Articles from the August 21, 2020 edition

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Incumbents prevail in tribal election

The incumbents swept this year's elections for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Kevin Dupuis Sr. will serve a second term as chairman of the Reservation Business Committee, defeating...

 

Candidate filings for local positions

The filing period for the most local of political offices — school board, cities and township positions — ended on primary election day last week with one exception. In Carlton County, Cloquet city candidates filed by June 2 and there was a pri... Full story

 

Leaving school job with a smile

A long chapter in the history of the Cloquet school district ended Friday when Bonnie Monfeldt retired. Monfeldt served as executive assistant to the superintendent the past two decades and was part o... Full story

 
 By Mike Creger    News    August 21, 2020

Fast, furious storm pummels county

A sloppy kiss between a moist, unstable air mass and a veering cold front led to a stormy afternoon and evening last Friday, Aug. 14, across Carlton County. Strong downdraft winds snapped trees and un... Full story

 

This week in history: Cloquet's Olesen was suffrage champion

The nation marked 100 years this week since women finally won the suffrage battle. A key player in getting women the right to vote hailed from Cloquet, Anna Dickie Olesen. She was the first female...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    August 21, 2020

Cloquet police officer faces DWI charge

A Cloquet police officer is facing charges for driving under the influence of alcohol after crashing a car and fleeing the scene earlier this month. Andrew Michael Murray, 34, was cited for fourth-degree driving while impared as well as... Full story

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    August 21, 2020

Test broadband connections

The Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition is conducting a test of broadband services in rural Minnesota. To take the test, go to this site: mnruralbroadband coalition.com/speedtest. The speed test can be taken with any device that has an internet or...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    August 21, 2020

Law enforcement scholarships open

Law enforcement students are invited to apply for scholarships offered by the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2020. The scholarships are the result of coordinated efforts of the 87 sheriffs of the s...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    August 21, 2020

Needs abound as county starts budget talks

The Carlton County board of commissioners is deep in the throes of budget talks again, as they prepare to adopt a preliminary 2021 budget sometime in September and a final budget in December. Two budget sessions on July 27 and Aug. 4 spanned six...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    August 21, 2020

A call for reason as program faces cut

A crowd of more than 300 people turned out for a rally at the Moose Lake Hockey Arena grounds Friday, Aug. 14 to support keeping the Willow River Challenge Incarceration Program in operation. The...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    August 21, 2020

Man charged after alleged late-night attack in Kettle River

A Wisconsin man was charged with assault for allegedly attacking two men with his fists and a roofing jack in Kettle River late last month. Jeffrey Allen Louks, 35, of Washburn, Wisconsin was charged with first-degree assault, great bodily harm, as...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    August 21, 2020

Council puts chicken ordinance back on the table

Cloquet resident Emily Tracy warned the Cloquet city council before addressing them in their Zoom meeting Tuesday: "I am the crazy chicken lady that they warned you about," she said, then asked the co... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    August 21, 2020

City expects to stay on a conservative budget path

Cloquet finance director Nancy Klassen walked the Cloquet city council through the audit of last year’s finances — which got a “clean” opinion with no errors — then city staff talked about the tentati...

 

Our view: Be an informed voter (we can help)

Tribal elections, municipal elections, and the big ones — for congress and president — are dominating the news this late summer and will intensify as we get closer to Nov. 3. There will be rallies, mailings, conventions, debates, and more mai...

 

Harry's Gang: Let's roll with a revamped cable access channel

Maybe I’m exaggerating, but the local cable access channel, CAT-7, may become great again. The city council just approved a contract with Pine Knot News to take over the daily operations of CAT-7, a...

 

Obituaries: Richard O. Brander

Richard O. Brander, 71, died March 13, 2020, at Centennial Gardens in Crystal. He was born July 21, 1948, in Duluth. Richard served in Vietnam as a cook. He was a U.S. Army Specialist 4 for at least three years. He returned from Vietnam and lived in... Full story

 

Obituaries: Todd John Hennemuth

Todd John Hennemuth, 63, of Cloquet passed away Aug. 13, 2020. He was born July 27, 1957 in Duluth to John and Marilyn (Pellerin) Hennemuth. Todd was a 1975 graduate of Cloquet High School and a 1979... Full story

 

Obituaries: Delores K. Sturgeleski

Delores K. Sturgeleski, 85, of Cloquet passed away Aug. 15, 2020, at Golden Horizons in Sandstone. She was born Oct. 24, 1934, in Cloquet to Edwin and Catherine Mattson. Delores was a homemaker and... Full story

 

Obituaries: Lavina Elaine Doddridge

Lavina E. Doddridge, 82, of Osceola, Wisconsin passed away Aug. 10, 2020, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. She was born to Albert and Eva Pearl New on May 17, 1938, in Detroit. Lavina married Norval... Full story

 

death notices

Rose Marie (Meyers) Johannsen, 84, of Cloquet and formerly of Grand Rapids, passed away August 9, 2020, at Memorial Community Hospital in Cloquet with her daughter, Rita Randall, at her side. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial... Full story

 
 By Caleb Swanson    News    August 21, 2020

Community college opening on hybrid schedule

It's not only K-12 schools that are struggling with decisions about how to return to school - colleges everywhere are constructing plans and integrating new ideas and technology to make education...

 
 By Mike Creger    People    August 21, 2020

Photo: A Great Debate

There was a passionate debate during a Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game at Veterans Park Tuesday, not to be mistaken as part of the nearby picnic for Carlton County Republicans. Nicholas...

 

County reports first death from Covid-19

While the statewide rate of positive Covid-19 cases appears to be slowing in the wake of the mask mandate, Carlton County reported its first resident death from the disease earlier this week. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the perso... Full story

 
 By Kerry Rodd    News    August 21, 2020

New era of outdoor ice takes shape

For decades, Cloquet kids played hockey outside in the elements, until volunteers and local businesses came together to build the Pine Valley Ice Arena aka the Barn, in the late 1960s and gave the...

 

SWCD News: Our conservation heroes

For many years the Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District has recognized outstanding conservation efforts by county property owners, contractors, developers, conservation groups, legislators,...

 

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