Articles from the February 25, 2022 edition

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Wanted: a place for lost dogs and cats

In August, Carlton County will have been without an animal shelter for four years. That's not OK, says a new group of concerned citizens. Now called Carlton County Animal Rescue, the group has been... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 25, 2022

Bombers win over rival Rebels

When neighborhood rivals Barnum and Moose Lake/Willow River collided in a boys basketball game last Friday, the stakes were high and the crowd was in a frenzy. The Rebels had just come off an... Full story


History Mystery

This mystery photo shouldn't be too hard to figure out. The Carlton County Historical Society sent us this one for readers to sleuth on. The only information on the photo is the date of Feb. 21,...


Winter weather packs a wallop

Sunday wasn't exactly a spring-like day in Carlton, but compared to the tight grip of cold on the region this winter, it felt rather balmy as temperatures neared 30 degrees and a bit of melt occurred....

 By Tom Urbanski    News    February 25, 2022

Commuter bus ferries locals to Duluth and back

It could be described as a chauffeur service that takes you to work every day. The Cloquet-Duluth commuter bus has been making twice-daily trips between the two cities for about 30 years. The service...


Obituary: Mitchell Rontti

Mitchell Rontti passed away Feb. 5, 2022. Mitch was born in Duluth to Joyce Carlson. He grew up in Cloquet and graduated from Cloquet High School in 1977. He graduated from Dunwoody college in 1979, followed by his first job where he worked in... Full story


Obituary: Rickey Joe Nynas

Rickey Joe Nynas, born July 28, 1952, passed away suddenly at home Feb. 21, 2022. He was raised in Esko on the Nynas Road and graduated from Esko High School in 1970. He went to school for forestry... Full story


Obituary: Leslie Dougherty

Leslie “Old Man” Dougherty of Saginaw died unexpectedly on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 with his loyal dogs Bacon and Holly. Leslie was born on March 16, 1960 in Duluth, son of Laurel “Sonny” and Betty D... Full story


Man dead after vehicle fire

Responding to a 911 call at 10:56 p.m. Friday, emergency responders found a dead man with extensive burns next to a burned-up pickup truck in the 8000 block of Highway 2 near Saginaw. The deceased man will not be named while the St. Louis County...


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


At age 100, Iris Johnson is one busy lady

Barnum native and longtime Mahtowa resident Iris Johnson turned 100 years old on Valentine's Day but, with typical modesty, she wasn't sure about being interviewed. "My life was like watching paint... Full story


Thomson board meeting is brief

With few bullet points on the agenda, the Thomson Township Board of Supervisors held another brief meeting Thursday, Feb. 17. The board approved 2022 health savings account contributions for township employees, with no discussion from the board. The...


Libraries offer acrylic paint kits

The Arrowhead Library System will be providing acrylic painting Take & Create art kits to member public libraries to distribute March 1-31. This art experience has been designed by 321 Art Studio in Chisholm and explores acrylic painting for...


Custody cases wind through courts

Testimony continued last week in a contentious local child custody case that sparked weeks of protests last month. There are five children in each of two homes, most of them either adopted or otherwise in the permanent custody of the two caregivers,...


Man accused of child sex abuse

A 74-year-old Cloquet man is facing charges of sexually assaulting a child who was not a stranger to him. Edward Christian of Cloquet was charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree for allegedly performing sexually penetra...


Free hackathon registration

Whoever thought non-fungible tokens (NFTs), cool websites, sweet apps and cybersecurity would be mentioned in the same sentence as computer science? A guy from Cloquet who focused on computer science (at Harvard, no less) and was named one of... Full story


Buy new hunting, fishing licenses

It’s the time of year when anglers and hunters need to buy new fishing and hunting licenses. Minnesota fishing, hunting and trapping licenses for 2021 expire Monday, Feb. 28. Licenses for 2022 are now available wherever fishing and hunting l...


Our View: Unique park needs snowmaking

While it may seem that Cloquet need never worry about adequate snow after the storm earlier this week, we can all recall times when the golf courses still showed green in November and even into December … when cross country ski season kicks off. S... Full story


Harry's Gang: What advice would you give your younger self?

At one of my brilliant and well-received lunch presentations for a local service group, I noticed most of the members were “of a certain age.” Fast approaching that age myself, but with children of my own under 14 years old, I thought I’d take advan... Full story


Letter to the editor: Opinion articles are well-said

Opinion articles are well-said A jackpot! Three articles that reinforced why your paper won the prestigious award [as the best weekly newspaper in the state]. -Our View: “Choices have consequences”: Clear, concise, truth in every sentence. -Ann Mar... Full story


The challenge? Searching for the best beer

File this one under "It's a tough job, but someone has to do it." The tough task? Judging beer. Last weekend, the Northern Ale Stars Homebrewers Guild hosted a competition in Duluth where 149 entries...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 25, 2022

'Jacks top Marshall, advance

It took a total team effort, but the Lumberjacks boys hockey team eked out a 3-2 win in their home Section 7AA boys playoff game Saturday against Duluth Marshall. The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton players... Full story


The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Feb. 17 Girls Basketball Cromwell-Wright-48 Carlton-18 Esko-54 Hermantown-23 South Ridge-72 Two Harbors-50 Floodwood-38 Wrenshall-29 Boys Basketball Moose Lake/Willow River-89 Cloquet-82 Friday, Feb. 18 Boys Basketball Cromwell-Wright-52... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 25, 2022

Rebels fight, but fall, in playoffs

Moose Lake Area goalie Henry Dammer gave what appeared to be a superhuman effort Saturday afternoon in the Section 7A boys hockey playoffs, making 61 saves against International Falls. “Henry was i... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    February 25, 2022

Esko robotics shoots for world competition

The Esko SubZero robotics team is preparing for its biggest season yet. The team of more than 40 Esko students has been hard at work since early January, constructing a robot to compete at the Lake... Full story


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