Articles from the June 9, 2023 edition

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Suddenly, it's time to think about the Fourth

Ready, set, sparkle. With less than a month until the Fourth of July holiday, Cloquet organizers say plans are in place for a full day of community fun. In Cloquet, there will be a parade and... Full story


Obituary: Pamela Joy Wait

Pamela Joy Wait, 65, of Carlton, passed away peacefully on June 1, 2023, in the comfort of her home surrounded by family and friends after a brief battle with cancer. She is survived by her daughter,... Full story

 By Ann Markusen    People    June 9, 2023

On The Mark: Wright native is worth celebrating

Often, lifetime residents bring joy, humor and learning to their communities. Two weeks ago, Cromwell-Wright area residents celebrated the life and work of Margaret Webster. Born and raised in...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 9, 2023

USG gets social

People of all ages turned out for the USG ice cream social Tuesday, in honor of the local mill's 100th anniversary in Cloquet. There were plenty of young ones eager for frozen treats, face painting... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 9, 2023

Legislative session a boon to Cloquet

Minnesota state legislators and Gov. Tim Walz came through in a big way for the city of Cloquet, judging by the list of benefits shared by city administrator Tim Peterson during Tuesday’s council meeting. Top of the list was an increase to Local Gove...


Barnum Spring Fever Days are this weekend

Head to Barnum Spring Fever Days this weekend to find all kinds of fun. The three-day event kicks off today, Friday, June 9, with the annual steak fry 4-7 p.m. and fireworks after dusk. Check out the... Full story


The Great Outdoors month

Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota DNR are encouraging Minnesotans to get out in nature and enjoy the state’s outstanding outdoor opportunities by proclaiming June 2023 as Great Outdoors Month. June 9-11 is the annual Take a Kid Fishing weekend, when M...


County art roundabout is Saturday

Get your art fix Saturday by taking part in the Roundabout Art Tour. This northern Carlton County event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 10 and features nine unique vendors across northern... Full story


Highway 210 detour in June

Minnesota Highway 210 is closed in both directions between Interstate 35 and Cologne Road until at least June 30. The detour route will take I-35 to Frontage Road to Carlton County Highway 26/Moorhead Road to Carlton County Road 5/University Road.... Full story


Essentia opens up visiting hours

Hospital visitors to Essentia Health won’t be faced with limits on visiting hours any longer. Saying it wanted “to acknowledge the vital role that family and other support persons play in the care and well-being of our patients,” the Dulut...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 9, 2023

Esko Class of 2023 did it their way

Although they weren't always the most well-behaved students, the Esko Class of 2023 garnered high praise from school administrators and each other during Friday's commencement for the way they embrace... Full story

 By Tom Urbanski    News    June 9, 2023

Brush pickup underway

The first days of the City of Cloquet-sponsored storm damage brush cleanup have been going well, according to 3-D Construction owner Dustin Follett. On the second day of the cleanup, Follett,...

 By Edward Schulstrom    News    June 9, 2023

57 graduate in Barnum

Barnum seniors celebrated their graduation last Friday in the high school gym. In addition to the 57 official high school seniors, principal Jodi Fanth took the opportunity to award an honorary cap... Full story


Army Corps rules in favor of Band on Polymet plan

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has revoked a key permit for the proposed NorthMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, formerly known as the PolyMet project. The Army Corps rescinded the permit, known as the Clean Water Act “Section 4...


Our View: City, region flourish with two vital plants

How fortunate can one town be? That’s a question we can all ask ourselves as Cloquet’s two manufacturing plants celebrate milestone anniversaries in 2023. With the USG ceiling tile plant celebrating its 100th anniversary and the nearby Sappi pul... Full story


Letter: Dotseth delivered for his district

It was disappointing to read a recent letter to the editor that missed the mark so widely regarding a Carlton County bonding project. The letter writer failed to recognize or understand the crucial role Rep. Jeff Dotseth played in delivering funding... Full story


Letter: Still waiting for more on forestry center

With University of Minnesota president Joan Gabel on her way out, people are wondering if the future of her initiative to hand over the Cloquet Forestry Center in its entirety to the Fond du Lac Band is still steaming ahead. I have been following... Full story


Letter: Thank-you to city for brush pickup

I would like to thank the city of Cloquet and the contractor for doing a good job picking up the large brush pile at the end of my driveway. Job well done. Vic Gaines, Cloquet... Full story


Cloquet well represented at State

The Cloquet boys and girls track teams had impressive showings at the Section 7AA meet held at Hibbing High School on Saturday. The Lumberjacks boys team took second place behind Rock Ridge and will... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 9, 2023

Esko boys takes meet; county athletes shine

Esko is the Section 7A boys track champion this year after beating runner-up Crosby-Ironton by 10 points. Two Harbors took the girls title with International Falls taking second and also qualifying... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 9, 2023

Rebels run the section, return to State

As the defending Section 7A champions, the Moose Lake/Willow River girls softball team had a target on its back the entire season. The Rebels handled the pressure of the compacted season and last... Full story

 By Tyler Korby    Sports    June 9, 2023

Esko star leads team to brink of State

Since the days of T-ball, Ben Haugen has been coaching his son, Cale, how to throw, catch, hit and run. Tuesday was evidence of just that. Cale, now an Esko senior and do-it-all pitcher, hurled a... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 9, 2023

'Jacks rebound but can't clear Rapids

After a first-round loss to Grand Rapids last week in the Section 7AAA boys baseball tournament, the Lumberjacks responded by pounding out wins last week over Hibbing and Duluth Denfeld. On Tuesday,... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 9, 2023

South Ridge title defense hangs on championship sweep

Over the last four years the Section 7A baseball tournament has run through South Ridge. The road this season got a whole lot tougher on Tuesday when the Panthers lost their first game of the day,... Full story


Coach is headed to Fargo

Brett Skinner is headed back to the league where he began his coaching career. After leading the Minnesota Wilderness to a Midwest Division playoff championship in his first season as a head coach, Skinner has accepted the same position with the Farg... Full story


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