Articles from the June 12, 2020 edition

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 By Mike Creger    News    June 12, 2020

Big Lake sewer project is 'dead'

The minutes from the Perch Lake Township annual meeting in March were stark. “The sewer project is dead.” After months of negotiations in 2019, the failure to reach a new joint powers agreement between the Big Lake Area Sanitary District and the Fond...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 12, 2020

Fire district closes in on hiring new leader

Following two roundsa of interviews and months of searching, the Cloquet Area Fire District is still seeking its next fire chief. The CAFD board chose to not hire either of two initial finalists (out...

 By Mike Creger    News    June 12, 2020

Voices, silence mark vigil

Geese honked in unison overhead. Then, after they passed over, the few of the formation's stragglers gave fading squawks individually. Birds chirped from newly flowered fauna. There were the whirs... Full story


Salons are open; wait lists are long

With salons opening this month, "pandemic hair" should soon be a distant memory - if you can get an appointment. Stylist Sheryl Davis reopened Sheryl's Golden Shears in Carlton on June 1 with close... Full story


This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. June 12 1946 The Minnesota Historical Society accepts a grant from the Weyerhaeuser family to establish the Forest Products History Foundation....


County hosting street meeting

The public is invited to attend a Carlton County meeting (via phone or internet) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 17 about the proposed design for the 14th Street reconstruction project tentatively scheduled for the 2021-22 construction seasons. The... Full story


Meeting Monday for tax appeals

The County Board of Equalization and the Board of Review and Equalization for the unorganized townships meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, June 15 at the Carlton County Transportation Building. The meeting is in-person and provides an... Full story


Restaurants, bars take it inside

Appropriately, the first day folks could eat or drink inside their favorite Carlton County establishment was chilly, with intermittent showers. "It feels nice to be back inside somewhere that's not... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    June 12, 2020

Carlton picks short-term superintendent

The Carlton school board has chosen its next superintendent to replace Gwen Carman, who is leaving for a job in southeastern Minnesota. John Engstrom said the Carlton job appealed to him because it's...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 12, 2020

Cloquet board anticipates a deficit next school year

Cloquet school board members approved next year’s school district budget with an anticipated deficit of $411,000 — but knowing the district will likely receive $500,000 dollars in federal Coronavirus...

 By Dan Kraker    News    June 12, 2020

Line 3 permits will get another look

State regulators agreed June 3 to hold an additional hearing on a key permit for the proposed Line 3 replacement project, a process that is expected to delay construction of the controversial oil pipeline by several months. The Minnesota Pollution...


Church hosting blood drive

Journey Christian Church will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 23 at 1400 Washington Ave. in Cloquet. The Red Cross encourages healthy, eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    People    June 12, 2020

Credit union has new VP

Members Cooperative Credit Union recently hired Susan Shold as its new vice president of human resources. As a key member of MCCU's executive leadership team, Shold will oversee recruitment, talent...

 By Pine Knot News    News    June 12, 2020

Voters narrow candidates in FDL primary

Fond du Lac Band members in District I and II voted Tuesday, June 9, in a primary election previously postponed by the coronavirus. Candidates for Reservation Business Committee District I (Cloquet) representative included: Wally Dupuis (incumbent),...


OUR VIEW: Passion and peace work in Cloquet

The gathering at Veterans Park last weekend might have caused a stir among community members. Organized by Taysha Martineau, the gathering was inspired by the George Floyd death in Minneapolis and the protests that have rocked cities across the count...


Harry's Gang: I get it: Pandemic poses problem on pool prospects

It’s probably too late now, but I wish the City of Cloquet had decided to open “The Beach” at Pinehurst Park this summer. The city council agreed with the leanings of the parks commission and city... Full story


Obituary: Robert Michael Kainu

Robert Michael Kainu, 81, of Cloquet passed away June 7, 2020, at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. He was born to Robert and Rose Kainu in Cloquet. He graduated from Brookston High School in 1956... Full story


Death notices

Paulette “Paulee” Martha Hill, 72, of Esko passed away peacefully June 5, 2020 in her home surrounded by her loving family. Visitation was scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 11 in St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Esko. Inurnment will be in St. Mat... Full story


Wright/Cromwell news

I just got word from Mary Purcell’s daughter that she fell and broke a bone in her neck. She will be in recovery and rehab for the next six weeks or so. Cards of encouragement and speedy recovery c...


Nantiques shop open for curiosity seekers

With people looking for opportunities to get out of the house and find something new, interesting and safe to do, a local shop with some decidedly dated inventory may prove to be a fun and worthwhile... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 12, 2020

Soccer practice is on despite hold on games

In a normal spring and summer, area youth soccer players would be smack-dab in the middle of their seasons, but with the COVID-19 pandemic that has all changed. Until recently, no teams had even... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 12, 2020

Rodd's Ramblings: Variety ruled how kids once passed the time boys enjoyed

I saw something unusual the other day while visiting some neighbors down the street. They have three kids and the two boys were outside playing what appeared to be a game of tag. Those of us who grew... Full story

 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    June 12, 2020

Out in it: Trolling in Brookston

If you read my column regularly you're already aware I'm up for new adventures. This week I jumped at the chance to fish a new stretch of the St. Louis River with Cloquet's Chad Vermeersh. We hooked u...


Most state camping areas will be open by Monday

Minnesota DNR The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources began reopening campgrounds this month at state parks, state forests and recreation areas in a phased approach this month. Camping is... Full story

 By Ann Markusen    COVID-19    June 12, 2020

Artists get a boost in pandemic dearth

In this pandemic, artists are among the most financially vulnerable. At the last full Census count, 65 percent of writers, 57 percent of visual artists, 41 percent of musicians and singers, and 36... Full story


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