Articles from the January 29, 2021 edition

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Persistence, peace mark Line 3 protests

Woodsmoke curled through the trees on a quiet winter afternoon at Camp Miigizi, just off Magney Drive on the Fond du Lac Reservation. An event called "Frybread Friday'' was scheduled here for Jan....


History Mystery

Kris Nelson compiled a booklet about the history of Big Lake in 1997. She's hoping someone can help identify the angler in this photo. "I did research at the library and found many interesting...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 29, 2021

Back to school ... again

First-grade teacher Ann Doesken was expecting Tuesday to feel like the first day of school in the fall. After all, it was the first day of in-person learning since schools went to distance learning...


Fair open to hosting an Extension office

Heather Wright, vice chair of the Carlton County fair board, has assured Carlton County commissioners that the fair board is committed to updating the 4-H building on the grounds and can make it available for the Minnesota Extension Office. “The...


State limits court activities into March

Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea issued a statewide order effective Feb. 1 that limits in-person activity in courthouses for an additional 45 days and requires remote hearings to the extent possible for all case types. No new...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 29, 2021

Barnum coach faces charged with criminal sexual conduct

The Barnum girls basketball coach was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 19, for allegedly sexually assaulting one of his players. Andrew John Palmer, 33, of Moose Lake was charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Carlton County...


Vaccine Q&A

Q Who’s now eligible to get their vaccines? A While Minnesota continues to work through its highest-priority groups — like front-line health care workers; those directly caring for, and exposed to, Covid-19 patients; residents of long-term care... Full story


County offers more grants

Carlton County has been provided nearly $700,000 in Covid-19 relief grant funds from the state to distribute to eligible businesses and nonprofits hurt by the pandemic. Applications and guidelines will be available online ( and... Full story


Tiger is positive for Covid virus

A Minnesota tiger was confirmed positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, based on results from the U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratories. The tiger lives at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Pine County. The sanctuary veterinarian report... Full story


Carlton county case numbers

Carlton County Covid-19 case numbers increased by 47 cases over the past week, and there were no new deaths from Jan. 20-27. As of Wednesday, Jan. 27, Carlton County had seen a cumulative total of 2,856 Covid-19 cases with 43 deaths, according to the... Full story


Our View: It's a delicate dance with tax burdens

We value our fire protection in Carlton County, and we particularly like the lower home insurance premiums we enjoy thanks to having a fully staffed, 24/7 fire department with an excellent response time here in Cloquet. But another public building...


Francy That: It's rinse, repeat on discord -but don't let that dash hopes

It comes with age, not wisdom necessarily as the Bible says, but rather an ability to recognize and fathom the depth of the divide facing our democracy. We have been here before, in the lifetimes of... Full story


On The Mark: Here's a look at how pandemic relief was spread

Since March, trillions of dollars of pandemic-related aid has flowed from the federal government to the states. This aid took many forms, including direct add-ons to unemployment payments and grants... Full story


The Master Gardeners: Scratch garden itch, even in winter depths

With Covid-19 and the political events in our nation's capital occupying our minds, gardening is perhaps not the central focus of one's thought process this month. Yet, gardening for many is a place...


Obituaries: Joyce Mathiason Iverson

Joyce Mathiason Iverson, 97, of Cloquet, passed away Jan. 23, 2021, at Evergreen Knoll in Cloquet with family by her side after enduring a battle with bullous pemphigoid. She was born Sept. 9, 1923,... Full story


Death notices

Robert “Bob” Charles Gerlach, 86, of Baxter, and formerly of Cloquet, passed away Jan. 23, 2021, at Northern Lakes Assisted Living in Baxter. Services are pending and will be held at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Cloquet at a later date.... Full story


Winter flying draws a crowd

Sunday was a nearly perfect day for ski jumping at Pine Valley, just in time for the biggest home meet of the year. The jumping hills were a pristine white, thanks to a fresh coat of snow the night be... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 29, 2021

Paced Esko clocks Cloquet, 78-47

"Patience, patience, patience," is what Esko boys basketball coach Derek Anderson preached to his players this week prior to their 78-47 road win over Cloquet Tuesday night. "We were patient on... Full story


The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Jan. 21 Boys Basketball Hermantown-59 Esko-57 Girls Basketball Esko-63 Moose Lake/ Willow River-42 Floodwood-44 Carlton-24 Duluth Marshall-80 Cloquet-64 Friday, Jan. 22 Boys Hockey Bagley/Fosston-5 (OT) Moose Lake Area-4 CEC-9... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 29, 2021

Esko outshoots pesky ML/WR

A quick start which led to an 18-point halftime lead propelled the Esko girls basketball team to an impressive 63-42 road win over a fiesty Moose Lake/Willow River squad Thursday, Jan. 21. "They are... Full story


Girls hockey to start season

Finally, after a season full of delays, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team will hit the ice for the first time this season on Saturday. Initially, the Minnesota State High School League delayed the start of the season, but the Lumberjacks... Full story


Input wanted on outdoors access

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants the public to review and comment on a set of recommendations intended to bring measured growth, increased and equitable access, and a higher quality of outdoor recreation opportunities to... Full story


I'm from Wrenshall and more

As gradeschoolers in Wrenshall made their way back to the classroom this week, the learning theme that my mom came up with is “My Neighborhood.” Our kids created a map of their little slice of...


Wright/Cromwell news

Our sympathy to the family of Ron Moen, 74, who died Jan. 17 after a six-year battle with cancer. He will be missed by partner LuAnn Freiermuth and his children and grandchildren. There will be no funeral service and his ashes will be interred at a...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 29, 2021

Casino tested by pandemic

It's not quite business as usual at the Black Bear Casino Resort, but general manager Dan LaPrairie said staff are working hard to stay open and keep people healthy during the pandemic. So far, so... Full story


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