Articles from the March 1, 2019 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    March 1, 2019

Investigator hired

The same attorney hired to investigate allegations against former Cloquet police chief Steve Stracek nearly two years ago has been hired by the city to conduct an inquiry into current complaints...

 

Obituary: Walter S. Trader

Walter S. Trader, 91, of Cloquet, Minn. passed away Monday, March 4, 2019 at New Perspective Senior Living. He was born Aug. 3, 1927 in Duluth to Peter and Katherine (Kujawa) Trader. Walter worked as a nursing assistant for Nopeming Nursing Home for... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    March 1, 2019

The lighter side of hockey

The annual Robert Rodd Memorial hockey game Saturday presented plenty of challenges for the players - like trying to play when you're laughing at the sight of a ketchup and mustard bottle chasing a...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    March 1, 2019

Derailment cleanup nearly complete

There was good news about the BNSF Railway derailment this week, according to a statement from the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. First, as of Wednesday, Feb. 27, approximately 85...

 

Watercolor paintings on display at The Knot

A new art exhibit featuring watercolor paintings by Lloyd Backus is coming to The Knot art gallery next week. Backus said he started painting after he retired from medical practice. It was his wife's...

 

CLARIFICATION / CORRECTION

The Feb. 22 news article “With districts locked in, consolidation is out” about consolidation talks between Carlton and Wrenshall school districts contained some inaccuracies in the final paragraph which we would like to clarify. Which community...

 

Mahtowa hosts community folk dance

On Saturday, March 2 Salem’s Mahtowa Hall will light up with energy, hearkening to days of old, when Salem Lutheran Church hosts a community folk dance with chili dinner 4-7 p.m. Music and calling will be provided by Northeast Minnesota’s...

 

Library hosts epilepsy open house Monday

Epilepsy doesn’t discriminate. The seizure disorder affects children and adults, men and women, and people of all races, religions, ethnic backgrounds and social classes. However, as with most challenges that life throws at us, it is easier to...

 

Esko/Thomson Township looking for volunteers to fill commission/board vacancies

Thomson Township residents, now is your chance to step up and get involved in your growing community. There are currently vacancies on the Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as the Board of Adjustment and Appeals. The Planning and Zoning...

 

Get local at the food fair

The first-ever free Carlton County Local Food Fair is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Carlton County Extension, the Carlton County Food & Nutrition Network and the United Way are collaborating to...

 

TRU-SERVA and Cara Rgnonti at Common Ground

The Unconditional Tour makes a stop with singers TRU-SERVA and Cara Rgnonti at the Common Ground Coffee Bar & Deli Saturday, March 2. Marcus Montana, known as TRU-SERVA to his music audience, will bring his unique brand of Christian hip-hop, rap and...

 

Frozen Forester triathlon is Saturday

Hardy northern folk are encouraged to participate in the Frozen Forester Winter Triathlon on Saturday, March 2 at Pine Valley Recreation Area in Cloquet. Explore the Pine Valley trails with a 6.8-mile ski, 4.6-mile pedal, and a 3.1-mile...

 

Snoftball tournament moved to Pinehurst Park

What do you get when you play softball in the snow? Snoftball! The first annual KBM Snoftball Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, starting at 9 a.m. at Cloquet’s Pinehurst Park. Registration is closed, but spectators are welcome....

 
 By Mike Creger    News    March 1, 2019

New music classes get children in a development groove

It's a wonder what Ruthie Breuer might get up to with two good legs. She was infectious enough Monday morning, despite wearing a walking boot on her left leg, to get nearly a dozen toddlers jamming...

 

Should Minnesota legalize recreational marijuana?

Minnesota has a history of progressive politics. Think Hubert Humphrey and his groundbreaking civil rights work, and Paul Wellstone with his pro-labor work as well as his major impact on mental...

 

Wrenshall Board remains open to cooperation

The Wrenshall Board’s first choice for communications with other school districts is not the press, and we fear that a public airing of grievances is not a recipe for positive cooperation. However, it seems that a response to Carlton...

 

City investigations ridiculous

Now, the City of Cloquet is investigating a sitting city councilor. It’s investigating the city administrator and the human resources director. It’s investigating a police officer, and maybe more. All this is related to complaints filed by a...

 
 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    March 1, 2019

Paid sick leave: A family-friendly innovation

Here’s a predicament that touches most of us at one time or another: What happens when you’re too sick to go to work? Or a family member is so sick that they need your care? Among industrialized n...

 

The American dream meets reality check

My family tells stories of our immigration to the United States: they were said to be from the town where the very popular musical "Fiddler on the Roof" is set (although I have not been able to...

 

Grammy-nominated Bluegrass band plays in Cloquet Saturday

Recently back from a trip to the Grammys, where they were nominated for "Best Bluegrass Album of the Year," Special Consensus will perform at the Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet Saturday,...

 

Funeral notices

Keith Charles Goranson, 62, of Wright, Minn. passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 in Duluth. A gathering of family and friends was scheduled for Feb. 28 at Atkins Northland Funeral Home in Cloquet. ________________________ Ailie Elizabeth Koivisto, 96,... Full story

 

Donald Roy Millen

Donald Roy Millen, 81, of Floodwood, Minn. passed away Feb. 14, 2019 in his home. He was born Feb. 5, 1938 in Cloquet Minn. He loved hunting, fishing, living a secluded life and was an avid teacher of surviving in the outdoors. He was preceded in... Full story

 

Henry Joseph Parchem

Henry Joseph “Skip” Parchem, 77, of Knoxville, Tenn. passed away Feb. 12, 2019 in his home surrounded by family. He was born April 17, 1941 in Duluth, Minn. to Henry and Marcella Parchem. Prior to moving to Tennessee, he co-owned Cloquet... Full story

 

Jeffery Allen Rick

Jeffery Allen Rick, 54, of Cromwell, Minn. and formerly of West Bend, Wis. died at his home due to illness Jan. 30, 2019. He was born Aug. 14, 1964 in Milwaukee to James and Dorothy (Ewert) Rick.... Full story

 

Wright-Cromwell news

The U.S. Postal Service depends on you to meet postal requirements regarding delivery and collection of mail to curbside boxes. With all the snow we have had lately, Marsha Peterson has asked me to...

 

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