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Articles from the July 28, 2023 edition

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  • FinnFest tour to highlight Carlton County

    Jana Peterson|Jul 28, 2023

    There was a time when a person could hear a church service in Finnish in Cloquet, live in the "Finntown" neighborhood and join one of several cooperatives started here by Finnish immigrants. Many descendents of those immigrants still live here. Some are easily identified by their blue eyes and blond hair, or their names - Riihiluoma, Juntunen, Ikola and Soukkala, among others - while others may be identified by their speech patterns or habits, such as taking a sauna (pronounced SOW-na if you're... Full story

  • Scanlon dam gets a facelift

    Brady Slater|Jul 28, 2023

    Crossing the St. Louis River on Minnesota Highway 61 in Scanlon offers a glimpse of a construction crane and a handful of workers crawling over one of the neighborhood dams. Even in the rain, the marine contractors from J.F. Brennan can be seen wearing yellow slickers. They've been working on a $3 million Minnesota Power project since May. It's aimed at replacing seven of eight gates on what is the east channel dam, built 100 years ago. "Hydro dams are long-lasting, forever assets," said Nora...

  • Head to Carlton Daze this weekend

    Jana Peterson|Jul 28, 2023

    Longtime Carlton resident Gordon "Gordy" Davis was unanimously selected to serve as the 2023 Grand Marshal of the Carlton Daze parade starting at 1 p.m. Sunday. Look for Davis in Sunday's parade down Chestnut Avenue, a huge part of the annual community celebration, which spans three days and offers a wide range of fun activities, starting today (Friday) with a 5K and kids' races, bingo, crafters and live music. Highlights Saturday are the car show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Chestnut Avenue and... Full story

  • Former Cloquet officer charged by state

    Jana Peterson|Jul 28, 2023

    A former Cloquet police officer was charged last week by the Minnesota Attorney General’s office with financially exploiting a vulnerable adult — an elderly woman she befriended after responding to a call — and attempting to swindle the woman’s estate and her estranged husband after she died. Laci Marie Silgjord worked as a police officer and later a K-9 partner for the city of Cloquet from 2015 to 2022. She met Joan Arney (now deceased) in May 2020 after the Cloquet resident called police about...

  • Former Barnum resident accused of 1984 murder

    Jul 28, 2023

    A former Carlton County resident is accused of murdering a man and breaking into a Minneapolis apartment 39 years ago. Matthew Russell Brown, 66, was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree burglary by electronically filed criminal complaint on May 26 in Fourth District Hennepin County Court. The complaint was sealed until the arrest warrant was served. According to the now public criminal complaint, police responded to an apartment building at 3209 Girard Ave. South in Minneapolis around 2:30 a.m. July 19, 1984. Two women rushed...

  • Man dies in ATV crash

    Jul 28, 2023

    A man died after apparently hitting a tree on his ATV last week. A motorist came upon the crash and dialed 911 at 7:52 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, on the 3500 block of Pine Road in Barnum Township. Paul Douglas Nelson, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene. According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, the initial investigation revealed Nelson was driving an ATV northbound on Pine Road when it left the roadway and struck a tree. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. It is not clear what caused the ATV to leave the r...

  • Moose Lake School receives $1.75 million

    Jul 28, 2023

    The Moose Lake Community School got an unexpected gift recently: an extraordinary endowment donation of $1.75 million, gifted by the estate of Magdalyn Lund. According to a news release, the donation was made in memory of Magdalyn’s late husband, George E. Lund, a 1931 graduate of Moose Lake High School. Lund was a survivor of the catastrophic 1918 fire. After graduating from Moose Lake High School at the age of 16, he attended the University of Minnesota where he earned both his bachelor and master of science degrees in chemical e...

  • National Night Out is Tuesday for everyone

    Jana Peterson|Jul 28, 2023

    National Night Out began nearly 40 years ago with the idea that the best way to build a safer community is to know your neighbors and your surroundings. A network of neighborhood watch groups and other crime prevention efforts along with law enforcement agencies threw block parties, cookouts, festivals and other events to bring people together with public safety officials, in their own neighborhoods or the larger community. It just keeps growing, reaching “millions of neighbors across t... Full story

  • Esko fun begins Tuesday

    Jul 28, 2023

    Celebrate all things Esko Aug. 1-5 during the annual Esko Fun Days celebration. The fun starts Tuesday, with the National Night Out gathering from 5:30 to 7 p.m at the Esko fire station, where folks can look forward to a bubble show, face painting, and a free hot dog dinner and snow cones. For those who don’t want the fun to stop, there’s bingo and an ice cream social in the Esko school cafeteria 7-9 p.m. Find out the winner of the Davis Helberg Award at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mike’s Pizzeria. The... Full story

