Articles from the August 13, 2021 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    August 13, 2021

School masking debate heats up

Local school board members faced crowded board rooms this week as parents and others turned out in opposition to school districts requiring masks when kids return to school after Labor Day. Unlike...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 13, 2021

Esko woman recalls the fight of her lifetime

Elaine Osborne remembers walking along Highway 61 near her home between Scanlon and Esko on a balmy January day in 1984, when she realized the nearby Maki Swamp appeared to be steaming. "It was...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 13, 2021

Carlton, Cloquet talks will continue

Cloquet school board members approved “continued discussions” with Carlton about a tuition agreement for Carlton’s high school students, but removed language that indicated approval of the “gene...


Weekend Alert

Ma & Pa Kettle Days Folks in Kettle River will celebrate the 36th (almost annual) Ma & Pa Kettle Days Friday through Sunday. Friday’s activities include a beer garden and steak fry at Tower Tap starting at 5 p.m., followed by a street dance s...


Local TV schedule

Watch the County Seat children’s theater production of “When Silents Was Golden” on CAT-7. For the month of August, the cable access channel is showing videos of weeks 3 and 4 of the children’s theater production at 3 and 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesday... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 13, 2021

Two dead after car crashes into river

Two people are dead after a vehicle went off an Interstate 35 bridge near Scanlon and ended up in the St. Louis River. The crash happened at 12:03 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10. According to the Minnesota... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    August 13, 2021

Residents weigh in on future plans

After a pandemic delay of more than a year, the final public meeting for Thomson Township's 2040 comprehensive plan was held Monday night. More than 30 residents attended the public hearing, with...


Music festival raises money for Honor the Earth

Honor the Earth and its production partners, First Avenue and The Current, are holding their first “Water Is Life: Stop Line 3” music, art and cultural festival Aug. 18, at Bayfront Park in Duluth. For many artists like Bon Iver and Hippo Cam...

 By MPR News    COVID-19    August 13, 2021

$100 incentive is big vaccine draw in Minnesota

Brian Bakst MPR News Demand is high in Minnesota for $100 vaccine incentives, prompting the state to set aside even more money for the program. As of early Tuesday, more than 30,000 people had already applied for the bonus for getting an initial...  Website


Science Campers

Carlton's South Terrace Elementary hosted the popular Summer Learning Camp in the first week of August. The 36 elementary school-aged students displayed "great curiosity and enthusiasm while learning...


Lawyers outline arguments in sexual assault trial

The prosecution and defense each made opening arguments Wednesday, Aug. 11, in the trial of Timothy Scott Young Jr., after two days of jury selection. Scott has been accused of both first- and... Full story

 By MPR News    COVID-19    August 13, 2021

Five things health experts want you to know

What health and safety guidelines should schools be following? Minnesota schools are no longer under a mandate to require masking in their buildings. That’s because Gov. Tim Walz’s authority to issue this mandate expired now that Minnesota is no lon...  Website


Obituary: Russell Smith

Retired Cloquet schools superintendent Russell Smith, 80, passed away on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Russ was born in Des Moines on July 14, 1941, to Russell... Full story


Death Notices

Darrell G. Anderson, 94, of Saginaw passed away Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021 at his son Craig and daughter-in-law Karen’s home in Saginaw, where he had lived the past four months. Due to the resurgence of Covid, private family services will be held. I... Full story


Our View: For everyone's sake, don't take CRT bait

American history is littered with ginned up, so-called “problems” designed to alienate, punish and divide people based, mostly, on the drive to score political points. Bogeymen. The question, of course, is to what end? Is it just fear? A loss of con... Full story


Harry's Gang: Hear that whistle blowing? Stop it

Those loud train whistles that blare all night long are not really necessary and should be stopped. There's simply no reason why the trains have to wake up half the town in the middle of the night to... Full story


Letters to the editor: Benefit was a success

We would like to thank everyone and all the businesses and organizations that donated to Jake’s benefit on July 17 at the Cloquet VFW. With the support of our family and friends, the benefit was a success. There aren’t enough words to adequately tha... Full story


Letters to the editor: Check traffic flow

I frequently see at the Kwik Trip entrance and exit closest to the stop sign on Washington Avenue in Cloquet drivers who are making left turns in and left turns out. This entrance and exit as indicated by signs, is designed for right turns only in... Full story


Obituary: Doris Lorane Naslund

Doris Lorane Naslund, 94, died peacefully at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton on Aug. 10, 2021. She was born April 8, 1927, in Barron County, Wisconsin to Herb and Grace Ellefson, and lived her earl... Full story


Obituary: Tammy Ann Morrissette

Tammy Ann Morrissette, 61, of Coon Rapids passed away June 29, 2021. Tammy was born in Cloquet. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Jacqueline Morrissette. She is survived by siblings Michelle Parks of Andover, Minnesota, Jon (Mary)... Full story


Obituary: Patricia (Wedl) Bailey

Patricia "Pat" (Wedl) Bailey passed away peacefully Feb. 15, 2020 at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. Due to Covid-19, the family was unable to gather and celebrate Pat. Visitation will be held... Full story


Obituary: JoAnn G. (Johnson) Oswell

JoAnn G. (Johnson) Oswell, 73, of Carlton died peacefully Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born Feb. 28, 1948 in Cloquet to Carl Elon Johnson and Fern B. (Mullen) Johnson.... Full story


Obituary: Rodney H. Peterson

Rodney H. Peterson, 87, of Cloquet went home to be with the Lord Jesus on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Rod was raised in Mahtowa on the family farm and attended Park Lake School. He graduated in 1952 from... Full story


Obituary: Betty Louise Lidberg

Betty Louise Lidberg, 87, of Esko, passed away peacefully from natural causes Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, surrounded by family. She was born Jan. 18, 1934, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Jantzen)... Full story


Old cars rule the Northland

Hot-rodders and other car enthusiasts had a good run last week, with two car shows in two days within a 15-minute drive of Cloquet. First up was the Smalley-Moen Memorial car show at Buffalo House on... Full story


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