Salvage yard fire draws a crowd
Firefighters responded to a call from Mark's Salvage and Recycling at 8089 Highway 2 in Saginaw Tuesday afternoon, after it was reported the business was on fire. Signs on the property indicate the...
Apartment fire injures one; safety issues arise
A fire Sunday morning at Larson Commons senior apartments in Cloquet left one woman with severe injuries and her apartment damaged. It also raised questions about what would happen in case of a...
Budget approved despite mysteries
Esko school board members approved a budget Monday for the next school year that superintendent Aaron Fischer referred to as somewhat “mythical.” That’s because the budget was created without...
Local river rafting business ups ante with ropes course
There aren't too many requirements for the new high ropes course that opened Saturday in Scanlon: you simply have to be 8 years old or older, at least 35 pounds and not over 275 pounds. No experience...
Board sets annual budget for next year
While it’s never an exact science when setting a budget nearly three months before students enter buildings for a new school year, the Cloquet school board approved numbers it was presented with at its regular meeting Monday night. The total...
Court affirms Line 3 approvals based on oil demand
The Minnesota Court of Appeals handed a major victory to Enbridge Energy this week, affirming state utility regulators’ approval of the Canadian company’s Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project. A three-judge panel ruled 2 to 1 that there is...
Members Cooperative Credit Union selected 11 college-bound seniors for $10,000 in scholarships recently, including Amanda Paul of Cloquet ($500), and Olivia Bogenholm of Moose Lake ($500). Esko Apostolic Church presented its first scholarship award... Full story
Nick Olson of Cloquet was named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Colter Hendrickson of Esko was named to the University of Utah’s spring dean’s list. Andy Acers of Cloquet was named to Hamline... Full story
City will study franchise fees to fund roads
Cloquet city councilors gave the go-ahead to city staff Tuesday to look into charging franchise fees to utility companies as a way to raise money to pay for street and infrastructure improvements....
Bells help bring music back to classrooms
Students in Jennifer Mangan's fourth-grade class at Washington Elementary School play resonator bells purchased with grant funds in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Cloquet Education...
Barnum seniors celebrate
Barnum High School's senior graduation ceremony took place June 4 in the school gymnasium. There were 50 graduates. Student speakers were Olivia Bogenholm, Kaitlynn Hooper-Sparks, Riki Mae Duevel,...
Honor Rolls: Cromwell-Wright High School
Cromwell-Wright High School Second semester A HONOR ROLL Grade 12 Justin Aho Eliana Anderson Daniel Belden Daniele Butera Brandi Collman Elisabeth Kachinske Andrew Kosloski Aiden Lehti Katherine Libbon Seth Ridlon Grade 11 Scarlett Korpela Alaina... Full story
Microchipping clinic is June 27
Northern Lakes Rescue, the Cloquet Police Department and the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office are partnering to offer free pet microchipping to Carlton County residents on June 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Veterans Park in Cloquet. The walk-up...
Marathon will snarl traffic
This weekend’s Grandma’s Marathon events will cause delays for traffic headed to Duluth and the North Shore. On Saturday an Interstate 35 and Highway 61 detour is in place in Duluth to accommodate the morning marathon. The traditional detour...
Obituaries: Sheila Cartwright
Sheila Cartwright, 52, of Barnum, passed away with her family by her side June 10, 2021, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. She was born July 23, 1968 to Roger and Shirley Lund in Moose Lake. Sheila graduated from Cromwell High School in 1986.... Full story
Obituaries: Kenneth L. DeFoe Jr.
