Articles from the June 3, 2022 edition

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 By Mike Creger    News    June 3, 2022

2022 grads sailed some rough seas

The marker on the Cloquet class of 2022 is obvious, and it wasn't ignored last Friday at the outdoor commencement at Bromberg Field. Speakers embraced what this crop of seniors have been through,... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 3, 2022

In Wrenshall, small graduating class allows for a lot of huzzahs

Wrenshall students and supporters may have enjoyed the most unique graduation ceremony Friday afternoon, thanks to English teacher Joel Swanson. The guest speaker rapped - rather than recited - his or... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 3, 2022

Guilty verdict comes quickly in Thompson murder trial

A Carlton County jury of 10 men and two women deliberated about five hours Tuesday before finding Sheldon Thompson guilty of eight counts of murder. Five of those eight counts are first-degree murder...

 By Mike Creger    Happenings    June 3, 2022

Remembering the fallen: Memorial Day 2022

Spates of rain did not deter Carlton County's honor guards as they made their solemn rounds on Memorial Day Monday. Events at cemeteries and parks across the county were marked by U.S. flags and... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Culture    June 3, 2022

Unrequited 'something' at heart of latest comedy

Things are moving quickly at the County Seat Theater these days. Opening today in person and with view-on-demand is the comedy "Jerry Finnegan's Sister." It's been a busy few weeks for the community...

 By Ann Markusen    News    June 3, 2022

On the Mark: Cromwell community makeover underway

If you’re driving east or west on Minnesota State Highway 210 between Carlton and McGregor over the next few weeks, you’ll be slowed down going through the city of Cromwell. A major makeover of the hi... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    June 3, 2022

Police: Car thefts, vandalism are up

There has been a spate of vandalism and car prowls and thefts in the Cloquet area the past month, and the police department has asked for help from the community. In a social media post from May 27, the department said there had been an “uptick in s...


Candidates for local offices make deadline

The filing period for state and local offices — only those that could require primary elections in August — ended Tuesday, May 31. While a number of incumbent candidates will face no challengers, the Cloquet mayor’s race will feature incumbent Roger... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 3, 2022

'Unconscious' sexual assault case resumes

Hearings in a 2020 case of a Sawyer man accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman who was a guest at his home have resumed, after first being delayed because of Covid-19 concerns and then because the suspect failed to appear in court. Jamin...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 3, 2022

Charges filed for child assault

A Cloquet man is facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl approximately five years ago. Kim James Connors Jr., aka KC, age 30, is facing one charge of first degree criminal sexual conduct-penetration or contact with a person...


Fond du Lac general election is June 14

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will hold a general election June 14 for Reservation Business Council secretary-treasurer and District II positions. Incumbent Ferdinand Martineau and challenger Robert Abramowski are vying for the RBC...


Water, sewer cleanup begins

The city of Cloquet will be flushing water mains and cleaning sewer mains now through September between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Customers in the immediate area of the water main flushing may temporarily experience rusty...


Farmers market opens Saturday

The Carlton County farmers market is open 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays starting June 4, through Oct. 21 in front of Premiere Theatres in Cloquet. The Carlton site will be open 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, June 21 through mid-October in McFarland Park, Highway...


Crews work to restore power

Lake Country Power line crews were still working Wednesday, June 1, to restore electric service with 114 outages left to repair for more than 1,000 co-op members. That’s down from the 8,700 members impacted at the height of the Memorial Day storm. T...


FDLTCC appoints VP of academics

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is happy to welcome Kelly McCalla as the new Vice President of Academic Affairs as of May 23, 2022. “I am so excited to be at FDLTCC,” shared McCalla, “The wor...


Our View: 'Gun culture' has skidded from us

After Uvalde, there are, again, millions of takes on social media and in conversations across the country. Millions of emotions. Millions of reasons, searching for blame. A cry about just what is in us as a people that lets this happen time after... Full story

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    June 3, 2022

Op-Ed: Why good investigative journalism matters

Recently, a couple of reporters at The New York Times published an intriguing story about conversations between House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and other members of his leadership team. It was... Full story


Future nurses earn pins

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College celebrated the Associate Degree Nursing Program Graduating Class of 2022 during a Pinning Ceremony on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. The wonderful ceremony featured...

 By Pine Knot News    People    June 3, 2022

Rotary continues book tradition

An important mission of Rotary International is to promote literacy. In April the Cloquet Rotary Club distributed 337 dictionary/reference books to third-graders from Churchill, Washington, Winterquis...

 By Pine Knot News    People    June 3, 2022

South Terrace is home to 'Wax Museum'

The second-grade classes at Carlton's South Terrace Elementary hosted a "Wax Museum" on May 19. Students chose a famous person they wanted to research, learned how to take notes and then used research... Full story


Kettle River News

The Ma & Pa Kettle Days committee met May 25 to plan for this year’s event, planned for Saturday, Aug. 13. Look for more information on what will be happening. Plan to attend the next city council meeting at 7 p.m. June 14 so you know what is h... Full story


Wright/Cromwell News

Melinda Ferry wants folks to know they are invited to the burial service for her husband, Scott Ferry, who passed away March 24 this year. The service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 10 at... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 3, 2022

Lumberjacks toppled in playoffs

After opening the Section 7AAA softball tournament with a win over Grand Rapids, the Cloquet Lumberjacks were eliminated with back-to-back losses to Chisago Lakes and Hibbing Saturday. The... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 3, 2022

Eskomos battle, fall in softball playoffs

After starting the season 2-4, the Esko softball team went on a roll and entered the 7AA Section playoffs as the No. 2 seed. The Eskomos opened the playoffs with back-to-back wins before losing to... Full story

 By Dwight Cadwell    Sports    June 3, 2022

7A softball roundup: Rebels claw way to championship game

The Section 7A softball tournament has found its way to the final two teams as tournament action continued Tuesday at Braun Park in Cloquet. Defending section 7A champion Cherry will face Moose... Full story


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