THE VAPE DEBATE

Cloquet High School principal Steve Battaglia has no doubt in his mind which generation is being targeted by e-cigarette manufacturers. He has only to rattle off the flavors - Fizzy Lemonade, Arctic... Full story

Voters say 'no' to school levy rise

There was no "third time's a charm" for Wrenshall referendum supporters, as 55 percent of school district residents who voted Tuesday rejected a $14.4 million bonding request for school facility...

School and trades help each other out

Finding and getting started on a great career right out of high school is rarely an easy task. Yet helping to make that happen is what Cloquet High School, through its building trades program, has...

County labor talks stall

Carlton County employees in AFSCME Local 2750 have been working without a contract since it expired Dec. 31, 2018. Negotiations began in August 2018 with mediation services in the fall. After a mediation session Nov. 27, the Carlton County board of...

The aspirin regimen isn't an automatic

Aspirin has been around for centuries. It was originally derived from the willow tree. Hippocrates used it to treat fever. I fondly remember having to make the compound in college chemistry class. I...

Battle of the Books

Students went to academic war last week in the Battle of the Books. Fourteen teams of fourth- and fifth-graders from Cloquet Middle School, Cloquet's Churchill and Washington elementary schools and...

Volunteers treated at hospital brunch

The tables were turned at the annual "Volunteer Brunch" at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet earlier this month. As volunteers got to relax and enjoy music and a program, department heads from...

BIZ news

Sammy's Pizza gives to DAV The Cloquet Sammy's Pizza restaurant donated $2,000 to the Disabled American Veterans Friday. Owner Mike Acheson said in celebration of Sammy's 65th anniversary, they...

Sappi finishes revamp project

In the largest individual investment in the Cloquet mill since 2013, Sappi North America announced last week that it recently completed a $25 million capital investment at the local mill to...

Getting food into students' bellies is a SNAP at local schools

My name is Liz McLaughlin and I am the SNAP-Ed Educator for Carlton County. I deliver classes and curricula to individuals and families — from elementary school students to older adults — who are eligible for SNAP benefits or other federal...

Moose Lake school bond fails

n the Moose Lake School District, more than 61 percent of voters said “no” to athletic facility improvements at the PreK-12 school. After the voting polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 and the ballots were tallied, the final count was 610...

Health notes

Many reasons to get your hearing tested May is Better Speech and Hearing month and this designation is a good reminder that it’s important to get your hearing tested. There are many reasons why this is a good idea. Some of the most important...

Broken wheel tossed train

A BNSF Railway derailment Feb. 16 was caused by a broken wheel, BNSF reported to the Federal Railroad Administration. The broken wheel caused 40 (out of 121) loaded coal cars to derail from the train tracks about four miles west of Cloquet three...

Lumberjack boys continue mastery on the links

The Lumberjacks boys golf team dominated play at their home meet last week, with the team coming in 34 points ahead of the next-closest team and Sam Baker winning the individual play. The...

Girl golfers get it in gear

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls golf team has not participated in many meets this spring but they are growing into the game, now that the weather is cooperating. Last week the Lady ’Jacks competed...

'Jacks win conference title

The Lumberjacks boys team continued its march toward tennis domination Tuesday, and captured the Lake Superior Conference championship as a result. The Lumberjacks shut out Hermantown 7-0 at...

The ticker

Softball Friday, May 10 Cloquet-17 Princeton-3 The Lumberjacks scored five runs in the third, sixth and seventh innings to cruise to the road win in Princeton. The ‘Jacks bashed out 15 hits, including a three-run home run by Kiana Bender and...

Cross country coach chosen

The Cloquet school board on Monday approved hiring high school business and technology teacher Chandra Allen as the next head coach of the cross-country teams this fall. Allen has been teaching in the district since 2013 and has coaching experience...

Lumberjacks peaking for playoffs

The Cloquet boys baseball team made the two-hour trip to Princeton Friday night and promptly handed the Tigers a 5-3 loss as the ‘Jacks picked up their fifth win on the season. “The boys have...

Our View: Investigations cost is money well spent

Well, it’s not exactly money well spent. But it’s essential to spend it. Our system depends on it. We’re talking about the money it costs the city of Cloquet to continually investigate complaints against city officials, police and councilors....

