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Articles from the January 12, 2024 edition


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  • Shooting motive remains a mystery

    Jana Peterson|Jan 12, 2024

    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 evacuation of the hotel and nearby businesses and a community lockdown as authorities searched for a suspect. That search ended in the hotel parking lot, where the suspected shooter was found dead with evidence suggesting a self-inflicted gunshot wound. By midweek, investigators still had no information on... Full story

  • Hotel clerk was a funny, caring friend

    Jana Peterson|Jan 12, 2024

    "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 Cloquet. Police are still trying to find out if there was a motive behind the shootings, and if Trettel was targeted. Her friends and family want people to remember Trettel for the person she was, not as just a tragic statistic. "I think everybody should see her smile, and her laugh and how she was. Who... Full story

  • Absentee voting in presidential primary opens Jan. 19

    Jan 12, 2024

    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 important election dates in 2024. Absentee voting begins 46 days before an election day. Subsequent election dates include the Aug. 13 primary and the general election on Nov. 5. Voters residing in Carlton County may cast in-person absentee ballots at the courthouse in Carlton (301 Walnut Ave., Room 205) from... Full story

  • Assault spurs lockdown

    Jan 12, 2024

    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. about a student attacking a classmate with a knife. A 16-year-old boy suffered a slight slash wound to his chest. When deputies arrived, school staff had subdued the 14-year-old girl and were taking care of the boy. The victim was brought to Mercy Hospital in a private car and is “expected to make a ful...

  • Winterfest comes to Esko

    Jan 12, 2024

    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 for the youngest kids at $1 each. At the same time there will be a business fair and food area at the school. From 5-6 p.m. people can tour the historical society buildings by flashlight and enjoy a bonfire with s’more kits available for purchase. From 6-8 p.m. the school forest will be lit by i...

  • Carlton School Board gets organized; poll access questioned

    Ted Lammi|Jan 12, 2024

    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 total, leaving in 2018 and returning in 2020 as a write-in candidate. Over her previous terms starting in 2010, she served as chair for six years. Salaries for board members were renewed without change. Board members receive $1,000 a year plus $40 a meeting. Based on the tentative schedule, a member...

  • Kidney donor raises elevation and awareness

    Brady Slater|Jan 12, 2024

    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 like getting socked in by Lake Superior with the icky winds and fog." Samuelson, 56, was in South America last month, alongside 17 other kidney donors. They were there to summit three volcanoes across seven days as part of the second One Kidney Climb. The first, in 2022, saw a team of 20 living donor...

  • Radon a threat in Minnesota

    Jan 12, 2024

    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 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. In fact, each year this unwelcome house guest kills more than 21,000 people across the country. While there are cheap and easy ways to test for radon, many people are unaware of the risks and may not be getting the help they need to be safe. Fortunately, the... Full story

  • Funding for dislocated workers

    Jan 12, 2024

    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, dislocated workers, public assistance recipients, and youth ages 14. Applicants must have been on Unemployment Insurance sometime in the past year to be considered. Funding can be used to assist with training and job search expenses such as help paying tuition for a 2-year degree or the last two...

  • Cloquet School Board wants meeting on busing issues

    Mike Creger|Jan 12, 2024

    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 came up in the work session before the board's organizational meeting on Monday. "Something's got to change," said member Ken Scarbrough. Melissa Juntunen said there have been far too many instances of parents finding out that a route can't be filled, leaving them to their own devices in getting kids...

  • Proposed driveway ordinance causes confusion in Thomson Township

    Jana Peterson|Jan 12, 2024

    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 as vice chair, both by unanimous vote. Board members voted to continue with their current committee assignments as well. The board also approved a list of office appointments including Leah Pykkonen as deputy clerk treasurer, Jon Bouvine as public works supervisor/assistant weed inspector, Dan...

