Articles from the May 12, 2023 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    May 12, 2023

Sjodin family support stays strong

An estimated 1,500 people showed up for the Sjodin family Saturday, packing the Four Seasons Sports Complex and Event Center in Carlton to demonstrate their support for 18-year-old Janae Sjodin,... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    May 12, 2023

Students pedal bikes for more than a joy ride

An enrichment day last week for Queen of Peace Catholic School found a large group of students bicycling through the Historic West End of Cloquet. The goal was to teach students the rules of the...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 12, 2023

Celebrating expansion at airport

When Bill Stone started Venture North Aviation at the Cloquet Airport in 2009, it was just Stone and one airplane in a one-room office at the airport. As of last week, Stone announced Venture North...


Road work back on Cromwell

Contractors resumed construction on Minnesota highways 210 and 73 in Cromwell on Monday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported. Remaining work on the $3.7 million project includes sidewalk and entrance installation, culvert and storm...


Bands have say in forest use

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa joined two other northeastern Minnesota tribes last week in solidifying their stewardship of the 3.3-million-acre Superior National Forest. Fond du Lac, along with the Boise Forte and Grand Portage bands...

 By Brady Slater    News    May 12, 2023

Board zeroes in on superintendent hire

Down to their last man, the Wrenshall school board seems to have found their next superintendent. The district has offered Jeff Pesta, retired Deer River superintendent, its position beginning July 1 and working half-time through the next school...

 By Rebekah King    Sports    May 12, 2023

Group floats sports dome

The Thomson Township community is once again coming together to support local sports, this time in hopes of raising enough money to build a multisport dome. Over 10 years ago, the Thomson community came together and raised over $400,000 to put turf...

 By Jana Peterson    Sports    May 12, 2023

School staff to get free sports pass

Staff at the Cloquet schools won’t have to pay to attend ballgames and other athletic events next year, a move district officials hope will make it easier for teachers and staff who carry a district photo ID to attend and show support. Cloquet...


Cloquet housing group lauded

The Cloquet Housing & Redevelopment Authority has received designation as a “High Performer” by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development under the Public Housing Assessment System Measurement of four key indicators: Physical,...

 By Rebekah King    News    May 12, 2023

More chime in on Eskomo nickname

Esko parents are continuing to show up and show their support for changing the school district’s Eskomos nickname. At the Esko school board’s meeting Monday, two parents and a representative from the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports...

 By Ted Lammi    News    May 12, 2023

Pokornowski accepts activities director job

Carlton and Wrenshall have completed the plan to combine all competitive activities with the merger of robotics and speech for next year, Carlton superintendent John Engstrom announced Monday, following the debut of combined spring sports this year....


Appeal denied on life sentence for kidnapping, assault

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has rejected challenges from Dennis Michael St. John Jr., who was found guilty by a Carlton County jury in January 2022 of three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, along with kidnapping and domestic...

 By Brady Slater    News    May 12, 2023

Sales lot owner dispute continues with city

The conflict between an outspoken business owner and the Wrenshall city council spiked again last week, when the council voted to send a letter informing Jeff Bloom he was out of compliance with city...

 By Dan Reed    Outdoors    May 12, 2023

Like state, county moves to curb deer disease

Upon the recommendation of the Carlton County Planning Commission, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved zoning changes to the county zoning ordinance Tuesday for cervid farms, kennels and cemeteries. Existing cervid farms (raising...

 By Mike Creger    News    May 12, 2023

Staff assaulted at Moose Lake sex offender facility

Daniel Wilson, a committed client at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program facility in Moose Lake, said Wednesday that a "vast majority of clients are horrified" by the two assaults that took place there...


Constituents have questions; here are some answers

Conference committees have been working to iron out differences in finance packages that received preliminary approval in both the House and the Senate. Once those bills are in order they will come...


Let's get real on gun rights

I was just in Houston, and there was an amazing story circulating. Apparently, some guy was meeting his girlfriend for a date at a burger joint. Both parked their cars at a lot across the street,...


Letter to the editor

Two Sundays ago I bought a meal at the Burger King in Cloquet. I noticed on the receipt that they are still charging a sales tax total of 7.875 percent. I think it is supposed to be a rate of 8.875 percent as of April 1. Do they owe a month’s...


Wilderness split games, head home

Winning on the road is a key to success in any playoff series, and the Minnesota Wilderness managed that last weekend during their best-of-five Midwest Division finals. The Wilderness split with the t... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 12, 2023

Young pitcher saves day for Cards

An eighth-grade pitcher for the Cromwell-Wright baseball team stepped up in a big way on Friday, May 5 in helping to lead the Cardinals to a 4-1 win over the Carlton/Wrenshall Raptors. Drew Nyberg... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 12, 2023

Focus is fun at quirky Cloquet relays

The Cloquet relays are hosted by the Cloquet track team every spring as a midseason way to break up a busy but short season. Last Friday, May 5, the event was held again with Cloquet hosting teams... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 12, 2023

Up-and-down 'Jacks knock out Bombers

After going 1-2 last weekend at a tournament in Becker, the Cloquet softball team returned to local play Monday with a 14-0 win at home against Barnum. Barnum was the home team, but had to play in... Full story


Vote puts volleyball in for boys

Boys volleyball will soon join the roster of high school sports sanctioned by the Minnesota State High School League. The league’s 48-member representative assembly approved the proposal Tuesday with 39 votes in favor. It needed 32 votes — a... Full story


Fish diversity and habitat

All fish have value whether or not anglers typically pursue them. Native fish species benefit their ecosystems and the DNR is bringing more attention toward, and focus on, responsibly managing native fish species. Although not every kind of fish... Full story


Cold open; While it isn't exactly springlike out there, suddenly the fishing opener is upon us

Saturday marks another step in our slow-crawl spring this year: It's the fishing opener. While most lakes in the Carlton County area are open, don't expect them to be up north, especially in deep...


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