Cloquet man faces felony child abuse charge
Two Cloquet children were removed from their home Nov. 9 during an investigation into abuse by the mother’s husband. Travis Dean Thrun, 22, is faced with a felony charge related to the suspected abuse of a 2-year-old. A 5-year-old also removed... Full story
Focus on shopping locally Saturday
Expect lots of shoppers in downtown Cloquet Saturday, as a growing number of businesses are actively participating in Small Business Saturday. In part, that's because the number of businesses across... Full story
Flu vaccine clinic Tuesday
It’s not too late to get your flu vaccine this season to help boost your immunity to influenza before the December holidays. Carlton County Public Health will have one additional flu vaccine clinic 1-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Carlton... Full story
DNR investigates carcasses
Conservation Officer Tony Elwell is investigating a report about beaver carcasses dumped on county land near Sawyer, said a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources weekly report. Upon visiting the location, Elwell observed beaver, otter, muskrat...
Farmers meet from across the state
Carlton County Farmers Union representatives joined their colleagues at the annual state convention of the Minnesota Farmers Union in Minneapolis Nov. 17-19. The goals of the convention are to...
Superintendent has an enrollment warning
Cloquet schools superintendent Dr. Michael Cary had an interesting observation he wanted to share with the school board during last week’s meeting. As the board prepared to hear about the annual audit of its finances at the Nov. 13 meeting, Cary...
Council votes in neighbors' favor on rezone
A small pocket of Cloquet homeowners and Diamond Willow Assisted Living residents can rest easier now, knowing the Cloquet City council voted against rezoning nearby property from residential to highway/commercial. Councilors voted 5-1 Tuesday to...
Brevator man injured in garage fire
A 64-year-old Brevator man was injured in a fire in a detached garage last week. The Cloquet Area Fire Department and St. Louis County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of a structure fire in the 3500 block of Nelson Road in Brevator... Full story
Business grant to help the 'underestimated'
A rebranded and expanded regional program hopes to help Northeastern Minnesota entrepreneurs who are Black, Indigenous, military veterans, or women. The Driving Access to Wealth & Networks (DAWN)...
It's a hands-on, real-world classroom
The group of 16 Wrenshall students quickly separated into small groups outside the Carlton VFW last week, as they hammered and cut the final pieces of the walk-in cooler they'd been building since...
Santa is on his way to Cloquet
It may not feel much like winter yet, but old Saint Nick will be here more than three weeks before he's scheduled to climb down the chimney. Cloquet's annual Santa's Home for the Holidays runs... Full story
Northern Lights Express update
State legislators and staff from the Minnesota Department of Transportation will hold a community forum Nov. 27 on the status of the Northern Lights Express rail project. The NLX will provide commuter train service between Minneapolis and Duluth....
CAFD aims to reduce calls with new position
Residents within the Cloquet Area Fire District boundaries will see increased ambulance rates and potentially a new community risk reduction officer since the CAFD board unanimously approved both at its Nov. 15 meeting. The CAFD board voted to...
Teachers negotiate a two-year pay raise
Carlton teachers will receive a pay increase of 4.25 percent for the 2023-24 school year and an additional 2 percent for the 2024-25 school year, according to a new contract approved by the Carlton school board at its meeting Monday, Nov. 20. Other...
Obituary: Helen Margaret Stiede
Helen Margaret Stiede was born Jan. 26, 1934, to John and Clara (Freiss) Kainz in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She grew up on the family dairy and produce farm. She loved taking her mother to the market and... Full story
Obituary: Myrna Loy (O'Geay) Suvanto
Myrna Loy (O'Geay) Suvanto, 85, of Cloquet passed away peacefully at Park River Estates Care Center in Coon Rapids on Nov. 17, 2023, surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 15, 1938, in Duluth.... Full story
Obituary: Donna Mae Smith
Donna Mae Smith, 91, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 18, 2023, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. Donna was born Dec. 21, 1931, in Cloquet. She worked at Northwest Paper Company (Sappi now) in... Full story
Obituary: Albert Jasper Holm
Albert Jasper Holm, 86, of Carlton passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. Albert was born to Albert and Lucille Holm on Feb. 4, 1937. He was raised in Camanche,... Full story
Marlene H. Anderson, 88, of Carlton passed away Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. Visitation: 11 a.m. until the 12 p.m. funeral service Monday, Dec. 4 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Carlton. Interment will follow at... Full story
Obituary: Jesse H. Oles
Jesse H. Oles, 83, lifelong resident of Cloquet, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, surrounded by loved ones. He was born on Nov. 25, 1939, in Cloquet, the son of Leonard and Jennie (Anderson)... Full story
Obituary: Ronald Gene Rosbacka
Ronald Gene Rosbacka, 82, of Wright passed away on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. Ronald was born to Wilbert and Helen (Soyring) Rosbacka on April 3, 1941, in Moose Lake.... Full story
Harry's Gang: Parents create royal dilemma
There seems to be a cultural crisis facing Barnum that threatens the very existence of the city and its high school. The crisis? Kids at the school this fall elected two boys as the top homecoming... Full story
Pieces coming together for young Lumberjacks team
With a lineup replete with youngsters, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team is busy trying to figure out roles and combinations as they gear up for the winter season. "We are still pretty...
Lumberjacks aim high in Class A
Last year, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boy's hockey team finished with an impressive 16-9-1 record, but fell well short of the state hockey tournament. This season, the Lumberjacks come in with a... Full story
Join the Cloquet Ski Club
Prospective cross country skiers and ski jumpers ages 3-18 are invited to join the Cloquet Ski Club, which is based out of the Pine Valley park in Cloquet. Ski jumpers practice Tuesday and Thursday evenings, while cross country skiers meet every... Full story
Wilderness stay on top
Victories in hockey sometimes can be Rembrandt-like pieces of artwork. Other times, they can remind you of a pig sty. Saturday night's game in Cloquet between the Minnesota Wilderness and Wisconsin... Full story
Register for ski lessons
Kids ages 5-14 can sign up for cross country ski lessons at the Spirit Mountain Nordic Center. Lessons run on Sundays Jan. 7-Feb. 11. Lessons for grades K-3 are 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. for grades 4-8. Cost: $30 for the first child, $20 for... Full story
Apostolic Lutheran Church Pastor Nathan Juntunen 25 Church Road, Esko 218-879-3882 [email protected] www.esko-apostolic.org Services on Esko Apostolic YouTube channel Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship service, all... Full story
Quilters honor one of their own
The Humble Quilters Guild made four scrappy rainbow quilts for donation this fall, using fabric donated by the family of Barb Little. Barb was a charter member of the guild and was well-known for her...
The weather has been so nice that my son mowed the lawn today. The grass had gotten long, and it sure looks much better now. I don’t think we have ever mowed the lawn this late in November. A few...
Photo: A bead on fun
Churchill Elementary fourth-graders in Jessica Gagne's class learned beading this month. Here, the kids are making bracelets they designed themselves. Pictured from left are Franny Langer, Tucker... Full story
CEC diver soaks in State
The first Lumberjacks diver to go to State since 2005, Esko junior Rilee Durovec took 20th place at the Minnesota State High School League Class A Swimming and Diving meet last week....
Deer hunt is definitely hit and miss
Wolves and winters. Those are the theories being tossed around related to a Minnesota firearms deer season that data show, and most hunters say, lacked the robust deer populations of yesteryear.... Full story
Emerald ash borer threatens northern Minnesota
With close to a billion ash trees in the state, the non-native emerald ash borer (EAB) insect threatens trees across Minnesota, but especially the northern part of the state. A wood borer that feeds in the phloem and disrupts the movement of... Full story