  • Sheriff: Jail needs more staff

    Brady Slater|Jul 28, 2023

    Sheriff Kelly Lake requested five additional staffers in 2024 during Monday's budget presentations to the Carlton County board. In outlining a nearly 10 percent staffing increase for the public safety department, Lake asked for three additional corrections officers to help staff the new jail that's part of the new $75 million justice center under construction in Carlton. On the sheriff's office side, Lake argued for another investigator and a civilian data analyst to help handle the influx of...

  • Bookmobile rolls on in region

    Jul 28, 2023

    When you can’t come to the library, your library on wheels will come to you. The Arrowhead Library System’s Bookmobile stops every three weeks at these locations in your area: Esko, at Northwood United Methodist Church, 10:30-11 a.m. Aug. 14 and Sept. 25 ; Solway Town Hall, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Aug. 10 & 31 and Sept. 21; Wrenshall, Silver Brook Town Hall, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 14 & Sept. 25; Kettle River, Main Street, 1:30-2:15 p.m. Aug. 14 & Sept. 25; Mahtowa, TJ’s Country Corner, 2:45-3:45 p.m. Aug 8 & 29 and Sept. 19; Cromwell, City Park, 1-2 p... Full story

  • USDA helps with home repairs

    Jul 28, 2023

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program has funds available for very-low- and low-income individuals and families seeking to purchase or repair a home in a rural area. The Direct Home Loan program offers financing to applicants who are unable to qualify for traditional financing. No down payment is required, and the interest rate could be as low as 1 percent. The maximum loan amount is $40,000 at a 1-percent interest rate, repayable for a 20-year term and can be used to improve or modernize homes and make essential r...

  • Walker Orenstein|Jul 28, 2023

    Walker Orenstein MinnPost.org Talon Metals has submitted its plan for an underground nickel and copper mine in Aitkin County to Minnesota regulators, launching the environmental review of a project that could become a domestic source of metals for electric vehicles but which has also drawn skepticism from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. While the submission is just the first phase of what could be a lengthy process, it's nevertheless a milestone for Talon and what it calls the Tamarack Nickel...  Website

  • Federal bill would boost news, business

    Jul 28, 2023

    It’s no secret that recent years have been tough on small businesses and on newspapers. A bipartisan bill, the Community News & Small Business Support Act, that has been introduced in Congress would offer relief to both newspapers and local businesses. For too many newspapers, help can’t come soon enough. Economic challenges have resulted in too many communities seeing their local newspapers being forced to lay off staff, cut back on publication days or — worse yet — close. On average, two newspapers are closing each week. That hurts local b... Full story

  • Knot Pining: Festivals hold traditions

    Mike Creger|Jul 28, 2023

    My hometown festival takes place this weekend. And I won’t be attending. Southern Minnesota, many of us know, is simply too hot this time of year for us northerners. Instead, I’ll likely poke around that big air conditioner called Lake Superior and maybe take in some FinnFest events; its cultural-specific air might make me feel a bit like I’m at the old hometown shindig. Montgomery is the home of Kolacky Days, a celebration of all things Czech that’s been taking place since 1929. Town festivals are a huge thing in southern Minnesota, and much o... Full story

  • Ad Libbing: Will West End still get the drift?

    Ivan Hohnstadt|Jul 28, 2023

    I was working a bit late on a Friday night and heard the familiar squeal of tires "drifting" at the intersection of Avenue B and Vine Street in Cloquet. The rumbling of loud exhaust systems and engines revving continued. As I went out to my van to head home, I noticed a "stage" in the VFW parking lot, heard music, saw lots of cars and people milling about. I hadn't seen that much activity in the West End since the West End Flourish celebration last September. I was curious. The parking lot... Full story

  • Friday, July 28 – Sunday, July 30 Events for the Whole Family

    Jul 28, 2023

    Sunday 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Francis Church, 509 Sunrise Drive, Carlton. 8:30 a.m. Polka worship service at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 204 Fifth Street, Carlton. 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Bounce houses for kids by D.A.D.S Bounce House Rentals - DNR Park. Unlimited day pass - $5. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Bloody Mary Bar, Carlton VFW. 10:30 a.m. Worship service at River’s Edge Church, 506 Chestnut Avenue, Carlton. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Carlton Public Library Book Sale at the Carlton City Hall/Library on Chestnut Avenue. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Bingo at the VFW. 1 p.m. Bean Bag... Full story

