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  • The case for restoring polling places for Carlton County voters

    Ann Markusen, Community Columnist|Mar 15, 2019

    Early this year, we had problematic elections in State Senate District 11. In Carlton County alone, 400 voters’ ballots mailed to the courthouse were not received by the primary election deadline. And more than 100 mail and absentee ballots arrived too late for the Feb. 5 general election. These special elections were required because Governor Walz appointed the district’s senator, Tony Lourey, as Minnesota’s Commissioner of Human Services. Our election officials — auditor Paul Gassert in the...

  • Let's move on, Cloquet

    Uriah Wilkinson, The Political Account|Mar 15, 2019

    The Teapot Dome scandal, Watergate, The Iran Contra affair and Monica Lewinsky are just a few (and I truly mean a few) stains that haunt the history and legacy of this great country and its leaders. Our founding fathers held those who serve the people to a much higher standard than your average neighbor who votes for them. But they also showed the limits of their faith by creating a separation of powers designed to disrupt the trampling of liberty and provide consequence for any abuse of their...

  • LETTERS to the editor

    Mar 15, 2019

    Utility bills misleading Cloquet’s water and sewer rates increased this past month. The city included an explanation for the rate increase, and I think they are misleading us. The note said: “Prior to 2018, the City had not increased water rates since 2010 and sewer rates since 2014.” Unless you think about it closely, you’d think rates hadn’t increased in at least five years. But it actually says that rates increased just last year. Water and sewer went up just last August. I had to read it several times before I realized they were trying to t...

  • Be prepared this Spring with Flood Insurance

    Mar 15, 2019

    This winter has been one for the record books in Minnesota, and as the temperature begins to warm up the melting snowpack will increase the chance of major spring flooding for homes and businesses. To prepare for the possibility, Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) encourages Minnesotans, who may live in a flood plain or who may have experienced flooding in the past, to consider purchasing flood insurance as soon as possible. “Homeowners need to be prepared for the potential of major spring flooding, and it’s better to take pre-emptive actio...

  • Jenny M. Benkoski

    Mar 15, 2019

    Jenny M. Benkoski, 96, of Moose Lake and formerly of Saginaw, died peacefully Monday, March 4, 2019, in Augustana Mercy Health Care Center in Moose Lake. Jenny was born Aug. 1, 1922, in Duluth and lived most of her life in Saginaw where she attended school through the eighth grade. She later graduated from Brookston High School. Her parents owned and operated a dairy farm named Hillendale Farm in Saginaw. Jenny and her brothers helped run the business and delivered milk to much of Duluth and...

  • David P. Christen

    Mar 15, 2019

    David P. Christen, 65, of Virginia, Minn., died Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Essentia Health in Virginia. He was born March 12, 1953, in Duluth to John W. and Theresa (Lovich) Christen. David was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Daniel. He is survived by two brothers, John and Steven Christen; one sister, Patricia Sieler; two aunts, Delores Dutmer and Janice (Pete) Nelson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Services: A Celebration of Life for David will be held 1-2 p.m....

  • Wright-Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson, Community Columnist|Mar 15, 2019

    Congratulations to our boys and girls basketball teams on great seasons. Leo Dahlberg celebrated his 85th birthday at the Villa Vista March 10 with family and friends. He thanks everyone for the cards and well wishes. Some of you may have known Barry LeVesseur from Hutchinson, Minn. He died Feb. 13. He will be missed by his wife Marjory; children Muriel and Mike; several grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Barry spent many years in the Wright-Tamarack area during hunting season and Marjory...

  • Esko shines at robotics regional

    Mike Creger, Pine Knot News|Mar 15, 2019

    Among the din of the pits in Pioneer Hall in Duluth, adjacent to the DECC Arena where robots were going head to head before a raucous crowd, the SubZero robotics team from Esko was quietly and systematically fine-tuning its machine for another run on the floor. Whatever they did, it worked. Esko won its next face-off and then the playoff title to qualify for the FIRST Robotics world championship in April in Detroit. The win at the Duluth regional last weekend also means the team will likely qual...

  • And the Science Fair winners are ...

    Mar 15, 2019

    Cloquet students won the following corporate and special awards during the Northeast Minnesota Regional & American Indian Science Fair at the University of Minnesota Duluth Feb. 9. First place Category Awards Winners advance to the Minnesota Academy of Science State Science Fair Middle School Behavioral Science: Rowan Rock Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical: Miles Fischer Medicine and Health: Grace Lavan Microbiology: Aili Buytaert High School Animal Science: Jerome Henagin Behavioral Scienc...

  • Pine Ridge Homes donates vans to DAV

    Mar 15, 2019

    Ross Milberger (from left), director of Pine Ridge Homes, and Ray Saeland, Pine Ridge board chair, hand over the keys to the two vans to Gary Dahl, DAV senior vice commander and a Pine Ridge board member, and Stan Heuer, DAV commander, Chapter 18. Pine Ridge Homes donated two gently used vans to the Disabled American Veterans, Minnesota Chapter 18, Carlton County this year. The larger van, which is equipped with a ramp, will be passed on to a disabled veteran who uses a wheelchair. The other...

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