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 By Brady Slater    News    November 25, 2022 

Indigenous students amplify their 'voice'

The Carlton school district administration and board plan to discuss an audit along with enrollment and budget at its meetings in December. But this month, school leadership heard from one portion of... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    November 25, 2022 

Students deliver for dinner (rolls)

It wasn't a normal day for students in Lynsee Wanous' classes on Tuesday. The Cloquet Middle School teacher was engaging her seventh- and eighth-grade Family Consumer Science classes in a group... Full story


Move to purple isn't an anomaly

Reliably blue and labor-centric throughout recent history, the city of Cloquet is experiencing something a lot of population centers are encountering: an encroaching red hue. Five of six precincts in...

 By Brady Slater    News    November 18, 2022

District will borrow way out of red

In debt by more than $300,000, Wrenshall schools administration and its school board are expected to begin three rounds of cuts in December. The first cuts will total $50,000, followed by further...

 By Brady Slater    News    November 18, 2022

Missing man found dead in lake

Suicide and foul play were ruled out after the body of a missing 38-year-old Carlton County man was recovered late last week. Authorities from Aitkin County located the body of Lucas Dudden early in the afternoon on Friday, Nov. 11, in shallow water... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    November 11, 2022

Wrenshall board members ousted

Two years of turmoil left two-thirds of voters in Wrenshall School District precincts having seen enough. They swept out incumbents on the school board Tuesday, giving challengers a chance to stabilize declining enrollment and an operating deficit....

 By Brady Slater    News    November 11, 2022

Sheriff Lake, sales tax gain mass approval

Reelected in a landslide Tuesday, Carlton County sheriff Kelly Lake expects to be around for the end of her term in 2026. "I made a promise to the voters of Carlton County and intend to keep that... Full story


Board newcomer is top vote getter

Three of five candidates were going to be elected to the Cloquet School Board on Tuesday. Sarah Plante Buhs didn’t have the faintest idea she’d be the top vote-getter. “I’m very appreciative, and I was very surprised with what the outcome was... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    November 11, 2022

Foul play ruled out after body found in lake

Suicide and foul play were ruled out after the body of a missing 38-year-old Carlton County man was recovered late last week. Authorities from Aitkin County located the body of Lucas Dudden early in the afternoon on Friday, Nov. 11, in shallow water... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    November 4, 2022

Walking through history

Films focus on migration of people to and from Cloquet While researching a theme for seven short films he'll debut next week in Cloquet, Augustin Ganley drew inspiration from a French word, "cloque,"... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    November 4, 2022

Open house showcases school's 'real world' direction

When Chris Gustafson arrived at Wrenshall School, his predecessor teaching industrial arts had quit after the district cut the teaching position to barely more than half-time. "They realized if they... Full story


School safety occupies candidates' attention

Four of five candidates for school board weighed in at the Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce candidate forum Oct. 25. In the wake of two lockdowns within the past year, the topic of school safety drew provocative responses from an incumbent and... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    October 28, 2022

'Green' cemetery plan brings flurry of opposition

Outside Barnum, where horses populate handsome stables and open fields, and scores of round bales tell of a robust hay harvest, the sale of 20 acres of land has sent Blackhoof Township residents into... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    October 28, 2022

Former chief finds new way to serve

Mike Tusken grows into leadership role at college There were days as Duluth police chief when Mike Tusken was exhausted, yet still found himself driving to Cloquet to teach a three-hour night class on... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    October 21, 2022

Schools agree on Raptors pairings

Struggling financially and facing declining enrollments, the Carlton and Wrenshall schools agreed to bring together all junior high and high school sports earlier this week. The move to combine sports... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    October 21, 2022

City opens window to redevelop Solem

Local and regional developers have until the end of November to submit proposals that will determine the future of the condemned Hotel Solem building. Located in downtown Cloquet, the 103-year-old...

 By Brady Slater    News    October 21, 2022

Catholic church preserves its 'sacred' place

Assigned by the local diocese's bishop to Queen of Peace Catholic Church 15 months ago, the Rev. Nick Nelson praised his fortune. "For me, who thinks beauty, who thinks the physical appearance of the... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    October 14, 2022

Officials: sales tax proposals relieve property tax burden

Voters in Cloquet will see two sales tax proposals on their ballots during early voting and the midterm general election Nov. 8. Carlton County voters will have to pay attention, too, because they're... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    October 14, 2022

Challengers urge change at school board forum

An amicable gathering last week brought together most of the Wrenshall school board candidates in a public forum for the first time. As it concluded, the six candidates in attendance expressed pride... Full story


Student discovers self in science

There was a time Emily Lockling didn't know what she wanted to study or do with her future. But a nudge from her mother, Jodie Lockling, a language teacher at the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School, helped to... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    October 14, 2022

Newish pawn shop aims to attract travelers

When Cory Drickhamer pulled in for the start of business at the MarksMan Trading Post one day earlier this week, there was a customer right behind him. Within moments, the pawn shop had five more... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    October 7, 2022

Band calls for burial protections

Gathering last week capped cemetery saga that began in 2017 The tribal chairman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa called for new protections for Native American burial grounds during...

 By Brady Slater    News    October 7, 2022

City 'missing boat' on food trucks

The Cloquet City Council took up the topic of food trucks at its meeting Tuesday at City Hall, wondering if it should amend an ordinance to allow the cultural phenomenon better access to city park...


No rush yet as early voting starts

Earlier this week, Carlton County election officials mailed 600 absentee ballots to people who’d requested to vote in advance of the Nov. 8 midterm election. It was a far cry from the 2020 general election, in which roughly half of the county’s... Full story


Another write-in candidate fills Ward 3 picture

As a 23-year educational interpreter working at Cloquet High School, it's normal to find Iris Keller standing with the teacher at the front of the classroom. Keller delivers in sign language what the... Full story


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