Articles from the June 16, 2023 edition

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 By Brady Slater    People    June 16, 2023

Family walks tall together

For 6-year-old Aiyana Tegels, Wednesday was no ordinary day. She underwent surgery in St. Paul to remove corrective apparatuses from her legs that she's worn since late February. Expected to help... Full story


College Notes

The University of Minnesota Duluth announced its dean’s list for spring semester, which included the following students from the area: Barnum Madeleine Manahan, Oliver Swimeley Carlton Andrea Hille, Connor Kanirie, Ezekiel Palmer, Ben Talarico C... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 16, 2023

District takes cautious approach with budget

Cloquet school board members unanimously passed the closest thing to a balanced budget the school district has seen in years, with only $2,366 in the red for the unassigned general fund versus a projected deficit of $514,000 this time last year....


Esko eschews 'Eskomos' moniker

By unanimous vote of the school board Monday night, the Esko school nickname will no longer be "the Eskomos" as of June 30. The change, which has been urged for at least three years by some in the...


New season starts for college medicine garden

Nestled in a corner on the west side of the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College's main building is a medicine garden. Laid out in the shape of a turtle, it is divided into nine sections. The...


Home destroyed in fire

Firefighters responded to a structure fire in Barnum Township just after 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. A caller reported that a home was totally engulfed by fire on the 3000 block of Lone Oak Road east of the City of Barnum, the Carlton County Sheriff’s o...


Let fawns be, says DNR

In the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ weekly conservation officers’ reports, Cloquet’s Tony Elwell noted that abandoned fawn calls have been coming in. The DNR advised that, “if you find a fawn, please leave it lay even if you don’t s...


Offices closed for Juneteenth

Cloquet City Hall and all Carlton County offices will be closed on Monday, June 19, in observance of the Juneteenth Holiday. This includes County Courthouse offices, County Government Services Building, County Transportation Department, Human...


Changes at The Beach

Pinehurst Beach in Cloquet has opened for the summer. Above, Luxun Fjeld, Reina Miens and Kallen Miens cool off at the Pinehurst Beach on a hot Tuesday afternoon. Right, Jack Deters plays in the sand... Full story


Wrenshall adopts camping ordinance

After months of discussion and even contention, the Wrenshall city council adopted a campground ordinance June 7. The measure passed with a 4-1 vote, with councilor Duane Ziebarth dissenting. The campground ordinance requires permitting with the...


Burning restrictions begin locally

To help ensure public safety and protect natural resources, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has activated burning restrictions for Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties. In the... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    June 16, 2023

District welcomes new superintendent

There's a new superintendent in Wrenshall following unanimous school board approval Monday. Retired Deer River superintendent Jeff Pesta was approved for a part-time role. It's what the financially...

 By Ted Lammi    News    June 16, 2023

Levy could be renewed; Hagenah resigns

Carlton superintendent John Engstrom asked the Carlton school board to renew the current operating levy for another seven years. The per-student levy has helped Carlton with general operating expenses and was voter-approved twice. The Minnesota...


Our View: A message for grads

Congratulations to the Class of 2023 on your graduation from high school. It is an accomplishment. You should be proud of yourselves, and please know that your community and loved ones are proud of... Full story

 By Dan Reed    Opinion    June 16, 2023

Now and Then: A journey to mark 'Old Ones'

I just got back from a car trip to the West Coast. My cousin Kaija Kivimaki from Finland, my sister Denise, and my cousin Patsey Koivisto VanderVeer from Floodwood went with me on a mission to bring...

 By Parnell Thill    Opinion    June 16, 2023

Notes from the Small Pond: Knock-Knock? Who's There? Don't Ask.

When the cops knock on your door at the stroke of midnight, it usually isn't to say you've won the lottery. It's typically bad news. It was. The worst news. The well-intentioned young officer and his... Full story


Clean water is how we define 'way of life'

On June 6, after careful review and analysis, the Army Corps of Engineers revoked the Section 404 wetlands permit for PolyMet Mining, Inc.’s proposed NorthMet mining project. This was a great victory for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior C...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 16, 2023

County track stars make waves at state

More than 40 local athletes participated in the Minnesota Boys and Girls State Track meet last weekend at St. Michael-Albertville. A number of those athletes had top showings and made it to the... Full story

 By Tyler Korby    Sports    June 16, 2023

With two out of three, Rebels take third

When asked what her three seniors have meant to her and their community's softball squad over the years, an emotional Moose Lake/Willow River head coach Kelley Goeb needed a moment. Rightfully so, as... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 16, 2023

Esko cruises to state title game

The Esko baseball team is on the verge of a state championship after two wins in the Minnesota Class AA Baseball Tournament in St. Cloud. Esko was set to meet Perham at 1 p.m. Friday at CHS Field in... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    Sports    June 16, 2023

Lumberjacks hold their own on biggest stage

Cloquet senior Karson Patten finished a high school golf career that included five trips to state on a high note: he tied for second place in the Class AA tournament, his highest individual finish... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 16, 2023

South Ridge fights way to consolation title

It took three games against Cherry in the section tournament, but the South Ridge Panthers got the wins when it counted, and entered the Minnesota State Class A baseball tournament as the top seed... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    Sports    June 16, 2023

Cloquet freshman starts strong at State tennis

In a field dominated by seniors, Cloquet freshman Ethan Lavan faced a sophomore in his first Class A state tennis match at Reed-Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis, and won 6-3, 6-4, against Ayan... Full story


Wilderness hire new coach

It didn't take long for the Minnesota Wilderness to fill its coaching vacancy. The Cloquet-based North American Hockey League franchise announced Colten St. Clair as the sixth head coach in team histo... Full story

 By Leola Rodd    News    June 16, 2023

Carlton Happenings

Many of us are celebrating the beginning of summer by planting flowers and vegetable seeds in our gardens. Now is the season of graduation parties, rummage sales and family get-togethers. Maybe even...


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