Articles from the January 17, 2020 edition

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She's quilting a career making art with wood

Leah Hammond stood on the showroom floor of her family's woodworking business in Cloquet. Beside her was her latest hand-crafted wall hanging, an elegant testimony to her creativity and... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    January 17, 2020

Taking a walk with Oprah

Kwe Pack has been up and running, literally, for nearly a decade. The group of indigenous women based out of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation run for wellness, socializing... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    January 17, 2020

Prepare for the primary

In 2016, Minnesota passed legislation establishing a presidential nomination primary, bringing the state into Super Tuesday, when a host of states hold primaries. The state is better known as a caucus state, where people gather and discuss their...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 17, 2020

Cloquet explores vocational education options

Cloquet explores vocational education options Following the retooling of the construction trades program at Cloquet High School into something that could lead motivated students directly into an...

 By Anne Dugan    People    January 17, 2020

Wrenshall news

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and one of the ways I try and honor his legacy is to try something new and push myself to leave my comfort zone. Given the divisive nature of our national...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 17, 2020

Fire crews get a daily double

After a mercifully long run with no major fire calls, the Cloquet Area Fire District responded to two calls on Sunday, Jan. 12. CAFD Chief Kevin Schroeder said a house fire at 318 Avenue E started in...


Offices close for MLK holiday

Cloquet, Carlton and Carlton County offices, among others, will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. This includes County Courthouse offices, County Transportation Department, Human Services, Public...


Cloquet water, sewer rates rising

Cloquet commercial and residential customers will see an increase in their city water rates this month, after the Cloquet City Council approved an increase to water and sanitary sewer rates at its Dec. 17 meeting. According to the city’s website,...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 17, 2020

District looking for vo-tech options

Following the retooling of the construction trades program at Cloquet High School into something that could lead motivated students directly into an carpenters union apprenticeship, CHS administrators...


Court Notes: Murder trial begins in Carlton

A jury trial for a Wisconsin man accused of shooting and killing his uncle began Monday in Carlton County Sixth District Court. James Francis Montano, 34, of Bayfield County was arrested in April 2018 in Carlton County for shooting his uncle,...



Hamre School of Voice students channeled their inner musical theater star for the school's Best of Broadway recital at Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet on Friday, Jan. 10. Instructor Gail...


Appeals court strips Polymet permits

The Minnesota Court of Appeals dealt a blow to the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine Monday, overturning three key state permits that had been issued to the project - and requiring the state to...


Lacrosse clinic, league in works

Registration is open now through April 15 for the Northern Siege Youth Lacrosse League, now in its second year of providing a lacrosse program for boys and girls ages 5-14. The league is open to prospective players from across Carlton County,...


Connect resources this Wednesday

The Operation Community Connect Resource Fair is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Journey Christian Church, 1400 Washington Avenue in Cloquet. It will be a one-stop-shop to connect with different agencies and services and get important...


Carlton to hold public hearing

The city of Carlton will hold a special public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at City Hall on 310 Chestnut Avenue in Carlton. City Clerk Carol Conway said the city is applying for a grant through USDA Rural Development, and the hearing is...


Our view: Private schools option fades away

Carlton County public schools do a stellar job. In addition, for many years, there have been options available for those who preferred a private, religious-based education. In the late 1970s, the Faith Christian School offered evangelical Christian...


Harry's Gang: Even nice guys are given the once-over in today's society

It’s not easy being a man in these enlightened times. Recently, my family spent the day skiing at Spirit Mountain. I was in court, so I joined up with them later in the day. A mile before the...


Obituaries: Jesse Dean Myers

Jesse Dean Myers, 37, of Cloquet, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Hayward, Wisconsin. He was born March 3, 1982, in Duluth to Dean and Lynn Myers. Jesse was raised on the shores of Big Lake in... Full story


Obituaries: William "Bill" K. Obst

William "Bill" K. Obst, 93, of Cloquet, passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, at Viewcrest Health Center in Duluth. He was born Nov. 17, 1926, in St. Louis to Gustave and Eleanor (Kewley) Obst. Bill... Full story


Death Notices

Roland Robert Uran, 82, of Esko died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in his home. Services were held Jan. 11 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Esko. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Matthews Lutheran Church or an organization working to feed the poor... Full story


Letters to the editor: Rudy Law is here to stay

We enjoyed reading Pete Radosevich’s column about Cloquet law firms and sole practitioners over the years, and appreciate his kind words about us. Yet when he writes “I suspect” this or that will happen, his opinion unfortunately could lead rea...


Letters to the editor: A missed opportunity?

About four years ago, when Minnesota Highway 33 was being reconstructed, the entrance from Big Lake Road into the Pinetree Plaza was moved a bit further up the hill. This made vehicles entering the parking lot head directly for an island consisting...

 By Holly Henry    News    January 17, 2020

New year ... new healthy you

It's a new year and once again you've resolved to get healthy. And you're certainly not alone. According to the website Body Blueprint, the No. 1 New Year's resolution is to lose weight. Every year... Full story

 By Holly Henry    News    January 17, 2020

Artist teaches relaxation through her art classes

When people think of stress reduction, smacking a punching bag may come to mind. Or running. Or yoga, perhaps. But according to Sue Brown Chapin, there's another way to destress. Painting. "When I'm...

 By Holly Henry    News    January 17, 2020

Yoga class makes spiritual practical

Paula Williams of Barnum has been doing yoga since 1999, for the past five at The Nest Wellness Center in Cloquet. “I started doing yoga when I decided it was a good way to exercise but it was also...


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