Articles from the July 21, 2023 edition

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 By Brady Slater    News    July 21, 2023

Ice, snow create a costly arena fix

Last winter was one most folks won't soon forget, with record snowfalls common and collapsed roofs and fallen treelines forever impacted. Even now, the city of Carlton is dealing with the aftermath....


History Mystery

We received testimony, and physical proof, the past week that the mermaid fountain at Garfield School in Cloquet has been around at least since the 1950s. It was a goldfish pond at the bottom. Sandy...

 By Mike Creger    News    July 21, 2023

Body recovery on Nemadji tests area rescue teams

A father and his two sons canoeing on the Nemadji River in southeast Carlton County Saturday called in a report of human remains found on the river bank east of Minnesota Highway 23 and south of the...


MSOP assault case: Prison was intention

A man housed in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program facility in Moose Lake was sentenced to 220 months — over 18 years — in state prison Monday to attempted second-degree murder. Nicolas Ladell Aron-Jones’ victim made a statement in the heari...


Free concert takes stage

Leave the mosquitoes outside and come to the Moose Lake Community School auditorium to hear some great symphonic music for free. Agate Encores Community Concerts is offering a free concert by the Duluth-based Northshore Philharmonic Orchestra at...


Fire spreads from vehicle

A fire on the 100 block of Jay Cooke Road spread from a vehicle to a home early Tuesday. According to a news release from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, a passerby noticed the vehicle fire and reported it around 6:35 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, a...


Lightning hits barn

A barn on the 2200 block of Olson Road in Blackhoof Township caught on fire, likely the result of a lightning strike around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, a Carlton County Sheriff’s Office news release said. Firefighters from Blackhoof, Esko, Carlton, B...


Local National Night Out events set

Several Carlton County communities are planning National Night Out events on Aug. 1. Cloquet will have its first large National Night Out event back at Veterans Park 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, for the first time since 2019. Other local National Night... Full story


Support food shelf doubling

The Salvation Army in Carlton County is encouraging donations to support their food shelves through July 31. That’s how long the Open Your Heart organization will match all financial gifts made to The Salvation Army food shelf up to $4,000, e...

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 21, 2023

City, shop owner debate 'drifting' events

Cloquet's West End business district has been seeing larger weekend crowds, thanks to business owner Ryan Bridge, of Bridges Customs. A growing crowd of car enthusiasts are making their way to the... Full story


Man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

A 76-year-old Cloquet man could be facing more than 11 years in prison for possession of child pornography and use of a minor in pornographic work. On April 24, Edward Christian entered a plea to seven counts of possession of pornographic work;... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    July 21, 2023

Single lot piques housing interests

An 80-by-110-foot residential lot in southeast Cloquet gave rise to robust discussion on housing throughout city hall this month, with the city council agreeing Tuesday to sell the lot to a building...

 By Ted Lammi    News    July 21, 2023

Carlton hires former Wrenshall business manager

The Carlton school district hired Angela Lind to fill the open business manager position, after the previous business manager, Norm Nelis, took a job at the Hermantown school district. Lind formerly worked just up the road at Wrenshall, but was laid...


Wow, do these gardens grow

The 2023 Carlton County Garden Tour featured five Esko properties plus the Esko Community Garden on Tuesday evening, July 18. This year's tour stops included decades-long established gardens, works...


Business Spotlight: Carlton County Historical Society

At the very center of a panoramic photo of Cloquet taken before 1918 stands a substantial stone building. A bank? A theater? A store? Nope. The prominent building is the public library, completed in... Full story


Our View: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs up to Sen. Jason Rarick, our local representative in the Minnesota Senate, who married fellow legislator Rep. Marion O’Neill on the Fourth of July. Congratulations to the newly wedded couple. Our instant thought was, which one of them will giv... Full story


Harry's Gang: It may look easy, but it never is

Practicing family law can be far more difficult than expected. “This should be an easy one,” potential divorce clients tell me all the time. “We pretty much agree on everything.” Of course, that mi... Full story


Letter to the editor: Hooray for Cloquet Fourth

Kudos to the Pine Knot organizers and all the volunteers for the Fourth of July festivities. Parade was great. Veterans Park was laid out very nicely with lots of tables, chairs and canopies. They made excellent use of the space which invited people... Full story


A music album about condiments?

"Now here's a story 'bout Steve Hanson. An Alaskan cowboy that really changed our salad dressin's," sings Xander Ripley-Jaakola in open lyric of his song "Ranch." Only 16 years old, Ripley-Jaakola...


Agates are the lure in moose lake

The most interesting portion of the Agate Stampede in Moose Lake Saturday was all the pregame talk along Elm Street about strategy. Some vow to wait back and snatch the loot others miss after the two...


What's wrong in Wright?

The Over the Hill Rangers band - Mick Heaser, Digger DeRusha, Davey Jokimaki, Ron Jokimaki - entertained in the park in Wright Saturday afternoon as adults caught up with each other in pockets of...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 21, 2023

Esko Legion teams hit stride

The Esko Legion and Junior Legion baseball teams got off to a slow start this summer, but they had an excellent excuse. "We missed the first 10 days of the season because of the long run to the state... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    July 21, 2023

When golfing is healing

On Monday, golfers from as far away as Iowa, the Twin Cities area, and the Iron Range gathered for the fourth annual "Moose" Cancer Golf Fundraiser at the Cloquet Country Club. The event is named in... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 21, 2023

Cloquet Legion, VFW teams prep for playoffs

After a busy season for both the Cloquet Legion and VFW baseball teams, playoffs are looming. Legion coach Tyler Olin, also the Cloquet High School boys baseball coach, said they’re as ready as t... Full story


Youth baseball teams on the way

More than 60 youth baseball teams will descend upon the Cloquet area this weekend to participate in the fifth annual Northland Baseball Classic. The tournament was the brainchild of Cloquet’s Nate Knutson, the current VFW coach, who was looking to b... Full story


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