Articles from the August 11, 2023 edition

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Cloquet history lessons found at family reunion

Close to 40 descendents of George Stearns Shaw stood on the steps of the Carlton County Historical Society on Saturday morning to celebrate the library their ancestors built not once, but twice, on... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 11, 2023

Festival of faith is growing

What began as a booming one-day Christian music festival in Veterans Park 10 years ago has evolved into a days-long worship festival. Bracketed by tent revivals on the front end and an all-city... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    August 11, 2023

Lost in Jay Cooke: rescues rise

The call was unmistakable and perked the ears of a Jay Cooke State Park staff member: "Help!" a person cried. Within moments, a response was developing. The Carlton County Sheriff's Office came with...


Updated: Cloquet iced-out until October

Due to a delay in the manufacturing of a new cooling tower, Cloquet won't have ice through September, according to city public works director Caleb Peterson. Northwoods Credit Union Arena has been... Full story


Obituary: Ina Blanch (Line) Jobe

Ina Blanch (Line) Jobe, 87, of Mahtowa, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023, in her home with family by her side. She was born Ja. 11, 1936, to Rufus and Hazel (Smith) Line in Cromwell. She went to... Full story


Obituary: Lawrence Louis Kubis

Lawrence Louis Kubis, “Cub,” 90, of Saginaw passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2023. Lawrence was born Oct. 13, 1932, to Lawrence Sr. and Laverna Kubis in Jamestown, North Dakota... Full story


Obituary: Robert "Bob" Ray Luing

Robert “Bob” Ray Luing, 92, of Mahtowa, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023, at Barnes Care in Esko. He was born April 20, 1931, to Virgil and Belle Luing in Worthington, Minnesota. He was rai... Full story


Obituary: Lee Ann Nicholson

Lee Ann Nicholson, 74 passed away peacefully on July 30, 2023 in St. Paul. She was born in Cloquet Dec. 22, 1948, to Everett and Lorraine Bassett. She attended Cloquet High School followed by Minneapo... Full story


Cloquet artist second in DNR stamp contest

Stuart Nelson of Cloquet entered an acrylic painting of a walleye in the annual Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stamp contest. His work finished second to Bemidji artist Sam Larsen’s acrylic depiction. There were 11 submissions in the w...


Fairgrounds are rarin' to go in Barnum

The Carlton County Fair is galloping our way, with opening day on Thursday, Aug. 17. While the fairgrounds in Barnum are still quite empty, work is being done to make improvements, including concrete... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 11, 2023

For county's 4-Hers, August is time to shine

More than 135 4-H members will showcase their year-long learning and achievements at the Carlton County Fair next week. Minnesota county fairs are not just fun annual events for 4-Hers. Every summer, tens of thousands of members participate in...

 By Brady Slater    News    August 11, 2023

Support offered for Iron Range landfill

Carlton County is preparing for its waste disposal future. With the sunsetting of the Superior, Wisconsin landfill looming sometime in 2027-28, the county board approved a letter of support for a proposed Keewatin landfill during the board’s m...


Kettle River celebrates

Ma & Pa Kettle Days kicks off Friday, Aug. 11, when The Star Club at 6350 Hwy. 27, Kettle River, hosts the steak fry this year starting at 4 p.m.. There’s a whole day of fun Saturday, Aug. 12, including a pancake feed at 8 a.m. at the senior c... Full story


Summer One Book features area author

One Book | One Minnesota is a statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect, and discuss. The featured title for summer is “In the Night of Memory” by Duluth-area aut...


Northland grants come to county

The Northland Foundation based in Duluth awarded 36 grants totaling over $1 million this past spring, including $150,000 to Carlton County “to help support the implementation of a sustainable, coordinated community response that will improve o...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 11, 2023

Board approves formal consolidation outreach

One step at a time. After broaching the subject of consolidation again last week, Wrenshall school board members voted unanimously Monday to send a formal letter to the Carlton School Board with the goal of reopening consolidation talks between the...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 11, 2023

City considers cannabis control options

With recreational cannabis now legal in the state of Minnesota, local cities can choose to regulate its sale in a variety of ways, Cloquet planner/zoning administrator Al Cottingham told the Cloquet City Council on Aug. 1. “Conceivably we won’t see...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 11, 2023

Sappi celebrates with a picnic ... and goats

The goats were the hit of the Sappi picnic Friday, for those who were bold enough to lie on the yoga mat and let the goats jump over them. But there were plenty of other things to do and people to...


Photo: Classic cars adorn classic diner

This sleek 1941 Ford convertible owned by Cloquet's Donald Hallback won Peoples' Choice at Gordy's Curbside Classic Thursday, Aug. 3. Hallback said the copper-colored beauty is a "Resto Rod" because...


Notes from the small pond: It never ends

I get it that it never ends until it ends. Until I do. I get it that it never mends until it mends. And that it never will. And, I get it that life includes sorrow. As it always has. And, I get it tha... Full story


Harry's Gang: Who still drops butts?

I try to keep my parking lot tidy, but there’s a stubborn cigarette butt that keeps lodging itself in the sidewalk crack right in front of my office door. I pick it up, but it keeps appearing. S... Full story


Letter to the editor: It's county fair time, be nice in Barnum

As I prepare for spending some time at the Carlton County Fair in Barnum, I am thoughtful about an encounter last year. On Thursday of the fair, I was unprepared, mentally, for an angry, spite-filled dialogue loudly addressed at me while I was... Full story


On faith: Messed up family dynamics can change

My congregations have been reading from the book of Genesis this summer and focusing on the story of Jacob. Some might know Jacob from songs about "climbing Jacob's ladder." Others might recognize... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    August 11, 2023

Cloquet athletic fields upgrade is on time

Over the summer, the Cloquet High School outdoor athletic facilities have been transformed. This week saw another milestone in the $4.9 million project, as workers began installing bright green turf... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    August 11, 2023

Esko rebounds for state consolation title

It was a tough draw. When Esko opened the Division II Minnesota State Junior Legion Baseball Tournament last Friday in Granite Falls against Morris, most baseball observers felt that the top two teams... Full story


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