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World watching cleanup effort unfold in Scanlon

Until forced to close this summer to make way for a construction site, the Scanlon fishing pier off Highway 61 had been a popular, yet hard-to-quantify destination. "We had no idea how popular a... Full story

Wrenshall division escalates amid candidate forums

A teachers union-led candidate forum for Wrenshall school board had a kumbaya vibe Tuesday. But conflict currently affecting the board wasn't far behind, as three current board members declined to...

Township seals appointment discussion, skirting state law

The Thomson Township board of supervisors defended itself this week after closing a public meeting to discuss applicants to fill an open seat on the board. The board went into what it termed “closed meeting” on Sept. 8 to discuss what was... Full story

Hoax 911 call disrupts Cloquet high school, middle school

What turned out to be a false 911 call reporting “an active threat of violence” at Cloquet High School Wednesday morning sent law enforcement racing to the building, where students and staff were unaware of any problems. “The phone call was a... Full story

Man dies in work incident

A Culver man was killed Wednesday, Sept. 14, as the result of a workplace incident at the Northland Constructors gravel pit in Industrial Township. According to a news release from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, Brad Lewis Wojtysiak, 40,... Full story

Churchill school gets 'blue ribbon' for closing the gap

Nothing changed at Churchill Elementary School on Friday when U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools - and the Cloquet school as one of 297 to make...

Carlton joins Wrenshall in wanting further cooperation

Superintendent John Engstrom confirmed Monday that the Carlton school district will proceed with further talks with Wrenshall on sharing sports and other after-school activities. Engstrom noted that both district boards have passed an agreement to...

New cell tower boosts Wrenshall

AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers in Wrenshall got a boost in wireless connectivity recently, with the addition of a new cell tower near the intersection of Military Road and Veterans Evergreen Memorial Drive. The update is expected to help...

Band shares climate actions with state agency leaders

As countries, cities and groups from around the world mark Climate Week 2022, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa hosted state agency leaders to share actions the Band is taking to address...

Public safety grant frees up funds

News that the police department secured a $110,000 grant to pay for a DWI enforcement officer came as welcome relief to Cloquet city officials Tuesday. Not only will it bring an increased focus on driving-while-impaired arrests and education,...

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Obituary: Betty Arlene Kubis

Betty Arlene Kubis, 88, of Saginaw passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. She was born Oct. 3, 1933, in Wimbledon, North Dakota to Edward and Anna Christ. She... Full story

Obituary: Brad L. Wojtysiak

Brad L. Wojtysiak, 40, of Culver passed away Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. He was born Feb. 12, 1982, in Cloquet, the son of Edward and Carolyn (Wood) Wojtysiak. Brad graduated from AlBrook High School... Full story

Obituary: Katherine Grace Loban

Katherine Grace Loban, 74, of Moose Lake, died Saturday, September 17, 2022 peacefully in her home with her loving husband Roger at her side. Born September 24, 1947 in Rensselaer, Indiana to Rachel... Full story

Obituary: Susan K. Modec

Susan K. Modec, 80, of Cloquet passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at New Perspective Senior Living. She was born Feb. 16, 1942, in Eveleth, the daughter of Joseph and Jessie (Plattner) Peritz. Sue... Full story

Obituary: Diane Lucille Johnson

Diane Lucille Johnson, 79, of Duluth passed away Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. She was born on April 7, 1943, to Fred and Mary Sundin in Duluth. She attended Hermantown... Full story

Obituary: Lila Schwoch

Lila Helen Kaski Schwoch, 85, of Barnum, died peacefully September 20, 2022 at New Perspective Senior Living. Lila was born at home in Automba Township November 16, 1936 to Kaarlo William Kaski and... Full story

Letters: America the beleaguered

As a mid-70s-year-old male I’ve never witnessed a more divided America than today. While the insurrection was caused by a conspiracy crowd off misguided instructions by the former, twice-impeached president, Fox News anchors are claiming the IRS...

Letters: Embrace bike race, all sports

I recently read your article in the paper that discussed the upcoming bike race and the worry this has created for the ski club. As a mother of a member of our local cycling team, I was bothered by some of the comments and lack of acceptance or...

Our view: Come celebrate the West End

Driving around town, you’ll find remnants of long-forgotten commercial activity in many neighborhoods, corner groceries and old gas stations that have evolved into residential space, as most commercial activity moved downtown or to the Highway 33... Full story

Esko overcomes slow start to rock Agates

Entering Tuesday night's game against Two Harbors, the Esko girls soccer team sported a gaudy record of 8-1 and had the second best QRF ranking in the state. The Agates came in as the No. 30 ranked... Full story

Lumberjacks topple East for the second time ever

The annual match between Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and Duluth East finished with a dramatic 3-2 win for CEC on Thursday, Sept. 15. The 'Jacks had early trouble, with Greyhound senior Pete Onchwari... Full story

Ogichidaag bounce back to defeat Lions

Now into her second season as coach of the Fond du Lac girls volleyball team, Larissa Littlewolf is seeing marked growth in the program. "We have 26 girls in the program," Littlewolf said. "In fact,... Full story

Rushing Rebels roll over Range's Titans

For 24 football seasons, Dave Louzek has been at the helm of the Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels. During that time Louzek has clung to a philosophy that regular-season games are solely used to get a... Full story

Trade pays instant dividends for Wilderness

Trades are frequent in junior hockey, and to determine if one works can take weeks or months. But for the Minnesota Wilderness last weekend, the return was instant. The team went 2-1 after acquiring forwards Kevin Marx Noren and Noah Griswold on... Full story

New production uses humor to tackle inheritance

For its latest production, the County Seat Theater Company dipped into the comedy stylings of Phyllis Diller, Lily Tomlin and Joan Rivers for "Spreading It Around." Written by Londos D'Arrigo, a... Full story

Festival comes to West End Saturday

Head to the West End of Cloquet on Saturday for a free outdoor, pedestrian-friendly street festival featuring artists, entrepreneurs, shopping and an outdoor food court with live music. Aimed at giving residents a feel for what the historic West... Full story

Kettle River news

Jim and Mary Sanders will be putting up cornstalks on the light poles again this month. If you would like to adopt a light pole to decorate for fall, let Mary know. Come to the next Kettle River city council meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11 at...

Wright/Cromwell news

I had the opportunity to go to the Premiere Theatres in Cloquet to see the movie “Where the Crawdads Sing.” It is a very good movie, had some questionable scenes, but all in all told a great story with no bad language. I was also impressed with...

Memorial Blood Center

Local nonprofit Memorial Blood Centers is calling all eligible blood and platelet donors to step up and help save lives. The need for blood is constant, but the supply isn’t. Donors with Memorial Blood Centers help supply nearly 40 local...

Community Education: Partners helped preserve childcare

Li’l Lumberjacks and Kids Corner are open for business at our new Pine Tree Plaza location. Thanks to much assistance from the Cloquet football team and National Honor Society, the physical moving of both programs began Sept. 1. The Li’l... Full story

Volunteers come together to feed the children

You've heard of manna from heaven? Last weekend, 432 volunteers came to the Cloquet Armory and packed 109,080 special MannaPack rice meals for the Feed my Starving Children charity in a "mobile pack"... Full story

Ward 3 gets first write-in candidate

Cloquet Ward 3 city council candidate Pete Erickson has a unique challenge this fall: he has to get voters to do more than fill in a box next to his name. For Erickson to win, voters will have to... Full story

Soccer Gods are watching

The girls soccer game in Esko kicked off under an impressive cloud bank Tuesday, as cooler weather rolled in following one of the warmer days this... Full story

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