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 By Mike Creger    News    April 12, 2024

Eclipse viewing is a vicarious affair

It wasn't just your run-of-the-mill cloud cover that kept Carlton County residents inside looking at the eclipse online on Monday. It was what writers call a leaden sky, oozing rain all day. A real so...


No injuries as vehicle takes out utility pole

The minivan smashed into a wooden utility pole, sheering it completely at its base. The back of the van then rose up and the entire vehicle flipped, coming to rest upside down on the sidewalk. That's... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    March 29, 2024

Pedestrian killed; driver charged

Brent James Keranen had been drinking late into the night with friends Wednesday, March 20, after working a “lot of hours” in the Twin Cities area that week. The 21-year-old was tired the next morning, and allegedly still buzzed when he made his way... Full story

 By Mike Creger    Opinion    March 29, 2024

Knot Pining: Easter Sunday comes with a bevy of tales

It was comical, for sure, last Easter, when my then 5-year-old and her friends went egg hunting in a backyard that had 4 feet of snow in it. She donned some snowshoes and did her level best. The... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    March 22, 2024

Spring brings changes to local eating scene

The annual rite of spring in Cloquet is the opening of Gordy's Hi-Hat on the hill in Cloquet. Customers will notice little change in the decor there, and, according to the Lundquist family, perhaps... Full story

 By Mike Creger    Opinion    March 15, 2024

Knot Pining: Don't mess with da Range

He gave it the old college try. But, they say, when you take on the bull, you get the horns. Or, in social media circles, and toned down for a family newspaper: Mess around and find out. There may be a new old saw: Take on the Iron Range and its...

 By Mike Creger    News    March 8, 2024

Arrests made after shots fired at house

At least two men were jailed this past week after a house in Cloquet was struck with five to seven bullets from a handgun on Feb 24. The house on Bagaan Street, near the Fond du Lac Supportive...

 By Mike Creger    Sports    March 8, 2024

PHOTO: The first golden age of girls basketball

Our keeper of local history, Clarence Badger, shared this photo of the 1931 Cromwell girls basketball team. It included, from left, Blanche Line, Laura Dumas, Edythe Kibert, Alice Gearns, Norma... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    March 8, 2024

Districts work out consolidation kinks

If one had stumbled upon the library at Carlton High School on Monday, you would have gotten the impression you were eavesdropping on some sort of couples therapy. There was talk about doing the...


For leap year babies, age is a numbers game

In one school year in the 1940s, in rural Moose Lake, there were five sets of twins riding a bus to school. This is testament from Jim Eckman, who, with his twin brother Chuck, belonged to one of... Full story


For Janae, it's all smiles ... and a crowning moment

The smile on Janae Sjodin's face was everything. But then someone must have said, "But wait, there's more." Wrenshall High School principal Michelle Blanchard called it all "surreal," like "something... Full story


Knot Pining: 1937 post office mural's fate is a mystery

There was an interesting program on Minnesota Public Radio last week on the New Deal, the government efforts in the 1930s to pull the country out of the Great Depression. Included in the Jan. 24... Full story


Son takes mom to the movies ... his movies

A Cloquet High School graduate who now dabbles as a filmmaker has planned a special free screening of his short films for his mother next week at a theater in Duluth. "Cloquet native Allan H. Johnson... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    January 26, 2024

Warrants, court shed some light on shooting

Search warrants issued just after the deadly Jan. 8 shootings at the Super 8 hotel in Cloquet reveal how much investigators will be processing from a scene where three people were found dead,...

 By Mike Creger    News    January 19, 2024

Shooting victims mourned

The shock and mystery around the deadly shootings in Cloquet on Jan. 8 remain, but, this week, for friends and family of the two victims, there was time for reflection, thanks and celebration of the... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    January 12, 2024

Cloquet School Board wants meeting on busing issues

A continuing shortage of bus drivers for routes in the Cloquet school district has provoked school board members to meet with its transportation company to find ways to ease the crunch. The issue...


Those seeking weather normalcy will have to wait

It was a December like no other in Carlton County, not even the strange one in 1877-78 that augured a remarkable winter into the spring. In short, history was made as the region and the state had its... Full story


Creating, giving: Hazel's Christmas spirit

Allow Hazel her moment. Allow her to consider herself one of Santa's elves. She certainly fits the bill. This holiday season, Hazel Aili stuffed the donation box at South Terrace Elementary with 19... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    December 1, 2023

She makes the cut in flag design, inclusion

They liked its unique nature, which is something, considering that the state flag design entered by Cloquet artist Sarah Agaton Howes was one of 2,600 entries reviewed by the State Emblem Redesign...


Fires keep crews busy in area

Firefighters in the area were busy the past week with a spate of fires surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday. The most serious incident was a garage fire on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at a home in Brevator...

 By Mike Creger    News    November 24, 2023

Superintendent has an enrollment warning

Cloquet schools superintendent Dr. Michael Cary had an interesting observation he wanted to share with the school board during last week’s meeting. As the board prepared to hear about the annual audit of its finances at the Nov. 13 meeting, Cary o...


Esko coach reflects on sting of state loss

Two days after his previously unbeaten football team was eliminated by Annandale, 14-7, at a state quarterfinal game in Brainerd, Esko head coach Scott Arntson remained puzzled. "It just seemed like... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    November 10, 2023

Veterans Day: War, astronauts and big blasts ... Navy vet saw a lot during his service

It may seem odd for a Vietnam War era military veteran to refer to his experiences as "fun," but that's how Jerry Tschida chooses to remember his time in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1969. It was... Full story


Esko beaten in state quarterfinal

Esko's football season is over after a 14-7 loss to Annandale Saturday in Brainerd. The two teams came into the quarterfinal game of the state tournament with vaunted offenses. In the end, it came... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    October 27, 2023

El Niño will define winter

Way out west, there’s an air mass controlled by the El Niño cycle that will play a part in this winter’s weather. The National Weather Service office in Duluth released its winter weather forecast this past week, and it leaned toward the warmer Paci...


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