Articles from the August 12, 2022 edition

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 By Brady Slater    News    August 12, 2022

Teacher confronts board behavior

Another tumultuous week within the Wrenshall School District saw a school board member formally apologizing to one group of people, while offending another, and teachers and administrators... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 12, 2022

More summer fun headed our way

With Ma & Pa Kettle Days on Saturday and the Carlton County Fair starting next week, the summer celebrations are far from over. But it is beginning to wane a bit after a mad flurry of festivals, so seize the moment. Head to Kettle River tomorrow for... Full story


History Mystery

This week's History Mystery isn't exactly a mystery, but we would love to get more information about this giant piece of history, all 5,000 pounds of it. Cloquet resident Bill Stolberg stopped by the...

 By Brady Slater    News    August 12, 2022

Fond du Lac treatment center opens

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa unveiled its new $8 million addiction recovery center in Cloquet earlier this month to a throng of well-wishers, adding a new era of residential...

 By Brady Slater    News    August 12, 2022

Kettle River teenager killed in Hwy 210 car crash

A 17-year-old Kettle River boy was killed last weekend after the Jeep he was driving crossed the centerline and collided with another vehicle. Sebastien Jakob Blondo was traveling east on Minnesota Highway 210 outside Aitkin when the crash occurred...


Wood City festival returns to Cloquet Saturday

The Wood City Worship Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at Veterans Memorial Park in Cloquet. It’s BYOC (bring your own chair) for a full day of music and prayer. The annual Christian m... Full story


Don't fly drunk

According to last week’s Minnesota DNR report, conservation officer Jacob Willis (Brookston) recently worked ATV and angling activity and boating safety enforcement. A still-frequent violation found is the lack of personal floatation devices on b...


Volunteer, donate for Labor Day

Cloquet Labor Day organizers Chad Tuura and Joe Kneisel are in need of volunteers and donations to help with the events. “We would love to have people join in to make this year’s event even better,” Tuura said. Interested? Call Tuura at 218-5... Full story


Classic cars cruise to cloquet

Gordy's annual Curbside Classic car show drew a full parking lot and long lines of customers and classic car enthusiasts on Thursday night, Aug. 4, with more than 150 cars cruising to the popular...

 By Brady Slater    People    August 12, 2022

Life comes full circle for newest Eagle Scouts

Matthew Mangan has always been interested in pollinators. In elementary school, his second-grade teacher, Cathy Rikkola, now retired, had Washington students raise caterpillars into butterflies using... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    August 12, 2022

Paulson too busy, resigns from board

The Thomson Township Board of Supervisors is looking for a township resident to fill a vacancy on the board following the resignation of one of its most active members. Jason Paulson announced his...


Election ushers in new tech

Low voter turnout and new voting machines led to a speedy turnaround for Carlton County election results in Tuesday's primary election. County elections staff were finished tallying the votes by 10:40... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    August 12, 2022

Board approves final sales tax ballot question

The final wording for a ballot resolution related to funding a new $66.8 million justice center was approved by the Carlton County Board of Commissioners last week. Auditor/treasurer Kevin DeVriendt encouraged the action to make sure there was...

 By Emily Peacock    News    August 12, 2022

District to partner with college for student teachers

Cloquet public school board members began their meeting Monday brainstorming possible incentives to promote job growth within their district following staffing shortages and resignation letters. Signing bonuses and more benefits for part-time...

 By Evan Hohnstadt    News    August 12, 2022

World educators descend on tribal college starting Friday

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is welcoming Indigenous-serving educators from across the globe to showcase the college and the local Ojibwe culture from Friday, Aug. 12 through Thursday, Aug. 18. This year, FDLTCC is the hub of...


Our View: Thumbs up, down

THUMBS UP to everyone who worked at or voted in Tuesday’s primary election. Voting is the cornerstone of democracy and works best when people actually vote (and of course, when voters are educated on the issues or candidates). Kudos to all of you f... Full story


Letter: Housing should be top priority for Congress

Whether Munter, Schultz, Welty, or Stauber wins the 8th District Congressional race, the winner should focus on housing. The home mortgage tax exemption has been the great engine of Middle Class prosperity for the past 70 years. I suggest these... Full story


Letter: Wrenshall board member highlights the positive

I am proud to serve on the Wrenshall School Board, and I would like to share a little about what is going on within the Wrenshall School. The views expressed in this letter are my own. Our district is finishing the final stage of construction on our... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    August 12, 2022

Esko Junior Legion team takes third at state

The Esko Junior Legion baseball team had a strong performance in the Minnesota State Junior Legion baseball tournament held last week in Ely. Esko went 2-1 and finished in third place in the eight-tea... Full story


Korby's Connections: A fishing tale from far away

While visiting Finland to see my spouse's cousin, Outi, and her husband, Timo Paukkio, we traveled to the Paukkio summer cottage/cabin in southwestern Finland. The Paukkios hand-built the five... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    August 12, 2022

Burkholder 5K draws a crowd

Cool temperatures and overcast skies greeted runners on Saturday morning for the 25th running of the Kristin Burkholder 5K run/walk in Esko. "We had 178 finishers this year," said race director Randi... Full story

 By Dan Saletel    Sports    August 12, 2022

LaCrosse Champs

The LAX North JV lacrosse team won the Championship of Summer tournament in Maple Grove Aug. 3-4. The LAX North team - consisting of high school players from Carlton County, Proctor, and Hermantown -... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    August 12, 2022

With Twins on the podium, it was time

Cloquet resident Ron Tondryk has been a Minnesota Twins fan as far back as he can remember. He has framed autographed pictures of 1960s Twins stars Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew and Tony Oliva in his... Full story


MN Wilderness hire associate head coach

The final piece of the Minnesota Wilderness coaching staff puzzle is in place with the hiring of Brett Skinner as associate head coach. Skinner is a Brandon, Manitoba, native who has been the assistant coach of the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    August 12, 2022

Reporter named grand marshal for Ma & Pa Kettle Days

Kettle River will be transformed Saturday, Aug. 13 as the small town celebrates the 38th year of the Ma & Pa Kettle Days celebration. Exhibitors and vendors will line both sidewalks "fair style," runn... Full story


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