Articles from the January 12, 2024 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    January 12, 2024

Shooting motive remains a mystery

A suspected double murder/suicide at the Super 8 hotel in Cloquet Monday resulted in the death of a Cloquet woman and two male hotel guests, one of the men the killer. The shooting forced the... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    January 12, 2024

Hotel clerk was a funny, caring friend

"To know Shellby was to love Shellby," said Lizzie Strickland of Shellby Trettel, the 22-year-old Cloquet woman who died Monday after being shot during a shift as a clerk at the Super 8 hotel in... Full story

 

Absentee voting in presidential primary opens Jan. 19

Ready or not, it’s time to start thinking about voting in what amounts to an election-heavy year. Next Friday, Jan. 19, marks the start of absentee voting for the state’s presidential nomination primary on March 5 — the first of three... Full story

 

Assault spurs lockdown

A dispute involving a boxcutter between two students at Barnum schools Tuesday led to a short lockdown and an arrest of a 14-year-old girl. The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office reported that it received a call from the district just after 9 a.m....

 

Winterfest comes to Esko

Choose from three different events to celebrate winter and community in Esko on Saturday, Jan. 20. Winterfest Fun Day runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Esko school, and will include carnival games, face painting, a cakewalk, photobooth and lots of games...

 
 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...

 

Kidney donor raises elevation and awareness

For Cloquet's Julie Samuelson, even climbing a volcano in Guatemala can feel like home. "It got pretty serious, dealing with elevation and when the weather turned to crud," she said. "It was kind of l...

 

Radon a threat in Minnesota

Of all the unwelcome house guests you may ever host, few are as nasty as radon. The colorless, odorless gas occurs naturally in Minnesota soils and is found at elevated levels in nearly 40 percent of all homes in the state. It also is the leading... Full story

 

Funding for dislocated workers

Residents of Carlton County are eligible to apply for dislocated worker funding. This funding can be life-changing for people who have been laid off from a job and need a way to recover lost wages and benefits, according to JET, which serves adults,...

 
 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...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    January 12, 2024

Proposed driveway ordinance causes confusion in Thomson Township

Reorganization was the first item of business at the Thomson Township meeting on Thursday, Jan. 4. Ruth Janke will again serve as chair of the Thomson Township Board of Supervisors, with Bill Gerard...

 

Esko School Board elects officers

By unanimous vote, Esko School board members re-elected the same officers to serve in 2024: Board chair Jerry Frederick, Vice chair Todd Rengo, Treasurer Maggie Sunnarborg and Clerk Steve McConnell.... Full story

 

Letter: Hunters have real beefs about wolves

In your Dec. 22, “Our View” editorial and its “thumbs down” of the new Hunters4Hunters group, it was obvious to me that the individual writing this biased view either did not attend the Carlton meeting or was sleeping through the... Full story

 

Letter: Don't farm out Barnum busing

The Barnum bus drivers continue to struggle with being short-staffed. The ultimate solution would be to hire two additional bus drivers. The district is considering an alternative solution that is concerning the bus drivers and the community. The... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: Road trip rules add to fun times

The holidays were fun, with so many relatives at our house that no one really wanted it to end. So, after Christmas, my sisters invited Tommy, 16, to drive back to the Cities with them. He jumped at... Full story

 
 By Tom Urbanski    News    January 12, 2024

Self-serve beer now on tap in Cloquet

There's a new game, and a lot of craft beer, in town. The 218 TapHouse opened for business on Wednesday, Dec. 27, in the business complex that includes Premiere Theatres on South Highway 33 in...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 12, 2024

Hungry Raptors get best of FDL

Kerry Rodd [email protected] When Carlton/Wrenshall and Fond du Lac Ojibwe girls basketball met on the court Jan. 4 in a game featuring two young teams hungry for a win. In the end, the depth... Full story

 

The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Wednesday, Jan. 3 Boys Basketball Cherry 93 Carlton/Wrenshall 44 Thursday, Jan. 4 Girls Hockey MLA 3 North Shore 0 Boys Hockey CEC 2 (OT) Superior 1 Girls Basketball Esko 60 Cloquet 57 South Ridge 44 Cromwell-Wright 41 Carlton/Wrenshall 67 Fond du... Full story

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 12, 2024

Rebels boys hockey still trying to find a groove

The Moose Lake Area boys hockey team dropped a tough 3-1 decision at home Jan. 5 against Mora/Milaca, putting their record at 3-9 on the season. "They really took it to us in the first two periods,"... Full story

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 12, 2024

Rebels girls get on a 7-1 hot streak

After a 0-4 start, the Moose Lake Area girls hockey team has gone on a roll and won seven of their last eight games to improve to 10-7 overall. That streak includes impressive wins over Duluth and a... Full story

 

Esko's Perich shines on national stage

Playing safety, Esko's Koi Perich earned the most valuable player award in Saturday's high school football All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Perich created havoc on defense and special teams,... Full story

 

Host Wilderness outduel Avalanche

The Minnesota Wilderness came out hot both nights last weekend to beat the Anchorage Wolverines. The weekend also included the home debut of Cloquet native Patrick Dunaiski. Peteris Purmalis, of Liepaja, Latvia, led the way with five assists... Full story

 

Snow they can work with

The Cloquet Nordic Invitational meet was not held in Cloquet on Jan. 4, thanks to a severe lack of snow. Instead, the entire meet was moved to the Grand Avenue Nordic Center at the base of Duluth's... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    People    January 12, 2024

Korby Connections: Worms are big business for Barnum grad

It's hard to believe, but Noah Parker has been the CEO of a thriving Highway 5, Carlton County seasonal business for 10 years ... after all, he's only 23. "I was 13 and asked my dad if he could give... Full story

 

College notes

The University of Wisconsin-Superior announced its dean’s list for the fall 2023 semester. To be named to the list, students must have completed 12 degree-seeking semester credits and achieved at least a 3.50 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Stu...

 

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