Pondering postal fixes

Most of us take the mail for granted. For years, you dropped a letter into the mail and it reached its destination, for the small price of a stamp. “Lost in the mail” is a joke: Mail doesn’t...

A comprehensive look at a strained America: The 'obsequious culture'

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me ... well, maybe just a little ... no, wait ... they definitely hurt me. Whether or not you voted for our current president, the...

WINDOW is our valuable resource

Virtually everyone from east central Minnesota is familiar with WINDOW Victim Services in Carlton, Kanabec and Pine counties. They have been providing safe, specialized and accessible services to survivors of domestic assault and sexual violence...

Here's what we have for a budget

We’re in the final days of this year’s legislative session, and as negotiations continue for what will be Minnesota’s budget for the next two years, I wanted to highlight the important investments we made in the DFL House, and our pathway...

Obit: Gerald "Jerry" Haller

Gerald "Jerry" Haller, 85, well-known musician and entertainer, passed away May 2, 2019 in the University of Minnesota Hospital ICU in Minneapolis with family at his side, from complications after... Full story

Obit: Elizabeth "Bette" Rose Schilling

Elizabeth "Bette" Rose Schilling, 94, of Cloquet, Minn. passed away Monday, April 29, 2019 at Evergreen Knoll in Cloquet. Bette was born in Cloquet on Nov. 19, 1924. She graduated from Cloquet High... Full story

Funeral notices

Jalmar Oscar Granholm, 86, formerly of Esko, died Thursday, May 2, 2019 at his home in Tucson. Visitation: 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. funeral service Saturday, May 18 in St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Esko. Burial will follow in St. Matthews Cemetery.... Full story

WRENSHALL news

Wrenshall filmmaker - and a driving force behind the Free Range Film Festival - Mike Scholtz is making the rounds on the film festival circuit with his new documentary, "Riplist." On Wednesday, May...

It's 'showtime' at the library

Here at the Cloquet Library we are busy planning a variety of summer programs and events to celebrate reading and our community. Our summer reading season will run May 20-Aug. 2. Keiko Satomi,...

WRIGHT-CROMWELL news

It seems that this column is made up of mostly area announcements, but that’s just the way it is. There are just so many things going on in our area and many folks have taken the time to thank me...

Grad season is blooming

The big kids went first. While Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College celebrated its graduation Thursday, May 16, the next couple weeks offer a flurry of high school graduation ceremonies in Carlton County. Graduations are listed chronologically...

Historical society holds open house

The Carlton County Historical Society invites the public to an open house Saturday, May 18, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to help celebrate its new ownership of the Shaw Memorial Library building. Admission will be free all day, and there will be...

Annual hospital wine and beer fundraiser moves to NorthEastern

Make plans for some good old-fashioned fun at Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital Foundation’s “Vintage Style” Wine and Beer Tasting Fundraiser at the NorthEastern Saloon in Cloquet, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31. Enjoy Cloquet history...

Couple swoops in to keep TJ's open

The fate of TJ's Country Corner in Mahtowa spurred Glenn and Renee Gaffney to action after the sudden death of Tom Bislow late in January. The couple bought the store and took possession April 17....

Esko woman played role in two acclaimed books

Carlton County authors and books will be well represented at the 31st annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards program next week, with history books about the 1918 fires in Thomson Township and...

Northwoods' Brown inducted into credit union 'Hall of Leaders'

The Minnesota Credit Union Network recently honored Barb Brown, former CEO and president of Northwoods Credit Union, for being inducted into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders. The Credit Union...

Doctor killed in plane crash outside of Moose Lake

One man is dead after an airplane crashed into the Moose Horn River Wednesday, May 8, after taking off from Moose Lake Carlton County Airport during winter weather. Dr. Thomas Stillwell, 65, of Plymouth died in the plane crash. A pilot, Stillwell...

Follow the code to enjoy fishing

Minnesota fishing opener morning, my son Joseph and I arrived at Boy Scout Landing on the St. Louis River just past 5 a.m. The lower parking lot was already packed. We pulled in and found ourselves...

St. Louis River estuary restoration project open house is May 21

Work on an extensive habitat restoration project will take place this summer in the St. Louis River estuary, where the river enters Lake Superior. Staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural... Full story

Dog poop adds up to more than a dirty shoe

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but the morning routine outside sure has changed from just a month ago. No more does it seem to be solemn and dark, and still past 6:30 a.m. Far from it, in...

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