  • Esko School Board elects officers

    Jan 12, 2024

    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. The group set board salary at $60 per meeting up to a maximum of $1,690 per year. Sunnarborg was the sole "no" vote. "I don't want any [salary] at all," she said. Board members also again selected the Pine Knot News as the school district's official newspaper.... Full story

  • Letter: Hunters have real beefs about wolves

    Jan 12, 2024

    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 presentation. As a hunter for over 60 years, I was in attendance and listened attentively to the speakers because neither the DNR nor the state government has been listening to deer hunters for years. This wolf crisis has been brewing for years prior to this meeting and has finally reached a crescendo due to the tot... Full story

  • Letter: Don't farm out Barnum busing

    Jan 12, 2024

    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 district is proposing to sell its bus fleet to a private busing company. Most of the current drivers are Barnum graduates and/or have children connecting them to the district. They care about our school and our children, but are unwilling to work for a private for-profit company, as they will lose... Full story

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

    Pete Radosevich|Jan 12, 2024

    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 the chance. Fifteen minutes later, he had packed a bag, made a few calls, and was ready to go. As he asked me for a few bucks, he said, “Dad, I’m heading to Minneapolis. I don’t know where I’m staying. I don’t know how long I’ll be gone. And I’m not really sure how I’m getting home. This is gonna b... Full story

  • Self-serve beer now on tap in Cloquet

    Tom Urbanski|Jan 12, 2024

    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 Cloquet. Southgate Family Pizza previously operated in the space that is now home to 218 TapHouse. "We had a very successful first week," said bar manager Dane Levinski. "Opening day was on a Wednesday and our seating was full with a good standing room crowd. Our weekends have been very popular." "The...

  • Hungry Raptors get best of FDL

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 12, 2024

    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 of the combined Raptors overcame the big three of FDL for a 67-53 win in Carlton. Playing in their first season as a combined basketball team, Carlton/Wrenshall has been guided this season by Emma Grover, a former star player for the Wrenshall Wrens. "It has been pretty seamless putting the team... Full story

  • The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

    Jan 12, 2024

    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 Lac Ojibwe 53 Boys Basketball Chisholm 66 Carlton/Wrenshall 58 Friday, Jan. 5 Boys Basketball Cromwell-Wright 77 South Ridge 38 Cloquet 71 Two Harbors 61 Girls Basketball ML/WR 47 Deer River 44 South Ridge 61 Nashwauk-Keewatin 22 Boys Hockey Mora/Milaca 3 MLA 1 Girls Hockey Osseo/Park Center 3 CEC 1... Full story

  • Rebels boys hockey still trying to find a groove

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 12, 2024

    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," said Rebels coach Chris Gamst. According to Gamst, one of the biggest issues the Rebels have faced all year has been the lack of scoring, something he is hoping to rectify in the second half of the season. Currently the top line for the Rebels consists of Jaxsyn Schmidt, Dawson Fjosne and Joey... Full story

  • Rebels girls get on a 7-1 hot streak

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 12, 2024

    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 pair of wins over perennial Class A power Hibbing-Chisholm. “We have seven new girls that came up from 12U this year, so I think they needed to adjust to the faster pace of the high school league,” said Rebels head coach Reilly Fawcett. “We had a tough time scoring in the first couple of games... Full story

  • Esko's Perich shines on national stage

    Jan 12, 2024

    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, intercepting a pass and breaking up two others, blocking a punt and making another tackle for loss, according to NBC Sports, which organizes and broadcasts the game. Playing both offense and defense, Perich led Esko to three straight unbeaten regular seasons in his varsity career. He committed last month... Full story

  • Host Wilderness outduel Avalanche

    Jan 12, 2024

    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 combined over the two games, while goaltender Nick Erickson earned victories in both contests, stopping 84 of 89 shots. On Friday, the Wilderness scored early in the first and second periods, and after an Anchorage rally tied the match, Aiden Shirey notched the game winner with 12 minutes, 27 seconds... Full story

  • Snow they can work with

    Jan 12, 2024

    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 Spirit Mountain, where they can make artificial snow.... Full story

  • Korby Connections: Worms are big business for Barnum grad

    Steve Korby|Jan 12, 2024

    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 me money to go and see a movie," Parker said. "He told me, 'all the money you need is out here in the yard in the grass.' I didn't know what he meant." His dad then told him that he'd have to work hard, but could make plenty of spending money by picking and selling nightcrawlers to prospective... Full story

  • College notes

    Jan 12, 2024

    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. Students from the area earning the honor include: Barnum Brynne Mickle, Joe Peterson Carlton Henry Collier, Samuel Collier, Matthew Hamann, Jadin Sullivan-Soukkala Cloquet Joseph Baker, Lexi Bakken, Adam Blesener, Ryan Conway, Maddie Kayser, Timber Latvala, Brenna Mattson, Gavin Rasmussen, Maria Sajdak,...

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