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 By Mike Creger    News    July 3, 2020 

It's berry time in Carlton County

The weather is heating up and so is berry season. Despite struggles with keeping plants watered during what has been a dry spring and early summer in Carlton County, strawberries are ripe at Spectrum... Full story

 By Mike Creger    Sports    June 26, 2020

Youth sports inching toward games

For some, the slow opening of youth sports in Minnesota during the COVID-19 pandemic comes too late. For others, it offers a ray of hope for action outside of practice. State health officials... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    June 19, 2020

School budgets offer tale of two districts

The two districts attempting to pull off a consolidation in the next year showed strikingly different anticipated budgets for the next year. The Carlton and Wrenshall school boards met in regular monthly sessions Monday night via online platforms....

 By Mike Creger    News    June 12, 2020

Big Lake sewer project is 'dead'

The minutes from the Perch Lake Township annual meeting in March were stark. “The sewer project is dead.” After months of negotiations in 2019, the failure to reach a new joint powers agreement between the Big Lake Area Sanitary District and the...

 By Mike Creger    News    June 12, 2020

Voices, silence mark vigil

Geese honked in unison overhead. Then, after they passed over, the few of the formation's stragglers gave fading squawks individually. Birds chirped from newly flowered fauna. There were the whirs... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    June 12, 2020

Carlton picks short-term superintendent

The Carlton school board has chosen its next superintendent to replace Gwen Carman, who is leaving for a job in southeastern Minnesota. John Engstrom said the Carlton job appealed to him because it's...

 By Mike Creger    News    May 29, 2020

Budget is rosy for consolidated schools

School board members got a glimpse this month of what a budget for a Carlton and Wrenshall consolidated district might look like. Some rough data project a significant fund balance increase for school operations in a consolidation. With current...

 By Mike Creger    News    May 22, 2020

County stung by stalemate at capitol

When the Minnesota Legislature ended earlier this week without passing major bonding and tax bills, those waiting for funding word in Carlton County had to feel the sting. The failure to meet the deadline, and the push into a likely special session i...

 By Mike Creger    News    May 15, 2020

Consolidation plan headed to state

The school boards from Carlton and Wrenshall earlier this week approved in separate online meetings a consolidation plan to be sent to the Minnesota Department of Education. It’s a formal step in a process with many parts as the districts edge clos...

 By Mike Creger    News    May 15, 2020

UPDATED: Grads gear up for drive-up ceremonies

The Cloquet school district made graduation ceremony plans before Minnesota Department of Health officials joined state education commissioners last week to announce guidelines for schools honoring... Full story

 By Mike Creger    People    May 15, 2020

Song, video bring area musicians together

About 14 years ago, Kate Isles gave her partner in life and music, Bill Isles, some direction while they were driving in St. Cloud. "Don't go down by the bridge," Bill recalls Kate saying. "(And) I... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    May 8, 2020

Boards fine-tune school site plans

A joint committee made up of school board members from Carlton and Wrenshall districts is chipping away at site plans for a consolidated district. The boards have to submit a plan to the Minnesota Department of Education next week on what it will be...

 By Mike Creger    COVID-19    April 24, 2020

State numbers confirm staggering job losses

Reflecting what all Minnesotans are seeing in their local economies during the COVID-19 “stay at home” orders, the jobless numbers that are coming out are startling and historic. And they are rising by the scores daily in counties across the... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    April 24, 2020

Carman resigns as Carlton superintendent

Gwen Carman, superintendent of the Carlton school district, has resigned. In a letter to school board chairwoman LaRae Lehto dated April 14, Carman said she had accepted the superintendent position in the Lewiston-Altura school district in...

 By Mike Creger    COVID-19    April 17, 2020

Delivered ... at a distance

Things are a "lot different" at Carlton County post offices these days. Different from normal times. Of course, these are pandemic times, and the people who sort and deliver mail are trying to... Full story

 By Mike Creger    COVID-19    April 17, 2020

Cloquet graduate has COVID-19 in her sights

Cloquet native Dr. Kelly Cawcutt is an assistant professor of medicine and board certified in critical care medicine and infectious diseases with an academic and clinic practice at University of... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    April 17, 2020

Carlton superintendent takes another job

Gwen Carman, superintendent of the Carlton school district, has resigned. In a letter to school board chairwoman LaRae Lehto dated April 14, Carman said she had accepted the superintendent position in the Lewiston-Altura school district in... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    April 10, 2020

Wrenshall lines up air quality, asbestos removal bids

The Wrenshall School Board earlier this week approved bids for indoor air quality improvements at the school in Wrenshall. The board accepted the low bid of $4,158,000 from Max Gray Construction out of Hibbing to improve air quality in the older part...

 By Mike Creger    COVID-19    April 3, 2020

Churches find ways to connect despite social distancing

Can you imagine pastors Jeff Walther and Tom Brinkley preaching from the roof of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Esko on Easter Sunday? Below them in the parking lot are parishioners in their cars... Full story

 By Mike Creger    People    March 13, 2020

He helped a family, and likely himself

It was Christmas Eve and traffic was expectedly heavy on the interstate just north of Minneapolis. David Rice was headed home to Cloquet from a temporary construction job. He wasn't exactly in the...

 By Mike Creger    News    February 21, 2020

Boards agree on consolidation plan, sort of

The Wrenshall school board wanted the full support of the Carlton school board this week when it comes to the next steps of the school district consolidation process. But some Carlton school board members are still lukewarm about the two-site plan....

 By Mike Creger    News    February 14, 2020

Consolidation survey: A resounding 'yes'

Sue Peterson had some choice words about the survey results released this week regarding how residents feel about the possible consolidation of the Carlton and Wrenshall school districts....

 By Mike Creger    News    February 14, 2020

Northern Pacific Railroad started in Carlton County 150 years ago

It was supposed to be an "impromptu" act, a quiet ceremony more for employees than the general public. There was likely good reason to keep things on the down-low. While the Northern Pacific Railroad...

 By Mike Creger    News    February 7, 2020

House fires displace county residents

Mike Creger and Jana Peterson Fires this past week have displaced at least seven people in north Carlton County. A family of four in the lower unit of a duplex on the 100 block of 13th Street in Cloqu...

 By Mike Creger    News    February 7, 2020

Carlton, Wrenshall residents say 'Yes!' to consolidation

The results are in and an overwhelming number of people who filled out a recent survey support the Carlton and Wrenshall school districts creating a consolidated district. Across the board, in age... Full story


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