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 By Jana Peterson    News    June 5, 2020

Open-air bar rules bring smiles and gulps of relief

Thank goodness the sun came out. Monday marked the first day people could eat at restaurants and drink at bars - outdoors only, not inside - since Gov. Tim Walz began issuing orders to keep people at...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 5, 2020

City makes Randall police chief

After months of searching and almost an entire day of interviews, Cloquet has a new, yet familiar, police chief. Following a nationwide search, Cloquet city councilors voted 6-1 Tuesday to hire interi... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 5, 2020

More summer fun gets canceled

Add July Fourth festivities in Cloquet and the swimming pond at Pinehurst Park to the list of cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Cloquet City Councilors voted unanimously Tuesday to... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    COVID-19    June 5, 2020

Dentist offices are open

It may seem like dental offices were already among the most sanitary of services, but the COVID-19 pandemic has Cloquet dentist Kraig Gunelson dressing like someone from a top secret government...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 5, 2020

Sappi weathers pandemic storm

Cloquet's Sappi Mill is continuing to find its place in a pandemic world. Word that the Cloquet Sappi Mill is laying off some employees while it balances supply and demand as a result of the...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 29, 2020

Memorial Day tradition holds fast

You just can't cancel Memorial Day. After initially announcing there would be no ceremonies by the Combined Cloquet Honor Guard because of coronavirus concerns, events to honor the nation's fallen...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 29, 2020

Thrift store shuts but food shelf remains

With the permanent closure of the Salvation Army store last week, Cloquet is now officially a thrift store desert. The Salvation Army Northern Division blamed "the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic" for... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 29, 2020

Cloquet School Board: Students must do the work

Following a lengthy discussion during the work session Tuesday, Cloquet school board members voted 4-2 to give high school students an "incomplete" grade instead of an "F" if they failed a class during the fourth quarter, when the district switched...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 29, 2020

Students say goodbye to retirees and teachers in reverse parade

Washington Elementary School held a "reverse parade" Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Retiring teachers sat in special personalized parade floats outside the building, while other school staff... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 29, 2020

Familiar face up for fire chief

Following interviews in April that resulted in a renewed and somewhat altered search for a new leader, Cloquet Area Fire District board members interviewed two new fire chief/CEO candidates on...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 29, 2020

Council votes for Derek Randall as new Cloquet police chief

After months of searching and almost an entire day of interviews, Cloquet has a new but not-so-new police chief. Cloquet city councilors voted 6-1 to hire interim police chief Derek Randall as their permanent police chief following a nationwide... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    COVID-19    May 22, 2020

Retail reset: Businesses re-open cautiously

It wasn't exactly "business as usual" in Carlton County Monday. Still, shoppers could choose from a wider variety of businesses, after the latest stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Tim Walz expired Mon... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 22, 2020

City closes in on police chief pick

After more than a year in limbo, Cloquet is closing in on getting a permanent police chief. Three of five police chief candidates made it through to the finalist round following a brief discussion...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 22, 2020

Loans available for Cloquet businesses in pandemic pain

While many small and large businesses have tapped into government grant and loan programs offered in response to the shutdowns and economic downturns wrought by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic,... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 22, 2020

Family Tradition Restaurant and anonymous donor give back

It was "pay it forward" to the tune of $4,000. That's how much a donor (who asked to remain anonymous) gave Cloquet's Family Tradition Restaurant to use to provide meals for people in need and... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 15, 2020

Virus can't stop DAV brat(wurst) sales

There was a long line of cars waiting to order and pick up brats, burgers and more last Thursday and Friday afternoon as both local residents and folks heading to cabins and lakes north of here... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 15, 2020

Coaches, theater advisors will be paid

In line with many school districts across the state and region, Cloquet school board members voted unanimously Monday to pay all spring coaches and activity advisors their full pay — despite the...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 15, 2020

Cloquet boutique takes store to customers online

When Gov. Tim Walz mandated that non-essential Minnesota businesses close to the public, Mainstream Boutique's Kris and RyAnna Anvid decided to take the store to their customers. They didn't violate...

 By Jana Peterson    COVID-19    May 8, 2020

Mobile testing comes to Cloquet

Mobile testing for COVID-19 has arrived in Cloquet in true Northland style: a fish house. "Technically it's a fish house with no holes," said phlebotomist Alicia Rock with a chuckle Tuesday morning. A... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 8, 2020

As theater goes dark, popcorn still pops

The first famous movie quote, "There's no place like home," went up on the Premiere Theatres sign after Gov. Tim Walz issued his stay-at-home order and shut down movie theaters, restaurants and other...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 8, 2020

Cloquet grads opt for a drive-in ceremony

It will be a Cloquet High School graduation unlike any that have come before, that's for certain. Restricted by orders prohibiting large gatherings and aiming to promote social distancing during the C... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    COVID-19    May 8, 2020

Social distancing disregard closes basketball court ... again

Cloquet city councilors tried to find a balance between keeping people safe on the one hand, and allowing them to have fun outside at city parks on the other during Tuesday’s online council... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 8, 2020

Story train chugs along

Cloquet librarian Keiko Satomi said she was reading about the food train at B&B Market in Cloquet, along with stories about community members reading to kids online, when it occurred to her: Why not...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 1, 2020

State to students: Stay home

The announcement by Minnesota governor Tim Walz that distance learning would be extended for the rest of the school year was a gut punch to many area students. It hit seniors particularly hard. Member... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    COVID-19    May 1, 2020

More tests find more cases at prison

The more you look, the more you find. In a little over a week since the Minnesota Department of Corrections began testing more prisoners at its facilities in Moose Lake and Willow River, the numbers...


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