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  • Obituary: Loren Gene Plambeck

    Jan 13, 2023

    Loren Gene Plambeck, 89, passed away peacefully in hospice care in the early hours of Jan. 7, 2023. Born May 16, 1933, in Adams County, Nebraska, Loren raised a family in Cloquet together with his wife, Sandra, who preceded him in death. Surviving are his sisters, Verlene McFerren of Juniata, Nebraska, and Margaret Lovgren of Holdrege, Nebraska; his daughters, Cathy (Tim) Picking and Liz Plambeck; sons, Tim (Peg) Plambeck and Stefan (Sharon Arad) Plambeck; his beloved grandchildren, Anna Grace... Full story

  • Obituary: Gerald Abernethy "Jerry" Mowers

    Jan 13, 2023

    Gerald Abernethy "Jerry" Mowers, 94, of Cromwell passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Villa Vista in Cromwell. He was born on Dec. 19, 1928, in Duluth, the second of five children, to Alice Abernethy Mowers and Earnest Melvin Mowers. He attended school at Lester Park. The family moved to Cromwell in 1941. He attended agricultural school on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota for one year and graduated from Cromwell High School in 1947. He then worked at the paper... Full story

  • Death Notice: Susan Marie Bradsteen

    Jan 13, 2023

    Susan Marie Bradsteen, 57, of Cloquet passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 9 in New Calvary Cemetery in Cloquet. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home in Cloquet.... Full story

  • Obituary: Jane R. Joki

    Jan 13, 2023

    Jane R. Joki, 66, of Cloquet passed away Jan. 6, 2023, at Miller Dwan hospital in Duluth. She was born Feb. 18, 1956, in Cloquet, the daughter of Ernest and Rosella (DoMoe) Joki. Jane graduated from Cloquet High School in 1974 and worked for Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton, retiring in 2014. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Carlton, where she served on the church council and call committee, and with various church social activities. Jane loved needlepoint with plastic canvas,... Full story

  • Obituary: Mildred Ann "Millie" Coleman

    Jan 13, 2023

    Mildred Ann "Millie" Coleman, 83, of Cloquet passed away on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, in Barnes Care in Esko. Millie was born on Aug. 12, 1939, in Cloquet to Martin and Jennie Kotiranta. She was raised on a farm 8 miles west of Cloquet. She attended the Jefferson, Leach and junior and high schools in Cloquet. Millie worked as a secretary in Sioux City, Nebraska. When she moved back to the Cloquet area she sold Avon and was a Tupperware manager. She was the secretary of the Carlton County... Full story

  • Obituary: Fred "Buck" Flankey

    Jan 13, 2023

    Fred "Buck" Flankey, of Clarksville, Tennessee passed away peacefully Dec. 16, 2022. He was born Jan. 17, 1938, in Virginia, Minnesota to Fred and Virginia Flankey. Fred graduated from Mountain Iron High School in 1957. He married Beverly Samppala in Mountain Iron. They were married 63 years. Fred served in the National Guard for eight years and worked as draftsman for two years before getting a degree in teaching. He taught elementary education in Cloquet for 26 years. He was a coach for the... Full story

  • Andrew Krueger, MPR News|Jan 13, 2023

    Bright blue skies, fresh snow and crisp sunshine of the weekend gave way to choking fog and haze across much of Minnesota on Monday and Tuesday and into Wednesday before another snow squall hit as a cold front passed through the state. The fog was evident along Interstate 35 in Carlton County, and Duluth was shrouded for three days. What’s behind this sudden turn to poor air quality that has prompted an alert from state officials through Wednesday — and left many Minnesotans with coughs, irritated eyes and burning throats? It’s the calm, quiet...  Website

  • Mail, packages stolen at Esko post office

    Brady Slater|Jan 13, 2023

    The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a break-in at the Esko post office on Tuesday. A sign on the window noted the post office was closed for the day, citing an “ongoing investigation.” Lt. Dan Danielson and members of four squad vehicles from the Sheriff’s Office were on the scene late Tuesday morning. They were shuttling boxes in and out of the office, and speaking with residents arriving to find the office closed. The sheriff’s office received a call early in the morning T... Full story

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