Articles from the June 23, 2023 edition

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 By Brady Slater    News    June 23, 2023

Cloquet gains a high school

Families who desire their children graduate with a Catholic education now will have that option in Cloquet, following the arrival of a high school program beginning this fall. Mater Dei Apostolate is... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    News    June 23, 2023

Arena ice suffers a mortal coil problem

When Justin Harriman went to check on the hockey arena over Memorial Day weekend, he knew immediately something wasn't quite right. "I went in and checked on things and found an issue with the ice...


Beating the drought

​​While the drought is taking its toll on lawns, frequent irrigation is keeping the berry plants at Spectrum Farm Strawberries healthy. There are plenty of flowers offering a hint of a good crop. Far...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 23, 2023

I-35 is only option as plane engine fails

A dramatic emergency landing on Interstate 35 last week did no damage to the plane or the pilot, Daniel Blace of Saginaw. The emergency landing on the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 between Barnum... Full story


Our Savior's in transition

It’s a dynamic time at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, where the church at 612 12th St. in Cloquet is undergoing a capital campaign and a search for a permanent pastor. The results of the capital campaign are already in bloom, as contractors work to r...


Esko Museum has new hours

The Esko Historical Society announced summer hours for the Esko Museum (12 W. Highway 61) this week. The museum will be open from 2-5 p.m. on Sundays throughout July and August. Admission is free and donations are accepted. A historical society... Full story


Grant in play for new farmers

Emerging farmers looking to purchase their first farm will soon have another opportunity to apply for grant funding to support their efforts. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Rural Finance Authority has announced that a second round of f...

 By Rebekah King    News    June 23, 2023

School board: Fun Days dance card is full

On Monday, June 12, the Esko school board heard a presentation from the Esko Hockey Association about hosting the Esko Fun Days street dance at the district’s sports complex next to the football field. The hockey group is looking to relocate the e...


FDLTCC to host Ed Fest Monday

The elementary education program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will host its first Ed Fest on June 26. With a theme of “Bringing Indigenous Teachings into the Classroom,” the Ed Fest will include presentations and workshops for edu...


Esko football camp Monday

Current and former Esko football players will host a special youth football camp next week for boys and girls in grades K-8. The camp is open to kids from around the county. The camp features three sessions every day from Monday, June 26, to Friday,... Full story


New president named at FDLTCC

The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities named Anita Hanson to serve as president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on June 21, effective immediately. Hanson...

 By Dan Reed    News    June 23, 2023

Justice center almost 30 percent complete

Carlton County's $75 million justice center is 28-percent complete, jail administrator Paul Coughlin told Carlton County Commissioners at the June 13 meeting. Crews are putting in 2,000 hours each wee...

 By Brady Slater    Outdoors    June 23, 2023

In the woods, a quiet oasis

Visitors have said words can't really describe what it's like to camp at Allure of the Woods Rustic Retreat in Carlton, but they use the guestbook to try their best: "A cozy, peaceful getaway." "We... Full story


Company makes formal mining proposal to DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that it has received a proposal from Talon Metals for a nickel mining project near the Carlton County and Aitkin County border. The proposed project, known as the Tamarack Nickel...


Four-vehicle crash snarls busy intersection

One driver's failure to yield caused a four-car crash Monday morning, at the busy intersection of Minnesota Highway 33 and Cloquet Avenue in Cloquet. Two people were transported to a hospital with...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 23, 2023

New police officer hired

With the appointment of new police officer Jacob Bubb at Tuesday’s Cloquet City Council meeting, the Cloquet Police Department is nearly at full strength — 24 sworn police officers — after being decimated by a wave of disability retirements sever...

 By Ted Lammi    News    June 23, 2023

Carlton district fires Indian education coordinator

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Carlton school board ratified a letter from superintendent John Engstrom the ended with the firing of American Indian Education coordinator Kevin Kot, who had been with the district for close to three years....


Harry's Gang: Town Hall events draw vocal crowds

I sure learned a lot at the two town hall meetings I held in Moose Lake and Scanlon earlier this month. The big issues, such as abortion rights, gun restrictions and taxes were not the top priority fo... Full story

 By John Hatcher    Opinion    June 23, 2023

On The Farm: Farming life has its turns

Farming teaches you that nothing stays the same. Everything is in flux. In early spring in Minnesota (meaning it's still winter), we look for any signs that spring might be coming. As the bird... Full story

 By Keiko Satomi    Opinion    June 23, 2023

At The Library: Library supports intellectual freedom, Pride Month

A few months ago, one of our librarians noticed that some of our children's books were taken off a display and randomly placed in the different areas of the children's bookshelves. Sometimes they... Full story


On the Mark: Freerange Films return to the barn this weekend

Again this year, the Dugan family and friends host two nights of films in their Wrenshall barn. I’ve been enjoying this year’s slate of films on my computer. I can’t review them all in this slim... Full story

 By Tyler Korby    Sports    June 23, 2023

Esko players bask in state championship

When AJ Kazel applied the tag on the runner for the final out of the state championship game last week, the Esko senior first baseman knew exactly what his next steps would be. "I put that ball in my... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 23, 2023

'Championships are not by chance'

Reflections. After their fifth-straight boys Section 7AA golf championship and Minnesota Class AA state tournament appearance, Cloquet head coach Aaron Young and senior captain Karson Patten shared... Full story


Wilderness select 13 players in draft

The Minnesota Wilderness drafted 13 players and added another through a trade in the 2023 NAHL Draft held last week. The new additions include one goaltender, seven forwards and six defensemen. Eleven of those acquired hail from the USA, while the te... Full story


Wright/Cromwell news

A wonderful worship event was held at the Cromwell Pavilion Saturday, sponsored by the United Methodist Church in Cromwell. More than 200 people attended, including 100 folks at the worship service...


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