Articles from the February 10, 2023 edition

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University declares intent to return forestry center land to Fond du Lac

The University of Minnesota made public this week plans to give the 3,400-acre Cloquet Forestry Center to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The transfer of land was included in... Full story


Movie theater survives despite many plot twists

There was a time in America when going to the movies was a favorite pastime for people of all ages. Then, enter television, home theater systems, movie rentals and now streaming services, and the... Full story


History mystery

The late Jack Finberg (center) is pictured, at right, training to make "slabs" for the Carlton County Vidette newspaper with two unidentified men. Finberg worked at the Vidette, then took a printing... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    February 10, 2023

Board confronts costly tech tangle

A special school board meeting Feb. 1 featured an inquiry into rising technology costs, and revealed in startling detail “glaring security holes,” server updates that were missed, and antivirus packages purchased but not installed. “Nothing was d...


Free concert in Moose Lake

Mark your calendars for 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Moose Lake Community School auditorium to enjoy a concert by Musicians of Lyra. Agate Encores Community Concerts and Moose Lake Community Education AGE to age are pleased to say... Full story


Fishing contest at Chub Lake

The Kingdom Builders Ministry will hold its sixth annual ice fishing contest 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at Chub Lake. Rules meeting at 9:30 a.m. Find concessions and prize areas near the landing. Bring your own auger and fish anywhere on the... Full story


Apply for a United Way grant

The United Way of Carlton County is accepting applications through Feb. 24 for the 2023/2024 grant cycle. Funding is available for all eligible nonprofits who are committed to achieving at least one of United Way of Carlton County’s target goals: h... Full story


Blue Jean Ball puts the 'fun' in fundraiser

The 21st annual Blue Jean Ball brought lots of fun and lots of dollars for educational opportunities Saturday, as close to 400 people attended the fundraiser for the Cloquet Educational Foundation.... Full story


Foundation awards grants

During the final quarter of 2022, Duluth’s Northland Foundation awarded 18 grants totaling $431,000 to support people and communities for a thriving region. Funding included $30,000 for the Li’l Lumberjacks Learning Center in Cloquet, a child car...


Esko Winterfest on Feb. 18

Esko Community Education will hold a Winterfest celebration 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. The event combines fun for kids and families along with food and a business expo. Enjoy all kinds of fun and games for $1 each, from carnival fun to face... Full story


Get rid of batteries safely

After a load of residential trash containing lithium batteries caught fire in a garbage truck last week, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District is asking residents to follow safe practices when disposing of rechargeable batteries. The Carlton... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    February 10, 2023

Township schedules second hearing on private roads and driveways

The Thomson Township board of supervisors has scheduled a followup public hearing on the proposed private road and private shared driveway ordinances for 5 p.m. March 9. Following a large turnout for the initial public hearing — with many township r...

 By Brian Bakst    News    February 10, 2023

As promised, DFL steamrolls through session

Republicans are outnumbered at Minnesota's Capitol. And so far, they've been unable to stop an early onslaught of DFL-backed legislation on abortion, energy, voting and more. As the Legislature tilts...  Website


Esko one-act to hit state stage

After 21 years without a section win, the Esko High School One Act play is now returning to the State One Act Play Festival Friday, Feb. 10, for the second year in a row. After placing second at... Full story

 By Alyssa Bloss    News    February 10, 2023

Popular native garden sale is back

The Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) native plant kit and seed mix sale is back. Last year, people in the region helped convert more than 40 acres of mowed lawn to pollinator...


Letters: The unbearable madness of taxes

My family moved to Cloquet 17 years ago. In that time, our property taxes have more than doubled, with an increase of 129 percent. This is before the pending new firehall gets added onto the bill. The valuation of our home has increased 98 percent, w...


Obituary: Brent Eugene Kulaszewicz

Brent Eugene Kulaszewicz, 37, of Cloquet passed away on Feb. 5, 2023, in Baudette. He was born on March 17, 1985, in Cloquet to John and Ginger Kulaszewicz. He graduated from Cloquet High School in... Full story


Letters: Thomson meeting time change smells funny

It has come to my attention that the Thomson Township board of supervisors recently changed the time of regular board meetings from its long-established 6:30 p.m. to a much earlier 5 p.m. This will make it very difficult for many working folks to...


Letters: What is enough money for the rich?

A recent television news report of Exxon Oil’s annual profit for 2022 was $55.7 billion. Wow! If I recall from college accounting classes, business profit is what remains of revenue after all business expenses have been paid. In other words, profit i...


Farming group marks 30 years

Who grows our food? Where is it grown? How is it grown? How long will production last? Folks with ready answers to these questions probably know a member of the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming...


Obituary: Beverly Jean (Hoel) DeLacey

Beverly Jean (Hoel) DeLacey, 87, of Cloquet passed away on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023 at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. She was born on May 30, 1935, in Des Moines, Iowa to Louis and Vivian... Full story


Obituary: Arvin Alfred Anderson

Arvin Alfred Anderson, 83, of Duluth, passed away peacefully on Feb. 2, 2023, at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center. Arvin was born Aug. 23, 1939, to Arvid Wilfred Anderson and Lillian Erika Pearl Anderson at Waseca Memorial Hospital in s... Full story


Obituary: Roger Henry Rehkamp

Roger Henry Rehkamp, 87, of Cloquet, and formerly of Monticello, died on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023 at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. He was born on March 13, 1935, to Al and Frances (Wehlage)... Full story


Obituary: Steven Lee Backus

Steven Lee Backus, 61, died Saturday morning, Feb. 4, 2023, at his home in Cloquet. He was born on Feb. 24, 1961, to Jan and Lloyd Backus. He married Teresa Wohnoutka, and together they raised and... Full story


Obituary: Janelle M. Bryant

Janelle M. Bryant, 64, of Cloquet died Feb. 5, 2023, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, while surrounded by close family. She was born on March 7, 1958, to Arne and Mary (Anderson) Jarve. Janelle was... Full story


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