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Husband, wife die hours apart in virus fight

"You're grounded." That's what Judy Proulx told her 60-something son last week when the thermometer he had purchased for her went on the blink. The impish gesture defined Jim Proulx's mother. "I'm... Full story

Downward trend continues locally, in state

Carlton County Covid-19 case numbers increased by 46 cases over the past week, while only one death due to Covid was reported in the county. As of Wednesday, Jan. 13, Carlton County had seen a cumulative total of 2,809 Covid-19 cases and 43 deaths,... Full story

On your pets: Covid in pets has become a thing

In March I wrote a column about Covid and our pets. We have learned a lot about Covid-19 in the past nine months and some of the guidance has since changed. Here is what we know now. Over the past few months, some domestic animals, including dogs,... Full story

Barnum coach faces sex crime charges

The Barnum girls basketball coach was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 19, for allegedly sexually assaulting one of his players. Andrew John Palmer, 33, of Moose Lake was charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Carlton County... Full story

Cloquet man faces sex crime charges

A Cloquet man was charged with first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct stemming from an arrest warrant issued in November, after a young woman reported he allegedly assaulted her last spring, when both he and the victim were living with...

Arrest made at Line 3 pipeline site

Water protector Nia Zekan climbed into a pipe trench along the Line 3 pipeline easement on the Fond du Lac reservation Monday morning, shutting down work for approximately four hours. Zekan halted... Full story

Smoke shop hit hard after sale to minor

What seemed like a routine retail tobacco license suspension turned into lengthy discussion during Tuesday's Cloquet City Council meeting, but the end result was the same. Lakeshore Tobacco Vapor was...

Carlton postmaster loves to deliver

Over the past several years, customers walking into the Cloquet or Carlton post offices have been greeted by a familiar face backed up with a helpful, can-do attitude. The guy who seems to be at the...

There's a space crunch at the fire hall

The motto of the Cloquet Area Fire District when it concerns the state legislature could be phrased this way: "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try, try again." For at least the fifth... Full story

Police seize 2.2 pounds of cocaine

With assistance from several law enforcement agencies, Cloquet police department detectives seized 2.2 pounds of cocaine with a street value of nearly $30,000 last week. Misty Anne Baum, 40, of Duluth, was charged with first degree possession of...

Wright/Cromwell news

I have received several thank-yous for keeping my readers informed during these past 11 months of the stay-at-home pandemic. It seems that every week when I sit down to type this column, I don’t...

Wrenshall News: It's real-life skills for students

Almost every aspect of life has been upended by the global pandemic we continue to find ourselves in. Organizations have learned to find creative solutions to new challenges, including Business...

Elementary students are first back in Esko

Esko elementary students returned to school in-person on Tuesday and it was fabulous, Esko superintendent Aaron Fischer told Esko School Board members during their meeting Tuesday. “Quite honestly, I walked around and I couldn’t believe all the...

All students return to classrooms

Students went back to the Barnum elementary and high schools Tuesday, Jan. 19. “It was great to hear their voices in the halls again,” said Barnum superintendent Mike McNulty in a telephone interview later that day. “I hope that lasts a long...

Tax filing season starts Feb. 12

The Minnesota Department of Revenue will open the state Individual Income Tax filing season on Feb. 12. The date matches the opening day for the Internal Revenue Service. The filing deadline to submit 2020 Minnesota income tax returns is April 15,...

Report says Minnesota's air quality is good - but not for everyone

A report out this month says Minnesota’s air quality is good overall, but isn’t the same in all parts of the state. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is required to report to the Legislature every two years on how clean the state’s air...

Mayor remains optimistic despite tough year

A difficult pandemic year did not spare the city of Cromwell. As mayor Sharon Zelazny said, “When it came to challenges and achievements, the challenges definitely won out.” Zelazny said the city...

Trailblazer Sasquatch Virtual 5K/10K February 14 - 20

Obituaries: Jim and Judy Proulx

James (Jim), 82, and Judy, 81, of Cloquet passed away after 62 years of marriage, within hours of each other in their winter home of Yuma, Arizona on Jan. 11, 2021. Lifelong residents of Cloquet,... Full story

Obituaries: Carol A. Schlenvogt

Carol A. Schlenvogt, 71, of Cloquet passed away Jan. 13, 2021, at her home with family at her side. She was born Aug. 6, 1949 in Jamestown, North Dakota, the daughter of Reinhart and Evanda (Stuckle)... Full story

Obituaries: Diane M. Krych

Diane M. Krych, 68, of Esko and Stone Lake, Wisconsin, went to her heavenly home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, after a lengthy and courageous battle with... Full story

Death notices

Norman Lee Rubesh, 77, of Cloquet passed away suddenly Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. A gathering of family and friends was held Jan. 16 in the Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St. in Cloquet. Charles Golen,... Full story

Harry's Gang: I'm missing watching history parade by in Washington, D.C.

I was supposed to be in Washington this week, but I canceled my plane tickets in early December. We had been planning to attend the inauguration, taking advantage of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to... Full story

Our view: Back-to-school is welcome any time

We are not weather forecasters, but we predict a warmup next week, due to parents all around the county breathing a big sigh of relief when their children finally go back to school. Most Carlton County schools announced a return to the classroom...

Skaters work out the kinks

Junior hockey returned to the Northland this past week as the Minnesota Wilderness opened 2021 with a pair of road games and their first home game of the season, with mixed results. The Wilderness... Full story

Proctor's Egerdahl was a great athlete, person

Reminiscing. It can be very somber and thought provoking wondering about what could have been. Newspapers, magazines, and television programs often give quick snapshots of those who died the past... Full story

It's tough sledding early on for 'Jacks

The new high school boys hockey schedule could not have been much tougher for the opening two games of the season for the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team. On Thursday the Lumberjacks opened... Full story

Wrestlers rebuild in age of Covid

In a sport that requires true grit, the Lumberjacks wrestling team faces two additional challenges this year: numbers and Covid-19. They lost five seniors to graduation last year, and another four... Full story

The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Jan. 14 Boys Hockey Grand Rapids-6 CEC-1 Boys Basketball Northwoods-110 Carlton-46 Girls Basketball Moose Lake/ Willow River-83 Aitkin-66 Carlton-59 McGregor-31 MIB-77 Cloquet-47 Cromwell-Wright-66 South Ridge-39 Friday, Jan. 15 Boys... Full story

Fast gliding so far for Nordic ski team

Despite less than ideal snow conditions, the Lumberjacks Nordic ski teams are off to a fast start in this year's ski season. Still ranked in third place by skinnyski.com, the boys team won both of... Full story

'Uncommon' moose roams area

It appears there's a male moose loose in the city of Cloquet, or rather the woods surrounding it. Earlier this month, a handful of residents spotted the large antlered animal not far from Armory Road... Full story

Get on the beaten snowshoe path

Minnesotans know of many ways to enjoy the snow. They eat it, throw it, build with it, slide on it and jump into it. A favorite way that my outdoor companion Keith and I enjoy the frozen... Full story

Boundary waters crush brings changes

After a surge of visitors brought an increase in litter and damage to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness last year, officials are taking steps to head off similar problems this year. The Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota... Full story

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