Articles from the February 11, 2022 edition

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Hit-and-run charges filed

Charges were filed Thursday, in the case of a hit-and-run crash nearly four weeks ago in Cloquet that police previously described as a case of “road rage.” A 38-year-old Cloquet woman was charged via summons Thursday, Feb. 3, by the Carlton Cou...


The Blue Jean Ball is a blast

After taking a pandemic pause last year, the Blue Jean Ball returned Saturday to rave reviews. The annual Community Educational Foundation fundraiser was modified for the times, of course. People wore...

 By Rebekah King    News    February 11, 2022

Esko School Board divided on Covid

In a room packed full with nearly 40 parents and teachers, the Esko school board chose to not alter the district’s current Covid-19 mitigation strategies despite tense discussion between board members at their meeting Monday, Feb. 7. As of Monday, s...


Weather Warms Up For Fun

A break in the arctic weather pattern last weekend meant it was quite comfortable to go sledding at the hill in Pinehurst Park in Cloquet. The temperatures remained mild throughout this week and...


Council fires Cloquet police officer

Cloquet city councilors and mayor Roger Maki voted unanimously to fire Cloquet police officer Laci Silgjord Wednesday night, Feb. 2, after closing the virtual council meeting for more than 45 minutes...


Chamber Home show canceled

The Cloquet Area Home, Business & Sports Show originally set for March has been canceled by the Cloquet Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The affiliated craft show will go on as scheduled, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March... Full story


Latest County Seat show a hoot

The “boo-hiss” melodrama, “The Villain Wore A Dirty Shirt, or, Always Wash Your Long Johns ’Cause It Makes a Lotta Cents,” opens tonight. “It’s a good old-fashioned melodrama that will have audiences of young and old laughing throughout th...


Order free Covid tests

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from courtesy of the federal government. Go to to order. • Limit of one order per residential address; • One order includes 4 ind... Full story


Weather causes more crashes

The Minnesota State Patrol reported at least two crashes in Carlton County during Saturday’s windy and snowy weather. A Ford Escape driven by Superior’s Benjamin Norbie, 26, ran into a plow truck on Interstate 35 near mile marker 230 in Atkinson Tow...


Institute taking applications

Springboard for the Arts and Racing Magpie announced that applications for the 2022 Creative Community Leadership Institute (CCLI) are open through Feb. 27 for applicants from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native Nations that...

 By Dan Reed    News    February 11, 2022

County expands search for jail funding

Carlton County commissioners are hoping the state will come through with close to 10 times the amount of bonding money previously allocated for the new justice center/jail during the new legislative session, as lawmakers decide what to do with a...


Homicide trial preparations underway

Nearly two years after a mother, toddler and unborn child were murdered in Cloquet, the trial of her then-boyfriend is slowly comng into focus. Sheldon James Thompson, 34, is accused of killing Jackie Defoe, her unborn child, and her 20-month-old son...

 By Mike Creger    News    February 11, 2022

Safety of children disputed in court

More testimony was offered Tuesday in the child custody case that led to protests in January outside the homes of two women accused of abuse. Sixth District Carlton County judge Rebekka Stumme split the custody cases involving 10 children, five in...

 By Rebekah King    News    February 11, 2022

'Beware phone scams,' says deputy

Don’t trust every phone call from an unfamiliar number. That was the message Carlton County Sheriff’s Office deputy Randy Roberts had for Thomson Township residents and the board of supervisors at the board meeting Thursday, Feb 3. According to Rob...


Our View: Choices have consequences

When Leona Johnson spoke out at the Esko school board meeting Monday, it wasn’t the first time a local school board member worried aloud about “discrimination” against children who choose to not be vaccinated or masked missing more school because of... Full story


Harry's Gang: We need police, yes, but we also need police reform

I’ve taught my kids that cops are the “good guys.” That cops can be trusted. If my kids find themselves in trouble, I’ve told them that the police will help them. Of course, most cops look a bit int... Full story


On The Mark: Racism: a persistent American crisis

You may have heard that some school boards and communities in our state are fighting over the oddly named “critical race theory.” Oddly, because if you read what some of the theory’s prota... Full story


Letter to The Editor: Time to ditch Social Security tax

With a $7 billion-plus surplus, perhaps it is time to eliminate the Social Security income tax on retired Minnesota seniors. As a Retired Fire Service member I receive minimal Social Security due to the pension offset. Eliminating this tax is the... Full story


Letter to The Editor: In time of need, Cloquet delivers

When we moved to Cloquet about 30 years ago, we felt we were moving to a nice town. We were wrong. It’s a great town. I recently injured my foot and have found it difficult to get around. A lady who was traveling by when I fell jumped out of her c... Full story


Letter: Help us make a difference in government

There are many clichés, quotes, and rhetoric to last us a lifetime. Of the multitude, some can provide us inspiration and others can leave a sour taste in the mouth; yet I find one that is laced with such potency. This, brought about by the taboo... Full story


Obituary: Eleanore June Huisinger

Eleanore J. Huisinger, 89, of Cloquet, passed away Feb. 2, 2022, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. She was born June 20, 1932, in Gary, South Dakota, the daughter of Nels and Anna (Hanson)... Full story


Obituary: Roy LaVern Martin

Roy LaVern Martin, 89, of Carlton passed away Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. He was born on May 18, 1932 in Nelson to Elvin and Arvella Martin. Roy married Shirley Coen on... Full story


Obituary: Ronald Edward Peterson

Ronald Edward Peterson, 90, of Carlton, passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, in his home. He was born May 9, 1931, in Glenwood, Minnesota to Harold and Valera Peterson. In 1938 the family... Full story


Obituary: Burton James Shotley

Burton J. Shotley, 90, of Cloquet, passed away Feb. 1, 2022, at Evergreen Knoll. He was born Sept. 9, 1931, in Cloquet, the son of Peter and Josephine (Jesse) Shotley. Burt was married to Claudette... Full story


Obituary: Connie Marie Illikainen

Connie Marie Illikainen, 44, of Esko, passed away peacefully Feb. 5, 2022, surrounded by loved ones at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. Connie was born Jan. 19, 1978, in... Full story


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