Articles from the May 27, 2022 edition

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 By Tom Urbanski    Outdoors    May 27, 2022

The Log Jam rolls into town

Mountain bikers took to the trails at Cloquet's Pine Valley last Saturday for a full day of riding in a new race event called the Log Jam. For some race participants, a full day was defined as 12... Full story

 

Events planned to mark Memorial Day

And suddenly, it’s Memorial Day. The unofficial start to summer. A weekend of remembering those who are gone. Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day was originally set aside to honor the... Full story

 

Let the graduations commence

The local graduation season kicked off over a week ago with Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College holding its first in-person graduation since 2019, and the celebrations and honors continue with... Full story

 
 By Gail Olson    News    May 27, 2022

Farmers markets help small businesses thrive, connect

Fresh ginger at a farmers market in northern Minnesota? Yes, indeed. Thanks to John and Kelly Lenkowski of Farm Sol, who grow this tropical crop in hoop houses, customers can enjoy a milder, aromatic... Full story

 

Wrenshall Board principal review takes a turn

A special meeting of the Wrenshall school board took a surprising turn Tuesday evening when board members voted to postpone discussion of an extension to principal Michelle Blanchard’s one-year... Full story

 
 By Lois E. Johnson    News    May 27, 2022

Barnum hires new elementary principal

The Barnum school board hired Melisa Maxwell as the elementary principal at its monthly meeting Tuesday, May 17. Maxwell is currently K-6 Dean of Students in the Isle School District and will start with Barnum in July or August, after the new...

 

Essentia Clinic opening draws a crowd

Carlton County residents turned out in force Monday for the grand opening of the new Essentia Health-Cloquet Clinic at 1413 Highway 33 S across from Walmart. The two-hour event included a ribbon...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    May 27, 2022

Thompson confessed to killings, cousin says

The triple murder trial for a Cloquet man began Tuesday with opening statements by attorneys and dramatic testimony. Sheldon Thompson, 35, is accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend, Jackie Defoe,...

 
 By Pine Knot News    People    May 27, 2022

Hed: New warden sworn in at Moose Lake

A new warden was installed Tuesday at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Moose Lake. Brian Collins began his duties earlier this spring. “Correctional facilities are aptly named — they exist...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    May 27, 2022

Cloquet schools: online meeting access continued

Cloquet school board members voted unanimously Monday to continue livestreaming meetings on the district YouTube page for citizens to watch during or between meetings. Superintendent Michael Cary said he has objected “a little bit” to...

 
 By Mike Creger    News    May 27, 2022

Child custody cases continue

The status of the children formerly in the care of Dawn and Nicole Ammesmaki remains the same after several court appearances in the past month. The two sisters, who once had 10 children in their care, continue to see some of them on supervised...

 

Obituary: Byron Miles Hill

Byron Miles Hill of Cloquet, surrounded by family and friends, passed into the loving arms of Jesus on May 21, 2022, at Miller-Dwan after a brief, intense battle with cancer. He was born May 24, 1958,... Full story

 

Obituary: Benji Allan Pajari

Benji Allan Pajari was born Dec. 23, 1981, to Tracy Pajari and Barry Nelson. He passed away unexpectedly at the age of 40 on Jan. 30, 2022. Benji graduated from Cloquet High School, Class of 2000. He... Full story

 

Obituary: James Skifstad

James Skifstad, 72, of Esko went to be with his Lord Jesus, surrounded by his family on Saturday, May 14, 2022, after a struggle with Covid-19. Jim was born in Fort Frances, Ontario to the Rev. Earl a... Full story

 

Obituary: Dorothy Arlyne Lisignoli

Dorothy Arlyne Lisignoli, 91, passed away peacefully in her home in Cloquet, under the excellent care of the Evergreen Knoll staff and St. Croix hospice. Known for her positivity, kindness, tenacity... Full story

 

Obituary: Gary Richard Polo

Gary Richard Polo, 78, of Esko passed away May 16, 2022. He was born May 17, 1943, the son of John and Delores (Johnson) Polo. Gary worked for the Potlatch Corporation for 37 years as a turbine... Full story

 

Obituary: Eugene Rolland Smith

Eugene Rolland Smith, 92, of Cloquet died May 23, 2022, at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. He was born July 30, 1929, in Trout Valley, near Winona, to Clarence and Ina (Kingsley) Smith. The... Full story

 

Obituary: Doris Ann Strand

Doris Ann Strand, 94, passed away Jan. 7, 2022 in Moose Lake Village in Moose Lake. Doris was born on Sept. 24, 1927, in Cloquet to Octave and Beda Caron. She spent her childhood and youth in the... Full story

 

Death notices

Eleanore June Huisinger, 89, of Cloquet passed away Feb. 2, 2022, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. Visitation: 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. memorial service Saturday, May 28 at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet. A luncheon and time of fellowship will... Full story

 
 By Dan Reed    News    May 27, 2022

County weighs benefits of leased vehicles

Carlton County coordinator Dennis Genereau gave a pitch for three new leased pickups for the property management department during Monday’s meeting, sparking a discussion by the Carlton County Board of Commissioners about replacing all...

 
 By Rebekah King    News    May 27, 2022

Thomson board considers sewer rate hike

Residents of Thomson township are looking at higher sewer rates for the first time in more than 20 years. Following many discussions about the township’s sewer system’s needs and the cost to maintain the system, township engineer Joe Jurewicz...

 

Military news: McCuskey retires

Chief Master Sgt. Kelvin McCuskey retired as the 148th Medical Group superintendent, 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard, after 40 years of service. McCuskey, a Wrenshall High School... Full story

 
 By Mike Creger    News    May 27, 2022

Lawmakers miss deadline; Sundin says his goodbyes

In the end, the 2022 session of the Minnesota Legislature left a lot on the table after its deadline Sunday night. Plans on what to do with a huge budget surplus — cutting taxes and spending ...

 
 By Mike Creger    Opinion    May 27, 2022

Knot Pining: Finding old trophy is a real prize

In the "clichés are clichés because they are true" department, I offer one here: Newspapers record the first draft of history. For me, there is nothing like going back into newspaper archives and re... Full story

 

Our View: Opening meetings to a wider audience is a good thing

Transparency in government is important. That’s why we’d like to applaud the Cloquet school board and superintendent Michael Cary for deciding this week to continue livestreaming school board meetings. Yes, the pandemic is over and many — but...

 

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