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 By Jana Peterson    News    April 3, 2020

Displays offer light in dark times

Amidst all the fear and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, there's a movement afoot to make life more fun, more beautiful, or both. Suddenly, there are bears - of the stuffed variety or...

 By Jana Peterson    COVID-19    March 27, 2020 

Governor issues 'stay at home' order, extends business closures

Get used to it, Carlton County. Things may have been pretty quiet the last two weeks since Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declared a peacetime emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they're... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 27, 2020 

Schools: Virtual classrooms, real meals

The order Wednesday by Minnesota governor Tim Walz that schools remain closed and transition to distance learning through May 4 didn't surprise many educators, since they were told to be ready for... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    People    March 27, 2020 

Former Carlton exchange student says Italy getting by

While news media paint the situation in Italy with COVID-19 as truly dire, a former exchange student thinks the government there is taking the correct actions to turn the tide of infection. Giorgio Pe... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 27, 2020 

Future of CAT7 remains up in the air

CAT7 TV must have at least seven lives. Following a year (2019) when the community access television channel was black almost as much as it was broadcasting, the station is black again following the...

 By Jana Peterson    COVID-19    March 27, 2020 

Salvation Army food shelf open but thrift stores closed for now

While the Salvation Army has temporarily closed its thrift store in Cloquet, the food shelf is still very much open and available to those in need. On Monday, the storage room was piled high with... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    COVID-19    March 27, 2020 

Cloquet closes playgrounds, skatepark and athletic facilities

The city of Cloquet closed all its outdoor play structures on Wednesday, including playgrounds, the skatepark and other athletic facilities as part of its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    COVID-19    March 27, 2020 

Carlton County cases of COVID-19 grow to five

Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Carlton County over the weekend — when an inmate at the Moose Lake prison tested positive — cases here have continued to grow. Carlton County officials reported a second lab-confirmed case of... Full story


Hospital, county ready for viral wave

Watching the number of statewide COVID-19 cases climb from two to 77 in a 10-day period, northern Minnesota residents could take cold comfort in the fact that there were zero confirmed cases in the... Full story


Restaurants, bars prepare to cope with close orders

On Monday morning, Gordy's Hi-Hat owner Dan Lundquist said the restaurant would open as planned on Thursday "unless issues develop outside our control." They did. A few hours later, Minnesota Gov.... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 20, 2020

Schools scramble for off-campus options

Cloquet schools superintendent Michael Cary woke up at 5 a.m. Sunday, March 15 to numerous messages on his cell phone. Five hours later, the rest of the state got the message that Minnesota Gov. Tim...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 20, 2020

City operating with access restricted

This week's Cloquet city council meeting laid out a new world order, before even a word was said. Councilors sat one or two chairs apart, with two attending via conference call to make space for... Full story


Grocery and pharmacy delivery options for those who must stay home

For those who are at high risk if infected or homebound, you don’t have to risk it. A number of local pharmacies and grocery stores offer home delivery. Following is a list compiled by the Pine... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 13, 2020

Community tries to heal after deaths

Two days after Jackie DeFoe and her 20-month-old child were found dead, a crowd of more than 75 friends, family and fellow Fond du Lac band members gathered and marched in her memory. Before starting... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 13, 2020

History of violent assaults is 'alarming'

When she was murdered, Jackie DeFoe joined a long list of Native American women who have been victims of violence. A 2016 National Institute of Justice report revealed that four in five American India... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 13, 2020

Man charged in deaths of his pregnant girlfriend and her son

A Cloquet man was charged with killing his girlfriend, Jackie DeFoe, her 20-month-old son, Kevin, and her unborn child in Sixth District Carlton County Court on Tuesday, March 10. Sheldon James...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 13, 2020

Council debates streets, sidewalks

Councilors nearly tabled a project that would repair some of the city's worst streets after a public hearing Thursday, March 5 revealed the biggest pothole in the project: attitudes about the planned...


The joy of jumping

With the temperature climbing into the 40s Saturday, the conditions weren't exactly perfect for the annual City Ski Meet at Cloquet's Pine Valley. Too much snow had already melted to use the 40-meter...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 13, 2020

District, store agree on use of lumberjack logo

After much discussion on Facebook pages and in local coffee shops over the past two weeks, the Lumberjack logo debate has been settled, at least as far as the Cloquet School District is concerned....


Governor's new order means Gordy's Hi-Hat will delay opening

Monday brought more COVID-19 upheaval to this corner of northern Minnesota. In the morning, Gordy’s Hi-Hat owner Dan Lundquist said the restaurant would open as planned on Thursday (March 19),... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 6, 2020

Presidential Primary: As state goes, so does Carlton County

Carlton County went big for Democratic candidate Joe Biden on the DFL side, and President Trump on the Republican side in Tuesday's presidential primary election. The results here reflected results...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 6, 2020

Cloquet's lumberjack logo story is tricky - like a bouncing puck

The question of who designed the Cloquet High School Lumberjack mascot logo leads almost immediately to another question: Which logo? There have been dozens of iterations of the Cloquet Lumberjack.... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 6, 2020

Sustainability brings rewards at Sappi plant

Being green has its benefits. Just ask the folks at Sappi. What started almost 20 years ago as an effort to prolong the life of the on-site landfill at the Cloquet paper mill has turned into an...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 6, 2020

Carlton VFW flag stolen

The Carlton VFW would like its American flag back. Carlton VFW manager Cody Solem said the bartender at the veterans organization at 124 Chestnut in Carlton realized something was wrong with the flags on a Sunday morning a few days after a break-in... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 6, 2020

Man charged with murder of woman, toddler and unborn child

A Cloquet man was charged in Sixth District Carlton County Court this morning with murdering his girlfriend, Jackie DeFoe, her 20-month-old son, Kevin, and her unborn child. Sheldon James Thompson,... Full story


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