Articles from the March 10, 2023 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    March 10, 2023

Labor debate draws crowd at Cloquet council meeting

With a potential project labor agreement vote on the Cloquet city council agenda, union members from Duluth, Superior and beyond packed City Hall Tuesday. Well over 100 people, mostly men, filled the...


Home show is back from hiatus

The Cloquet Area Home, Business & Sports Show is back — in person — after being canceled three years in a row due to the pandemic. The show will run from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17-18 at the Black Bear Event Cen...

 By Brady Slater    News    March 10, 2023

Barnum mayor reflects on vibrant time for city

When Barnum residents elected Dale Riihiluoma as mayor, running unopposed, in November, it was the culmination of decades of public service. It was also something his wife of 47 years, the late Diane...

 By Brady Slater    News    March 10, 2023

Animal shelter launches in Carlton County

A new animal rescue group operating out of Carlton County has registered with the state as a nonprofit organization, and could begin fostering lost or stray dogs and cats in a matter of weeks. "We're...


Tribal college drops all sports

College sports will no longer be part of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, according to a letter from acting president Anita Hanson. Hanson said it was a difficult decision, but she decided to discontinue the athletics program there,... Full story


Make 'Tracks' for the theater

The County Seat Theater in Cloquet presents “Tracks” on March 17-19 and March 30-April 2. In Peter Tarsi’s one-act play, a group of strangers meet in a subway station, only to learn there is no way out. They are faced with the unfortunate truth...


Mojakka chefs to compete

Enjoy good soup and good company at the 17th annual Northeastern mojakka cookoff 12-4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12 at the Northeastern Hotel and Saloon in Cloquet. The event is a fundraiser for the Carlton County Historical Society and a celebration of...


Signs of spring

Gordy's Hi-Hat opens its 63rd season on Wednesday, March 22. What started as one couple's hamburger stand has grown exponentially in terms of the number of family members involved and societal clout...

 By Mike Creger    News    March 10, 2023

It's governing in your back yard

One of the oldest traditions in the history of Minnesota carries on Tuesday, March 14 in the annual township meetings. The township system of government was established as part of the Northwest Ordina... Full story


Unity is theme of 24-hour worship service

Bruce Matuszak recalled the vacation stop in Wichita, Kansas, where he hatched the idea of conducting a daylong worship service. After some Bible reading and prayer in the morning, he was moved by a... Full story


Our view: Some praise for the sunshine

Sunshine Week is an annual initiative to promote open government and journalism’s role in it. It is celebrated in the second full week of March. It was launched in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors — now News Leaders Association. The Pin...


Harry's gang: we use a lot of salt, and it stays

Thaw, freeze. Thaw, freeze. We’ve seen that cycle quite a bit this winter, especially as we close in on a record seasonal snowfall — will we beat the record of 113.4 inches? Stick around until May... Full story


Letters: Hooray for the Clean Energy bill

History was made last month when 34 strong DFL senators at the Minnesota State Capitol delivered the critical commitment to safeguard our children’s future. The Minnesota 100 Percent Clean Energy bill, passed by the DFL on party-line Senate and H...


Take steps toward soil health and earn cash

Calling all farmers. Increase your forage supply, save fuel, reduce labor, and improve soil health while getting paid up to $80 per acre … and that’s no empty promise. The Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District was recently awarded over $14... Full story


Making the most of mojakka

Tim Winker loves living here, and he's always looking for ways to engage his neighbors in his passions. Whether it's car racing, saunas, accordions, or the delicious soup/stew called mojakka, Tim...


The winter adventure continues

From the right vantage point, the ski jumps at Pine Valley rise over tall pine trees and - along with the water tower and pulp mill - serve as an anchor in Cloquet's irregular skyline. On Sunday... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 10, 2023

'Jacks overwhelm Hawks

A quick start helped propel the Lumberjacks girls basketball team past Hermantown 71-46 in the Section 7AAA semifinals Friday. "It was nice to see our girls start out strong," said Cloquet coach... Full story


Cloquet squeaks out playoff W with defense

Winners of four straight games, the Cloquet boys basketball team is headed to the Section 7AAA semifinals against Hermantown, after a 40-35 road win over Grand Rapids on Wednesday. The Lumberjacks... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 10, 2023

South Ridge can't break Mt. Iron-Buhl

South Ridge rolled through its first two opponents in the Section 7A girls basketball playoffs, until Tuesday. That’s when the Panthers ran into No. 1 ranked Mt. Iron-Buhl in the semifinals. MIB had not lost to a Class A team all season, and the R... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 10, 2023

Esko, Rebels end season in quarterfinals

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Esko girls basketball team dropped an 11-point decision to Duluth Marshall. On Saturday, the Eskomos played the Hilltoppers again, this time in the quarterfinal round... Full story

 By Tyler Korby    Sports    March 10, 2023

Barnum rolls to 5A championship

After taking off her sophomore season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Barnum's Allison Marine made the decision to return to the basketball court the following year because of her teammates. And those... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 10, 2023

Cromwell-Wright claws back against Ely

A furious second-half comeback Tuesday helped send Cromwell-Wright into the Section 7A championship game against Mt. Iron-Buhl Friday in Hibbing. Cromwell-Wright and Ely entered the Section 7A semifinal with nearly identical records. The Cardinals... Full story


Wilderness move into 2nd

Beginning a two-week swing through Alaska, the Minnesota Wilderness swept the Kenai River Brown Bears last weekend by twin scores of 4-1. With the wins, Minnesota climbed into second place in its division and kept pace with the red-hot Wisconsin... Full story


Cloquet underclassmen sets table for future

Cloquet-Esko wrestler Aiden Theisen competed in two matches at the state wrestling meet in St. Paul last weekend at Xcel Energy Center. He was pinned in both matches, competing for a total of 3 minutes, 46 seconds in the losses. The state tournament... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Opinion    March 10, 2023

Korby's connections: Dart leagues hit their mark

After a couple of years off due to the Covid pandemic, the competitive retiree dart league has returned to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Cloquet. The league resumed in late fall, but now ...


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