Articles from the February 19, 2021 edition

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A coda for classic hardware store

It was the mid-1970s when the Erickson family moved their Coast to Coast Hardware store from the middle of the block to the former Raiter Hospital building at the corner of Ninth and Cloquet Avenue....


Inaction can't be the rule on suspected abuse

When the news broke last year that former Carlton basketball coach Robert Pioro was being charged with sexually abusing one of his players nearly 20 years ago, there were people who immediately identified his victim. They’d seen the red flags or wo... Full story


History Mystery

This is a History Mystery that will likely never be solved, so we plan to have many installments regarding the topic: How did the name Cloquet come about? Some spotty history tells us that the town...


Arts added to business plan

Jessie Waldorf faced the class. "We're here just to have fun and make something creative." It was a chilly Saturday afternoon and sunlight streamed unobstructed through big, south-facing storefront... Full story


Water main breaks in middle of cold snap

A major water break on Washington Avenue over the weekend was quickly identified but still left local homes wondering why their water was running a little brown this weekend. Caleb Peterson, director of Cloquet public works, said a typical break...


Ready to ride?

A round-trip snowmobile ride and optional poker run will take place March 6 from the Buffalo House to Cromwell and Wright, with a reception following the 125-mile ride. The Rotary Rally for Kids is a rally set for 11 a.m.-7 p.m. March 6 to raise...

 By Dan Reed    News    February 19, 2021

Health, emergency workers honored

With a pandemic still throbbing, the recent annual presentation of the Carlton County Emergency Medical Service took on special significance as volunteers and professionals were honored. Steve...


Coming this summer … fireworks?

Things are looking positive for some kind of July Fourth celebration in Cloquet this summer, if discussions during Tuesday's City Council meeting hold true. City administrator Tim Peterson asked...


Vaccination pace is slow and steady

As the vaccination process for Covid-19 ramps up in Minnesota, getting a vaccine has almost become a sport for some - as they bounce between various drugstore chain websites, local health care clinics... Full story


Honor society auctions luck

The Carlton High School National Honor Society will auction off St. Patrick’s Day-themed baskets to raise money for Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. In particular, the funds will go to help youth who have struggled with food insecurity...


Iceberg Classic set for Saturday

The Carlton County Riders Club wasn’t too sad about the recent cold weather — it’s made the ice on the St. Louis River where they will hold their dirtbike races Saturday that much thicker. They call it The Iceberg Classic Under the Lights and... Full story


Fishing contest Saturday at Chub

Kingdom Builders Ministries will hold its fifth annual ice fishing derby 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 on Chub Lake. Tickets will be sold on the ice, at $25 for adults, $10 for kids age12 and under. There will be $3,000 worth in prizes; from...


B&B 'food train' gets county boost

The Carlton County board of commissioners recently approved and presented a $4,000 grant from CARES Act funds to go to the B&B Market food train, which has been chugging along since late last March. During that time, individuals and businesses from... Full story


Covid hits hard at local church

The coronavirus does not discriminate on the basis of sex, politics or religion. Cloquet’s Good Hope Church in Cloquet proved that last month, when Covid-19 spread through its members at a remarkable pace. Pastor Mike Stevens estimated that about... Full story


Our View: Mindfulness drove this story decision

Sometimes, the press will protect the identity of a source in order to protect that person from retribution, scorn or embarrassment, or for some other reason. That doesn’t alleviate the reporter’s duty to verify the information, but the source...


Harry's Gang: Reckoning awaits when it comes to eviction moratorium

I feel sorry for landlords who have been bitten by both the federal and state eviction moratoriums during the Covid-19 pandemic. Losing the ability to evict someone for not paying their rent could... Full story


Student Views: Small changes can add up to a better earth

I've spent my whole life growing up in the countryside and getting the chance to try many outdoor activities. I understand that most people have never gotten the chance to experience the outdoors...


On The Mark: State and regional Covid-19 responses are above the curve

There are two complementary ways to avoid Covid-19 and reduce its incidence in our communities. Social distancing is one: the tiresome masking and regression to private spaces and the internet for...


Soil & Water News: Serving to protect what we have

Many of you are acquainted with our local Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District. Our small team has achieved great successes following our mission of "Assisting landowners in protecting...


Obituaries: Robert "Bob" James Peters

Robert "Bob" James Peters, 88 of Cloquet died on Feb. 11, 2021, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. He was born on Nov. 26, 1932, to Albert and Tyna (Sipola) Peters in Cloquet. Bob married Donna... Full story


Obituaries: Leo LeRoy Dahlberg

Leo LeRoy Dahlberg, 86, of Cromwell passed away Feb. 13, 2021, in Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell. He was born March 1, 1934, in Bigfork to Roy and Marie Dahlberg. Leo grew up in Effie and... Full story


Obituaries: Michael John Hagen

Michael John Hagen, 69, of Roseville passed away Feb. 12, 2021, at United Hospital in St. Paul. He was born Dec. 18, 1951, in Cloquet to Maurice and Virginia Hagen. Michael worked for LCS Coaches,... Full story


Death Notices

James Marvin Sunnarborg, 88, of Esko passed away Feb. 11, 2021 in his home with his loving family by his side. Services were held Thursday at Atkins Northland Funeral Home in Cloquet. Military honors were accorded by the Cloquet Combined Honor... Full story

 By Anne Dugan    People    February 19, 2021

A love affair with books

In English, we have the term bookworm to describe someone who is always reading. According to historian Nick Kapur, most every other language has a similar phrase. In Spanish and French there is book...


Wright/Cromwell news

The residents of the Villa Vista and Cardinal Court got their second Covid vaccine shots last week. Let’s hope this opens things up so the residents can receive more visitors soon. It’s been a...


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