  • Young players flood cloquet

    Dave Harwig|Jul 28, 2023

    The fifth annual Northland Baseball Classic held last weekend featured 56 teams playing a total of 126 games. Champions were crowned in six age classes and games were played at Braun Park, Ed Mettner Field and Pinehurst Park in Cloquet and Chub Lake Park in Carlton. "It was so fun to drive up to the parks and hear fans screaming and cheering on their teams," said tournament director Nate Knutson. "It was just great to have competitive baseball being played in Cloquet, and there were some... Full story

  • Legion teams fall

    Kerry Rodd|Jul 28, 2023

    After opening the Division II Northeast Substate baseball tournament with a loss to Proctor, the Esko Legion team bounced back with wins over Milaca and International Falls before bowing out of the tournament with a tough loss to Taconite on Friday of last week. In their 6-0 win over Milaca on Tuesday, July 18, Esko rode the strong pitching of Cale Haugen, who had led the Esko High School team to the Class AA state championship earlier this summer. Haugen was his steady self and Esko won... Full story

  • Cloquet VFW captures second in district

    Kerry Rodd|Jul 28, 2023

    The Cloquet VFW topped off an impressive season by taking second place in the District 8 VFW tournament over the weekend and Monday. Cloquet played six games in three days and went 4-2 in the double elimination tournament. "It was a major grind, but the boys gave everything they had and they played well," said coach Nate Knutson. On Saturday Cloquet opened tournament play in impressive fashion with a 2-0 win over West Duluth. The game featured a no-hitter for Cloquet pitcher Bo Harriman. "Bo... Full story

  • Junior Legion teams clash

    Kerry Rodd|Jul 28, 2023

    The 8th District Junior Legion baseball tournament started last weekend and continued this week with two area teams continuing to battle for a place in the championship in the double elimination tournament. On Sunday, Barnum-Moose Lake-Willow River throttled Chisholm 17-0 in five innings to secure their spot in Tuesday's second round. Meanwhile, Esko also answered the bell with a snappy 7-3 win over Proctor. Barnum-Moose Lake-Willow River and Esko faced off on Tuesday. Esko managed a 3-2 win,... Full story

  • Kettle River news

    Marcia Sarvela|Jul 28, 2023

    National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 1. Come for a meal at 5 p.m., stay to visit with friends and neighbors. The Kettle River city council meeting is Tuesday, 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the Kettle River senior center. Ma & Pa Kettle Days is Saturday, Aug. 12 with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., pie social at noon and bingo at 3 p.m. Mark and Tina Tollgaard are Ma & Pa Kettle, and Sam Huhta is the grand marshal. There will be a steak fry at the Star Club on Friday night and a presentation by Mark Munger at the Suomalainen Kirkko on Highway 73 on Sunday....

  • At the library: Cloquet Library news

    Keiko Satomi|Jul 28, 2023

    The Cloquet Public Library has been hosting the Barks & Books program every second Thursday of the month, 4-5:10 p.m., since January. When our children's librarian, Morgan Reardon, started working at the library last fall, she was eager to demonstrate her programming ideas. She heard of other libraries offering therapy dog programs with great success. Reading with therapy dogs has been proven to encourage positive relationships with reading. On Thursday, July 13, two therapy dogs, Tiara and... Full story

  • Carlton Daze Schedule

    Jul 28, 2023

    Friday 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Carlton Public Library Book Sale at the Carlton City Hall and Library, 310 Chestnut Avenue. 4 p.m.-6:45 p.m. 5K registration and preregistered packet pick-up at the Four Seasons Sports Complex. 5K registration at https://carltonchamber.com/carlton-daze/ or https://www.tempotickets.com/Carltondaze5k-23 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Bingo at the VFW, and Carlton VFW Auxiliary party wagon & VFW gun raffle ticket sales. 6 p.m. Kids’ Fun Races for ages 2 to 5 years and 6 to 8 years. Sign up at Four Seasons, 4 to 5:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Softball T... Full story

  • Death notice

    Jul 28, 2023

    Gary Lee Quick, 81, of Kettle River passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, in St. Mary’s Hospital, Duluth. A gathering of friends and family will be held at Woody’s Shop, 2496 S Finn Road in Kettle River from 2 p.m. to dusk Thursday, Aug. 3. Atkins Northland Funeral Home.... Full story

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