Lakeside estate sale draws a crowd

'There's a lot of nice stuff there' In 30 years of auctioneering and conducting estate sales, Steven Wesely has never gone to a second weekend for a sale. Until this weekend. "This is by far the most... Full story

'It's time to make the move' - Boys hockey to shift to Class A next season

After January 27, it will be official: the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team will move to Class A hockey starting next season for at least two years, a move that 90 percent of parents in the... Full story

Police arrest man passed out in car

A Barnum man is facing charges after police found him passed out in a parked car earlier this month. Roger Petersen Jr., 35, was charged Friday, Jan. 20, in Sixth District Court in Carlton County with felony first-degree drug possession along with...

Alleged fentanyl dealer arrested while on bail

A Cloquet man who was charged in October for having 1,200 fentanyl pills in his possession is facing new drug charges. James Daniel Randa, 19, and Kaydance Marie Barrett, 18, were charged with felony second-degree drug sale and fifth-degree drug... Full story

District wants $6.45 million for fixes

Voters in the Cromwell-Wright school district will go to the polls Feb. 14 with a chance to weigh a series of school improvements, costing $6.45 million and including updates to the second gym and... Full story

New rep serves on WLSSD board

The Board of Directors of the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District welcomes Jack Ezell as the elected Carlton County representative. The seat was previously filled by Ruth Janke who dedicated 13 years of service to WLSSD and its environmental...

Food tasting takes center stage

The Food for Thought tasting event returned to the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College last week after a Covid hiatus. More than 200 people enjoyed samples of signature food and beverages from a...

Hearing set on sewer rate increase

The Thomson Township board of supervisors had a short agenda for its meeting Jan. 19. The board rescheduled a public hearing to set rates for sewer service in order to allow time to work out the details for changes to commercial businesses in the...

Justice center funding sought

With a state budget surplus of more than $17 billion, Carlton County leaders are again looking to the state legislature for help funding the new justice center, despite voter approval in November of a half-cent sales tax for the next 30 years. The...

College wins e-book award

An e-book project coordinated by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College was recently awarded the 2022 Minnesota Author Project award in the Communities Create category. To celebrate the win, the college is inviting the community to a reception...

Obituary: Elmer "Lee" Woodward

Elmer "Lee" Woodward, 79, of Cloquet passed away Jan. 23, 2023, at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. He was born June 25, 1943, in Seattle, Washington, the son of Elmer and Laura (Simnis) Woodward. Lee... Full story

Obituary: Robert L. Johnson

Robert L. Johnson, 89, of Cloquet passed away Jan. 21, 2023, at Community Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 22, 1933, in Cloquet, the son of John and Marion (Jesse)... Full story

Death notice: Marlin Fredrick Wick

Marlin Fredrick Wick, 76, passed away Jan. 22, 2023, while living at Garden Terrace Assisted Living in Wrenshall. He was born on Nov. 9, 1946, to Raymond and Eleanor (Aiken) Wick. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Thursday,... Full story

Obituary: Anne F. Redfield

Anne F. Redfield, 68, of Cloquet passed away Jan. 18, 2023, at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Proctor. She was born March 24, 1954, in Duluth, the daughter of Robert and Mandy (Balen) Redfield.... Full story

Obituary: Charles Arthur Sedlander

Charles Arthur Sedlander, 84, of Cromwell passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 19, 2023. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the 12 p.m. funeral service Friday, Jan. 27 at Bethany Lutheran Church... Full story

Obituary: Gerald "Jerry" Lonke

Gerald "Jerry" Lonke died Jan. 14, 2023, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on April 22, 1951, in Duluth to Bernard and Betty Lonke. He worked at the DM&IR Railway for 33 years. He was... Full story

From the editor: Celebrating Dad's good life

It snowed the morning my dad died in Indiana earlier this month, big white flakes that weren’t in the forecast, as if Mother Nature wanted to honor my Minnesota-born-and -raised father one last... Full story

Guest view: Carbon-free bill needs some work

Jenny Glumack, manager of legislative affairs for the Minnesota Rural Electric Association, wrote this piece on behalf of its member cooperatives. On Jan. 5, the Minnesota Legislature proposed a bill to transition all electricity sold in the state...

Cloquet grad makes world stage

During this month's 2023 FISU World University Games in Lake Placid, New York, Nordic combined competitor Aidan Ripp wore his Cloquet Ski Club hat for every competition. The Cloquet grad was one of... Full story

Eskomos show depth in another big win

The Esko boys basketball team proved again Friday why it's a favorite in local basketball circles. The Eskomos hosted Moose Lake/Willow River - another perennial local basketball power - and handed... Full story

'Jacks escape frenzy with a tie

Following a tough loss to Duluth East the night before, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team looked to change their fortune Friday when they hosted Holy Angels Academy at Northwoods Credit Union... Full story

Cardinals soar past Rebels

Entering the game between Cromwell-Wright and Moose Lake/Willow River, the Cardinals had 12 wins and the Rebels just a single win. One of the reasons for the Cardinals' strong season, Sascha Korpela,... Full story

Top scorer lifts Wilderness to sweep

The top scorer for the Minnesota Wilderness delivered his most dramatic goal of the season on Friday. Kevin Marx Norén scored as time expired in regulation, giving the Wilderness a 4-3 win en route to a home-and-home series sweep last weekend...

Better internet is on the way

Good internet service in rural areas has been troublesome for a long time. This is not the world of my grandparents. Waiting for more advanced technology to finally hook up all of rural America, I have seen a lot of changes in my lifetime. But the... Full story

Hackathon returns with webinar series, live event

The inaugural Northland Hackathon in April 2022 exposed students from 20 Minnesota high schools to aspects of computer science that included building apps, writing code and exploring opportunities in tech. That focus was important because,...

Book author to present at CFC

Author John Pastor will share stories about white pine from his new book titled “White Pine: The Ecological and Human History of a Foundational American Tree.” In the book, Pastor tells the story of attempts over the past two centuries to...

Wright/Cromwell news

The price of Forever stamps went up to 63 cents on Monday. So, how many of us send letters anymore? Well, I do. And the folks I write to sure appreciate getting actual letters from time to time. Even though a lot of greetings are now sent by email,...

Kettle River news

Quilting runs from from 9 a.m. until noon at Holy Trinity every Wednesday. The next Ma & Pa Kettle days meeting starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Kettle River Senior Center. The next Kettle River City Council meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb....

'Charlotte's Web' promises fun for whole family

The County Seat Theater will open its new season next weekend with "Charlotte's Web," a story about friendship that ought to enchant audiences of all ages. The Children's Literature Association had... Full story

Lunar landscape

Jay Cooke State Park is Dan Malkovich's favorite spot for outdoor landscape photography. "We are lucky to live near such a beautiful location," he said. On Jan. 5, the moon was 99-percent full,... Full story

Reminder about deer feeding and attractant bans

The DNR is reminding Minnesotans that deer feeding and attractant bans are in place across the state to prevent concentrations of wild deer in areas with a higher risk for disease, including all of Carlton County. These bans are precautionary steps...

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