Articles from the September 9, 2022 edition

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 By Brady Slater    News    September 9, 2022

For Sappi, less water means more

There's a saying that goes around Sappi: folks who've worked in the boiler room for 40 years think the paper mill makes steam. It's an insightful joke about the processes within the mill which... Full story


Teachers, students greet the new school year

There were more smiles than tears Wednesday morning at Cloquet's Washington Elementary School, as students arrived for the first day of school. The atmosphere was almost celebratory among some... Full story


Get festive in Cromwell

There may be fewer than 400 residents in Cromwell, but they know how to make a small-town fun. This weekend marks the annual Harvest Festival, bringing three-plus days of food, fun and music. All events take place at the pavilion unless noted.... Full story


Council passes max 6.5-percent tax increase

Cloquet city councilors unanimously voted for a preliminary 2023 levy increase of 6.5 percent Tuesday, following advice of staff to build a little "wiggle room" into the budget. Ward 2 councilor...

 By Dan Reed    News    September 9, 2022

Budget increases reflect inflation pressures

Carlton County officials blamed a national inflation rate of more than 8 percent this year for putting pressure on the county’s upcoming 2023 budget. On Tuesday, the Committee of the Whole forwarded a preliminary 6.9-percent levy increase for...


West End party coming soon

A walk through the West End of Cloquet most days is a quiet one. Anchored at one end by Common Ground Coffee Bar & Deli and the Lakeshore Tobacco Vapor store on the other, it’s the end of downtown... Full story


Minnesota students continue to see impacts to math and reading

New state test data released Aug. 25 shows the majority of Minnesota students are below state proficiency standards in math, and just over half are proficient in reading — a sharp decline since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Just under 52...  Website


Despite rising graduation rates, Cloquet alternative school flagged

The Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs, a small alternative school for grades 6-12 which draws from 12 school districts, made a list of 371 schools that will receive extra support by the state department of education last week. The program...

 By Brady Slater    News    September 9, 2022

Superintendent puts foot down in Wrenshall

The superintendent's introduction of a formal complaint form for use going forward opened the floodgates at Wrenshall Schools on Wednesday. Meeting during the committee of the whole, board members...


Legacy lives in beadwork and in book

For many of us, the opportunity to tell people how much we admire them or recognize their accomplishments slips away when that person passes from this life. Ozhaawashkogiizhigokwe Janis Fairbanks...


On the Mark: A teacher worth fighting for

In the mid-1920s, my grandmother Ruth Lee Markusen began teaching at Cromwell High School. Although she had earned a degree from the University of Minnesota in English and social science (1910) and... Full story


Our view: Rededicate to the 'helping side of things'

The Carlton County Labor Day celebration enjoyed its 105th gathering in Cloquet on Monday. The parade and surrounding events were widely and well-received, bringing our communities close in the name o...


Letters: Portable bathrooms lacking on Labor Day

I attended the Labor Day festivities in Cloquet on Sept. 5. Great weather. Great crowd. Great fun. One thing that was not great, and quite frankly an embarrassment for our community, was the lack of adequate toilet facilities. I estimated that over...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    September 9, 2022

'Jacks clobber Proctor, gain coach first W

The Cloquet football team opened the season at Rol Bromberg Field Friday night with a resounding 57-0 victory over the Proctor Rails, giving first-year head coach Jeff Ojanen his first career... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    September 9, 2022

Balanced Esko rolls up Hunters

The Esko football team wasted little time in sending an early-season message to the rest of Section 7AAA that it is a team to be reckoned with after pounding Duluth Denfeld, 53-0, on Friday night in... Full story


Cloquet goes big for Labor Day

It would be difficult to determine who had the starring role - politicians or candy - in Monday's Labor Day parade, but there was a plethora of both. And the kids were open to either, plastering polit... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    September 9, 2022

Lumberjacks dunked, but ahead of pace

Despite having to open the season against the defending section champions, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls swim team is pointed in a positive direction. Last Thursday saw the Lumberjacks host Grand... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    September 9, 2022

Cardinals sweep Rebels

Entering Tuesday night's volleyball match, Cromwell-Wright was 0-1 and Moose Lake/Willow River was 2-0, but the hometown Cardinals rode strong net play to a convincing 3-0 win, with scores of 25-16,... Full story


Duluth man claims Lost Forester race

Trail runners and walkers, plus a few leashed dogs, gathered at Pine Valley early Saturday, Aug. 27 for the sixth annual Lost Forester Trail Run. The 26 participants completed one lap of the...


Obituary: Logan Allen Ward

Logan Allen Ward was a beloved son, brother, and nephew who left this world suddenly and tragically on Aug. 24, 2022 at age 15. His gentle heart and quiet presence will be deeply missed by those who... Full story


Obituary: Marjorie "Margie" Eleanor Benson

Marjorie "Margie" Eleanor Benson was born in Pasadena, California on Feb. 24, 1938, to Ruth and Howard Leffler. Her family moved one year later to Barnum, Minnesota, where her parents bought a farm.... Full story


Obituary: Arvid Leland Benson

Arvid Leland Benson was born in Cloquet on June 4, 1932, to Anton and Signe Benson. His parents were dairy farmers from Mahtowa, and he was the third of five brothers. Arvid graduated from Barnum... Full story


Obituary: Margaret "Maggie" Louise Hubbell

Margaret "Maggie" Louise Hubbell, 82, earned her angel wings on Aug. 30, 2022. She was born in Cloquet on Feb. 23, 1940, the daughter of Harold and Helen McIntyre. Margaret attended Our Lady of... Full story


Obituary: Ramona Darlene Steffer

Ramona Darlene Steffer, 89, of Cromwell passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, at Villa Court Senior Living in Cromwell. She was born in Brooten on Sept. 23, 1932, the daughter of Leo and... Full story


Kettle River News

School has started, so please take extra time for travel and stop for all school buses. We want to keep all the children safe while they travel to and from school. When the bus is stopped, wait until the children have safely crossed the road and the...


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