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Articles from the May 31, 2024 edition

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  • Community garden grows

    Tom Urbanski|May 31, 2024

    Are you struggling to get your kids to eat vegetables? Consider growing your own at the Cloquet Community Garden, where the Moore family is raising vegetables and children who enjoy eating them. "Gardening is fun," exclaimed Jocelyn Moore, age 8. "I love watching my plants grow and I love to plant and eat them ... especially the peas and cucumbers. Gardening makes me happy!" For the eighth summer, the Cloquet Community Garden is providing gardeners of all ages the opportunity to get busy... Full story

  • Memorial Day 2024

    Jana Peterson|May 31, 2024

    While some people worked in their gardens, rode four-wheelers or frolicked at the lake, members of honor guards and local veterans organizations made their way from cemetery to cemetery Monday, honoring the dead on Memorial Day with taps and rifle salutes. At Veterans Park in Cloquet, the last stop for the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard and company, a crowd of nearly 150 people of all ages gathered for a short program on a day set aside to honor the men and women who died while serving in the... Full story

  • Farmers Market opens Saturday

    May 31, 2024

    The Carlton County Farmers Market opens Saturday, June 1 in front of Premiere Theatres in Cloquet. The local farmers market is coordinated by a dedicated and ever-changing group of farmers, bakers, preservers and crafters who volunteer their time to provide a place for local makers to meet the community. The Cloquet Farmers Market runs 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday in front of Premiere Theatres, 904 Highway 33 S., Cloquet. The Carlton market is open 4-6 p.m. every Tuesday in McFarland Park, at... Full story

  • Master Gardeners sell plants at park

    May 31, 2024

    The Carlton County Master Gardeners spring plant sale runs from 9 a.m. Saturday, June 1 until supplies sell out at Veterans Park in Cloquet. There will be perennials, vegetable starts, bulbs and more available for $2, $3 and $5 as well as a gardening white-elephant table. Garden experts will be available to answer questions. Credit cards and cash will be accepted as payment....

  • Donations help with fire prevention

    May 31, 2024

    Board members at its May 15 CAFD meeting voted to accept a $650 donation from Northwoods Credit Union. The funds are earmarked for the district’s community risk reduction programs, which include home safety visits and smoke and carbon monoxide alarm installation. That program also received a donation of batteries for smoke alarms from L&M Fleet Supply. To schedule a home safety visit, call the fire district at (218) 499-4258 or visit www.cloquetareafiredistrict.com/outreach/community/home-safety-visits. The CAFD board also voted to r...

  • Legislative effects still uncertain locally

    Jana Peterson|May 31, 2024

    Since the chaotic end to the 2024 legislative session on May 19, folks back at home have been trying to figure out exactly what it all means. Local ambulance services expect to see some of the short-term emergency aid for rural EMS, but exactly how much is still uncertain. Steve Risacher, who serves on the board for the Cromwell-Wright Area Fire District, said they’re pleased something passed, but they still don’t know what it involves for the ambulance service there. How to gain access to it, and what it’s going to be used for, is still pendi...

  • Civil War veteran to be honored

    May 31, 2024

    Charles B. Oswell, the last Civil War veteran buried in Carlton County, will be honored in a ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Atkinson Community Cemetery, 2589 County Road 144.. The ceremony is open to the public, veterans, and Civil War history buffs. Oswell’s descendants are most cordially invited to attend as special guests. Born in Oslo, Norway, in 1847, Oswell enlisted into Company C of the 14th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry Regiment Feb. 15, 1865. He served with his regiment in Georgia and mustered out on July 8 1865 at S...

  • Mark National Trails Day at new trail

    May 31, 2024

    Celebrate the new State Line Trailhead grand opening event Saturday at 6 County Road 4 in Wrenshall. Light refreshments will be available at 9 a.m. and the program and ribbon cutting begins at 10 a.m. Hikes ranging from one to three miles in length will depart from the trailhead following the presentation. Those interested in the three-mile hike are asked to park at the Wild Valley Trailhead on Bandle Road in Wrenshall. Shuttles will be provided to the State Line Trailhead. The North Country National Scenic Trail stretches 4,800 miles across...

