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  • On The Mark: Still peeling popple after all these years

    Ann Markusen|Jun 12, 2020

    Walking south and west from home, over moraines left by the last glacier, I follow the chainsaw sound, pausing to watch a chestnut-sided warbler. Veering off trail, I find my brother Steve peeling popple and, not far beyond, my husband downing a huge one. For a third week in May, Rod, at 80 years old, is out making firewood for winter home heating and year-round saunas. "I've harvested and peeled popple since I was 10 years old," Rod says. People often ask him why he's still at it - just to...

  • Garage sales make a delayed comeback

    Jana Peterson|Jun 12, 2020

    Every March, Linda Luomala and her garage sale buddies usually host a sale at The Jack bar in downtown Cloquet. Except this year. Their March sale got bumped by the coronavirus and the governor's order to shut down nonessential businesses, including bars. They finally rescheduled for June 20, three months later. On the bright side, the delay gave them more time to weed through their possessions, and now they can hold their sale inside or outside the Cloquet Avenue bar, depending on the weather....

  • Band member tests positive

    Pine Knot News|Jun 12, 2020

    A Fond du Lac band member living in Minneapolis has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a press release from the Reservation Business Committee. The Fond du Lac Human Services division is working with the Minnesota Department of Health, which is conducting the contact tracing investigation, to ensure that all individuals in close contact are notified and tested. FDL Human Services director Samuel Moose said the band’s clinic and emergency personnel have been preparing for this since January, when their public health emergency p...

  • County COVID cases slow

    Jun 12, 2020

    The Minnesota Department of Health put the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Carlton at 78 as of Wednesday, June 10. That number includes all cases since the coronavirus reached the county and includes confirmed cases at the Moose Lake prison, which has consistently made up more than half the total cases in the county. Cases at the prison have declined steeply in recent weeks, however. Statewide, Minnesota counted a total of 28,869 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases out of 369,795 tests as of Wednesday. Of those confirmed cases, 427 are...

  • Obituary: Phyllis Eileen Pajari

    Jun 12, 2020

    Phyllis Eileen Pajari, 79, of Cloquet passed away April 7, 2020 in her home. She was born on May 18, 1940 in Duluth. Phyllis graduated from Cloquet High School in 1958. She was employed at Conwed for 10 years and then sold pull tabs for 19 years in the Cloquet area. Phyllis enjoyed spending time with her significant other, Bernie Grindle, camping and fishing. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Phyllis was preceded in death by her grandparents; her...

  • Obituary: Andrew A. Korkala

    Jun 12, 2020

    Andrew A. Korkala, age 90 of Cloquet, MN passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Augustana Care in Moose Lake, MN. He was born October 4, 1929 in Revonlahti, Finland to Eino and Selma Korkala. Andrew served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korea War. He worked as a welder in construction business and other industrial companies. Andrew loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and taking walks. Andrew as preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Emma and Ellen. He is survived by his...

  • Obituary: Clayton August Kittel

    Jun 12, 2020

    Clayton A. Kittel followed his guardian angel home June 11, 2020, at the age of 97. He was born May 13, 1923, in Nickerson, the son of Bernard and Martha (Thieling) Kittel. Clayton served his country with honor in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked at the Conoco refinery in Wrenshall and as superintendent at Maple Grove Cemetery for many years. Clayton was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Scanlon and served in the Scanlon volunteer fire department for many years. Clayton had many...

  • Obituary: David Bruce Westberg

    Jun 12, 2020

    David Bruce Westberg, 70, passed away at home from natural causes on June 13, 2020. He was born on Feb. 2, 1950, in Duluth to Otto and Ardele Westberg. Dave was a 1968 graduate of Falls High School in International Falls. He then went on to graduate from Staples Vocational Technical School as a machinist in 1970. Dave enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1971, serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. He was very proud to serve his country and to be a veteran. While serving in the Navy, he...