Articles from the September 23, 2022 edition

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Churchill school gets 'blue ribbon' for closing the gap

Nothing changed at Churchill Elementary School on Friday when U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools - and the Cloquet school as one of 297 to make...


Festival comes to West End Saturday

Head to the West End of Cloquet on Saturday for a free outdoor, pedestrian-friendly street festival featuring artists, entrepreneurs, shopping and an outdoor food court with live music. Aimed at giving residents a feel for what the historic West End... Full story


World watching cleanup effort unfold in Scanlon

Until forced to close this summer to make way for a construction site, the Scanlon fishing pier off Highway 61 had been a popular, yet hard-to-quantify destination. "We had no idea how popular a fishi... Full story


Soccer Gods are watching

The girls soccer game in Esko kicked off under an impressive cloud bank Tuesday, as cooler weather rolled in following one of the warmer days this week.... Full story


Wrenshall division escalates amid candidate forums

A teachers union-led candidate forum for Wrenshall school board had a kumbaya vibe Tuesday. But conflict currently affecting the board wasn't far behind, as three current board members declined to...


Township seals appointment discussion, skirting state law

The Thomson Township board of supervisors defended itself this week after closing a public meeting to discuss applicants to fill an open seat on the board. The board went into what it termed “closed meeting” on Sept. 8 to discuss what was lab... Full story


New production uses humor to tackle inheritance

For its latest production, the County Seat Theater Company dipped into the comedy stylings of Phyllis Diller, Lily Tomlin and Joan Rivers for "Spreading It Around." Written by Londos D'Arrigo, a... Full story


Band shares climate actions with state agency leaders

As countries, cities and groups from around the world mark Climate Week 2022, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa hosted state agency leaders to share actions the Band is taking to address...


Hoax 911 call disrupts Cloquet high school, middle school

What turned out to be a false 911 call reporting “an active threat of violence” at Cloquet High School Wednesday morning sent law enforcement racing to the building, where students and staff were unaware of any problems. “The phone call was a hoax,... Full story


Public safety grant frees up funds

News that the police department secured a $110,000 grant to pay for a DWI enforcement officer came as welcome relief to Cloquet city officials Tuesday. Not only will it bring an increased focus on driving-while-impaired arrests and education, police...


Volunteers come together to feed the children

You've heard of manna from heaven? Last weekend, 432 volunteers came to the Cloquet Armory and packed 109,080 special MannaPack rice meals for the Feed my Starving Children charity in a "mobile pack"... Full story


Ward 3 gets first write-in candidate

Cloquet Ward 3 city council candidate Pete Erickson has a unique challenge this fall: he has to get voters to do more than fill in a box next to his name. For Erickson to win, voters will have to actu... Full story


Carlton joins Wrenshall in wanting further cooperation

Superintendent John Engstrom confirmed Monday that the Carlton school district will proceed with further talks with Wrenshall on sharing sports and other after-school activities. Engstrom noted that both district boards have passed an agreement to...


Our view: Come celebrate the West End

Driving around town, you’ll find remnants of long-forgotten commercial activity in many neighborhoods, corner groceries and old gas stations that have evolved into residential space, as most commercial activity moved downtown or to the Highway 33 c... Full story


Letters: Embrace bike race, all sports

I recently read your article in the paper that discussed the upcoming bike race and the worry this has created for the ski club. As a mother of a member of our local cycling team, I was bothered by some of the comments and lack of acceptance or...


Letters: America the beleaguered

As a mid-70s-year-old male I’ve never witnessed a more divided America than today. While the insurrection was caused by a conspiracy crowd off misguided instructions by the former, twice-impeached president, Fox News anchors are claiming the IRS i...


Rushing Rebels roll over Range's Titans

For 24 football seasons, Dave Louzek has been at the helm of the Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels. During that time Louzek has clung to a philosophy that regular-season games are solely used to get a... Full story


Trade pays instant dividends for Wilderness

Trades are frequent in junior hockey, and to determine if one works can take weeks or months. But for the Minnesota Wilderness last weekend, the return was instant. The team went 2-1 after acquiring forwards Kevin Marx Noren and Noah Griswold on... Full story


Esko overcomes slow start to rock Agates

Entering Tuesday night's game against Two Harbors, the Esko girls soccer team sported a gaudy record of 8-1 and had the second best QRF ranking in the state. The Agates came in as the No. 30 ranked... Full story


Ogichidaag bounce back to defeat Lions

Now into her second season as coach of the Fond du Lac girls volleyball team, Larissa Littlewolf is seeing marked growth in the program. "We have 26 girls in the program," Littlewolf said. "In fact,... Full story


Lumberjacks topple East for the second time ever

The annual match between Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and Duluth East finished with a dramatic 3-2 win for CEC on Thursday, Sept. 15. The 'Jacks had early trouble, with Greyhound senior Pete Onchwari scoring... Full story


Obituary: Betty Arlene Kubis

Betty Arlene Kubis, 88, of Saginaw passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. She was born Oct. 3, 1933, in Wimbledon, North Dakota to Edward and Anna Christ. She... Full story


Obituary: Diane Lucille Johnson

Diane Lucille Johnson, 79, of Duluth passed away Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. She was born on April 7, 1943, to Fred and Mary Sundin in Duluth. She attended Hermantown... Full story


Obituary: Susan K. Modec

Susan K. Modec, 80, of Cloquet passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at New Perspective Senior Living. She was born Feb. 16, 1942, in Eveleth, the daughter of Joseph and Jessie (Plattner) Peritz. Sue... Full story


Obituary: Brad L. Wojtysiak

Brad L. Wojtysiak, 40, of Culver passed away Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. He was born Feb. 12, 1982, in Cloquet, the son of Edward and Carolyn (Wood) Wojtysiak. Brad graduated from AlBrook High School... Full story


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