Kenneth L. DeFoe Jr., "Niizhoo Gwaanabe," 57, passed away with his family by his side June 14, 2021, at Miller Dwan Medical Center in Duluth. He was born Nov. 17, 1963, in Cloquet to Kenneth L. DeFoe... Full story
Obituaries: Betty Lorraine Dancer
Betty Lorraine Dancer, 91, of Cloquet passed away June 12, 2021, in Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. She was born June 29, 1929, in Sandstone to John and Alice (Dupuis) Voit. Betty grew up in... Full story
Obituaries: Margaret Alexander
Margaret Alexander, 86, of Keowee Key, South Carolina, passed away at her home Oct. 19, 2020. Born in Cloquet, she was the daughter of Floyd and Mildred Nelson, and wife of the late Robert George... Full story
Letter to the editor: Events are back, enjoy them
I find it interesting, and maybe fun, to reflect on just what the world is like now, after the heart of the pandemic seems to be over and daily life gets back on track. With pandemic restrictions easing, hopefully we can return to enjoying the...
Letter to the editor: Watch how things are defined in St. Paul
While watching Minnesota’s legislative committee and floor sessions, some debate arose in my mind about the discussions. One surrounded small businesses. As legislators are drafting legislation, it is important for the public to know what the...
Harry's Gang: Body cameras provide truth that can't be varnished over
A picture is worth a thousand words, it's said, and I agree. This article is about more than half that, and there's no way I can adequately explain how beautiful my mother is, even if you read to the... Full story
Our View: Let the fireworks soar after year off
As we predicted at the end of 2020, this year we’ll celebrate the Fourth of July as a normal event with a parade, sporting activities, and fireworks. Well, almost normal. Uncertainty of the pandemic’s effects by midsummer have affected planning... Full story
In what will go down in state golf history as one of the most memorable, dramatic individual finishes in high school play, Sam Baker won the Class AA State Boys Golf Championship Wednesday. Add to... Full story
It's a trifecta sweep for Jameson
Although most athletes hope to make it to the Minnesota track and field state tournament in just one event, Olivia Jameson managed to earn a spot in three during last week's girls Section 7AA... Full story
Esko scratches out section win, plenty of state bids
It was a wild scene at Cloquet High School on Thursday as Cloquet hosted the Section 7A boys and girls track meet. Champions and team winners were crowned in a myriad of events. Winning the Section... Full story
Genereau stands alone for boys
Cloquet Nathan "Paddy" Genereau has a very particular pre-race ritual. He pounds his chest: three times on the left, two on the right, two on the left, two on the right. Then he jumps up and down... Full story
Rebels, Panthers, Eskomos race to state appearances
In Thursday's boys Section 7A meet, Moose Lake/Willow River had four first-place finishes, but that was not enough to overcome the depth of the teams which finished in first and second. The Rebels... Full story
Barnum can't get past section final
Very quietly, the Barnum softball team put together a solid year. That year was rewarded with a run to the Section 7A title game last week, where they fell to Cherry 14-0. “It was a great season and I am so proud of the girls,” said Barnum... Full story
South Ridge's magical run ends in extra-inning loss
The South Ridge baseball team continued its magical season last Thursday with an impressive 14-0 Section 7A championship over the North Woods Grizzlies. The victory gave the Panthers a shot in the... Full story
Officials celebrate start of waterline
After two decades of effort, Twin Lakes Township will get its waterline, with clean healthy water and plenty of it. Local officials, waterline constructors and political dignitaries gathered June 10...
A Senior Day
On Tuesday, Cloquet set aside time to celebrate its senior citizens with free treats and prizes, music, food, shopping, shared knowledge and a glorious day at the park. Nearly 40 different vendors... Full story
The Young Old Timers met for the first time in 15 months on June 8. Officers provided a delicious meal. There were several new members, and so far there are more than 30 paid memberships. Mayor...
Food Sources: Cooking with love and melding tradition
When you watch good cooks in action, all their senses are engaged. They are tuned into how the sauce feels against the spoon, whether the vegetables are glistening as they are sauteed, how the bread... Full story
Ojibwe lessons: Ojibwe history is foretold
When I think about how the Ojibwe have helped shape this great state, I tend to separate the ways we have influenced the land from the ways we have influenced its people. Maybe I do this because the Ojibwe worldview could not conceive of...