Articles from the January 19, 2024 edition

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 By Mike Creger    News    January 19, 2024

Shooting victims mourned

The shock and mystery around the deadly shootings in Cloquet on Jan. 8 remain, but, this week, for friends and family of the two victims, there was time for reflection, thanks and celebration of the... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    January 19, 2024

Plans afoot to refurbish Solem Hotel for housing

The currently condemned Hotel Solem building in downtown Cloquet could become 18 market-rate apartments, if plans by a pair of structural engineers click into place. The three-story building at 915...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    January 19, 2024

High-tech spinal surgeries come to Cloquet

Picture a surgery room. A neurosurgeon is performing surgery on the patient's spine. But only after a state-of-the-art X-ray machine does a 360-degree scan of the patient - creating an interactive... Full story

 
 By Ted Lammi    News    January 19, 2024

District audit reveals mixed results

The Carlton school board received the results of the annual audit on Monday night and learned that this year’s deficit is lower than expected. Janel Bitzan of the accounting firm BerganKDV outlined the results via remote video presentation. “The...

 

Charges dismissed against Barnum man

Last week, the Carlton County’s office dismissed two first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges previously filed against Chad Arnold Connor. The reason listed was “prosecutorial discretion.” When contacted, Carlton County Attorney Lauri... Full story

 

Sign up with police for emergency alerts

Those who didn’t get a text message or email announcing the “shelter in place” order in Cloquet on Jan. 8 might want to register with the Cloquet Police Department’s Nixle service. Nixle was... Full story

 

Wall of Wine is FDLTCC fundraiser

Friday, Jan. 19 is the last day to take advantage of the Wall of Wine and raffle from noon to 7 p.m. at Cold One Liquor in Cloquet. For a donation of $20, guests select a random bottle of wine and an envelope containing a gift card ranging in value...

 

Blue Jean Ball tickets for sale

The Cloquet Educational Foundation’s biggest fundraiser is coming up fast. There is a limited number of tickets available for the 22nd annual Blue Jean Ball on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Black Bear Casino Resort. Tickets are $50 per seat and support...

 

Moose Lake hospital is acute stroke-ready

The Essentia Health-Moose Lake hospital has been re-designated as an acute stroke-ready hospital by the Minnesota Department of Health. The re-designation means the hospital has stringent protocols, collaborations, testing and education and...

 

Business Spotlight: CreativEdge Designs

CreativEdge opened in downtown Carlton in 2017 when Jessie Waldorf, with the support of her husband, Joe, jumped from being employed as a full-time graphic artist for more than 15 years to beginning... Full story

 

Our View: Gun violence hits home

By now, it cannot come as a shock that even our own backyard is not immune from gun violence. In the blink of an eye in America, where our infatuation with guns exceeds our sense of order, a grudge, grievance or some other precipitator can yield... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: Will co-ops rise against the odds?

My office is in the old Cloquet Co-op building in Esko, and it carries a lot of history. The thing is built solid. Those Finlanders obviously expected the building to be around for a hundred years or... Full story

 

Letter: Thanks in a dire time

I just wanted to express my gratitude for how the community responded on Jan. 8 to the shootings at the Super 8 hotel. Someone with the emergency response team mentioned to me, “I got into this line of work because I wanted to help people.” He... Full story

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 19, 2024

Girls hockey: 'Jacks end skid with a win streak

When the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team lined up on Thursday against Duluth, the team was in serious need of a win. The Lumberjacks had lost five straight games since Dec. 19. CEC responded... Full story

 

The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Jan. 11 Girls Hockey CEC 4 Duluth 3 Boys Hockey CEC 3 Duluth Marshall 1 Girls Basketball Esko 72 Hibbing 35 South Ridge 92 Carlton/Wrenshall 40 Cromwell-Wright 70 Barnum 34 Floodwood 64 Moose Lake/WR 53 Boys Basketball Ogilvie 66... Full story

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 19, 2024

Wrestling: 'Jacks hang tough in home triangular

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton wrestling team hosted its final home meet of the season Friday as the senior wrestlers, managers and their parents were honored on the mat between matches. "It was a fun night... Full story

 

Wilderness make tiny bit of history in Wisconsin

The Minnesota Wilderness eclipsed a hurdle last weekend, when it won a regular season game in Eagle River, Wisconsin for the first time in franchise history. But it needed a thrashing first, losing 7-1 to the Wisconsin Windigo on Jan. 12 before... Full story

 

With snow, alpine skiers get down hills

Given the unseasonable winter weather until January rolled around, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton alpine ski team had taken a backseat to sports with stable ice and indoor floorboards. When we last heard... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    Sports    January 19, 2024

Korby's Connections: Titans clash in packed Esko gym

It was surprising to not see University of Minnesota Gopher coaches P.J. Fleck and Ben Johnson pushing their way through the Esko gymnasium doors at the Jan. 12 boys basketball game. After all,... Full story

 

Down on the farm: Conference looks at future of farming in state

What do Minnesota farmers do in the wintertime? Aside from livestock chores, machinery repair, record analysis, next-season planning, and a little more family time, they can improve their knowledge...

 

Wright / Cromwell News

My sympathies to the families of Don Hutar, 80, who died Jan. 10; Fran Soloman, who died Jan. 11; Gary Larson, who died Jan. 1; and Reuben Wenstrom, who died Jan. 8. The Bethany Lutheran public...

 

Obituary: Shellby Trettel

On January 8, 2024, the world stopped turning just for a moment as our lives were forever changed by the loss of a beautiful soul, Shellby Marie Trettel. In her short 22 years here on earth she made... Full story

 

Obituary: Patrick Jeffrey Roers

With great sadness, we must share the loss of our beloved Patrick Jeffrey Roers. Patrick left us on the evening of January 8th, 2024, leaving behind a widespread memory of his infectious smile,... Full story

 

Obituary: Frances Solomon

Frances A. Solomon, age 85 of Cromwell, Minnesota passed away Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. She was born July 3, 1938, in Duluth, the daughter of John and... Full story

 

Obituary: Bonnie Mae Edin

Bonnie Mae Edin, 83, of Spokane, Washington, and formerly of Cloquet, passed away Jan. 9, 2024. She was born on April 16, 1940, to Arthur and Hilma (Sipola) Swanson in Cloquet, where she grew up and... Full story

 

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