Articles from the September 4, 2020 edition

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'We need to protect each other'

When Cloquet resident Robert Peacock got sick with Covid-19, he decided to share his experience with the world, blogging on Facebook, calling friends, sharing the unpleasant details of living through... Full story


DFL cooks up Labor Day event

Normally, Labor Day in Cloquet is a busy day filled with all kinds of festivities, from parades to picnics to carnivals and rabble-rousing folk singers in the park. Add one more coronavirus casualty to the list. Instead of adding to more than a... Full story


This week in history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. Sept. 4 1908 A forest fire burns Chisholm, causing millions of dollars in damage and leaving 6,000 homeless. 1939 Duluth’s Incline Railway makes its final trip. Built in 1891 for $400,000, it...


Fall Finery

The nights are cooler and even daytime temperatures are dropping, so this tree on Washington Avenue in Cloquet got a head start on its autumn wardrobe. All the leaves except one branch near the...

 By Jack Slater    News    September 4, 2020

Local players speak out in action and words

Several Cloquet players including Mireye Moose and Katelyn Kelley (pictured) and Ilie Benson took a knee during the playing of the national anthem Tuesday before the girls soccer game against Esko.... Full story


Council gives nod to new chicken laws

In a straw poll during the Sept. 1 work session, Cloquet city councilors gave hope to want-to-be chicken owners all over Cloquet. After a relatively quick rehash of the past seven years of chicken... Full story


As cases climb, schools shift toward hybrid learning

With positive Covid-19 cases trending upward in Carlton County, some schools are taking a second look at the idea of all students attending school in person this fall. In Carlton, according to...


Frandsen hires new Cloquet bank president

Mark Lanigan has been named Bank President of the Frandsen Bank & Trust Cloquet office, effective Aug. 12. Lanigan, a native of Waterloo, Iowa has more than 30 years of banking experience, the...


Mischke hired at National Bank of Commerce

National Bank of Commerce continues its growth and expansion with the addition of a new associate, hiring Roger Mischke as vice president-commercial banker. Roger is from Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He has a bachelor of science degree from Kent State...


Coronavirus coordinator visits Fond du Lac

On Friday, Aug. 28, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa welcomed Dr. Deborah Birx, the Whitehouse coronavirus response coordinator, to hear about the Tribe's experience and efforts around... Full story


County Covid cases still rising

Positive COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Carlton County, with the Minnesota Department of Health reporting a cumulative (since March) total of 196 cases here as of Wednesday, Sept. 2, up 17 from the previous Wednesday. Over the past month, since...


County, city offices close for Labor Day

All Carlton County offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. This includes county courthouse offices, the transportation department, Public Health and Human Services, the motor vehicle license bureau,...


St. Luke's opens new emergency clinic

St. Luke's opened its new emergency department and cardiac catheterization laboratories Aug. 25. The $37.5 million project includes a new emergency department triple the size of the current space. There are 37 exam rooms, which include 27 general...


Essentia's 'Vision Northland' project wins design award

Essentia Health’s Vision Northland project was selected for an Honorable Mention award in Healthcare Design Magazine’s 2020 Design Showcase. EwingCole, a nationally recognized architecture, engineering and interior design firm based in...


Multiple sexual assault charges for Scanlon man

A Scanlon man accused of holding a woman against her will and raping her repeatedly in July already had a criminal sexual assault case working its way through the court system. Dennis Michael St. John Jr., 53, was charged with domestic assault and...


Our View: Labor Day is a part of us

Cloquet and Carlton County have thrived on the back of labor since the first sawmills appeared at Knife Falls in the 1880s. It’s still an important presence in our community even after all this time. Last year, the annual Labor Day parade...


Harry's Gang: Don't take driving for granted

I’ve hired quite a few pizza delivery drivers over the years, mostly high school boys, but sometimes girls and adults. But, mostly, my delivery drivers are young. The first question I ask during...


Letters to the editor: Washington Avenue project is dumb and dangerous

Whoever thought of last year’s Washington Avenue project obviously doesn’t live on this street or own a business. Numerous times my neighbors and I have been almost run over either by trying to cross or get the mail. Putting in center turn lanes...


On The Mark: Cromwell-Wright plan uses small school size to its advantage

Over the past month, our area schools have had to redesign their spaces and curricula to cope with Covid-19 and submit their plans to the Minnesota Department of Education. Thanks to the size of the...


Notes from the small pond: Designated Maniac

When everyone’s drunk or getting there on a Saturday night and you’re not, there’s an island you inhabit where the intense loneliness of being surrounded by other humans stings less than during...


Letters to the editor: Political tinkering must stop

Here we go again. We don’t need draconian measures to “fix” the postal service. What we need is to quit voting for Republicans until they sign a pledge to give up their harebrained schemes to privatize it. The postal service has worked well for...


Letters to the editor: Volunteer, or help firefighters by preparing for fires

According to a 2017 Minnesota Management and Budget report, Minnesota, with 780 fire departments, has the nation’s second-highest percentage — 88 percent — within the fire service that relies on more than 20,000 either paid on call or volunteer...


Obituaries: Steven D. Twaddle

Steven Dale Twaddle, 68, of Virginia passed away peacefully on Aug. 26, 2020 with his loving family by his side. Steve was raised in Scanlon and graduated from Cloquet High School in 1970. He married... Full story


Obituaries: Kenneth A. Suominen

Kenneth Alan Suominen, 71, of Cloquet died Aug. 26, 2020 in St. Luke's Hospital. He was born on April 10, 1949 to Toivo and Muriel (Parenteau) Suominen in Cloquet. Ken married Barbara Maslowski on... Full story


Obituaries: Janice A. Menze

Janice "Jan" A. Menze, 82, passed away on Aug. 28, 2020 at Inter-Faith Care Center. Jan was born on January 14, 1938 in Moose Lake to Toge and Helen Anderson. She attended school in Holyoke, and... Full story


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