Articles from the April 7, 2023 edition

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Tiny Cromwell gets some national love

Midway through the second quarter of the NCAA Division II women's basketball championship game, the announcers on the CBS Sports Network national broadcast mentioned Cromwell. That's because they... Full story


SPRING PHOTO: Why did the turkeys cross the road?

We don't know. Despite snow still covering the ground and crazy winter storms swirling about, local photographer Will Stenberg has been capturing signs that spring is making its presence known at Jay... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    April 7, 2023

Athletic complex vote coming Monday

The proposed artificial turf athletic complex at Cloquet High School is expected to cost $4.9 million, the school board learned Wednesday. Meeting with contractor Kraus-Anderson during a committee of the whole gathering at Garfield School, the board...


Council OKs subdivision

Cloquet city councilors took care of business in only five minutes Tuesday, setting an unofficial record for the shortest meeting of the year with only three members and mayor Roger Maki present on a windy wintry evening. Aside from approving bills,...

 By Dana Ferguson    News    April 7, 2023

Tax relief plans are coming into focus

Minnesota lawmakers took a brief break this week before launching into the final sprint of the legislative session. Debates around tax relief, recreational cannabis, paid family and medical leave — a...  Website


Hwy. 73 meeting rescheduled

Because of the winter storm, the Minnesota Department of Transportation held its Wednesday, April 5 meeting online only, to discuss the Minnesota Highway 73 corridor study from Kettle River to Cromwell. The in-person meeting on the same subject was...


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 skating event will feature a DJ, arts and... Full story


Author coming to area libraries

The Arrowhead Library System is touring with Up North! A Writer’s Journey with author Mary Casanova this spring to a host of its local libraries. Casanova will appear at the Moose Lake Public Library at 1 p.m., Thursday, April 13. She’ll be at the...

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 7, 2023

Women, toddler find refuge in county

Before Russia invaded Ukraine last year, her baby, Stefa, was beginning to talk, said Anastasiia, a Ukrainian woman now living in Carlton. Then the air raid sirens started. Sometimes they would go off... Full story


Letters: Shooting solutions rest in political hands

Our children are sitting ducks, dying in regular school shootings. Thoughts and prayers won’t stop the shootings. Gun violence is now the No. 1 cause of death for children under 17. Suicides account for the majority of gun deaths in Minnesota and h...


Letters: Big Oil's days are numbered

As a young married man, now 75, we purchased our first home with a coal-fired (by hand) furnace. Our second was also heated with coal; however, we had a stoker we would fill every two or three days, pulling out clunkers daily. Those days are gone as...


Letters: 4-H volunteers appreciated, and needed

Each year, thousands of volunteers in Minnesota donate their time and energy to make their communities a better place to live. These volunteers will be among the millions across the country who will be spotlighted during National Volunteer Week,...


Lawmakers have work to do

The Legislature is gearing up to spend our money this week, so I thought I’d review some of the ways they plan to spend it. First, they are planning to increase wages and funding for the courts. As a...

 By Mike Creger    Opinion    April 7, 2023

Virgin Mary no-show leaves its legacies

Mike Shannon was such a curmudgeon - with a capital C - a picture of him could be expected next to the word in any illustrated dictionary. I had many maddening conversations with him in low light at...

 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    April 7, 2023

Performing comes with joys and some jitters

Lately, I’ve been pondering how marvelous and challenging live and in-person human performance can be. Of course, machines perform as well, by design. But machines don’t have feelings and/or uni...


Teams take it indoors at UWS

Last weekend saw some heroic work done on outdoor track facilities, as Pete Hughes cleared much of the Cloquet track, while Esko utilized custodians, coaches and volunteers to clear at least three or... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    April 7, 2023

Bud Grant led great Vikings teams

Like most Minnesotans, I was saddened to read that former Vikings Coach Bud Grant passed away last month. I never met the man personally, but felt near-bowing reverence. Like many fans, I’m sending m...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 7, 2023

For 'Jacks, experience where it counts

The Cloquet Lumberjacks softball team is looking to take another step this spring. The 'Jacks finished with a 13-7 record, but for the second straight year were beaten in the Saturday round of the pla... Full story


Wilderness earn playoff berth

With a split in Janesville, Wisconsin last weekend, the Minnesota Wilderness secured a playoff berth for the eighth time in its 10 seasons in the North American Hockey League. The Wilderness lost to the Jets, 6-1, on Friday, March 31, before... Full story


Bear season

Prospective bear hunters have until Friday, May 5, to apply for a bear hunting license from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Applications for the 2023 season can be submitted online, at any license agent or by telephone at...

 By Emily Swanson    News    April 7, 2023

Like a fine wine, place is part of syrup story

It's been a long wait for sugarbush time. The sap flows when warm days follow cold nights, and with the arrival of the spring equinox, we're there. Sap flows when the pressure inside the tree is... Full story


Kettle River news

Easter season services will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Kettle River. A Maundy Thursday communion service was held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. A Good Friday Tenebrae service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 7; the candlelight...


Wright/Cromwell news

Many years ago, when I was still teaching fourth grade, I had my students interview elders and write their life stories. One year, a student interviewed Ruth Karki, who lived south of Cromwell. When asked how old she was, she told him that she was...


There are lessons in the death of Jesus

For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third...


Obituary: Lyle E. Johnston

Lyle E. Johnston, 97, of Cloquet passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2023, at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Cloquet. God, family and country are the three characteristics Lyle strongly believed in... Full story


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