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 By Mike Creger    News    September 29, 2023 

Students find science outside

It was one of those picture-perfect fall days. Cerulean blue sky, the slight, wet waft of decaying organic matter, the hillsides seemingly turning orange and red and yellow in the moment. On Dunlap... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    September 15, 2023

Wildfire is officially contained

With the help of wetter and colder weather, the County Road 11 fire in Barnum Township was declared 100-percent contained on Tuesday, eight days after smoke was observed in the area on Labor Day. On...


Labor Day wildfire under control

You could say that parts of Carlton County lucked out this past Labor Day weekend. Things could have been much worse. Days after a swath across northern Minnesota, including all of the county, was... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    August 25, 2023

It's a ring lost in time, until now

One could call it a mystery solved, but only partially, very partially, since one resolved fact has only led to more mystery involving a pair of 1950s Cloquet High School graduates and their...


It's been quite the blueberry season

A cathedral of pines serves as entry to a path that winds over and through 32 acres of undulating land off Prevost Road, just north of Cloquet. A short walk is enough to slough off any travails of... Full story

 By Mike Creger    Opinion    July 28, 2023

Knot Pining: Festivals hold traditions

My hometown festival takes place this weekend. And I won’t be attending. Southern Minnesota, many of us know, is simply too hot this time of year for us northerners. Instead, I’ll likely poke around that big air conditioner called Lake Superior a... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    July 21, 2023

Body recovery on Nemadji tests area rescue teams

A father and his two sons canoeing on the Nemadji River in southeast Carlton County Saturday called in a report of human remains found on the river bank east of Minnesota Highway 23 and south of the...


MSOP assault case: Prison was intention

A man housed in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program facility in Moose Lake was sentenced to 220 months — over 18 years — in state prison Monday to attempted second-degree murder. Nicolas Ladell Aron-Jones’ victim made a statement in the...


Agates are the lure in moose lake

The most interesting portion of the Agate Stampede in Moose Lake Saturday was all the pregame talk along Elm Street about strategy. Some vow to wait back and snatch the loot others miss after the two...


What's wrong in Wright?

The Over the Hill Rangers band - Mick Heaser, Digger DeRusha, Davey Jokimaki, Ron Jokimaki - entertained in the park in Wright Saturday afternoon as adults caught up with each other in pockets of...

 By Mike Creger    Opinion    July 14, 2023

Knot Pining: Speak for Smokey; because he can't

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has quite an opportunity for those looking for a deal when it comes to the Minnesota State Fair. In its email blast this week, it offers opportunities to... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    June 30, 2023

Letter explains dismissal of HRA director

The former executive director of the Cloquet/Carlton Housing & Redevelopment Authority was fired on May 12 for a long list of reasons outlined in a letter its board gave her that day. In the letter, board members declared that the “serious nature...


Barn was bursting with people at film festival

Things were busy last Friday and Saturday night at the Free Range Film Festival in rural Wrenshall. The act of watching a series of short films inside a barn built more than 100 years ago continued...


Esko eschews 'Eskomos' moniker

By unanimous vote of the school board Monday night, the Esko school nickname will no longer be "the Eskomos" as of June 30. The change, which has been urged for at least three years by some in the...

 By Mike Creger    News    June 2, 2023

Missing senior weighs heavily in Wrenshall graduation

The graduation ceremony in Wrenshall Friday afternoon was remarkable in that it wasn't your typical look back on school years or forward to whatever is next. It was grounded in living every moment,... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    June 2, 2023

Brothers retrace father's final trip

Their dad's plane went down in Cloquet 50 years ago, killing him and an uncle David sat right down in the bramble, overcome with thoughts of what happened in this spot exactly 50 years ago. He is... Full story


Local projects see benefits from legislative session

Both legislative bodies approved a capital investment package to fund infrastructure projects around the state Monday, just hours before the session adjourned. It included funding for three District...

 By Mike Creger    News    May 19, 2023

Board removes HRA director

The Cloquet/Carlton Housing & Redevelopment Authority’s board of commissioners fired the agency’s executive director on Friday, May 12. Residents in facilities run by the HRA received word that Debra Shaff was “no longer employed” after a...

 By Mike Creger    Outdoors    May 19, 2023

Photo story: Gone Fishing

They were going to be out at Chub Lake south of Carlton Saturday no matter the weather. That's where the LeDoux family of Proctor starts the new fishing season each year, Aaron said as he sat in his... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    May 12, 2023

Staff assaulted at Moose Lake sex offender facility

Daniel Wilson, a committed client at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program facility in Moose Lake, said Wednesday that a "vast majority of clients are horrified" by the two assaults that took place there...

 By Mike Creger    Outdoors    May 5, 2023

Native plantings take over area yards

If you'd like to join a movement, helping the region become a pollinator-friendly one would be a good choice. That's because right here in Carlton County, you can find some of the best resources in... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    April 28, 2023

Bill would explore counties joining Dakotas

Carlton County's Dotseth supports secession study The seriousness of a Republican bill introduced last week can likely be summed up in its author's preferred name for it, the "Rocks and Cows Act." The bill would produce a study by an appointed...

 By Mike Creger    News    April 14, 2023

Sudden 70s strike snowpack, leading to flooding worries

One could easily mistake a northeastern Minnesota meteorologist for a sadist these days. Just two days after the messy April 4-5 snowstorm, followed by some slight signs of an actual spring, the... Full story


Tiny Cromwell gets some national love

Midway through the second quarter of the NCAA Division II women's basketball championship game, the announcers on the CBS Sports Network national broadcast mentioned Cromwell. That's because they... Full story

 By Mike Creger    Opinion    April 7, 2023

Virgin Mary no-show leaves its legacies

Mike Shannon was such a curmudgeon - with a capital C - a picture of him could be expected next to the word in any illustrated dictionary. I had many maddening conversations with him in low light at...


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