Articles from the March 24, 2023 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    March 24, 2023

Council does away with private PLA

While the parking lot outside Cloquet City Hall filled with union members rallying in support of project labor agreements Tuesday, councilors inside the building steeled themselves for a contentious d...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 24, 2023

Unusual manslaughter sentence is probation

The case of a fight between drunk friends that ended with one of them dead 18 months ago concluded Monday in Sixth District Court in Carlton County. In a departure from state guidelines, Judge Rebekka Stumme placed Joel Jay Ammesmaki, 59, on probatio...


Band tackles food insecurity

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa was featured this week in an announcement aimed at curbing food insecurity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service said Wednesday it signed a cooperative agreement with t...


Find ancestors in the newspaper

The Cloquet Public Library will continue its Genealogy Brown Bag Lunch Sessions noon-1 p.m. Thursday, April 6. Archivist Christopher Welter from the Iron Range Resource Center will share how and where to look for newsworthy items from your ancestors... Full story


Art expo includes artists, workshops, games

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will host its first Woodlands Art Expo this weekend, March 24-26. The fun event will include woodland artists and demonstrations, workshops and seminars, plus... Full story


Concerts closes season April 2

Sunday, April 2 is the last chance this season to hear live music presented by Agate Encores Community Concerts. Agate Encores is hosting The Highland String Quartet, an accomplished string quartet from northern Minnesota. In the 38 years they have... Full story


Skate with the Easter Bunny

Cloquet Community Education will hold its second annual Easter weekend Skate with the Easter Bunny 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Pine Valley. The free family event will feature a DJ, arts and crafts... Full story


Community band seeks musicians

The Cloquet Community Band is seeking new members. If you have played an instrument, please check out the band. Practice is 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Cloquet Presbyterian Church, 47 Fourth St., Cloquet. The band provides sheet music, and you bring... Full story


Cloquet district awaits final athletic facilities cost

The proposal to update Cloquet's outdoor athletic facilities for nearly $4.6 million remained in flux this week, causing school board members and superintendent Michael Cary to set an April 10 date...


Wrenshall board considers full-time superintendent

Jana Peterson [email protected] Wrenshall School Board members have been busy, with greater insights as a result of all their efforts. In addition to nearly weekly meetings to study school issues...

 By Ted Lammi    News    March 24, 2023

Carlton board approves superintendent contract

The Carlton school board formally hired Donita Stepan for the position of superintendent with the approval of her contract Monday, March 20. Stepan will start on July 1 of this year, earning a salary...

 By Jana Peterson    People    March 24, 2023

Cooked: Pizza Hut manager calls it a career

After 38 years, Beth Ninneman worked her last shift at the Cloquet Pizza Hut on Monday. As usual, she was doing a little bit of everything: waiting on customers, taking orders, cleaning, hiring, cooki... Full story

 By Dan Dunderson    News    March 24, 2023

Cities drop glass recycling services

and neighboring Fargo can no longer put glass in their curbside single-stream recycling bins. Glass can still be brought to recycling drop off sites in both cities, but it will be reused locally...  Website


Our view: Public bodies owe residents transparency

There is a fine line between public duty done right and dereliction, and currently the city of Kettle River is skating on it. After a lengthy letter from the state auditor’s office in February outlining a long list of questionable procedures by e... Full story


Conditionally, you can call me 'Pete'

It was August 8, 1991, before I ever called my buddy Rolf’s dad “Bud” like everyone else did. Until that date, he had been “Mr. Kragseth” to me for over 20 years. This memory came back last week. I f...

 By Sandy Dugan    Opinion    March 24, 2023

Farming alliance pushes for action

Lawmaking in Minnesota is moving rapidly this year, and Carlton County farmers are pushing to make their voice heard. Several members of the Land Stewardship Project (LSP) met in Barnum on Feb. 17...


Letters: Forestry Center issues need more sunshine

Steve Olson did a good job of relating the history of the various laws that affected the Fond du Lac Band in his March 3 column. But I wonder how far back in history we want to go. After all, the Ojibway seized the land from the Sioux. There is a...


Are dogs an answer for school protection?

As a retired school teacher, I’ve thought a lot about school shootings over the years and I would like to suggest an unconventional idea — incorporating service dogs into the school environment. School service dogs would add a dimension that human re...

 By Steve Korby    People    March 24, 2023

Korby's Connections: There are many facets to this star

I got on the phone to find out more about Cloquet High School senior Ellie Evenson, who was involved in the first year of girls wrestling at Cloquet. Evenson broke barriers and brought confidence to... Full story


Kettle River news

The next Ma & Pa Kettle meeting is 1 p.m. Sunday, April 2 at the Kettle River Senior Center. The first Finnish Luncheon for the season is noon, Wednesday, April 19 at the Kettle River Senior Center. It will be catered by the Rustic Diner. The Kettle...


Wright/Cromwell news

It sure is nice to have more daylight in the evenings. Now maybe the snow will stop falling and we can get onto the season of spring. Congratulations to the UMD women’s basketball team on making it to the Division II Final Four. We can be proud of C...


Obituary: Alice J. Johnson

Alice J. Johnson, 94, of Cloquet passed away March 18, 2023, at Sunnyside Health Care Center. She was born May 22, 1928, in Cloquet to Lawrence and Violet Johnson and was a lifelong Cloquet resident.... Full story


Obituary: Kathleen Faye Marciniak

Kathleen Faye Marciniak, 83, of Cloquet passed away peacefully on March 14, 2023. She was born on April 17, 1939, to Joseph and Esther Blair. Best known to her family and friends as Faye, "Gramsie,"... Full story


Obituary: Edward Lee "Ed" Gotzh

Edward Lee "Ed" Gotzh, 57, passed away in Springdale, Arkansas surrounded by family on March 18, 2023. He was born in Cloquet to Gerald "Jerry" and Phyllis Gotzh. Ed's career as a professional truck... Full story


Obituary: Ryan K. Nelson

Ryan K. Nelson, 40, of Mound, Minnesota, passed away March 14, 2023. He was born Feb. 11, 1983, in Duluth to Keith and Judy (Mecl) Nelson. Ryan grew up in Esko with his parents and brother, Chad. The... Full story


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