  • City cleans sewer mains

    May 31, 2024

    The Cloquet public works department began cleaning sewer mains on Tuesday, and will continue through the end of September. Cleaning will be done between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sewer customers in the immediate cleaning area may temporarily experience sewer gas odors and bubbling toilets or drains due to the cleaning process. If sewer odors are noticed, it is advisable to refill any p-traps in basement or seldom used drains by pouring a little water down each drain. City officials said this work will help to...

  • Summer school is short of paraprofessionals

    Jana Peterson|May 31, 2024

    The Cloquet School District is hiring. For the first time in his tenure, superintendent Michael Cary said not enough paraprofessionals applied for summer care jobs. “We were short one person for three weeks, Monday through Thursday, so 12 days,” Cary told school board members during Tuesday’s meeting. “So by contract, we’re having to go from most senior to least senior and offer formal employment one by one until we find somebody willing to take the job.” Cary suspected why there was a dramatic dip in summer applicants: unemploymen...

  • Political filings end Tuesday

    May 31, 2024

    The filing period for elected offices closes Tuesday, and there were some notable additions throughout the past week. Sarah Plante Buhs filed to run for Carlton County board, seeking the District 1 post being vacated by Dick Brenner after 32 years in the seat. Buhs is currently a member of the Cloquet school board, and is executive director of the United Way of Carlton County. The District 1 seat represents west Cloquet, Scanlon and Sawyer. For Cloquet City Council, incumbent Lara Wilkinson filed to return in the at-large council seat. The...

  • Summer, and the library is all ready

    Morgan Reardon|May 31, 2024

    As the weather gets warmer and summer is on the horizon, we are gearing up for our 2024 Summer Reading program at the Cloquet Public Library. Summer is the busiest time of year for us, and we've actually been preparing since December. The summer reading program runs Monday, June 3 through Aug. 16. We're so excited to share all we've been working on with you. We have reading challenges for kids, teens, and adults and have tons of amazing events planned. Our theme this year is "Read, Renew,... Full story

  • College notes

    May 31, 2024

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet announced recently that more than 287 students attending the college during spring semester achieved high academic standing. Requirements for earning dean’s list honors include maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or higher while completing six or more course credits during the semester. President’s list students have maintained a GPA of 4.0. President’s list: Barnum: Selah Casper, Madison Goodwin, Taylin Johnson, Madison Jones, Nancy Monfeldt, ShyAnn Ostby, Diane Peterson Carlton: Isabe...

  • Students have a field day

    May 31, 2024

    Washington Elementary students in Cloquet had a whole lot of fun at the annual Field Day on May 23. Principal Robbi Mondati reported a "perfect day" that went "incredibly well." Events included a tug-of-war and bubble making....

  • Math magic

    May 31, 2024

    Students from Cloquet Middle School plus Churchill and Washington elementaries participated in the Math Masters tournament in Duluth in April. Students competed individually and as teams on eight sets of math problems. Colton Grussendorf, Clyde Hubred, Damien Brown, and Wrayllin Benjamin-Hall took home individual awards. The team of Colton Grussendorf, Paisley Crotteau, Ethan Hansen, Edda Pawielski, and Damien Brown placed seventh in the fifth-grade division while the team of Wraylin...

  • Our View: Care to roll up your sleeves and run?

    May 31, 2024

    The window to run for public office closes at the end of the business day on Tuesday, when the two-week candidate filing season comes to a close. Running for local office is a big decision. A proper campaign to introduce or refamiliarize oneself with voters takes both time and fundraising for things like lawn signs. An election victory means modest or scant compensation in most cases, and comes with loads of responsibility. It requires the office holder to study and be informed on matters, and spend oodles of time in meetings and visiting with... Full story

  • Pine Thoughts: Home, sweet group home

    Brady Slater|May 31, 2024

    Earlier this week at the group home, we experienced a harrowing moment. One of our residents fell from bed, screaming he was hurt. Lying tense on the floor as we assessed his condition, his vocalization turned to a new refrain, “I’m afraid!” We felt so bad for him. We know him well, and understand his history of traumatic falls. We consoled and comforted him until he calmed. The Cloquet Area Fire District paramedics were able to assess him, deem him unharmed, and help return him to bed. Our resident shared a cathartic conversation with Jorda... Full story

