Articles from the March 1, 2024 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    March 1, 2024

Homeless youth: 'They're hiding in plain sight'

She just couldn't take it anymore. Life at home was not good. "The family dynamic was not safe," said Cat, a high school senior. Her friends could see it, a few encouraged her to move out. "They... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 1, 2024

MN Supreme Court denies appeal

The Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Sheldon Thompson to reverse his murder convictions and grant him a new trial. Thompson, of Cloquet and Fond du Lac, was accused and found guilty of brutally killing his pregnant girlfriend,...

 By Brady Slater    News    March 1, 2024

Carlton County: State sings recorder's praises

One of Carlton County's longest-serving employees received statewide recognition last week for her exemplary work in the recorder's office. Kristine Basilici, Carlton County recorder and registrar of...

 By Carolyn Ripp    People    March 1, 2024

Business Spotlight: Creating space at The Nest in Cloquet

We practice yoga for many reasons. Some of us come to the mat to find a community connection. Some people come for the strengthening and balance that yoga provides, while others come for help with... Full story


Cloquet school district expects $2 million in cuts for next year

The Cloquet school district needs to make roughly $2 million in cuts for the next school year, officials said at Monday’s school board meeting. That’s a lot, even for a budget that is fast approaching $35 million a year. But the news is not as bad...


Obituary: Shirley Ann Hanson

Shirley Ann Hanson passed away at her home in Cloquet on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at the age of 78. Shirley was born on July 31, 1945, to Lawrence and Lillja (Niemi) Pettit in Carlton, Minnesota.... Full story


Obituary: Sharon Faye Baker

Sharon Faye Baker, 85, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, surrounded by her loved ones, at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Cloquet. Sharon was born on Feb. 13, 1939, to Alcide and Murel (Stephe... Full story


Obituary: Marchand Collette Jackson

Marchand C. Jackson, 69, of Cloquet passed away unexpectedly Feb. 19, 2024, at her home. She was born Dec. 6, 1954, in Duluth, the daughter of John and Doreen (Markham) Jackson. Marchand was a 1974... Full story


Obituary: Ruth Marie Sharratt

Ruth Marie Sharratt, age 84, of Carlton, Minnesota passed away on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. She was born March 10, 1939, to Clifford and Amy (Nordell) Hansen in... Full story


Obituary: Rodney Allen Niskanen

Rodney Allen Niskanen, 75, of Floodwood, passed away on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, in Colorado Springs. He was born Jan. 23, 1949, in Duluth, to Leo and Lila (Marsyla) Niskanen. He graduated from... Full story


Obituary: Shawn S. McKay

Shawn S. McKay, 52, passed away at his home in McGrath on Feb. 16, 2024. He was born May 25, 1971, in Little Falls, and grew up in Meadowlands, graduating from Meadowlands-Toivola High School in... Full story


Obituary: Charles Franklin "Frank" Liupakka

Charles Franklin "Frank" Liupakka, 81, of Esko passed into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, at Essentia St. Mary's Medical Center in... Full story


Death notices

Chad Stephan Gustafson, 39, passed away Feb. 18, 2024. Visitation: 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. memorial service on March 9 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 204 Fifth St. in Carlton.... Full story


Presidential primary is Tuesday

Minnesotans will vote in the presidential primary Tuesday, joining a cluster of states and territories in what’s known as Super Tuesday. Democratic President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are favored in their respective primaries. T...

 By Noah Beardslee    News    March 1, 2024

CAFD receives bulletproof vests

After the Cloquet Area Fire District opened its February meeting with a moment of silence for fallen first responders in Burnsville, CAFD board members unanimously accepted a donation of 12...

 By Brady Slater    News    March 1, 2024

Charge: Railroad spike used in assault

Authorities in Carlton County Sixth District Court charged a 37-year-old Carlton man with attempted murder Feb. 23, two days after he allegedly attacked another resident in a local halfway house using a weapon made with a railroad spike. Jacob...

 By Brady Slater    News    March 1, 2024

Boards delay joint session

Joint meetings of the Carlton and Wrenshall school boards that had been scheduled to commence the first Monday in March have been put on hold. Instead, the smaller consolidation committee will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in the boardroom at Carlton High...


Mojakka cookoff coming soon

Two national traditions will combine Sunday, March 17 at Cloquet's historic NorthEastern Hotel and Saloon, as area cooks show off their best Finnish soups, all washed down with the buyer's choice of g... Full story


Scouts get a taste of the Beargrease

A lack of snow didn't hamper the Scouts Saturday, as troops from around the Northland converged on the Cloquet Forestry Center for the annual Beargrease Derby, formerly known as the Klondike Derby....


Our View: Townships show us democracy at home

George Bernard Shaw was riffing on Thomas Jefferson when he once wrote: “Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.” Are we deserving? There is one way you might answer that question this month. You can tak... Full story


Letter to the Editor: Townships could have been the difference

On Feb. 14, after a previous public hearing and discussion, the city council of Moose Lake voted to contract with the Carlton County Sheriff’s Department to provide law enforcement protection for the residents of Moose Lake. It was not a decision m... Full story


Letter to the Editor: An overdue thank-you

Patty and I would like to thank the moms and dads, grammas and grandpas, aunts and uncles, school officials, coaches and past coaches and the many boys basketball players from the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School, past and present, for all the enjoyment... Full story

 By Parnell Thill    Opinion    March 1, 2024

Notes From the Small Pond: Us

We’re stuck with each other. All of us. All of us Trumpsters and all of us Biden-Buddies and everyone wishing there was some sane Other Option and all of us Christians and all us Muslims and all of u... Full story


Wrenshall students write on issues

Wrenshall High School English teacher Ted Conover said students in his College in the Schools composition course were eager to add to local discourse. So they revised and shortened their long-form problem-solution essays on local issues into... Full story


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