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 By Jana Peterson    News    July 3, 2020 

Cloquet library addition is nearly complete

As construction workers put finishing touches on the extension at the Cloquet Public Library, donations to help pay for furnishing the new meeting rooms, teen room and children's area continue to... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 3, 2020 

Candy wonderland opens

Folks of all ages looking to satisfy their sweet tooth have a new destination in Carlton County: Sweetly Kismet Candy store. Just follow the trail of 45 five-foot-tall suckers to find the sweet new bu... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 3, 2020 

Mountain biker recovering after impaling leg in accident

A bicycle accident at Pine Valley Park around 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning left a 25-year-old Cloquet woman with her leg impaled on a branch stub of a decaying tree. While it sounds horrific, she is OK... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 3, 2020 

Officer's conduct revealed in lawsuit

A civil lawsuit filed by former Cloquet police detective Scott Holman is working its way through the courts, but the case is also shedding light on the inner workings of the police department he...

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 3, 2020 

Fire chief search restarted

After months of searching for a new fire chief, members of the Cloquet Area Fire District board decided to start over. They will reconsider the job requirements and administrative structure of the...

 By Jana Peterson    Happenings    July 3, 2020 

County Seat Theater throws lines outside

As social distancing restrictions continue to limit indoor performances, Cloquet's County Seat Theater headed to the great outdoors June 18 to try something new. Actors gathered on makeshift stages,...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 26, 2020

Facelift for a queen

Workers from Streeter Masonry replace bricks on the front exterior of the Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Cloquet this week. The work is part of an expected $510,000 in repairs to brickwork in the... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 26, 2020

Part of ex-police officer's suit nixed

Although a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former Cloquet police officer against Carlton County Attorney Lauri Ketola and Carlton County earlier this month, the lawsuit is not entirely de... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 26, 2020

Police conduct on mind of many

The minute that former Cloquet police chief Wade Lamirande saw the video of George Floyd dying under the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis, he knew it would blow up in a big way, with... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 26, 2020

School ready for a multiple fall scenarios

State officials told schools last week to prepare for three different scenarios in the fall, but they won't hear which one to implement until late July. And even that scenario could change, depending... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    People    June 19, 2020

Last Fire Call: Fire chief retiring after 36-year career

As a child, Kevin Schroeder used to tag along with his dad as he headed to the Scanlon fire hall to work as a volunteer firefighter. Schroeder became a firefighter himself, first as a volunteer in... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 19, 2020

Support pours in after Book Barn bombing

When vandals blew up a firework in the Jadeke family's free Book Barn earlier this month, Sarah Jadeke took to Facebook to express her disappointment. The explosion ruined all of the children's books...


Black Bear Casino climbs out of hibernation

Nearly three months after shutting down, Black Bear Casino reopened to the public Monday. It was a wonderful feeling, said general manager Dan LaPrairie. "The vast majority of our Players Club... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 19, 2020

Hockey arenas get some summer love

The dehumidification system in the city’s Northwoods hockey arena — considered too small for the facility for years — is finally being replaced. Cloquet city councilors unanimously approved a...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 19, 2020

Purple PRIDE pulses through Cloquet school

Cloquet's Washington Elementary School got some positive reinforcement of its own earlier this month, when the Minnesota Department of Education named it a Sustaining Exemplar School for its...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 12, 2020

Fire district closes in on hiring new leader

Following two roundsa of interviews and months of searching, the Cloquet Area Fire District is still seeking its next fire chief. The CAFD board chose to not hire either of two initial finalists (out...


Salons are open; wait lists are long

With salons opening this month, "pandemic hair" should soon be a distant memory - if you can get an appointment. Stylist Sheryl Davis reopened Sheryl's Golden Shears in Carlton on June 1 with close... Full story


Restaurants, bars take it inside

Appropriately, the first day folks could eat or drink inside their favorite Carlton County establishment was chilly, with intermittent showers. "It feels nice to be back inside somewhere that's not... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 12, 2020

Cloquet board anticipates a deficit next school year

Cloquet school board members approved next year’s school district budget with an anticipated deficit of $411,000 — but knowing the district will likely receive $500,000 dollars in federal Coronavi...


Garage sales make a delayed comeback

Every March, Linda Luomala and her garage sale buddies usually host a sale at The Jack bar in downtown Cloquet. Except this year. Their March sale got bumped by the coronavirus and the governor's... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 5, 2020

Showing up to cry justice

After more than 1,000 protesters in Duluth marched down Superior Street to City Hall, organizers asked them to kneel for nine minutes, almost the time that a Minneapolis police officer knelt on the... Full story

 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...


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