Articles from the September 16, 2022 edition

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Lost in rural Carlton: Corn maze signals fall

Surrounded by 8 lush acres of corn at the Ru-Ridge Corn Maze in rural Carlton, Angela Line noted there were 21 leaves on a mature corn stalk. "We know when the end of summer is coming," Line said....


'Fatigue' not in Wrenshall vocabulary

The Wrenshall school board’s stamina for conflict proved unyielding Monday, when its regular monthly meeting devolved into bickering and generated new insights into ongoing turmoil. Board member Nicole Krisak revealed that board members looked i...


Music Man

Jeremy Gardner plays the piano in the "Ivory Garden" outside Wood City Nutrition on Avenue C in the West End of Cloquet last week during a break from work. Gardner's wife, artist and photographer... Full story


District, paraprofessionals headed to mediation

Finding a balance between funding streams and paying school district staff adequate wages in a time of inflationary pressures is challenging, Cloquet superintendent Michael Cary told school board members Monday. The Cloquet public school district...


Cloquet alum pens puppy stories to make those tough talks easier

When it comes to children, it can often be difficult to explain life's complicated issues or work through complex feelings. Cloquet class of 1982 alumnus Colleen Gilchrist Collins recognized... Full story


Big, beautiful balloons fly over Cromwell

New to the annual Cromwell Harvest Fest this year was a hot air balloon festival on the athletic fields at Cromwell-Wright High School. Hosted by the Sweetly Kismet Candy Store - which has its own... Full story


Get help blasting buckthorn, other invasive plants

Buckthorn, knotweed (a.k.a. bamboo), or wild parsnip got you down? The Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District is here to help. The recently formed Carlton County Cooperative Weed Management... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    September 16, 2022

County spends to evaluate justice program

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved $20,000 for an evaluation of the Restorative Justice program, currently used as a tool for some offenders under the jurisdiction of the local District Court system. This is one of several steps the...


Thomson Township: Needed sewer rate increases explained

Thomson Township officials hosted a sewer rates presentation Thursday, Sept. 8, to allow the township engineer Joe Jurewicz to explain why he is recommending an increase in rates for upcoming years. When Jurewicz and the Thomson Township board of sup...


Esko teachers, students embrace return to 'normal'

At their first meeting of the new school year, the Esko school board heard good news from district administrators. Principals Greg Hexum and Brian Harker told the board Monday, Sept. 12 that there is excitement in the building like never before. With...

 By Dan Kraker    News    September 16, 2022

Northern Minnesota researchers close in on sulfate pollution solution

Outside the wastewater treatment plant in the Iron Range town of Aurora, a small trailer could hold clues to solving a big environmental problem facing northern Minnesota — how to protect wild rice from sulfate, a pollutant released by iron ore m...  Website


Guest view: Congress shows negotiation can work

There are two especially striking aspects to the "Inflation Reduction Act," the sprawling climate-change/tax-reform/health-care legislation that just passed Congress and was signed into law by...


On the Mark: Artists, photographers share urban views

Travel near and far in the Pine Knot Gallery’s “urban landscapes” exhibit, opening Friday. Our fall exhibit includes unique urban perspectives from a number of area artists, including Rhonda Peter... Full story


CEC overcomes inexperience with grit

After losing 16 players to graduation last season, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls tennis coach Derek Johnson figured there could be a falloff in wins and losses this season. However, after picking up... Full story


Boys runners fill up medal stand at Superior 5K

Local cross country teams got a firsthand look at almost all the other teams in the area last Thursday at the Dan Conway Classic in Superior. Held at Pattison Park Golf Course, the Conway Classic was... Full story


Bombers fly past Eagles in first home game

After opening the season with a road loss, the Bombers bounced back in fine style Friday with a 51-7 trouncing of East Central in Barnum. "Our kids did a nice job and were ready to play," said coach R... Full story


Cloquet, Esko out of gate quickly in volleyball

The volleyball season is in full swing as teams have all played four or five opponents. This is the time of year when trends start to develop and coaches are able to start solidifying their lineups.... Full story


Wilderness promote new head coach

The Minnesota Wilderness announced Monday that Brett Skinner had been promoted to head coach. In a corresponding move, David Boitz announced he was stepping down from head coaching to focus solely on being the team’s general manager. Skinner had a... Full story


Obituary: Gerald "Jerry" M. Anderson

Gerald "Jerry" Michael Anderson, age 64, of Carlton, MN died peacefully at home with his family by his side on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. He was born November 17, 1957, in Superior, WI the son of Ger... Full story


Obituary: Leif Eggen

Leif Eggen, 55, passed away on Monday September 5, 2022. Leif was a great father. He grew up in Barnum, spending time riding his bike, walking in the woods, practicing trombone, and wrestling with... Full story


Obituary: John A. Ellena

John A. Ellena, 74, of Cloquet passed away Sept. 11, 2022, at his home. He was born July 16, 1948, in Duluth, the son of Dominic and Winifred (Spehar) Ellena. He graduated from Morgan Park High... Full story


Obituary: Marianne Jeanette (Carlson-Dion) Golen

Marianne Jeanette (Carlson-Dion) Golen, 98, of Carlton passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. She was born July 29, 1924, in Cloquet to Oscar and Tilda... Full story


Obituary: Guy A. Kalm

Guy A. Kalm, 68, of Beaufort, North Carolina, formerly of Cloquet, died suddenly Sept. 8, 2022, at Essentia St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth surrounded by family. Guy was born Jan. 20, 1954, in Cloquet... Full story


Obituary: Shirley May Johnson

Shirley May Johnson of Carlton passed away Sept. 10, 2022, at Inter-Faith Care Center, at the age of 95 years, eight months and 15 days. She was born Dec. 26, 1926, to Walter and Evelyn (Darwin)... Full story


Obituary: Carol Arlene Trevena

Carol Arlene Trevena, 86, of Esko passed away peacefully with family by her side Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, in Sunnyside Health Care Center, Cloquet. Carol was born Dec. 20, 1935, in Esko to Eli and... Full story


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