Articles from the June 10, 2022 edition

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Full-on Fourth planned in Cloquet

It's baaaack. After the Covid-19 pandemic led to a full-scale cancellation of Cloquet July Fourth events in 2020 and no activities at Veterans Memorial Park in 2021, organizers are planning for a... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    June 10, 2022

Wrenshall principal contract OK'd; the rest is mystery

John Edison isn’t a Wrenshall school board member, but for all practical purposes on Tuesday night, he was. The attorney representing the school district was on hand for public discussion on the... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 10, 2022

Esko grads get through with some grit

Of exactly 100 seniors -100 percent of the Esko Class of 2022 - graduating Friday, 10 were awarded the title of valedictorian - that means 10 percent of the class earned the highest academic ranking.... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 10, 2022

Track: With new section, Cloquet shines

For the first 17 of his 18 years coaching Cloquet boys and girls track, head coach Tim Prosen and his team have been the small fish in the big pond. Cloquet was among the smallest schools in the... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 10, 2022

Fired police officer to resign instead

Following a closed meeting with legal counsel Tuesday night, the Cloquet city council signed a separation agreement and full and final release of claims Tuesday with a police officer they originally voted to dismiss in February. The next morning,...


Intersection closed

The intersection at Washington Avenue and 14th Street closed for construction Monday, and will likely be closed for the rest of the summer as workers replace the four-way stop with a roundabout. Work... Full story


Evictions proceed in Cloquet

With a June 1 eviction deadline, most of the tenants on upper floors of Victory Apartments have left, according to the city of Cloquet. The eviction notice came in 2020 as the back stairs to the apartments were deemed unsafe for use. The stairs...


Cloquet brush, leaf disposal open

Access to the city of Cloquet’s brush and leaf disposal site at the public works garage, 410 Armory Road, is now open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Fridays. City officials updated the times this... Full story


Nominate an 'Outstanding Senior'

Nominations are open for the 2022 Outstanding Senior Citizen awards. An award is given to both a man and a woman age 70 or older. Nomination forms are available online at and detail what the person has done for others in your... Full story


Free seeds at Extension office

Free vegetable seeds are available at the Carlton County Extension Office while supplies last, courtesy of the Lakes and Pines Community Action Council. Stop in for seeds, and remember that the Extension Office provides gardening advice and...


Bookmobile coming back

The Arrowhead Library System’s bookmobile will make the rounds in the area again this month. The bookmobile offers print books, cookbooks, large-print books, DVDs, audiobooks and video games. Services are also available, such as renewing library...


Courts announce plan for hearings

The Minnesota Judicial Branch announced a framework for how remote and in-person hearings will be held, effective June 6. All hearings scheduled and hearing notices issued will follow the policy. Case participants will find the most accurate informat...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 10, 2022

Updated: South Ridge aims for 7A trophy ... again

Don't look now, but the South Ridge Panthers are one game away from their fourth straight tournament championship after a 7-2 win over Cherry Tuesday afternoon in the Section 7A playoffs. The 2 p.m.... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 10, 2022

Updated: Rebels end 40-year wait for State

Last Tuesday the Moose Lake/Willow River girls softball team got a wake-up call. For only the fourth time this season, the Rebels lost - this time to Carlton/Wrenshall in the Section 7A playoffs. The... Full story


Take a Kid Fishing Weekend is this Friday through Sunday

During Take a Kid Fishing Weekend Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12, Minnesota residents can fish without licenses if they take children 15 or younger along. Youth 15 and younger do not require... Full story

 By Lois E. Johnson    News    June 10, 2022

Barnum graduates 56 seniors

The 56 members of the Class of 2022 graduated Friday evening, June 3, in a commencement ceremony at Barnum High School. Senior Jennie DeCaigny welcomed her fellow students and their families. "This... Full story


Cloquet Senior Day event set for Wednesday at Vets Park

Starr Marshall decided to organize the first Senior Day in Cloquet in 2019 after she realized an elderly client visiting her office at Reliable Insurance Agency was being abused, as it turned out, by... Full story

 By Rebekkah King    News    June 10, 2022

Thomson Township gets top score in WLSSD audit

Thomson township received their best score in years on its most recent Western Lake Superior Sanitary District audit, evidence of hard work on the part of township employees, supervisors said at the town meeting June 2. The Thomson township board...

 By Dan Reed    News    June 10, 2022

Carlton County: Public health nurse receives national 'Never Quit' award

Carlton County's Jenny Barta has never worked harder than she has during the Covid-19 pandemic, but the public health nurse met the challenge head-on. "This is what I was called for, this is what I...


Croquet in Cloquet is back in July

Who doesn't want to play a round of croquet in the city of Cloquet, especially if it's for a good cause? The Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College Foundation will host the 12th annual Cloquet...

 By Mike Creger    News    June 10, 2022

Request for school lacrosse program remains in limbo

The prospects for a high school lacrosse program in Carlton County remain in limbo, but a group supporting placing teams under the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton umbrella is still pressing. Administrators for... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 10, 2022

Police search for man who broke in home, assaulted resident

Police are searching for a man who entered an occupied home on Boulder Drive in Cloquet just after 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. Residents awoke to an intruder in their Sunnyside neighborhood home, and that person physically assaulted one of them, according to... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 10, 2022

Traffic stop leads to meth arrests

Three men were arrested last week after a traffic stop led to the discovery of a pound of methamphetamine Friday, June 3. Driver Mark Arthur Locken, 43, and passengers Donald Richard LaBlanc, 63, and Dean Wayne Olds, 56, were each charged in Carlton...

 By Jana Peterson    Opinion    June 10, 2022

From the editor: Taking on the Fourth

By now, most of you may be aware that there’s a new Fourth of July coordinator in town, and it’s the Pine Knot News. That doesn’t mean we are sponsoring the event: that’s done by residents, bu... Full story

 By Parnell Thill    Opinion    June 10, 2022

Notes from the Small Pond: Homegoing

Here’s what’s beautiful: Your daughter’s firstborn, rolling on the floor like she did at that age, chin-drooling like she did, round, wet eyes like underwater jewels and an insatiable appetite f... Full story


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