  • It's a pollinator party and plant sale combined

    Jenny Sherren|May 31, 2024

    Carlton SWCD hosts one of the largest native plant sales in the region, and this year is no exception, with over 300 orders already. We are so proud of all the people actively creating important native habitats. This year we are keeping the pollinator momentum going by combining the fifth annual native plant and seed pickup day with a new Pollinator Powerhouse event in June. It will be the grand finale of national pollinator month and will run in conjunction with our plant pickup from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 28 at the Carlton County...

  • Esko teams lead the way in subsection

    Kerry Rodd|May 31, 2024

    Esko teams dominated the Section 7A south subsection meet last Thursday in Crosby-Ironton as 12 boys teams and 11 girls teams hit the track with hopes of moving athletes on to the Section 7A finals Thursday in Duluth. Esko won the boys title with 135 points while Barnum and Crosby-Ironton tied for second with 92 points. Moose Lake/Willow River was fourth and Carlton/Wrenshall placed fifth. The Esko girls had 141 points and took top honors. Crosby-Ironton and Two Harbors tied for second with 97... Full story

  • Lumberjacks get dramatic playoff win

    Kerry Rodd|May 31, 2024

    Playing in the school's first-ever playoff game, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys lacrosse team eked out a narrow 7-5 home win over Duluth Marshall at Members Cooperative Credit Union Stadium Tuesday night. "I told the guys they nearly gave me a heart attack," said head coach Luke Mehelich. "It was a tough game, but we battled through and found a way at the end." The win put CEC into second-round action set for 7 p.m. Thursday at home against Centennial, which took a 17-2 win over Grand... Full story

  • Lavan returns to state matches

    Kerry Rodd|May 31, 2024

    For the second straight year, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys tennis team has a player going to State and for the second year in a row sophomore Ethan Lavan is that player. Lavan captured the Section 7A singles title in amazing fashion. In all, the Lumberjacks sent six players to play in last week's individual section championships. "Ethan was incredible and just went out and took care of business," said CEC head coach Derek Johnson. "He won 48 games and lost just two in winning his four matches... Full story

  • Wilderness sign Cloquet junior

    May 31, 2024

    Four new defensemen have been inked for the Minnesota Wilderness for next season. The Wilderness announced this week that Karson Young of Cloquet, Owen Smith of Maple Grove, Charles Antrilli of Oaklyn, New Jersey, and Talan Del Signore from the Esmark Stars program in Pennsylvania have signed tenders for the 2024-25 season. Both Young and Smith come to the Wilderness after playing last weekend with the club’s 18-and-under team at the Prospects Challenge in Blaine. The team won the championship, finishing unbeaten with a 5-0 record. Both p...

  • Grads cherish one last moment

    Jana Peterson|May 31, 2024

    At the start of the fourth quarter of the school year, Wrenshall English teacher Joel Swanson drew a 13-foot line on the classroom whiteboard, representing the lives of this year's seniors from kindergarten through senior year. Both Wrenshall valedictorians Jack Riley and Lexis Swanson spoke about it in their commencement speeches Friday afternoon. "He marked out the last three inches of that 13 feet - the time we had remaining as students here. He told us not to take those three inches for... Full story

  • More Graduation 2024 photos

    May 31, 2024

    Barnum & Carlton graduation photos... Full story

  • Stellar pitching ends 'Jacks season

    Kerry Rodd|May 31, 2024

    After opening the Section 7AAA softball playoffs last Wednesday with a win, the Lumberjacks faced stiff competition Thursday and fell in back-to-back losses at home in the double elimination portion of the tournament. Cloquet, the No. 4 seed, opened at home with No. 5 seed Grand Rapids and parlayed a seven-run fourth inning into a 7-4 come-from-behind victory. "We broke things open in the fourth, which was kickstarted with a double by Brooke Proulx," said Cloquet coach Tyler Korby. "Being down... Full story

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