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  • Young, old skiers shine at the Birkie

    Brady Slater|Mar 3, 2023

    For Adrian Watt and Benjamin Bauer, last weekend's American Birkebeiner in Hayward, Wisconsin, offered a tale of two trajectories. The 75-year-old Watt, of Esko, skied his 46th Birkie, on his way to a goal of reaching 50 in his lifetime. Watt finished the 53-kilometer classic race in 5 hours, 6 minutes, among the top 1,000 competitors (939th) in a race that included 1,702 entrants. He finished fourth in his age group, 75-79. "It's the only race I do every year, and my goal is to finish with a...

  • Minnesota ends skid; on to Alaska

    Mar 3, 2023

    The Minnesota Wilderness ended a five-game losing streak on Saturday, getting a pair of goals from Sawyer Scholl to beat the Springfield Jr. Blues 4-1 at Cloquet’s Northwoods Credit Union Arena. The win gave the Wilderness a split in the weekend series, having lost 5-3 to the visitors from Illinois on Feb. 24. Minnesota now travels to Alaska for the next two weekends, with four games beginning March 3. Against Springfield on Saturday, Scholl opened the scoring midway through the second period. He intercepted an errant backhand pass and swooped...

  • Theisen makes it to state

    Mar 3, 2023

    The Cloquet-Esko wrestling program got a lift from one of its youngest members last week. Eighth-grader Aiden Theisen finished second in the Section 7AA 113-pound weight class, advancing to this weekend's individual state tournament in St. Paul. Theisen reached the 7AA championship match, falling to Carter Young of Pierz. The state meet is March 2-4 at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul. Cloquet almost qualified another wrestler to state, as eighth-grader Cavan Fjeld lost at 106 pounds while...

  • College signing ceremonies

    Mar 3, 2023

    Left: Cloquet senior and three-sport athlete Reese Sheldon made it official during a signing ceremony at Cloquet High School Friday, Feb. 24. Sheldon will play Division I college football for North Dakota State University. During his Cloquet career, Sheldon played quarterback, wide receiver, running back, safety and linebacker, and passed for 981 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career while rushing for 1,716 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also had 606 receiving yards and six touchdowns plus 72.5...

  • Robyn Katona, MPR News|Mar 3, 2023

    Persia Erdrich's son had just turned 2 years old when he spoke his first sentence in Ojibwe. The pair were visiting the Minnesota Zoo as part of a group of babies, toddlers, parents and elders in a program to teach Ojibwe to young children and their parents. Erdrich, whose Ojibwe name is Netaa-niimid, said it happened when her son Patrick Linehan, whose Ojibwe name is Ogimaagaabaw, pointed at a bear in an enclosure. "Mokwa nibaa," he said. The bear is sleeping. This was possible for Erdrich's...  Website

  • Kettle River news

    Marcia Sarvela|Mar 3, 2023

    The next city council meeting is 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 at the Senior Center. Please note the change in the day. Ma & Pa Kettle Days bingo is 1 p.m. Sunday, March 19 at the Senior Center. My siblings and I got our worldly education early. My two sisters and I would go shopping after school. At the time we were ages 6, 7 and 8. I was in the middle. We went to a parochial school that was a few blocks from the downtown shopping area. My dad’s cousin, Charlotte, worked at one of the department stores in the shoe department. If we needed new sho...

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie Hanson|Mar 3, 2023

    Join us the evening of Friday, March 3 to celebrate Read Across America with a book exchange in the Cromwell-Wright school library 4 to 5:15 p.m.! Bring 2-3 books collecting dust on your shelf to share with a new family, and take home a handful of new-to-you books to enjoy! Title 1 will provide a light snack and drink to enjoy while we work on a craft project for the kids to take home. There will be a home boys basketball game that evening, so we will be providing a free bag of popcorn coupon to families that attend the book exchange. See you...

  • 4-Hers pack donations

    Mar 3, 2023

    The Carlton County 4-H Federation recently packaged the donations they received from a care package drive, and also made Valentine's Day cards. The care packages and cards were sent to troops currently deployed overseas. The federation is made up of students in sixth-grade and higher, along with 4-H volunteers. When planning the year, the members who attend federation meetings make decisions on community service and programming they would like to participate in. "I enjoy giving the youth a...

  • Habitat seminar online

    Mar 3, 2023

    University of Minnesota Extension will present a five-part webinar series this spring on how to create wildlife habitat on your property in Minnesota. The workshop series will take place online 7-8:30 p.m. over five Monday consecutive nights starting March 20 and ending April 17. Each session will focus on a different aspect of wildlife habitat management. The series is free for residents or landowners in St. Louis, Carlton, Pine, Isanti and Cook counties. Those in St. Louis, Carlton, Cook, Pine or Isanti counties should contact Mercedes...

  • Death notice: Jesse Nathaniel Kennebeck

    Mar 3, 2023

    Jesse Nathaniel Kennebeck, 37, of Esko passed away Feb. 22, 2023. Visitation was scheduled for March 1, with military honors. Interment will be held at a later date. Nelson Funeral Care has been entrusted with arrangements. To sign an online registry, please visit www.nelsonfuneralcare.net....

  • Obituary: Elizabeth A. Anderson

    Mar 3, 2023

    Elizabeth Ann "Beth" Bjorklund Anderson, 99, formerly of Cloquet, died peacefully on Feb. 17, 2023, in Las Vegas. She was born March 27, 1923 in Mankato to Hilding and Bertha (Mork) Bjorklund. After graduating from high school in St. Peter, Beth attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis for a couple of years. In 1943, at the age of 20, she enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps women's reserve, where she met her husband, Christian P. Anderson. They were married Feb. 6, 1944 at Camp Lejeune...

  • Obituary: Wesley Edward Heikkila

    Mar 3, 2023

    Wesley Edward Heikkila, 86, died Feb. 23, 2023, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. He was born Oct. 2, 1936, to Edward and Lillian Heikkila. Wes married Dagmar Forsman on July 8, 1961. He worked at Wood Conversion/Conwed, Woodland Tree Service, and Black Bear Hotel. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Brian Heikkila. He is survived by his wife, Dagmar; son Steven (Kristi) Heikkila; sister, Maxine Hanson from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; brothers, Michael Heikkila, Terry (LuAnn)...

  • Obituary: Charlene Hazel Hagen

    Mar 3, 2023

    Charlene Hazel Hagen, 86, of Carlton passed away Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, in Inter-Faith Care Center. She was born in Cloquet on Feb. 28, 1936, to John and Helen Maki. Charlene attended Leach School and graduated from Cloquet High School in 1954. Charlene married Dwayne Hagen in July of 1957. Charlene worked at Wood Service Co., which later became Hagens Glass and Paint, where she enjoyed helping customers pick out paint and wallpaper. She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in...

  • Obituary: Nick Charles Schneider

    Mar 3, 2023

    Nick Charles Schneider died Feb. 13, 2023, at the Moose Lake Village in Moose Lake. He was born Jan. 3, 1929, to Charles Anthony and Cecelia Marie (Burgraff) Schneider in Cloquet. Nick spent the first 11 years of his childhood in Cloquet prior to moving to Alborn with his family. Upon graduating from Alborn High School, he began his studies of art at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Nick was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. Following his honorable...