Articles from the September 20, 2019 edition

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Cloquet limits open enrollment

The Cloquet School Board approved a resolution last week to close open enrollment in grades 6 and 8 last week. The board had closed open enrollment for kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 4 and 7 in August, leaving open enrollment open only for grades 2,...


Chief shuffle continues at police station

In another administrative shift at the Cloquet police department, Commander Derek Randall is now acting chief - effective Monday, Sept. 16. Randall replaces Commander Carey Ferrell at the helm, as... Full story


Helping hands: Area churches come together to get the work done

A group of volunteers worked together Sunday for close to three hours to get an elderly woman's various garden plots weeded, especially the one in the backyard that she enjoys seeing out the back...


Wendy's will become Burger King

Cloquet Wendy’s store sold, Burger King coming The Wendy’s in Cloquet is closed for good, and will be replaced by Burger King. “Thanks for a great 15 years,” says a sign on the window of the local fast food restaurant, which is located in a prime s... Full story


Credit union is top in the state

Members Cooperative Credit Union has been named the top 2019 Minnesota Credit Union of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. According to an MCCU press release, the award is being...


This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events that took place Sept. 20-26: Sept. 20 1891 August Schell, founder of August Schell Brewing Company in New Ulm, dies of a heart attack in St. Paul. Born in Durbach, Germany, in 1828, Schell moved to Minnesota in 1856 and...

 By Mike Creger    News    September 20, 2019

Carlton, Wrenshall school boards approve maximum tax levies

Continued decreasing enrollment is driving decisions in the Carlton school district this month. Outside of the continuing discussions about consolidation with Wrenshall, the school board set its preliminary levy for next year at the maximum. By law,...


Q-and-A with new Carlton County judge Rebekka Stumme

It's just another day in a Carlton County courtroom, and Sixth District Carlton County Judge Rebekka Stumme is working her way through the final half dozen cases on that morning's docket. One of the... Full story


Regional artist brings 'zines for adults' to library

The very honest and funny Twin Ports artist Lydia Noble will return to the Cloquet Library Saturday to lead a workshop on 'zines for adults, 12-2 p.m. If you would like to learn some tips about how... Full story


From the Wren's Nest: Make a trip to rural Wrenshall this weekend

"People are always happy when they come here, and if they aren't, they are always happy when they leave". That was Angela Rubish's response when I asked her about her business, the Ru-Ridge corn... Full story


Raptors down Cardinals, remain unbeaten at 3-0

The 2019 combination of the Carlton Bulldogs and Wrenshall Wrens football teams continued its early season success Friday night as the Raptors picked up their third win of the season. Using stellar...


Schedule: This week in prep sports

FOOTBALL Barnum vs. North Woods Friday, Sep 20 at 7 p.m. Barnum vs. Chisholm Friday, Sep 27 at 7 p.m. Carlton/Wrenshall at Floodwood High School Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. Carlton/Wrenshall vs. McGregor High School Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Cloquet... Full story


Obituary: Howard James Johnson

Howard “Howie” James Johnson, 90, of Cloquet, Minnesota left his earthly home Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. He is alive more than ever now in Heaven. We know that because of Jesus Christ’s death on the c... Full story


Obituary: Evelyn Fleisch Pearson

Evelyn Fleisch Pearson, 96, of Cloquet, Minnesota went to be with her Lord and Savior surrounded by her family on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. She was born... Full story


Obituary: Lynn Duane Smith

Lynn (“Smitty”) Duane Smith, 68, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, after a beautiful day of family and friends at his bedside. He was born on March 24, 1951 in St. Paul, Min... Full story


Obituary: Florence Elaine Mavis Holm

Florence Elaine Mavis Holm, 82, of Carlton, Minnesota passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 in Inter-Faith Care Center with her loving family by her side. She was born June 19, 1937 in Bruno to Charles... Full story


Death notices: Dahlen, Thomas, Erkkila

Robert Louis Dahlen, 80, of Cloquet passed away on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in his home. To honor’s Robert’s request, there will be no services. Faye A. Thomas, age 92 of Cromwell, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Services: Saturday, Sept. 21 at... Full story


Cloquet will make up more snow days

Thanks to actions this spring by the state legislature to let schools off the hook for not meeting the state mandated minimum number of school days due to snow days, the Cloquet School District will be making up more snow days in the future. School...


So long, Dixieland

Fidgety Feet Dixieland Band ended its season last Tuesday night with a free concert at the Cloquet Presbyterian Church. The group is led by Steve Tomhave (back row, far left) with David Luehr and...

 By Dan Reed    News    September 20, 2019

Public hearing set on county road funding

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners will hold a public meeting on road funding Monday: specifically to get public input on the continuation of the excise tax authorized in 2014 for county transportation projects and improvements approved in...


County issues offender notice

The Carlton County Sheriff’s Department issued a notification that Dustin Nelson, who is identified as a risk level three sex offender, is moving from rural Barnum into Barnum Township. In addition to a sexual assault charge, Nelson has a s...


Court sides with Enbridge on line

The Minnesota Supreme Court has declined to take up challenges by tribal and conservation groups to the environmental review of Enbridge Energy’s proposal for replacing its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline in Minnesota. The decision means that M...


Fond du Lac steps into PolyMet fray

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is stepping into the legal battle surrounding the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. According to a press release from the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee, on Sept. 10, the Band filed a...


Esko's Corner runs out of gas

Esko's Corner won't have a gas station after today, when the Esko Self Serve closes down after more than 40 years in business. Beth Belden, whose family has operated the popular store known around...


Courts take action on runaway teen and her daughter

After a teenage girl disappeared from the Carlton County Youth Shelter last week with her baby and the teen’s 3-year-old sister, police issued a missing children alert — and removed the alert fiv...


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