Articles from the April 28, 2023 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    April 28, 2023

Community mourns death of guardsman, celebrates legacy

'God always takes the good ones first' Hundreds of people packed the National Guard Armory in Cloquet Tuesday morning to pay their respects to a Cloquet dad, husband, father and coach who died... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    April 28, 2023

Early ed survives district debate

Presented with a plan to cut a program that's been serving kindergarten-age children locally for decades, the Cloquet school board balked Monday. The board denied a recommendation to close the Early...

 By Brady Slater    News    April 28, 2023

Wrenshall council scrutinizes ambulance service

The city of Carlton may have hit a speed bump last week on its way to adding two full-timers to its ambulance service. A skeptical Wrenshall city council heard Carlton’s proposal during a special meeting April 19, and Wrenshall’s five-member boa...

 By Mike Creger    News    April 28, 2023

Bill would explore counties joining Dakotas

Carlton County's Dotseth supports secession study The seriousness of a Republican bill introduced last week can likely be summed up in its author's preferred name for it, the "Rocks and Cows Act." The bill would produce a study by an appointed...

 By Dan Reed    News    April 28, 2023

Public meetings tackle road projects

Eight years have passed since the Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved the half-cent sales tax and the yearly $20 fee per vehicle licensed in Carlton County. In 2022 the net receipts of...


Township officers meet

Carlton County township officers had their spring meeting on Tuesday, April 25. Carlton County emergency management director Marlyn Halverson asked for townships to report on their increased costs suffered during the spring flooding this last two...


Syphilis levels on the rise

Newly released 2022 data from the Minnesota Department of Health show rising levels of syphilis in Minnesota. Chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV/AIDS numbers show a slight decline during 2022 compared to the previous year but continue to impact thousands... Full story


Prevent well contamination

Private wells and the water in them can be impacted by flooding with a risk of contamination. In addition, floodwaters can disrupt or damage the well or the supply lines connected to it. Damage may not be visible and can make cleanup and repairs... Full story


Dotseth: Flood relief possible

State Rep. Jeff Dotseth, R-Silver Township, said relief already is available for people who suffered property damage last winter, and the House approved more aid that could apply to spring flooding...


Man arrested with felony amount of meth

A 35-year-old Willow River man is faced with a first-degree felony drug charge following his arrest April 16 along Interstate 35 in Carlton County. Roger Petersen Jr. was pulled over after a Carlton County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a t... Full story


Arbor Day in a big way

Cloquet will honor Arbor Day belatedly by giving away 10,000 tree seedlings starting May 26. The tree giveaway is a joint project between Sappi, which pays for the seedlings, Upper Lakes Food, which... Full story


Free community meal, performance coming

Amy Louhela calls it “growing the good.” “Instead of focusing on the bad things, you focus on the good things the community already has,” Louhela said. She is the coordinator of a five-year, $920,000 grant awarded in 2021 by the MN Departm... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 28, 2023

U.S. Sen. Smith comes to Cloquet

Unique unit highlighted at hospital U.S. Senator Tina Smith visited Community Memorial Hospital earlier this month and delivered a baby. Neither the mother nor the baby were real - both are part of...

 By Ana Radelat    People    April 28, 2023

Those who know Tina Smith say she's quietly effective

At first blush, the affable and low-key Sen. Tina Smith seems to be somewhat out of place in the U.S. Senate, which is dominated by egos and where worth is measured in seniority and political power. B...


Letters: Thank you, all of you 'snow people'

Although hopefully we’ll be mowing grass rather than moving snow soon, I thought a group of people — the “snow people” — deserve a standing ovation from all of us. All those people operating snowplows, loaders, blowers, roof rakes and shovels t...


Letters: Get a handle on gun laws

The state legislature is busy finalizing the omnibus bills that fund all the state agencies and local governments. Within the omnibus bills there are new policy provisions; the public safety and judiciary omnibus bill has new policy provisions...


Even stars are expendable

Tucker Carlson, one of the most popular television personalities on Fox News, lost his job this week, to the cheers of liberals and to the tears of conservatives. But then Don Lemon, a liberal talk...

 By Ann Markusen    Culture    April 28, 2023

Fabric art tells a story

The latest Knot Gallery art show features seven artists, who sew, knit, weave and otherwise create art out of fiber and fabric. Last week we featured three of the artists - this week we introduce... Full story


'Take and create' kits coming in May

The Arrowhead Library System will be providing paper quilling “Take & Create” art kits to member public libraries to distribute May 1-31, at libraries across the system, including those in Carlton, Cloquet and Moose Lake. This art experience has bee... 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


Get your tickets to 'The Prom'

It’s prom season, especially in Chanhassen, where it has been going on since February. The musical, that is. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres outside of Minneapolis is featuring “The Prom” on its Main Stage through June 10. “This uplifting, hilario... Full story


The right science stuff

Science fair is roaring back in the wake of Covid-19. For the first time since it was abruptly canceled in 2020, the Minnesota Academy of Science state science fair was held in person last month.... Full story

 By Brady Slater    Sports    April 28, 2023

Wilderness off to fast start in playoffs

Leading their best-of-five playoff series 2-0 following wins last weekend, the Minnesota Wilderness flew to Alaska this week in their attempt to close out the Kenai River Brown Bears and advance to th... Full story


PHOTOS: Heron Around

Will Stenberg continues his outdoors photo hunt this spring, capturing a blue heron chilling out on the St. Louis River earlier this month. With the flood situation settled down and no new snow in...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 28, 2023

Esko players find football beyond Friday night lights

Junior Koi Perich is latest Eskomo to commit Avid area football fans by now have probably heard that Esko junior star running back and defensive back Koi Perich has committed to play for the... Full story


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