Articles from the July 30, 2021 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    July 30, 2021

Disability claims dig into city budget

While Cloquet finance director Nancy Klassen painted a mostly positive picture of the city’s financial position last week, one number in particular stood out: a $3.2 million actuarially determined i...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 30, 2021

Baseball playoff results a mixed bag

The summer baseball season is slowly creeping towards the sunset. While the Senior American Legion has come to a close for our local teams, the Junior American Legion and VFW age playoffs are just... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    July 30, 2021

'Green' is a go for jail

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to build the proposed jail and justice center next to the Carlton County Transportation Building. Requested by Twin Lakes Township official Diane Felde-Finke, a motion by...

 By Pine Knot News    People    July 30, 2021

1950s classmates reunite

Graduates of the Cloquet High School classes of 1953, 1954 and 1955 gathered at the River Inn in Scanlon July 22 and 1952 Alborn High School graduate Walt Lindquist was there with a camera to take... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    People    July 30, 2021

Veterans advocate earns top state award

Carlton County veterans knew, but now the entire state is aware of what a special Disabled American Veterans commander we have after Stan Heuer was named "Minnesota Commander of the year" by the... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    July 30, 2021

Don't swim at Chub Lake beach

The Chub Lake Park swimming beach is closed until further notice. E. coli levels are high, according to a Carlton County press release from last week. Water contact is not recommended....

 By Pine Knot News    News    July 30, 2021

County added to burn restrictions

To help ensure public safety and protect natural resources, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is expanding burning restrictions. Effective 12:01 a.m., July 27, areas within state jurisdiction in Aitkin, Becker, Benton, Carlton,...

 By Pine Knot News    News    July 30, 2021

Superior supports transfer to band

The Superior City Council voted July 20 to support the transfer of burial lands on Wisconsin Point to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. According to a story by Wisconsin Public Radio, the strip of land was once home to a vibrant Ojibwe...

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 30, 2021

Outfield, park grass catches fire

Despite some recent rains, things are still pretty dry in these parts. So dry that firefighters were called to Athletic Park Monday afternoon for two grass fires: one on the outfield of the baseball...

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 30, 2021

Social worker joins forces with police

It's not only big-city police departments that are using embedded social workers. Thanks to a state grant, a social worker from the Human Development Center is working with four law enforcement... Full story


Festivals roll on during freedom summer

Although August is just around the corner, the summer festival season isn't slowing down. Carlton County will be bustling with activity for the next week-and-a-half with Esko Fun Days, the Honey Bee...

 By MPR News    COVID-19    July 30, 2021

State officials: Delta variant striking unvaccinated

While Minnesota’s current upswing in Covid-19 is relatively mild compared to earlier surges, state officials are warning that the pandemic is not over yet and that those who are not vaccinated are especially vulnerable to a rapidly growing variant...  Website

 By Dan Reed    News    July 30, 2021

Departments present cases for county budget

Work on the new Carlton County budget for 2022 has started, with each department making presentations for their needs during the next budget cycle during the county board meeting Monday. Increased health insurance and employee salaries are again a...


Our View: Simply put: Get vaccinated

Well, here we are again. Before the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control this week for mask wearing, there were already telltale signs that the pandemic we prefer to talk about in the... Full story

 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    July 30, 2021

On The Mark: Bright power bill days ahead

After thinking about it for months, my husband, Rod, and I decided to install solar power at our home. Rod researched the options. We chose to go with a small company, Wolf Track Energy of Duluth,...

 By Steve Korby    People    July 30, 2021

Korby's Connections: Finally, the magazine cover dream comes true

As a kid, I often dreamed, looking out the Scanlon grade school windows, of what magazine cover I might someday grace. I thought it was very possible, in fact likely. Kind of cocky for a little kid.... Full story


Obituaries: Evelyn M. Graham

Evelyn M. Graham, 95, of Cloquet passed away July 24, 2021, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. She was born on March 4, 1926, in Canada. She grew up in South Dakota and moved to Cloquet in 1954.... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 30, 2021

Voyageur foes include heat, humidity

Conditions weren't exactly the best Saturday for runners in the Minnesota Voyageur 50-mile trail ultramarathon. While the thunderstorms stopped in time for the 6 a.m. start, by noon runners were... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    July 30, 2021

Baker misses cut at Junior Amateur

Recent Cloquet High School grad Sam Baker played in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina last week, and missed the cut by five strokes after two days of stroke play.... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    July 30, 2021

17U basketball team finishes strong

Up North Elite is a 17U AAU boys basketball team based in Moose Lake - with eight Moose Lake/Willow River players and two players from Cloquet - just finished their season, playing in Nebraska and... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 30, 2021

Atkins funeral home is sold

Atkins Northland Funeral Home may have new owners, but don't expect any big changes, said Bob Atkins, who officially sold the business in May. "Very little will change with the ownership transition,"... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    July 30, 2021

Filings indicate shakeup at Cloquet car dealership

Public-record filings are indicating that there may be another shakeup in the direction of Cloquet’s only new car dealership, and its one-time owners have filed for bankruptcy. June filings with the Minnesota Secretary of State office shows that...


Wright/Cromwell news

The National Night Out will take place at the Cromwell Park pavilion, 5:30 to 7 on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Hot dogs will be served. Congratulations to Cromwell Area Sings winners Pearl Schulte of Wright,...


Firefighters get valuable, real-world practice

Where there's smoke, there's fire ... unless you happen to be a firefighter in training. For a couple weeks now, firefighters from the Cloquet Area Fire District have been putting on their gear and dr... Full story


A branch off the area CSA farming tree

In 2005, Rick Dalen and his wife Karola had the opportunity to start their own Community Supported Agriculture business under the tutelage of John Fisher-Merritt, founder of the Food Farm in... Full story


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