Articles from the August 18, 2023 edition

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Church vandalized, members clean and pray for intruder

The pastor at Good Hope Church returned from sabbatical last weekend to find it pouring ... inside the Cloquet church at 55 Armory Road. Someone had broken into the church, plugged drains and turned... Full story

 By Ted Lammi    News    August 18, 2023

Carlton School Board lukewarm to Wrenshall appeal

The Carlton school board discussed a new letter from the Wrenshall school board regarding a merger between the districts during Monday’s committee of the whole meeting. Consolidation ideas have been on again, off again for decades, with this being t...


Obituary: Chuck Pfisthner

Charles William “Chuck” Pfisthner, 92, of Cloquet passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, surrounded by his family at Evergreen Knoll in Cloquet. He was born Jan. 3, 1931, in Morris, Minnesota to Cha... Full story


Obituary: Dennis Michael "Denny" Breitkreutz

Dennis M. “Denny” Breitkreutz, 76, of Eagan passed away Aug. 10, 2023, at Our Lady of Peace Hospice in St. Paul. He was born Aug. 13, 1946, in Carlton, the son of Melvin and Dorothy (Larson) Breitkreu... Full story


Obituary: Rich Holmi

Richard E. “Rich” Holmi, 71, of Esko passed away Monday, Aug. 14, 2023, surrounded by his family at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born Jan. 26, 1952, in Esko, the son of Arne and Glady... Full story


Obituary: Ryan Paul Hogan

Ryan Paul Hogan, 41, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Aug. 3, 2023, at Hennepin County Medical Center. Born on April 8, 1982, in Minneapolis, Ryan was a lifelong resident of... Full story


Death notice: Donna Frigon

Donna Mae Frigon, age 89 of Cloquet, Minnesota died peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, at Bayshore Residence and Rehabilitation Center in Duluth, Minnesota. A memorial ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. at Nelson Funeral... Full story


Obituary: Janet Ruth Bodin

Janet R. Bodin died peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Cloquet, Minnesota at the age of 82 years, one month, and six days. She was born on Wednesday, July 2,... Full story


College notes

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire awarded 42 degrees in May. Megan Wirtanen of Esko received a bachelor of science degree in nursing. Marcus Pocernich of Wright received a bachelor of arts degree in social studies teaching. • • Mary Osborne of... Full story


Esko business park just keeps growing

Esko Industrial Park is booming, so much so that Thomson Township supervisors recently raised the price on the last two available lots. For proof, just look at the amount of digging going on when you... Full story


History mystery

Do you recall the great meat price crisis of 1973? Often referred to as a shortage, it really was about prices spiking when artificial price controls went wonky on foods during a nationwide inflationa...

 By Dan Reed    News    August 18, 2023

Sawyer, Wright farms honored with century status

The Mike and Jen Olesiak farm of Sawyer and the Dahl farm in Wright - owned by Cindy Dahl Jokinen - are both being recognized as Carlton County Century Farms for 2023. Qualifying farms have been in... Full story


State tax rebates on way to accounts

More than $1.1 billion is making its way from state government coffers to bank accounts or mailboxes of qualifying Minnesotans starting this week. The first wave of payments will be direct deposits — $260 per person and up to $1,300 for a h...


Body found along river was Duluth man

Officials have identified human remains found July 15 by canoers along the Nemadji River southeast of the Soo Line ATV trail and Minnesota Highway 23 intersection in Carlton County. After receiving a... Full story


Forestry Center to host an open house

The Cloquet Forestry Center, 175 University Road, will hold a free open house from 4:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23. Activities include forest wagon tours, presentations by staff and students at the research site, crafting activities, bonfire and...


Carlton County fair schedule

FRIDAY 8 a.m. • Gates open • 4-H dairy show 11 a.m. Chmielewski Fun Time Band, Pavilion stage Noon Outstanding Senior, century farm wards Noon-6 p.m. RC Racecars, Sample Building 12:30 p.m. 4-H Sheep shows 1-5 p.m. Splatter painting Noon-4 p.m., 6-1...

 By Brady Slater    Sports    August 18, 2023

Boys, girls lacrosse may get spring start

During a Cloquet school board work session Monday, superintendent Michael Cary forecasted the arrival of lacrosse as a new varsity sport beginning in the spring. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton has been... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 18, 2023

Esko Business Park just keeps growing

Esko Industrial Park is booming, so much so that Thomson Township supervisors recently raised the price on the last two available lots. For proof, just look at the amount of digging going on when you...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 18, 2023

Mascot change is a process

Although the Esko school board voted to eliminate the Eskomos nickname and associated iconography as of June 30, it will take time to eliminate the word and associated igloo image from various locations and uniforms. For now, the school district is s...


Business SPOTLIGHT: Carmen's Bar & Restaurant

Carmen's Dry Dock West opened in May 1997, originally a sister company to the Dry Dock on Midway Road, by Carmen Lindstrom-Zezulka and Michael Van. Their goal was to have a bar and restaurant with a... Full story


Our View: Another reminder of what fire can do

There was Cloquet, smack dab in the middle of breaking news last week. It happens too often these days, this list of "deadliest wildfires" in the wake of so many current-day versions. And so it was... Full story


Harry's Gang: Girl Scouts get it done

When Esko kids want safer crosswalks, they get safer crosswalks, even if it means they have to make some noise to get it done. There’s a wide, paved trail running from the high school to the p... Full story


It's been quite the blueberry season

A cathedral of pines serves as entry to a path that winds over and through 32 acres of undulating land off Prevost Road, just north of Cloquet. A short walk is enough to slough off any travails of... Full story


Wood city worship festival

On Saturday, Veterans Park echoed with music and filled with people of all ages, as the Wood City Worship Festival returned for its 10th time. Despite some evening rain, turnout was quite good. "It...


Ma & Pa Kettle Days 2023

Ma & Pa Kettle Days showcased downtown Kettle River Saturday. Both sides of Highway 73 were bustling, as residents and area businesses turned out for a three-hour stationary parade along the main... Full story


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