Articles from the January 13, 2023 edition

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 By Mike Creger    News    January 13, 2023

Snow keeps coming down

There is a lot of snow out there this winter. How much? It depends on where you are. While Duluth is breaking - or on the cusp of - all kinds of snowfall records for December and the season, areas in... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 13, 2023

Bats focus of county's attention

Twelve years ago, the death of a bat during a logging operation in Carlton County would not have caused much of a stir. Today - after white-nose syndrome has decimated bat populations here by as much... Full story


History Mystery: Readers answer the call

Last week's item, asking for information about the group of cheerleaders at right, yielded results. Bruce Jutila let us know that the cheerleader at far right was Darlene Rosbacka, who married Bob...


Fire burns Solway residence

A house about 10 miles northeast of Cloquet was deemed a total loss Wednesday morning, Jan. 11. The St. Louis Sheriff’s Office reported that a call came in just after 8 a.m. and multiple area fire departments were dispatched to 4425 Solway Road in S...


County, city offices close for MLK day

All Carlton County and city of Cloquet offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. This includes County Courthouse offices, County Government Services Building, County Transportation Department,... Full story


Final Covid tests

The Minnesota Department of Health announced that four additional free at-home rapid Covid-19 tests are available to all Minnesota households through the state’s online ordering program. This will be the last chance for Minnesotans to get free t... Full story


Radon tests focus for state

The number of home radon tests completed during real estate sales in 2022 was down 39 percent from 2020, even though home sales did not decline, a new analysis from the Minnesota Department of Health showed last week. Reduced testing means fewer... Full story


Palisade man killed in crash

An 83-year-old Palisade, Minnesota man was killed Tuesday after his pickup lost control on Minnesota Highway 210 and was struck by a box truck. Gary Lynn Rognrud was traveling east in a Chevy Silverado when the crash with the westbound truck...

 By Rebekah King    News    January 13, 2023

Sunnarborg appointed to Thomson board - again

The Thomson Township Board of Supervisors appointed David Sunnarborg to fill the vacancy on the board at its meeting Jan. 5, following more than four months of an empty seat and controversy surrounding the original appointment process....

 By Brady Slater    News    January 13, 2023

Authority slows pace on Solem development

After receiving a single proposal to redevelop the 103-year-old Hotel Solem in downtown Cloquet, the city’s economic development authority is pumping the brakes on the future of the condemned property. “We’re putting it on hold for now,” said Ho...

 By Brady Slater    News    January 13, 2023

Wrenshall asks Carlton to share superintendent

The newly constituted Wrenshall school board went straight to the heavy lifting this week, bracing for the end of its superintendent’s career, while posing the idea of sharing a top administrator with neighboring Carlton. In a letter sent to the C...

 By Brady Slater    News    January 13, 2023

Man convicted of chilling crime in Moose Lake dies in prison

The man responsible for one of Carlton County’s most heinous crimes died in prison this week. Donald Blom, 73, passed away on Tuesday at a state correctional facility in Oak Park Heights, where he was serving a life sentence for the 1999 kidnapping a... Full story


Minnesota lawmakers prep list of education priorities

Gov. Tim Walz kicked off his second term last week saying he wants to make Minnesota “the best state in the country for kids to live” and promising “the largest investment in public education in our state’s history.” Walz made specific mention o...  Website

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 13, 2023

Tie vote for board chair leads to discussion

Unlike the U.S. House of Representatives, it took only three votes and less than an hour Monday for the Cloquet school board to elect its new leader. Nate Sandman and Gary Huard were both nominated for the spot previously occupied by Ted Lammi, who w...


Food tasting fundraiser returns with live event

Food for Thought, a food and beverage tasting event featuring local vendors, is returning with a live event after a Covid-19 hiatus. Hosted by the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Foundation, the 10th annual Food for Thought returns 4:30-7... Full story


Marciniak leads with laughs

For over 60 years, he has made me and many other Carlton County residents laugh. His name is Tom Marciniak, although "Maynard" has been his informal handle since childhood. All Scanlon kids had... Full story


One Book Northland goes to the wolves

Cloquet native's 2020 book with wolves is chosen There was an ease about Thomas Peacock as he made a presentation and later sat down to talk about his work as an author of revered books about the...

 By Mike Creger    Sports    January 13, 2023

Game, atmosphere was historic

Had you arrived early enough, you may have mistaken the junior varsity game for the main event jug game on Tuesday in Wrenshall. It was raucous, but not nearly as loud as it would get. The Carlton JV...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 13, 2023

Rebels' toughness showing

Entering this high school hockey season, expectations were high for the Moose Lake Area girls hockey team. So far, the Rebels have not disappointed, and sit with an impressive 9-3 record after... Full story


Wilderness slip into second

The Minnesota Wilderness returned from their holiday break, slipping from first place in their division after a home split with Alaska’s Kenai River. The Wilderness won 4-3 on Friday, coming back from 3-1 down to win in a shootout. The next night, th... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 13, 2023

'Jacks move to 11-2 after busy week

In November, the Cloquet and Esko girls basketball teams opened the season with the Lumberjacks sneaking out a 3-point home win. Last week on Thursday, the two teams met again last Thursday - in Esko... Full story


Listen, learn when it comes to what divides us

What does the other side think? Like the rest of you, I have experienced and witnessed countless interactions of people around me over the past many years. My education in human nature has continued from childhood to my present age. Over the past...


Kettle River news

The next Kettle River City Council meeting is 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Kettle River Senior Center. I encourage all residents to attend these meetings. The next Ma & Pa Kettle Days meeting starts at 1 p.m., Jan. 29 at the Kettle River Senior... Full story


Wright/Cromwell news

A huge thank-you goes out to all the folks who donated to the Christmas Caring project sponsored by Pam and Ruth over Christmas. Gifts were distributed to many children who may not have had gifts without these contributions. This year’s homecoming c...


Obituary: Randy Alan "RAZ" Zacher

Randy Alan "RAZ" Zacher, 60, of Cloquet passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. He was born Nov. 6, 1962, in Cloquet to Vernon and... Full story


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