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 By Jana Peterson    News    September 25, 2020 

Graffiti spikes across Cloquet

The Cloquet skatepark is the latest vandalism location in the city after it was spray-painted with messages last weekend. It is one of many places - including businesses and bridges - found to be...


Cases, symptoms put staff on quarantine with no subs

Wrenshall superintendent Kim Belcastro didn’t need to say it. Her face told all. “It’s been a tough week,” she told the school board Tuesday night during a special meeting. The day before,... Full story


Pet chip clinic is big draw

Although the free microchipping event was set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Park in Cloquet, pet owners and their furry friends started lining up for the drive-through event long before...

 By Jana Peterson    News    September 25, 2020 

Airport Announces Expansion

Economic Development Administration chief of staff Dana Gartzke touts the public and private partnership that is bringing a substantial investment and future jobs to the Cloquet Airport. Gartzke...


Sea has always called him

Scanlon's Jerry Eliason said he was just a boy when the "Sea Hunt" television series sparked his interest in shipwrecks. The series only aired for four seasons, but Eliason watched reruns of Lloyd...


Former county attorney disbarred

Former Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler was disbarred Thursday, Sept. 10 by the Minnesota Supreme Court for professional misconduct because he failed to disclose known police misconduct when he...


Coffee klatsch takes it outside

Look hard enough, below the golden arches off Highway 33 in Cloquet any Monday or Thursday morning when the weather is tolerable, and you'll see them. Guys and gals in lawn chairs and on truck gates...


Sentence is 5 years for drug sale death

A Hermantown woman was sentenced to five years in prison this week after pleading guilty to third-degree murder for selling methamphetamine to a Moose Lake woman who died afterward. Dawn Marie Clemons, 41, apologized to Leah Michele Olsen’s family...


Roadside cleaning warriors

Both the Carlton Area Lions Club and the state of Minnesota are celebrating 30 years of the Adopt a Highway program this year. The Lions Club is one of 475 groups that have been with the Minnesota... Full story


Cloquet OKs early budget, levy

Cloquet city councilors approved the city’s preliminary budget and property tax levy for 2021 on Tuesday night, setting the maximum levy increase at 4 percent, for a total levy of $3,164,750. The co...


Latest Covid victim: warming houses

The city of Cloquet will not open three of the city’s four warming houses this winter due to pandemic health considerations. However, all four outdoor ice skating facilities — at Sunnyside...


Challenges continue at Cloquet schools

The first day of school, Esko confirmed a case of Covid-19 in a secondary student. This week, Cloquet’s Churchill Elementary reported its first confirmed case — a student with exposure dates of... Full story


Absentee voting opens; election is on

It may feel too early to vote for the Nov. 3 General Election, but the clock is ticking. Starting Friday, people can go to the Auditor's Office on the second floor of the Carlton County Courthouse... Full story


Not your typical back to school days

Katie Wilkinson was standing outside Churchill Elementary School before the doors even opened Wednesday, a pink gaiter pulled high over her nose, happily waiting for school to begin. "I'm so... Full story


'Justice for Jackie' heard at courthouse

It's been six months since a pregnant Jackie DeFoe and her 20-month-old son, Kevin, were found dead in their Cloquet home - DeFoe stabbed multiple times and the toddler dead from blunt force trauma.... Full story


Charges possible after bar scrape

Following an Aug. 27 altercation at a local bar involving Cloquet city councilor Steve Langley, the man who says Langley shoved him without provocation — Cloquet’s Brian Vanderwerff — wants the councilor to be charged with assault. This is the...


County Covid cases still on the rise

Positive COVID-19 cases in Carlton County jumped to 210 on Tuesday, Sept. 8, an increase of 14 since Sept. 2. People are asked to wear masks in public indoor spaces and maintain social distancing from others, wash hands frequently and/or use hand... Full story


Former chief named to state police task force

Former Cloquet police chief Wade Lamirande was recently appointed to a statewide task force on law enforcement education reform. Now the law enforcement program coordinator at Fond du Lac Tribal and...


Thread of labor day tradition holds

With the usual Labor Day events on hiatus because of the pandemic, the Carlton County DFL Party held a "covid careful" chili cookoff and political rally. Attendees could bring their own lawn chairs...


A donation built to last

When teachers at Cloquet's Washington Elementary School put out a plea for some picnic tables, it didn't take long for one family to step up. "This post struck a chord in us because we are friends...


Former county attorney officially disbarred

Former Carlton County attorney Thom Pertler was disbarred Thursday, Sept. 10 by the Minnesota Supreme Court for professional misconduct because he failed to disclose known police misconduct when he... Full story


'We need to protect each other'

When Cloquet resident Robert Peacock got sick with Covid-19, he decided to share his experience with the world, blogging on Facebook, calling friends, sharing the unpleasant details of living through... Full story


DFL cooks up Labor Day event

Normally, Labor Day in Cloquet is a busy day filled with all kinds of festivities, from parades to picnics to carnivals and rabble-rousing folk singers in the park. Add one more coronavirus casualty to the list. Instead of adding to more than a... Full story


Fall Finery

The nights are cooler and even daytime temperatures are dropping, so this tree on Washington Avenue in Cloquet got a head start on its autumn wardrobe. All the leaves except one branch near the...


Council gives nod to new chicken laws

In a straw poll during the Sept. 1 work session, Cloquet city councilors gave hope to want-to-be chicken owners all over Cloquet. After a relatively quick rehash of the past seven years of chicken... Full story


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