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 By Mike Creger    News    October 23, 2020 

After long slog, bonding bill is signed

After five special sessions since the regular session ended in May, the Minnesota Legislature last week passed a $1.9 billion bonding bill. It was signed Wednesday by Gov. Tim Walz. The bonding will allow for public works projects across the state, i...

 By Mike Creger    News    October 16, 2020

Highs, lows found in state funding

As the Minnesota Legislature breathed its last gasps of air of the 2020 session, Carlton County can find some wins and some big losses when contemplating what became a session extended by five months with mostly unproductive special sessions since... Full story


Mail-in, absentee ballots abound

The dynamics of this year's general election brings to mind a question: Is it the pandemic or the rhetoric? Minnesotans are requesting absentee ballots in record numbers for the Nov. 3 election -... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    October 2, 2020

Sub shortage still crippling schools

People coming down with Covid-19 is not the problem handcuffing the Cloquet school district. It’s the waiting for test results when someone shows symptoms. That was the assessment this week from superintendent Mike Cary as the district continues...


Covid regulations stress schools

Wrenshall superintendent Kim Belcastro didn’t need to say it. Her face told all. “It’s been a tough week,” she told the school board Tuesday night during a special meeting. The day before, she announced that the school would be going to full... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    September 18, 2020

Carlton, Wrenshall schools report smooth starts

Reports to the school boards at Carlton and Wrenshall this week showed that the two small districts had relatively drama-free starts to the year despite intense pressure due to Covid-19 pandemic protocols. In Wrenshall, the major hitch remains the...

 By Mike Creger    People    August 28, 2020

Women discover each other 25 years after China adoptions

Two 20-something women have matching tattoos using the Latin words attributed to Julius Caesar: "Veni, vidi, vici," which translates to "I came, I saw, I conquered." It seems a fitting phrase for...

 By Mike Creger    News    August 21, 2020

Fast, furious storm pummels county

A sloppy kiss between a moist, unstable air mass and a veering cold front led to a stormy afternoon and evening last Friday, Aug. 14, across Carlton County. Strong downdraft winds snapped trees and un... Full story

 By Mike Creger    People    August 21, 2020

Photo: A Great Debate

There was a passionate debate during a Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game at Veterans Park Tuesday, not to be mistaken as part of the nearby picnic for Carlton County Republicans. Nicholas...


County schools continue reopening scramble

There are outliers among Carlton County schools, those that won’t be coming back this fall with all of their students. So far, students in Esko, Carlton, Cromwell-Wright, Moose Lake and Barnum will likely go back to school en masse next month if th... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    August 14, 2020

Midway through with Esko bridge

The bridge replacement project at the Midway River just north of Esko in Thomson Township on Carlton County Road 1 remains on schedule to be completed by early October, the county engineering...

 By Mike Creger    News    August 7, 2020

Surveys, stats and state will drive school openings

An August scramble like no other is on across Carlton County this August as schools prepare to reopen for the year. School boards, staff and administrators are meeting this week and next to make almos... Full story


Esko faces nickname scrutiny

A petition duel continued this week on the website considering the use of the nickname "Eskomos" for the Esko school district. Both begun by students at Esko High School, one petition says... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    July 24, 2020

Schools strain for clarity on opening

As a pandemic summer heats up meteorologically, so has the national rhetoric around how school districts will start classes in August and September. Normally sleepy and short meetings of school...

 By Mike Creger    News    July 24, 2020

Carlton will do impact study alone

The Carlton school board decided on Monday to go it alone on a $3,000 study that would determine what district residents would pay in taxes if a consolidation with Wrenshall should ever come to fruition. The financial impact study would pinpoint how...

 By Mike Creger    News    July 17, 2020

Carlton plans for worst case, construction continues in Wrenshall

Superintendent John Engstrom pressed hard and Carlton school board members pushed back. In the end, they seemed to have come to some clearer idea of what the district's future might look like,...

 By Mike Creger    COVID-19    July 17, 2020

Wrenshall student recovers from COVID-19

After opening its gym to volleyball practice on July 6, officials at Wrenshall High School had to soon shut everything down as a friend and fellow student of the volleyball players tested positive for Covid-19. Superintendent Kim Belcastro made the... Full story

 By Mike Creger    Sports    July 10, 2020

Pair crushes trail speed record

It's high and dry in Idaho. When she felt the humidity here, Brittany Peterson immediately knew she was back home. The Carlton native and elite trail runner was trying to take advantage of a COVID-19... Full story

 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...


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