Articles from the February 17, 2023 edition

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District contemplates huge facilities gift

Cloquet school board members got happy news Monday, when superintendent Michael Cary informed them the district has an almost certain major sponsor - Members Cooperative Credit Union - for the...


Details still scarce on forestry center plans

More background details - and concerns - are emerging regarding the proposed transfer of the Cloquet Forestry Center to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, but it appears likely that... Full story


Students jump for dollars

With dance tunes booming through the gymnasium Friday, students at Washington Elementary jumped their way to raising $35,000 during the school's Kids Heart Challenge event. It was loosely controlled m... Full story


History mystery: A notable pitcher

Jim Boyd had a repost on Facebook recently that we wanted to share. Boyd’s page, called “Cloquet, MN-1884 to Present,” is chock-full of historical Cloquet area photos and memories. He shared a memor... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    February 17, 2023

Voters say 'yes' to $6.45 million

Voters in the Cromwell-Wright school district passed a referendum Tuesday, delivering a valentine to a district seeking $6.45 million in improvements to school safety and parking, along with a gym...


State money OK'd for 'blue' blizzard damage

Carlton County will receive more than $700,000 in state disaster relief following the winter storm Dec. 12-16 which coated the region with heavy snow, breaking tree limbs and crippling power...


Sheriff will add to corrections staff

Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake reported to the county board this week that a corrections officer is retiring. The board approved the hire of one more staff member than budgeted, allowing her to hire two males and two females. The board had given...


Casino trail idea sent to state

Carlton County commissioners gave support for a joint effort between the Fond du Lac Band, Carlton County, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation to ask for $10 million in federal infrastructure money to build a trail between the Black Bear...

 By Ted Lammi    News    February 17, 2023

Superintendent: Hire someone for my job

Carlton superintendent John Engstrom surprised school board members Monday when he recommended they not renew his contract in June. Instead he recommended they make South Terrace principal Donita...


Community band seeks musicians

The Cloquet Community Band is seeking new members. If you have played an instrument, please check out the band. Practice is Monday evenings 7-8:30 p.m. at the Cloquet Presbyterian church (47 Fourth St., Cloquet), with the next practice set for Feb.... Full story


Snowmobile accident claims one

A Saginaw man died after a snowmobile accident last Friday night, Feb. 10. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said first responders were dispatched just before 11 p.m. to a trail in Floodwood Township. Leroy Warner, 67, was reportedly not b...


President's Day closures

The Cloquet Public Library, post office, Cloquet city offices and all Carlton County offices will be closed on Monday, Feb 20, in observance of the President’s Day Holiday. The Hwy 210 Transfer Station will be open.... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    February 17, 2023

Gay student group advisor confronted

A community member shouted questions at the teacher advisor to Wrenshall’s student-based Gender and Sexualities Alliance at Monday’s school board meeting. In doing so, the community member seemed to...


Council asked to make Cloquet business and union friendly

A note of urgency dominated the Cloquet City Council work session Feb. 7, when members of the city’s Economic Development Agency asked, for the third time in five years, that the council remove the requirement for private businesses to sign a p...


Wrenshall business owner 'draws line'

The owner of multiple Wrenshall businesses said he'll pack a public hearing with supporters Tuesday, when the city begins consideration of proposals the business owner said target his enterprises....


Cromwell Cardinals hold winter recital

The Feb. 8 choral program at Cromwell-Wright School treated an enthusiastic audience of grandparents, parents, siblings and community members to vocal and instrumental performances with 28 students... Full story


Cloquet's Brenner named middle school principal of the year

Cloquet Middle School principal Tom Brenner said it's his job to improve the quality of education in his building by working with the teachers in the classroom. It's a numbers game that inspires the f... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    February 17, 2023

Esko fitness center moves forward

The Esko school district is one step further along in its plans to build a new fitness center for students and community members, following the school board’s approval of an initial construction plan and budget. The district’s construction planning c...

 By Al Alm    Opinion    February 17, 2023

Guest column: Forestry center is a key community asset

It has recently come to my attention that the University of Minnesota Board of Regents will meet to discuss transferring Cloquet Forestry Center land to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. I am writing to you as a university alumni and a... Full story


Running for office brings insight

It’s good to be back. Running for office was an interesting experience, but one of the most fascinating things I learned was how little most voters think about our lawmakers and how our legislature w... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 17, 2023

CEC section run ends with Mirage

A three-goal second period was enough to propel the Proctor/Hermantown Mirage to a 4-0 Section 7A semifinal win over Cloquet-Esko-Carlton on Saturday at Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Cloquet. The L... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 17, 2023

Rebels can't climb out of early hole

A four-goal first period proved to be too much to overcome for the Moose Lake Area Rebels girls hockey team Saturday as they fell, 5-1, to No. 2 seed Duluth Marshall in the Section 7A semifinals at... Full story


CEC skiers tackle tough conditions at State

Mother Nature was not kind to Minnesota state ski meet participants this week. Although state alpine skiers started the day with beautiful weather Tuesday morning, the rains came in the afternoon.... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 17, 2023

'Jacks focus on individual section matches

With only seven wrestlers able to compete, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton wrestling team took sixth place in the six-team Great River Conference tournament last week in Isle. "There are 14 different weight... Full story


Eskomos cool hot Cloquet start

For the second time this season, rivals Esko and Cloquet met in boys basketball and for the second time it was the Eskomos prevailing over the Lumberjacks, this time by a much closer score of 75-69 on... Full story


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