Articles from the February 14, 2020 edition

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Cloquet teen battles kidney disease

Nearly a year ago, they thought the swelling in her face and ankles was caused by allergies. But the allergy shots didn't help. When her face was so swollen she couldn't open her eyes, the emergency... Full story


Obituary: Adrian J. Sturgeleski

Adrian J. Sturgeleski, 83, of Cloquet passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 at Sunnyside Health Care. He was born May 30, 1936 in Sturgeon Lake to Theodore and Gertrude (Mikrot) Sturgeleski. Adrian... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 14, 2020

Girls hockey: Lumberjacks head to state for first time in 11 years

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Proctor/Hermantown Mirage hung a 6-1 loss on the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team, the first loss in 17 straight games for CEC. On Wednesday night the two teams... Full story


State bound! After 30 years, the CEC boys are going back to State

For the first time in almost three decades, the Lumberjacks boys Nordic ski team is headed to State. With almost perfect conditions - the snow just right, and temperatures in the low 20s - four Lumber... Full story


Swanson wins election, will continue to represent Ward 3

The only thing Chris Swanson lost in Tuesday's special election was the "interim" title for the Ward 3 Cloquet City Council seat. Swanson garnered 84 votes to 14 for Uriah Wilkinson on Tuesday, out...

 By Mike Creger    News    February 14, 2020

Consolidation survey: A resounding 'yes'

Sue Peterson had some choice words about the survey results released this week regarding how residents feel about the possible consolidation of the Carlton and Wrenshall school districts....

 By Mike Creger    News    February 14, 2020

Northern Pacific Railroad started in Carlton County 150 years ago

It was supposed to be an "impromptu" act, a quiet ceremony more for employees than the general public. There was likely good reason to keep things on the down-low. While the Northern Pacific Railroad...


Historical society director wants to connect with region

The first time the new director of the Carlton County Historical Society saw the massive old library desk that has been returned to its roots there, it sparked her imagination. The stories that desk...


Barnum school district faces painful budget decisions

The double whammy of fewer students and state and federal mandates that aren’t fully funded has the Barnum School Board looking at major cuts to keep the budget in the black. The issues aren’t new, nor are they unique to the Barnum school dis...


Cloquet Board OKs move to new emergency communication system

On Monday, the Cloquet school board took a vote that made students and staff safer AND saved the district money. Instead of spending between $100,000 and $180,000 to replace the district’s aging w...


Chill Winterfest brings people out to Carlton

At a balmy 18 degrees Saturday, the weather was perfect for Carlton's annual Winterfest festivities. Outside the Four Seasons Sports Complex, about 65 people of all ages played a round of Mini Hook... Full story

 By Steve Korby    News    February 14, 2020

Mobile food bank helps feed Carlton County

On the third Thursday morning of each month (10:30-11:30 a.m.), the Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry comes to the Our Savior's Lutheran Church parking lot in Cloquet to distribute food. What is... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    February 14, 2020

State sets date for county jail closure

The state of Minnesota has set a closure date for the Carlton County jail of July 31, 2023. The deadline came in a letter from the Minnesota Department of Corrections, dated Jan. 28, 2020, delivered to Carlton County sheriff Kelly Lake and county coo...


OUR VIEW: Refugee discussion deserved better

We’re all for more public information and discussion of the issues that affect us all. That’s why we were pleased to hear that the Carlton County Republicans had arranged a public information meeting with an expert on refugees, to inform the pub...


HARRY'S GANG: Odds and Ends

Lacrosse It’s one fast growing sport in our area: lacrosse. Kids seem to be drawn to the speed, precision, and competition. It’s an exciting game to watch too. Sean Hall, among others, created the Northern Siege team a few years ago to give Car...


Polka music, dancing create 'family' vibe at senior dances

Dancers twirled to the music of Florian Chmielewski at the Cloquet VFW last Wednesday afternoon, like so many other Wednesdays before. The dance floor fills up for every song played by Lindy's Band,... Full story


ON FAITH: Thanking the past and serving the future

In 1922, Monsignor D.W. Lynch, pastor of St. James Church in Duluth, wrote a letter to Minnesota Senator Frank B. Kellogg regarding Father Elais Lemire and the (then) Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Cloquet. “I know something about the work d... Full story


Sports Ticker

Thursday, Feb. 6 Boys Basketball Hibbing-84 Cloquet-56 The Lumberjacks fell behind by 16 points at halftime and struggle to defend the Bluejackets who got a 24-point night from Ayden McDonald and double-digit scoring from three others in pulling out... Full story


Out in It: Castle Siege

I shouldered my way through the early morning crowd at Hi-Banks Resort on Fish Lake. A patron glanced my way, unimpressed, through a forest of celery sticks jutting from his Bloody Mary breakfast. I...


Carlton High School Quarter 2 Honor Rolls

A Honor Roll Grade 12: Alaina Bennett, Alisha Broneak, Madelyn DeCaigny, Spencer Hoeffling, Abigail Mickle, Brynne Mickle, Taylor Nelson, Austin Parker, Annabell Pearson, Matthew Santkuyl, Benjamin Soderstrom, Jessica Sutter, Justin Swanson,... Full story


Wrenshall Second Quarter Honor Rolls

A Honor Roll Patrick Ankrum Liam Bruce Sage Fernquist Hunter Holmes Kaylie Lammi Elliana Lattu Hannah Lattu Joel Lembke Katarina Mattson Tyler Mills Sujata Mumma Alex Murray Alexis Nelson Samantha Nyberg Owen Resberg Jack Riley Zeke Rousseau-Sheff... Full story


Cromwell-Wright First Semester Honor Rolls

A Honor Roll Grade 12 Taye Thomas Anderson Raisa Garik Avagyan Jacob Charles Bellinger Arnon Chaiboot Amber Jo Collman Cameron Seth-Linh Dickey Sydney Aniele Goranson Shaily Ann Hakamaki Taya Joyce Hakamaki Emmalee Grace Hoover Jordan Jennifer... Full story


Wright-Cromwell News

I’ve had some pretty strange things happen to me lately. On Feb. 6, I motored to McGregor to visit a friend and take another friend out to lunch when a strange, feral cat appeared in my van. I was i... Full story

 By Anne Dugan    People    February 14, 2020

Wrenshall celebrates homecoming and reading this month

It’s homecoming week for Wrenshall! Monday kicked off the festivities with a rally featuring a family feud game show with the homecoming court as contestants, as well as a scooter relay race. There w...


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