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 By Jana Peterson    News    January 27, 2023 

'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

 By Jana Peterson    Opinion    January 27, 2023 

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

 By Jana Peterson    Sports    January 27, 2023 

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

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 20, 2023

Top write-in appointed to Cloquet city council

After close to five months without representation, Cloquet's Ward 3 voters have a new city councilor. Iris Keller was selected Tuesday by unanimous council vote, following interviews with her and... Full story


Favorite local voice seeks life-saving liver donation

Dwight Cadwell first realized something wasn't right during the annual Safe and Sober program at WKLK radio 11 years ago. The longtime sports broadcaster and other guests had been imbibing various alc... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 20, 2023

Snow removal hot topic at city council

With nearly 50 inches of snow recorded so far this winter, it's no surprise Cloquet residents feel like the streets are not up to their usual standards. Waits have been longer, and the piles of snow...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 20, 2023

Cloquet man pleads guilty in fatal fight case

A Cloquet man accused of manslaughter resulting from a fight pleaded guilty Friday in Sixth District Court in Carlton. Joel Jay Ammesmaki, 59, was charged with first-degree manslaughter in September 2021 for “causing the death of another while...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 13, 2023

Bats focus of county's attention

Twelve years ago, the death of a bat during a logging operation in Carlton County would not have caused much of a stir. Today - after white-nose syndrome has decimated bat populations here by as much... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 13, 2023

Tie vote for board chair leads to discussion

Unlike the U.S. House of Representatives, it took only three votes and less than an hour Monday for the Cloquet school board to elect its new leader. Nate Sandman and Gary Huard were both nominated for the spot previously occupied by Ted Lammi, who w...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 6, 2023

Jumpers swarm Pine Valley

Jumpers from as far away as Chicago and Ishpeming, Michigan traveled to northern Minnesota last week for Central Division meets in Cloquet and Coleraine. The Cloquet Ski Club hosted its invitational o... Full story


Snowy night skiing

Freshly fallen snow makes for pretty pictures but not the best racing conditions, skiers discovered at the Lumberjacks home ski meet Tuesday. Close to 300 skiers descended upon Cloquet's Pine Valley t... Full story


Holiday meal honors longtime volunteer

The dining hall and kitchen at Cloquet's Zion Lutheran Church were filled with the Christmas spirit Sunday, as volunteers and community members came together to celebrate. Joanne Lehrke was dressed... Full story


All is quiet on fire service taxes front

What a difference a year makes. Last December, nearly two dozen upset Thomson Township residents attended the Cloquet Area Fire District truth-in-taxation hearing, many of them to address the board about a more than 300-percent increase in their...


Applause for the newly ordained

Laura Mills Anderson was ordained Dec. 17, surrounded by friends, family and an extended church community who came together at Cloquet's Zion Lutheran Church to celebrate with joyful ceremony the... Full story


With plenty of snow, it's a go for skiers

Oddly enough, the Lumberjacks' first Nordic ski meet was canceled because of too much snow, not too little, the usual reason early in the season. Despite that hiccup, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton teams co... Full story


City beach finances under water

Cloquet Community Education and Recreation director Erin Bates told city councilors Tuesday that the city’s Beach at Pinehurst hit its largest deficit this summer, with revenues at $50,619 and expenses at $84,957, a difference of more than $34,000....


Christmas meal available at Zion

Enjoy a free Christmas dinner Sunday, with good food, good company and a likely visit from the jolly old elf himself. Everyone is invited to enjoy a free sit-down or pickup meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Cloquet on Christmas... Full story


Sloppy snow bends trees, snaps lines; thousands lose power

Requiring Herculean effort to regain a sense of normalcy, the first major snowstorm of the winter buried Cloquet and surrounding areas last week. The storm transformed Carlton County into a winter... Full story


Finances dog Carlton

Following Monday’s Truth in Taxation hearing, Carlton school board members voted unanimously to set the school district’s payable 2023 levy at just over $1.5 million, down from $1.6 million in 2022. The board adopted the 2022-23 total budget at...


Woman is sentenced in January hit-and-run case

A woman charged with hitting a car and then coming back and hitting one of its occupants was sentenced in Carlton County Sixth District Court last week. Rebecca Lee Glader, 39, pleaded guilty in October to felony criminal vehicular operation with...


Hockey leaning toward Class A

After decades of playing in the state’s largest hockey class, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team will likely move to Class A next season. Cloquet High School activities director Paul Riess told Cloquet school board members at their meeting...


As aid drops, board OKs 6% levy bump

During a special Truth in Taxation hearing Monday, Cloquet school board members unanimously approved a 2022-23 budget of nearly $47 million, including a levy increase of 6 percent, payable in 2023 for the 2023-24 school year. The $7.4 million levy ma...


Cloquet program is about building futures

A tour through the new Cloquet High School Career and Technical Education area makes one thing immediately obvious: This is not your father's shop class. Yes, there are still lathes and bandsaws,... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    December 9, 2022

Rising police costs part of 6.23% levy increase in Cloquet

Two property owners addressed the Cloquet City Council on Tuesday about substantial property tax increases. Marty Hill said he was still suffering from sticker shock after seeing his taxes climb by 25 percent from this year to next, without any...

 By Jana Peterson    News    December 9, 2022

Wanted: a new Ward 3 councilor

The city of Cloquet is accepting applications to fill the Ward 3 Cloquet City Council seat for the next two years, with plans for interviews in mid-January. Applicants must reside within Ward 3 — which lies in the area between Highway 33 and 14th... Full story


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