Articles from the January 5, 2024 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    January 5, 2024

Hospital pauses birthing services

Barring an emergency, there will be no New Year's baby at Cloquet's Community Memorial Hospital this year. The three delivery suites - with private baths and whirlpools, forest views and aromatherapy...


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


Calling all leap year babies

Were you born in 1976 and are turning only 12 this year? What camp are you in: Can Leap Year babies only celebrate a birthday on Feb. 29? On off years, should they celebrate Feb. 28 or March 1? So many questions. None of them earth-shattering, but...


New state laws in effect with new year

Three new laws that were central to the DFL trifecta's legislative agenda took effect Jan. 1. Gun-safety laws, including so-called red flag warnings for people at risk of harming themselves or... Full story


Grants help elders stay in their homes

Over $9.5 million in new state grants will help aging Minnesotans stay in their homes longer through services such as caregiver support, housekeeping, retrofitting to prevent falls and other assistance. Research shows that people are happier and...


Scholarships available

High school seniors and other Northland residents seeking financial assistance with advanced studies of all kinds can apply for scholarship support. The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation provides more than 80 scholarship awards annually....

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 5, 2024

Investment in building projects rolls on

A giant warehouse that will one day support the medical supply needs for more than 100 Essentia Health facilities has transformed the Esko Industrial Park over the past several months. Hidden from... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    January 5, 2024

Band building warehouse on Airport Road

Essentia Health isn't the only health care provider currently in the process of constructing a warehouse in Carlton County. While not nearly as sprawling as the 163,000-square-foot hospital warehouse...

 By Brady Slater    News    January 5, 2024

New board leader: Housing, broadband are focus

The Carlton County board ushered in the new year with its annual meeting and changing of leadership in the chair position. Last year's chair, Dick Brenner, nominated Susan Zmyslony to succeed him and...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 5, 2024

Man sentenced for 'mercy killing' dies by suicide

A Carlton County man who was sentenced last month for shooting his ailing wife died by suicide two days later in a Minnesota prison. Judge Amy Lukasavitz had sentenced 67-year-old Raymond Arthur... Full story


Business Spotlight advertorial: Ellison Family Chiropractic

When Dr. Kayla Ellison established Ellison Family Chiropractic in 2019, she wanted "Family" in the name for good reason: Patients of all ages, from infants to children to adults, receive care here... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Opinion    January 5, 2024

Korby's Connections: Learning outside

Reviewing the recent home mailing from the Cloquet Educational Foundation, I recalled an exceptional environmental learning experience with my son at Wolf Ridge Center in Finland, Minnesota. It was... Full story


Harry's Gang: Give ground for common good

Years ago, the United Way of Carlton County was in a bit of a pickle. Potlatch had just been sold to Sappi; there were layoffs and uncertainty, and the annual United Way campaign was in jeopardy. A... Full story


Letter to the editor: It's good to hear from back home

I lived in Carlton then Cloquet for over 30 years. Then my job took me to the Twin Cities where I have resided since. I have family in your area so visit occasionally. I love it “up there.” Every week I look forward to the mail so I can receive... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 5, 2024

'Jacks enjoy home court, hardware

The Wood City Classic boys basketball tournament featured two top local teams. Cromwell-Wright came into the tournament undefeated as one of the area's top Class A teams, while Cloquet entered with a... Full story


The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Tuesday, Dec. 26 Girls Basketball Esko Coaches Classic Esko 65 Foley 41 Boys Basketball Esko Coaches Classic Esko 93 Hinckley-Finlayson 39 Wednesday, Dec. 27 Girls Basketball Wood City Classic Mesabi East 48 Cloquet 41 Cromwell 69 Rock Ridge 58 Chish... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 5, 2024

Cards march to Wood City title

The Wood City Classic girls basketball tournament was good to one local team last week and not so good to another. Cromwell-Wright came in and gathered a pair of wins to take top honors in the tournam... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 5, 2024

Esko girls take title in home tourney

The Esko girls basketball team parlayed solid defensive performances into a championship at the 43rd annual Coaches Classic in Esko last week. In the opening game of the two-day tournament Dec. 26,... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 5, 2024

Esko boys dominate the competition

It was status quo for the Esko boys basketball team this past week as Esko took the championship in the Esko Coaches Classic with lopsided wins over Hinckley-Finlayson and Duluth Marshall. "Overall,... Full story


Wilderness slip into tie for lead

A sweep at the hands of the Janesville Jets last weekend left the Minnesota Wilderness sharing the top of their division. The Jets won 5-1 and 5-2, Saturday and Sunday nights, dominating play, including scoring three goals within 6 minutes, 24... Full story


Lumberjacks hold steady

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team came up just a little short in an effort to defend its title in the Duluth Heritage Classic Hockey Tournament championship on Friday. CEC head coach Shea... Full story


Wright/Cromwell news

Hey, it's the start of another year. We have almost made it into the first quarter of this century. I have so much to be thankful for. It's great to be with family and friends and especially enjoying...


Kettle River news

The next Kettle River City council meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the Kettle River Senior center. Everyone is encouraged to attend these meetings. When I was working in pediatrics at a hospital about 60 miles from Chicago, we used postural... Full story


Moose Lake prisoners graduate

Minnesota Correctional Facility-Moose Lake recently recognized 26 individuals who graduated from Ashland University in Ohio last fall, a news release stated. The Ashland University correctional... Full story


College celebrates fall nursing grads

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College celebrated the associate degree nursing program graduating class from the fall 2023 during a pinning ceremony Dec. 20. It was the first fall pinning ceremony...


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