Articles from the January 13, 2023 edition
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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
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...
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... 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...
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....
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,...
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...
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... 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... Website
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
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...
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,... Full story
'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
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...
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