Articles from the August 25, 2023 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    August 25, 2023

Doc Puumala, Cloquet's old-school doctor, dies at 88

With the passing of "Doc Puumala" last weekend, Cloquet lost its last country doctor, a man who made house calls and didn't worry how long an appointment lasted. Ricard Reino Puumala died Saturday,...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 25, 2023

A day at the races is hard to beat

As horses and ponies raced around the dirt track at the Carlton County Fair last weekend, one could easily imagine similar scenes playing since the original races there in 1891. The first race Saturda...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 25, 2023

Sen. Smith goes to buffalo home

At first glance, it looks like a typical farm. Chickens cluck as they wander freely about the yard, with occasional herding by the family dog. Two ponies and two horses are snacking on hay from a... Full story


Area alerts will ding phones

Minnesotans will soon be getting emergency alerts through their cell phones and other mobile devices. The Minnesota Department of Transportation entered into an agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to begin using wireless emergency...


Longtime Thomson clerk to retire in 2024

Rhonda Peleski, clerk/treasurer for Thomson Township, submitted her resignation letter to the board of supervisors last week, after more than 30 years. Her retirement date is March 31, but Peleski has big shoes to fill, with the list of qualification...


Ambulance billing suffers breach

Those who have used the services of the Cloquet Area Fire District may have had personal information about them compromised, according to a report from vendor EMS Management and Consultants, Inc. On May 31 and again in June, Progress Software Corp....

 By Brady Slater    Sports    August 25, 2023

Youth hockey back in good standing

Three years after having its nonprofit status revoked, the Cloquet Amateur Hockey Association is in good standing again, having had its federal tax-exempt status reinstated late last week. “We’re not... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    August 25, 2023

Carlton ambulance looks at full-timers

While still awaiting final city council approval, the city of Carlton’s volunteer ambulance service looks like it will add its first two full-time positions beginning in 2024. That was the consensus Wednesday of an advisory committee featuring r...

 By Ted Lammi    News    August 25, 2023

Board sticks to one-site demand with Wrenshall

After considerable debate and public input, the Carlton School Board resolved to begin talks with Wrenshall about consolidation, with the condition a new district would have only one location — at the South Terrace Elementary School site in C...


Master Gardener sign-up offered

The application period to train to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer is open through Oct. 1. Master Gardeners bring science-based horticulture knowledge and practices to Minnesota, promoting healthy landscapes and...

 By Mike Creger    News    August 25, 2023

It's a ring lost in time, until now

One could call it a mystery solved, but only partially, very partially, since one resolved fact has only led to more mystery involving a pair of 1950s Cloquet High School graduates and their...


Wright/Cromwell news

By the time most of you read this, I will have undergone a mastectomy and hopefully will be on the way to a full recovery. This has been a long journey, but with the help of my friends and family it...

 By Marcia Sarvela    News    August 25, 2023

Kettle River news

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make Ma & Pa Kettle Days happen again this year. Without you, it would not have been able to work. I am sure that those who complained about some events they wanted to see will be at the next meeting to...

 By Keiko Satomi    News    August 25, 2023

At The Library: Cloquet Library News

Beginning Friday, Sept. 1, the Cloquet Public Library will implement “Free from Fines,” eliminating overdue fines. This move aligns with the library’s mission and strategic plan. One of our main...


City prepares for Labor Day celebration

Cloquet will, once again, be the place to go to celebrate Labor Day in Carlton County. The parade will return, marching down Cloquet Avenue at 11 a.m., with food trucks setting up in the city parking lot at the corner of Cloquet Avenue and 11th... Full story


Our View: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs down to preconditions on consolidation discussions with Wrenshall by the Carlton school board. It’s not really a good faith negotiation if the precondition limits the options to one plan. Carlton officials stipulated that a joint school n... Full story


Harry's Gang: Doc was a character

I heard Ricard Puumala passed away last week. The funeral is tomorrow and I'm planning to go, out of deep respect for my old friend. Doc Puumala seemed old when I met him, back in 1999 when I first... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    August 25, 2023

'Jacks looking for a way home

It will be an interesting slate of games for the Cloquet Lumberjacks football team this season as most, if not all, games will be on the road. Home games will be played at Egerdahl Field in Proctor... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    August 25, 2023

Esko is laden with seniors, expectations

A year ago, the Esko football team was an offensive juggernaut that finished 11-1 with their only loss coming against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in the quarterfinals of the State Class AAA Football... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    August 25, 2023

Raptors return to varsity

If there is another high school football team more excited about the upcoming season than Carlton/Wrenshall you'd be hard pressed to find them. After taking a year off from varsity play due to low...

 By Steve Korby    Sports    August 25, 2023

An ending that still stings

They still haven't accepted their Olympic silver medals. The 1972 U.S. men's basketball team lost to the Russians by a point in the championship game in what was a highly controversial and contested l... Full story


Wilderness open training camp in Superior

Preseason training camp began Wednesday for the Minnesota Wilderness’ 2023-24 campaign. A roster of 29 players took to the ice with the first three days of practice set for Wessman Arena on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus in Superior. B... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    August 25, 2023

Seniors celebrated Friday

Cromwell mayor Sharon Zelazny and Wrenshall resident Harold Ankrum were recognized as the 2023 Carlton County Outstanding Seniors for 2023 on Friday, Aug 18, during Senior Day at the Carlton County...


This is rabbit life in 4-H

Autumn Peterson has been a part of the Carlton County Fair for more than half her life. The Wrenshall resident started with poultry and goats at the age of 8; this year she brought only rabbits. The...


Obituary: Ricard Reino Puumala

Ricard Reino Puumala, 88, died peacefully Aug. 19, 2023, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. He was born July 23, 1935, in Chicago to Reino and Marie Bepko Puumala, both doctors. Growing up in Cloq... Full story


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