Articles from the September 3, 2021 edition

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Votes on school masks are mixed

With Covid-19 infections ramping up but no state of emergency in Minnesota or nationally, decisions on how to keep kids safe at school this fall have been left up to local school boards. It hasn’t been easy. Masks have become controversial, with s... Full story


Old-time farming fun

The sights and sounds of the Lakehead Harvest Show near Esko this past weekend were all about nostalgia for farm equipment and other machinery from days gone by, especially machines powered by steam.... Full story


Celebrate Labor Day in Cloquet

When the Carlton County Central Labor Body officials voted on this year’s Labor Day celebration back in March, they had no way of forecasting what things would be like come September. But they figured the parade was a safe bet, and that’s happening,... Full story


Dressing it up

The Carlton County Riders, an ATV club, outfitted a Carlton Fire Department ATV with an additional $1,500 in accessories including a rear winch, steel roof, front rack, 12-volt high-water pump and a...


Judge's career is adjourned

Judge Robert Macaulay rode his bike to work at the Carlton County Courthouse for the last time Tuesday, Aug. 31. This time he wasn't alone making the trek: nearly 10 co-workers joined him at the...


Vaccines offer best defense

With Covid-19 cases still rising, Carlton County Public Health and others are bringing the vaccinations to the people. On Wednesday night, there were clinics at school open house events in Wrenshall and Barnum. They’re working on a clinic in B... Full story


VFW keeps a table for fallen soldiers

Just inside the front door of the Cloquet VFW sits a table with 13 glasses, reserved for 13 U.S. service members who will never arrive. All 13 died Aug. 26, outside the Kabul airport in Afghanistan,... Full story


Changes come to transfer station

Things have changed at the Carlton County Transfer Station effective this week. Prices have changed and users are being asked to sort loads so items are neatly arranged and visible before arriving at the facility on Minnesota Highway 210 west of...


Tesla station comes to casino

The Black Bear Casino Resort revved up the first-ever Tesla Supercharger installed within a tribal casino property last week. The Supercharger will augment existing electrical vehicle charging stations at the facility. Superchargers allow Tesla...


Sex assault case results in 23-year sentence

A 38-year-old Cromwell man was sentenced to more than 23 years in prison Monday for engaging in oral sex with a 7-year-old girl. Francis Lenard Marsh was convicted of three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, including penetrative...


Volunteering is this senior's gig

Shirley Goodwin of Barnum was honored as the Outstanding Senior Citizen at the Carlton County Fair in Barnum last month. "It was quite the experience," she said this week as she prepared to head to...

 By Mike Creger    News    September 3, 2021

Board member is under investigation

A short emergency meeting of the Wrenshall school board Wednesday night resulted in a vote to begin an investigation into the actions of one of its own members. The investigation will focus on the...


Our View: Parents can help themselves, school

We love having our kids home all summer, but many parents are just as happy to have them back in school, masks or no masks. Most parents are aware that this will be the second year that all children will be offered free meals at schools, thanks to...


Harry's Gang: A neighborhood unites

Yard parties are a pretty good way to get to know your neighbors - sort of a National Night Out, but on our own terms and conditions. So, we held a big yard party last week. It was all Kathy Lund's id... Full story


Here's to school normal ... sort of

It's that time of year again. The time when the sun comes up a little later in the morning, goes down a little earlier at night, and the evenings start to take on a little cooler tinge. It's also the... Full story


Letter to the editor: Wrenshall board process OK by me

The appointment of Bill Dian to the Wrenshall School Board has drawn a number of objections. All parties affirm that it’s about the process, not Mr. Dian. According to the Aug. 27 issue of the Pine Knot, the Minnesota School Board Association c...


Letter to the editor: Dian doesn't deserve treatment

I was with Bill Dian Saturday, Aug. 29, at Wrenshall Park. Bill talked with people as they came there to sign a petition to rescind his appointment to the Wrenshall school board. The petition was started by someone who doesn’t live in our d...


Obituary: Stanley Adrian Berglund

Stanley Adrian Berglund, 71, longtime resident of Mahtowa, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, at St. Luke's Hospice after a hard-fought battle with esophageal... Full story


Obituary: Arlene A. Anderson

Sept. 1, 2021, we lost an amazing person. Arlene A. Anderson, 87, passed away peacefully at Plainview Estates in Cloquet. She was born Sept. 20, 1933, to George and Senja (Ylikoski) Ahlgren in... Full story


Obituaries: Jo Anne McMillan

Jo Anne McMillan, 65, of Meadowlands passed away in her home Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. She was born in Duluth on Dec. 16, 1955, to Clyde and Helen Morse. She grew up in Meadowlands and graduated from... Full story


Death Notices

Roy Tobolaski, 90, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday Aug. 28, 2021 at Augustana Care in Moose Lake. An informal memorial open house will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at Mahtowa Covenant Church, 2732 2nd St., Mahtowa Cake and coffee will... Full story


Hospital space is running low

Hospital systems serving swaths of northeastern and northwestern Minnesota are struggling with the newest surge of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations amid a shortage of health care staff and rising numbers of non-Covid patients. “We were running as...  Website


Family keeps tradition alive at 100-year-old farm

In 1976, Roy and Rose Aho decided to sell their dairy cattle and quit farming. Roy had been hired full-time at the paper mill (now Sappi). With small children to care for, Rose could not manage the... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    September 3, 2021

Cloquet wins rivalry game over Esko

Cloquet and Esko girls soccer fans were treated to a solid early-season game Tuesday night in Esko. In the end, the Lumberjacks won 1-0, but the game was well-played despite being the first game of th... Full story


Redemption begins for 'Jacks

After the undefeated CEC boys soccer team was stunned by Denfeld in the second round of the playoffs last season, things got only more complicated. The unexpected departure of head coach Dave Bergan... Full story


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