Articles from the April 12, 2024 edition

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 By Mike Creger    News    April 12, 2024

Eclipse viewing is a vicarious affair

It wasn't just your run-of-the-mill cloud cover that kept Carlton County residents inside looking at the eclipse online on Monday. It was what writers call a leaden sky, oozing rain all day. A real so...


DIY road work will stay put in Thomson Township

A do-it-yourself expansion of part of Kangas Road will remain intact after the Thomson Township board of supervisors 4-1 vote last Thursday. Resident Al Bottila doubled the width of a portion of the r... Full story


Totality was totally worth the long drive

With my dad in a hospital bed in late 2022, we planned how the family would gather for the 2024 eclipse at his house in Vincennes, Indiana - not quite a halfway point between my brother's home in... Full story


Carlton schools explore four-day week

Carlton superintendent Donita Stepan created a stir last week, when she announced April 3 to school district staff that a plan was being drafted that would move Carlton schools to a four-day school... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    April 12, 2024

Multiple teacher cuts are coming

The Cloquet school district is poised to cut 24 mostly teaching positions at a special meeting Friday, April 12, responding to lost revenue and evidence of declining enrollment. Superintendent Michael Cary outlined the cuts during the school...

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 12, 2024

New PFAS rules will impact Cloquet

News that the Biden administration finalized strict limits on certain "forever chemicals" in drinking water didn't come as a surprise to the city of Cloquet Wednesday. The new rule that will require... Full story


No injuries as vehicle takes out utility pole

The minivan smashed into a wooden utility pole, sheering it completely at its base. The back of the van then rose up and the entire vehicle flipped, coming to rest upside down on the sidewalk. That's... Full story


Finn historical meeting April 18

The Lakehead Chapter of the Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society will hold its Spring Meeting at at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at Kenwood Lutheran Church in Duluth. There will be a public...


Esko fitness center opening this summer

Esko superintendent Aaron Fischer summarized progress on the new fitness center at the district’s athletic complex Monday at the monthly school board meeting. The weightlifting and other machines s...


Obituary: Gordon Rolland Davis

Gordon Rolland “Gordy” Davis was born on July 24, 1928, to Rolland and Fern (Crowell) Davis in Duluth. He passed away on April 2, 2024, at his home in Carlton. Gordy attended Crosby Ironton High Schoo... Full story


Pet chipping clinic set for Saturday

Carlton County Animal Rescue volunteers, the city of Cloquet and its police department, and a handful of pet-loving local organizations are partnering to host a microchip clinic. The clinic will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 at Veterans Park... Full story

 By Ted Lammi    News    April 12, 2024

Financial picture holds steady in Esko schools

Esko superintendent Aaron Fischer told the school board Monday that he was cautiously optimistic the district would not have to face any retrenchment as a proposed budget for 2025 is being...


23rd Veteran: Vets helping vets

What started out as a promise to a best friend has evolved into a program for veterans living with trauma. Mike Waldron is the founder of 23rd Veteran, which he started in 2016. Waldron was born and... Full story


Obituary: Marlys Ann Kilen

Marlys Ann Kilen, 84, of Cloquet passed away with family by her side on March 31, 2024, under Essentia hospice care. She was born Feb. 29, 1940, to Alex and Ruby (Hohenstein) Milbrath in Rost... Full story

 By Max Thibault    People    April 12, 2024

She's always known she would fly

Sammi Olson is a Cloquet native who lives in Minneapolis and is a pilot for Delta Air Line's regional carrier Delta Connection. She graduated as Sammi Proulx from Cloquet High School in 2017. She'd...


Obituary: Margaret Mell

Margaret Mell, 95, of Cloquet passed away peacefully on Friday, April 5, 2024. “Muggs” will be most remembered for her tireless and devoted years spent rescuing, caring for, and finding homes for our... Full story


Calling for some kindness

The words “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are ensconced in the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. At a time when people in the new colonies struggled to meet basic needs, procu... Full story

 By Jason Rarick    Opinion    April 12, 2024

Religious exemptions are also freedoms

Freedom to practice religion is a cornerstone of our country and its history — we enjoy many freedoms that are constitutionally protected, and the freedom of religion is the prime example. In the past, the Minnesota Human Rights Act included an e...


Letter to the editor: Rep. Dotseth lacks common sense

Trees, lakes, and water: Minnesota is known for an abundance of each. And there’s something else we have in abundance: common sense. We work hard, play hard, and don’t waste time on things that don’t serve us. Rep. Jeff Dotseth would be wise to follo... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 12, 2024

Lumberjacks felled in opening games

The Cloquet boys baseball team could have picked a couple of easier opponents to open with this season. Instead, the Lumberjacks opened with a doubleheader against Duluth East and Duluth Marshall at... Full story


The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, April 4 Boys Baseball Duluth East 7 Cloquet 4 Duluth Marshall 8 Cloquet 1 South Ridge 4 Mesabi East 1 Girls Softball Carlton/Wrenshall 4 Mt. Iron-Buhl 1 Boys Tennis Rock Ridge 6 CEC 1 Friday, April 5 Boys Baseball Mesabi East 6 ML/WR 3... Full story


Death notices

Donald Thomas DeNio passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. Visitation: Noon until the 1:30 p.m. Celebration of Life on Saturday, April 13 at Atkins Northland Funeral Home in Cloquet. Rodney Allen Niskanen, 75, of F... Full story

 By Howie Hanson    Sports    April 12, 2024

State champion Esko looking for a repeat

Big-time pitching carried Esko to its first Class AA high school state baseball championship last spring. Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year Cale Haugen graduated, but the team will lean on pitcher... Full story


Wilderness edge toward playoffs; new team coming

With a 1-0 overtime win April 5 in the finale of a two-game set with Springfield, the Minnesota Wilderness surged into a prospective playoff spot with two regular-season games to go. The Wilderness...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 12, 2024

Boys tennis: New courts, new season, opening win

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys tennis team was all smiles on Tuesday as the team competed for the first time on the new high school tennis courts. "Everyone was so excited and thrilled with the new... Full story


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