Articles from the February 24, 2023 edition

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Emergency landing ends well

No one was hurt Saturday when the pilot of an experimental light sport aircraft made an emergency landing on the ice-covered Big Lake Saturday afternoon. The Carlton County Sheriff's Office described...

 By Brady Slater    News    February 24, 2023

Town turns out for store owner

Nearly 100 people appeared Tuesday at a public hearing in Wrenshall related to proposed RV park regulations. About 15 percent of attendees spoke at the hearing, doing so resoundingly and to repeated a...

 By Brady Slater    News    February 24, 2023

Fire strikes Bergquist Imports site

A fire at the site of Bergquist Imports along the Minnesota Highway 33 frontage road in Cloquet drew a large response Wednesday afternoon as smoke poured from the back of the complex of buildings.... Full story


Young scientists take center stage

Science fair offers time to shine, after months of hard work The rewards of scientific pursuit are many. There's the satisfaction of learning and contributing to a greater body of knowledge, the... Full story


Fire destroys barn

Firefighters arrived to find a pole barn engulfed in flames just after 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. According to a news release, Carlton County Sheriff’s Office deputies learned from the property owner that a tractor and recreational vehicle were also i...


Medallion is found

The annual medallion hunt is over. Tammy and Isaiah Ronkainen located the Groundhog medallion on Feb. 13 at Athletic Park near the old warming shack, and won $500 in local gift certificates. The hunt is sponsored by Cloquet Community Ed, WKLK radio...


Poultry for beginners

Considering raising poultry for the first time? Carlton County Extension educator Mercedes Moffett will give a presentation on the basic requirements for poultry production 6-7:30 p.m. March 6 at the Carlton County Transportation Building. Topics to...


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. The band provides sheet music, and... Full story


Job fair comes to Black Bear

March brings Spring Career Fair 2023 to Black Bear Casino’s Otter Creek Event Center. Taking place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 14, the career fair will be focused on jobs attainable with general education that also provide thriving wages, benefits, a...


Final Covid tests available

The Minnesota Department of Health announced that free at-home rapid Covid-19 tests are available to all Minnesota households through the state’s online ordering program. This will be the last chance for Minnesotans to get free tests before the p...

 By Rebekah King    News    February 24, 2023

Thomson Township: Shared road hearing delayed, sewer rates go up

After tentatively scheduling a date for a follow-up public hearing on the proposed private road and private shared driveway ordinances at their first February meeting, the Thomson Township board of supervisors decided to take the date off the...


It's complicated; Debate over city labor agreements continues

Iris Keller, the newly appointed Ward 3 Cloquet city councilor, peppered city officials with questions Tuesday as she played catchup on the complicated issue of project labor agreements in the city...


Rep. Dotseth weighs in

Now seven weeks into the Minnesota legislative session, here are some highlights taken from weekly email updates provided by District 11A State Rep. Jeff Dotseth, R-Silver Township. Local issues... Full story

 By Ted Lammi    News    February 24, 2023

Carlton board tackles increased deficit and declining enrollment

Carlton school board members are facing the double whammy of both student numbers and state dollars dropping even more quickly than anticipated. At Tuesday’s Carlton school board meeting, district business manager Norm Nelis warned of a revised b...


Our view: Thumbs up, down

THUMBS UP to Cloquet public schools and Members Cooperative Credit Union for working toward an agreement on naming rights in return for getting $4.25 million in athletic facilities upgrades across the finish line. MCCU has sent a letter of intent to...


Barnum man accused of child sex abuse

A Barnum man faces charges of allegedly raping a young girl who had previously looked up to him as a father figure. Chad Arnold Connor, 47, was arraigned in Sixth District Court-Carlton County on Feb. 9 on two charges of felony first-degree criminal...


Shovel assault returns on March court docket

A 48-year-old Cloquet man will appear in District Court in Carlton on March 8, facing a felony assault charge after allegedly striking and harming his girlfriend with a shovel in January. Daniel Ray Lundquist was arguing with his 45-year-old...


State sounds alarm about 'sextortion' threat facing teens

A Minnesota boy makes a new friend in an online game. He thinks it’s a cute girl around his age. After chatting for a while, she sends him a nude photo of herself and asks for one in return. He sends a photo and suddenly his new friend stops being f...


Tales of another scary landing

As a youngster growing up in Superior and flying aircraft with my dad, I remember him saying, "If you want to wreck your airplane, put it on skis!" He should know. I watched him and his World War II... Full story


Nuclear should be part of energy planning

"Drill, baby, drill” is a fun slogan for those of us who can’t imagine a world without gasoline, and the protests over the Line 3 project cutting through Carlton County show that plenty of people wou...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 24, 2023

'Sad' end, Lumberjacks upset in playoffs

The Lumberjacks boys hockey team had more shots but fewer goals Tuesday as they fell to Coon Rapids, 6-3, in the quarterfinal round of the Section 7AA boys hockey playoffs. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, the... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 24, 2023

Moose Lake Area Rebels look to the future

The Moose Lake Area boys hockey team had the tall task of opening the Section 7A hockey tournament on the road at International Falls Saturday. The No. 7 seeded Broncos wasted little time scoring... Full story


Bulldogs bounce Cards in homecoming comeback

Having already sunk five 3-pointers on the night, Cromwell-Wright's Dylan Nyberg was probably the last player Carlton wanted to toss up a potential game-tying triple as the buzzer sounded Friday.... Full story


1,000 Points and counting

Wrenshall's Janae Sjodin passed her 1,000th point on Feb. 15, hitting a jump shot in a home game against Silver Bay in front of her ecstatic team and fans. Sjodin needed only one point Wednesday to... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 24, 2023

Bombers mount aerial attack against Rebels

Barnum's Rayna Klejeski and Allison Marine combined for 51 points Thursday night as the dynamic duo helped to lead the Bombers to their 21st win of the season, defeating Moose Lake/Willow River 65-31... Full story


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