Articles from the September 8, 2023 edition

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Labor Day wildfire under control

You could say that parts of Carlton County lucked out this past Labor Day weekend. Things could have been much worse. Days after a swath across northern Minnesota, including all of the county, was... Full story


Prep Sport Schedules

The Esko volleyball schedule was incorrect in last week’s paper, and the Fond du Lac volleyball and Cloquet cross country schedules didn’t run. We apologize for the errors. ** VOLLEYBALL ESKO Thursday, Sept. 7 vs ML/WR, 7 Saturday, Sept. 9 tou...


Brickyard Days, Cromwell Harvest Fest are here

Both Wrenshall Brickyard Days and the Cromwell Harvest Festival return this weekend, bringing a shot of community togetherness. In Wrenshall that togetherness comes with a game of cow patty bingo.... Full story


Kids head back to school as weather cools

Giant "Welcome back to school" signs greeted returning Churchill Elementary School students Wednesday, providing the perfect photo opp for family members as they said goodbye to children and summer... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    September 8, 2023

Boosters aim to regain nonprofit status

A nonprofit organization tasked with supporting the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton varsity boys hockey program is hitting reset after falling out of compliance with its federal and state government filings. Calling it “pure oversight,” the Lumberjack Blue Lin...


Fundraiser after house fire

Enjoy a Sloppy Joe dinner, silent auction and 50/50 drawing noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Cloquet VFW and help a family in need at the same time. The Stansfield family, which includes four children, lost their home in a fire June 23 and things are...


Ricing under way on reservation

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa announced last week some guidelines for members harvesting wild rice. “(R)espect the gift we have been given,” the Band’s Wild Rice Committee said in a news release Aug. 31. “Please avoid areas of green...


Don't panic, but Cloquet water has low level 'forever chemicals'

Cloquet made statewide news last month, and not in a good way. The city was one of 12 Minnesota cities that exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new limits on manmade chemicals dubbed “forever chemicals.” During Tuesday’s meeting... Full story


Bookmobile rolls on

When you can’t come to the library, your library on wheels will come to you. The Arrowhead Library System’s Bookmobile stops every three weeks at these locations in your area, with the next date listed: Esko, at Northwood United Methodist Chu...


Free state park day

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is waiving vehicle permit fees at all 75 state parks and recreation areas on Saturday, Sept. 9. With the support of the state legislature, the DNR offers Free Park Days to encourage Minnesotans to get...


Community band seeks musicians

The Cloquet Community Band is seeking new members. If you have played an instrument, please check out the band. Practice is 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Cloquet Presbyterian Church, 47 Fourth St., Cloquet. The band provides sheet music, and you bring...


Balloons to take over Black Bear

The folks at Black Bear Casino Resort turned a torn-down hotel into an opportunity, by planting grass on the demolition site and hosting a hot air balloon festival next weekend. Up to a dozen hot air...


Happy 100!

Lorraine Hansen turned 100 years old on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Sunnyside Health Care Center feted her with a beer and pizza party that included friends and family and other residents. The birthday girl is... Full story


On The Mark: Summer brings outside work, beauty

It’s been a long and challenging summer in our part of Carlton County. So little rain, so many detours on Highway 210. Not even one swim in a lake! We’ve made up for it with home improvements. These i... Full story


Opinion: Nursing homes get a break

Before last session even began, we knew our nursing homes were overwhelmed with a massive crisis: 15 percent of nursing homes statewide had exhausted their financial reserves, and 10 percent were considering closure. Outside of the Twin Cities area,... Full story

 By Dan Reed    Opinion    September 8, 2023

Now & Then: Fire doesn't change with the times

The Lahaina destruction on the Hawaiian island of Maui definitely is a catastrophe. The loss of lives, livelihoods, homes, and irreplaceable ancient relics from early inhabitants of the islands is a... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    September 8, 2023

Bombers get a win for the century

Local football fans got a treat Friday when Barnum defeated Moose Lake/Willow River for the first time since 1998. It wasn't easy, but the Barnum defense got it done during a second overtime,... Full story


The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Aug. 31 Girls Soccer Alexandria 2 Cloquet/Carlton 0 Esko 15 Princeton 0 Volleyball Esko 3 Cook County 0 Cloquet 3 Duluth Marshall 0 Barnum 3 Moose Lake/WR 2 Football Esko 63 Duluth East 6 Mesabi East 52 South Ridge 0 Friday, Sept. 1... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    September 8, 2023

Cardinals catch Raptors at right time, sweep

One team is learning to play together for the first time while the other school returns six players who either started full- or part-time last season. Such was the case when Carlton/Wrenshall hosted... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    September 8, 2023

Esko routs East, wins by 57

Esko fans have been anticipating the high school football season ever since the team lost in the state quarterfinals last year. On Aug. 31, Esko showed its optimism was warranted, demolishing Duluth E... Full story


Weekly Sports Schedule

Friday, Sept. 8 Football Chisholm at Barnum, 7 p.m. Ogilvie at Carlton/Wrenshall, 4 p.m. Hermantown at Cloquet (in Proctor), 7 p.m. Bertha-Hewitt at Cromwell-Wright/Floodwood, 7 p.m. Proctor at Esko, 7 p.m. Aitkin at Moose Lake/Willow River, 7 p.m.... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    September 8, 2023

'Jacks hit road in tennis

It's been an interesting year for the 43-member Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls tennis team. With construction of the new $4.7 million Members Cooperative Credit Union Stadium complex going on, the 'Jacks... Full story


Adult-child golf tourney draws all ages

The Dan Sheff Memorial adult-child golf tourney last month saw 170 people and 90 teams play in an event that many mark on the family calendar each summer. “It, for some time, has rivaled our C... Full story


Obituary: Mary Alice (Turcotte) Thompson

Mary Alice (Turcotte) Thompson, 84, passed away peacefully from complications from Alzheimer's in the early hours of Sept. 2, 2023, at Havenwood of Burnsville, surrounded by family. Mary was born on... Full story


Obituary: Ellen Louise Simmons

Ellen Louise Simmons, 96, of Brookston passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023, at Brooke Manor. Ellen was born on Jan. 24, 1927, to Everett and Eleanor Hare in Wilton, North Dakota. She attended... Full story


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