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 By Jana Peterson    News    March 1, 2024 

Homeless youth: 'They're hiding in plain sight'

She just couldn't take it anymore. Life at home was not good. "The family dynamic was not safe," said Cat, a high school senior. Her friends could see it, a few encouraged her to move out. "They... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 1, 2024 

MN Supreme Court denies appeal

The Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Sheldon Thompson to reverse his murder convictions and grant him a new trial. Thompson, of Cloquet and Fond du Lac, was accused and found guilty of brutally killing his pregnant girlfriend,...

 By Jana Peterson    Happenings    March 1, 2024 

Scouts get a taste of the Beargrease

A lack of snow didn't hamper the Scouts Saturday, as troops from around the Northland converged on the Cloquet Forestry Center for the annual Beargrease Derby, formerly known as the Klondike Derby....


Cat deaths lead to arrests

Two former Cloquet residents were arrested in Arkansas last week for allegedly leaving seven cats behind - with no source of water or food - when they moved away from Cloquet late last year. Four...


Cloquet Council: City advocates for multimodal trail by Hwy 33

The Cloquet city council laid the groundwork for a number of new or ongoing initiatives Tuesday, including plans for future transportation and housing projects. Councilors and Mayor Roger Maki unanimously passed a resolution supporting the “multimo...


Residents want input on private road, driveway laws

It’s been a year since roughly 40 residents packed Thomson Town Hall to comment on two proposed township ordinances regarding private roads and driveways. Many speakers provided constructive criticism, while others outright rejected the attempt to...


Cloquet sends three to Junior National Championships

Despite a bad winter for practice and competition, three Cloquet ski jumpers are headed to Alaska next week to compete in the 2024 ski jumping and Nordic combined Junior National Championships. Isaiah... Full story


Citizen input mixed on Forestry Center plans

Close to 100 people gathered Tuesday to talk about the future of a place they all love, the Cloquet Forestry Center. Although University of Minnesota representatives presented the transfer of the...


Vape detectors approved

In an effort to quell a vaping epidemic in Cloquet high school and middle school bathrooms, the Cloquet school board voted unanimously Monday to purchase a vaping detection system at a total cost of $21,699. The school district is purchasing 14...


Lumberjacks girls make historic trip to State

For the first time in a while, the weather at the Minnesota State High School Alpine Skiing State meet was fabulous. That made Tuesday even better for the Lumberjacks girls alpine ski team, the first... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    February 9, 2024

Forest center fate is subject of meeting

It’s been a year since the University of Minnesota made public its administration’s plans to likely give the 3,400-acre Cloquet Forestry Center to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa....

 By Jana Peterson    News    February 9, 2024

Council ponders Highway 33 proposal

Cloquet City Councilors know where the Wood City Riders stand on potential plans for Minnesota Highway 33, after an hour-long presentation by club president Chris Rokke. They appeared to agree with...


From the EDITOR: Why not read it in the newspaper?

Following the Cloquet City Council meeting Tuesday, a few of us were standing around talking about the Highway 33 public meeting last week. And one of the complaints — among many — was the lack... Full story


Skiers swish into State slot

The Lumberjacks girls alpine ski team raced its way to State this week, taking second place during Tuesday's Section 7 meet. Head coach Ryan Zimny wasn't surprised - it's the best girls team he's had... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    February 2, 2024

Carlton County man jumped to death in prison

Autopsy results are now public for Raymond Arthur Julian, the 67-year-old Kettle River man who died by suicide in state prison on Dec. 20. According to the report released by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office on Jan. 25, Julian died of...

 By Jana Peterson    News    February 2, 2024

Cloquet man sentenced for child pornography

A Cloquet man is now serving prison time after pleading guilty to eight charges related to child pornography. Edward Christian, 76, was sentenced in November to 15 years in prison for seven charges of possession of pornographic work of a minor under... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    February 2, 2024

Board talks bathrooms

Cloquet High School bathrooms could soon be home to vape detectors if school administrators have their way. In response to questions about bathrooms and a state law requiring that schools provide spac...


How history can flow through one man

Over the years, Cloquet resident Clarence Badger has told stories of playing basketball at the old Civic Center where the fire station now sits. He shared photos of his uncles returning from World... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 26, 2024

'X' marks demise of ash trees

Pink isn't a good color for city ash trees these days. That's because Cloquet trees marked with bright pink dots (and some with large X marks) are short-timers, doomed to be cut down in response to...


Ice is nice, but can it last?

Under the watchful eye of Scanlon employees Dave Line and Matt Baquette, Barnum's Pete Began gets warmed up during his first skate of the year Monday afternoon. Began, who once lived in Cloquet, made... Full story


Animals in person at the library

Rad Zoo owner Jamie Pastika gets help holding a large boa constrictor named Louie from a handful of children Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Cloquet Public Library. A 33-year-old former pet, Louie was extra...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 26, 2024

School bus issues drive Barnum debate

More than 50 people turned out for the Barnum school board meeting Tuesday, the majority in a show of support for school bus drivers. The crowd came as the board considered contracting with a private...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 26, 2024

Anonymous tennis fans donate money for new bleachers

Cloquet School Board members accepted an anonymous donation from “Fans of Cloquet Tennis” during Monday’s meeting. The donation of nearly $21,000 is to be used to buy bleachers for the new high school tennis courts. The board also accepted 24... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 19, 2024

Plans afoot to refurbish Solem Hotel for housing

The currently condemned Hotel Solem building in downtown Cloquet could become 18 market-rate apartments, if plans by a pair of structural engineers click into place. The three-story building at 915...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 19, 2024

High-tech spinal surgeries come to Cloquet

Picture a surgery room. A neurosurgeon is performing surgery on the patient's spine. But only after a state-of-the-art X-ray machine does a 360-degree scan of the patient - creating an interactive... Full story


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