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 By Ted Lammi    News    May 24, 2024 

Districts exchange letters on merger

During a break in consolidation committee meetings, Carlton and Wrenshall school boards have continued to negotiate via written communications. The most recent letter came from the Carlton board May 14 in response to Wrenshall’s April 8 proposal t...

 By Ted Lammi    News    May 17, 2024

Carlton wants to stick with 2025 consolidation

The Carlton school board, fresh from sending a four-day school week proposal to the state for approval, returned to the issue of consolidation with Wrenshall. At Monday’s working session, superintendent Donita Stepan was directed to answer a Wrenshal...

 By Ted Lammi    News    April 19, 2024

Carlton votes for four-day school week

Carlton students will have classes only four days a week next year, provided the district's proposal is approved by the state. Nearly 30 members of the public were present Monday for the last of...


Carlton schools explore four-day week

Carlton superintendent Donita Stepan created a stir last week, when she announced April 3 to school district staff that a plan was being drafted that would move Carlton schools to a four-day school... Full story

 By Ted Lammi    News    April 12, 2024

Financial picture holds steady in Esko schools

Esko superintendent Aaron Fischer told the school board Monday that he was cautiously optimistic the district would not have to face any retrenchment as a proposed budget for 2025 is being...

 By Ted Lammi    News    March 22, 2024

District sees rare increase in students

Carlton school board members got some healthy news this week: enrollment numbers in the district are on the rise, and the American Indian Parent Advisor Committee gave the school district a passing grade, both things that haven’t happened in r...

 By Ted Lammi    News    March 15, 2024

Partnership fuels driving program

Senior Isaac Hill sat in the auto shop building at Cloquet High School Friday morning, parking an 18-wheeler over and over again, a different scenario popping up on the video screen in front of him... Full story

 By Ted Lammi    News    March 15, 2024

Carlton board 'slightly discouraged' by tone

The Carlton school board met Monday in a working session devoted mostly toward preparing for the next night’s consolidation committee meeting with Wrenshall. Carlton was still smarting from a set of emails exchanged primarily between the board c...

 By Ted Lammi    News    February 23, 2024

Carlton school board cuts staff, band program for next year

Superintendent Donita Stepan asked the Carlton school board to downsize staff by more than four full-time positions, including three teachers, during Tuesday’s school board meeting. Included in the cuts were one full-time position at South Terrace E...

 By Ted Lammi    News    February 16, 2024

Carlton mulls the finances of consolidation

Public finance advisers Ehlers told the Carlton school board on Monday that a consolidation with Wrenshall would be close to revenue-neutral with only a slight decrease in state aid for the new combined school district. Aaron Bushberger, Ehlers’ m...

 By Ted Lammi    News    January 19, 2024

District audit reveals mixed results

The Carlton school board received the results of the annual audit on Monday night and learned that this year’s deficit is lower than expected. Janel Bitzan of the accounting firm BerganKDV outlined the results via remote video presentation. “The ame...

 By Ted Lammi    News    January 12, 2024

Carlton School Board gets organized; poll access questioned

Carlton school board filled its leadership positions at its organizational meeting Monday. Julianne Emerson was re-elected to her position as chair. This will be her fourth consecutive year in the role. To date, she has served on the board 11 years...

 By Ted Lammi    News    December 22, 2023

Carlton looks to hire elementary principal

Carlton schools superintendent Donita Stepan plans to relinquish her role as elementary principal at South Terrace Elementary and focus solely on her superintendent duties. Stepan wears two hats now, part of an arrangement conceived earlier this...


Boards lean toward consolidation

A new dawn for Carlton and Wrenshall schools appears closer than ever before, after Carlton school board members on Monday talked about moving ahead with consolidation. Carlton board members softened their position on a one-site-only plan Monday,...

 By Ted Lammi    News    November 24, 2023

Teachers negotiate a two-year pay raise

Carlton teachers will receive a pay increase of 4.25 percent for the 2023-24 school year and an additional 2 percent for the 2024-25 school year, according to a new contract approved by the Carlton school board at its meeting Monday, Nov. 20. Other...

 By Ted Lammi    People    November 10, 2023

Cloquet grads make waves in gaming world

Stormhaven Studios, maker of the "Embers Adrift" online video game, is operated by three members of the Cloquet High School Class of 2005: John Gust, Seth Anderson and Wade Larson. "North of the... Full story


Board members to visit 3 buildings

At their respective meetings Monday, the Carlton and Wrenshall school boards converged on a date to tour each district’s facilities. The boards will walk through three school properties beginning a... Full story

 By Ted Lammi    News    October 13, 2023

Carlton accepts Wrenshall invite to tour buildings

At the committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, Carlton school board members again took up the issue of consolidation with Wrenshall. Consensus formed around having superintendent Donita Stepan contact Wrenshall and arrange for both boards to tour...

 By Ted Lammi    News    October 13, 2023

Costs for new fitness center creep up

Esko Schools superintendent Aaron Fischer told school board members Monday the construction of the new fitness center was progressing, but with unexpected costs. Previous work when the school was...

 By Ted Lammi    News    September 22, 2023

New Indian education coordinator appointed

The Carlton school board officially and unanimously appointed Graciana Studier as Indian Education coordinator Monday, replacing Kevin Kot, who was dismissed in June. Superintendent Donita Stepan was excited about Studier’s performance so far. ...

 By Ted Lammi    Sports    September 15, 2023

Board agrees to take on lacrosse programs

Esko school board members voted Monday to add both boys and girls lacrosse to its slate of available sports starting in spring of 2024, following the same vote by the partnering Cloquet school board in August. The girls lacrosse team will be a... Full story

 By Ted Lammi    News    August 25, 2023

Board sticks to one-site demand with Wrenshall

After considerable debate and public input, the Carlton School Board resolved to begin talks with Wrenshall about consolidation, with the condition a new district would have only one location — at the South Terrace Elementary School site in C...

 By Ted Lammi    News    August 18, 2023

Carlton School Board lukewarm to Wrenshall appeal

The Carlton school board discussed a new letter from the Wrenshall school board regarding a merger between the districts during Monday’s committee of the whole meeting. Consolidation ideas have been on again, off again for decades, with this being t...

 By Ted Lammi    News    August 4, 2023

Carlton School Board member needed ASAP

The Carlton School District needs to find a replacement for Tim Hagenah, who resigned in June, to serve until formal elections can be held in November. Anyone chosen would hold the seat until the winner of November’s special election takes over. S... Full story

 By Ted Lammi    News    July 21, 2023

Carlton hires former Wrenshall business manager

The Carlton school district hired Angela Lind to fill the open business manager position, after the previous business manager, Norm Nelis, took a job at the Hermantown school district. Lind formerly worked just up the road at Wrenshall, but was laid...


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