the swim...

Harry's Gang: Come back, Brian, the city needs you

They say you can’t go home again, but it sure would be nice sometimes if some people did. For example, former Cloquet City Administrator Brian Fritsinger served Cloquet for over 18 years ...

Our view: These pages are for every viewpoint

This is an opinion page. Most weeks you will find an editorial, under the header “Our View” about a subject the newspaper staff have agreed we should take a stand on, comment about, applaud, or all of the above. There’s always a “Harry’s...

On the Mark: Trade debates should include democracy goals

It’s puzzling how President Trump’s erratic trade initiatives aren’t prioritizing good relationships with democratic countries and nudging autocratic countries, like China and Saudi Arabia, to...

Obituary: Lynn Duane Smith

Lynn (“Smitty”) Duane Smith, 68, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, after a beautiful day of family and friends at his bedside. He was born on March 24, 1951 in St. Paul,... Full story

Obituary: Howard James Johnson

Howard “Howie” James Johnson, 90, of Cloquet, Minnesota left his earthly home Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. He is alive more than ever now in Heaven. We know that because of Jesus Christ’s death on... Full story

Obituary: Evelyn Fleisch Pearson

Evelyn Fleisch Pearson, 96, of Cloquet, Minnesota went to be with her Lord and Savior surrounded by her family on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. She was born... Full story

Obituary: Florence Elaine Mavis Holm

Florence Elaine Mavis Holm, 82, of Carlton, Minnesota passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 in Inter-Faith Care Center with her loving family by her side. She was born June 19, 1937 in Bruno to Charles... Full story

Death notices: Dahlen, Thomas, Erkkila

Robert Louis Dahlen, 80, of Cloquet passed away on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in his home. To honor’s Robert’s request, there will be no services. Faye A. Thomas, age 92 of Cromwell, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Services: Saturday, Sept.... Full story

Regional artist brings 'zines for adults' to library

The very honest and funny Twin Ports artist Lydia Noble will return to the Cloquet Library Saturday to lead a workshop on 'zines for adults, 12-2 p.m. If you would like to learn some tips about how... Full story

From the Wren's Nest: Make a trip to rural Wrenshall this weekend

"People are always happy when they come here, and if they aren't, they are always happy when they leave". That was Angela Rubish's response when I asked her about her business, the Ru-Ridge corn... Full story

This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events that took place Sept. 20-26: Sept. 20 1891 August Schell, founder of August Schell Brewing Company in New Ulm, dies of a heart attack in St. Paul. Born in Durbach, Germany, in 1828, Schell moved to Minnesota in 1856 and...

Esko's Corner runs out of gas

Esko's Corner won't have a gas station after today, when the Esko Self Serve closes down after more than 40 years in business. Beth Belden, whose family has operated the popular store known around...

Council OKs library plan

Read this: the Cloquet Public Library expansion is a go. Thanks to a rebidding process that cut out certain parts of the renovation project to lower costs, Cloquet City Council members voted Tuesday...

Q-and-A with new Carlton County judge Rebekka Stumme

It's just another day in a Carlton County courtroom, and Sixth District Carlton County Judge Rebekka Stumme is working her way through the final half dozen cases on that morning's docket. One of the... Full story

Helping hands: Area churches come together to get the work done

A group of volunteers worked together Sunday for close to three hours to get an elderly woman's various garden plots weeded, especially the one in the backyard that she enjoys seeing out the back...

Pine Knot Outdoors: Montana fishing encounter made lasting impression

We enjoyed a big cake pan of crappies and brook trout fillets for dinner the other night. The crappies were freshly pulled from the deep weed line of a nearby lake. The brookies had a longer journey. They recently swam the cold streams of Cook...

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