Articles from the September 24, 2021 edition

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Tradition holds at Cloquet's shoe store

History repeated itself this week at Burger Shoes in Cloquet. After closing on the sale of the longtime local shoe store Tuesday evening, Carmen LaPlant celebrated her first day as the new owner on... Full story


Big doings in the West End Saturday

They're closing down the streets in Cloquet's West End business district Saturday, and everyone is invited for a trip into an idealistic version of the future. It will be a place where children play,... Full story


Enbridge to pay big fine for water mishap

Minnesota regulators have ordered Enbridge to pay up to $3.32 million for allegedly violating state environmental law by piercing a groundwater aquifer during construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline. Last Thursday, the Minnesota Department of...


It's a party at the library

Cloquet Public Library staff literally kicked off Saturday's community celebration by demonstrating how they have survived construction, Covid and Covid, Part 2: by dancing in their chairs to "Can't...


Pedestrian hit, badly injured

A man was in grave condition after being hit by a vehicle while crossing Doddridge Avenue near Eighth Street in Cloquet on Thursday, Sept. 16. Cloquet Police responded to the accident just after 8 p.m. Thursday along with staff from the Cloquet Area...


Council adopts preliminary levy

​​At a short regular meeting Monday, the Cloquet city council officially adopted a 2022 budget and a proposed levy increase of $109,400, or 3.49 percent. The levy can’t go up from that percentage when the levy is set in December. A public heari...


Fight allegedly led to death, charges

A Cloquet man faces manslaughter charges following a fight in his apartment. Joel Jay Ammesmaki, 58, was charged with first-degree manslaughter Thursday in Sixth District Carlton County Court for...


Thompson denied change of venue; charges upheld

A district judge on Monday denied a change of venue and dismissal of counts against a Cloquet man accused in the murder of a pregnant woman and her child. Sheldon James Thompson, who is accused of killing Jackie Defoe, her unborn child and her...


Snowmobile trail access process is clarified

Following the approval of a revised snowmobile trail through the township at its last meeting - and subsequent complaints - the Thomson Township board invited people to discuss the action at the regul...


an a-maze-ing view

A.J. Miller from Drone Grown Photography went out to the RuRidge Corn Maze last week. The maze, in its fifth year off Carlton County Road 1 between Carlton and Wrenshall, opened Sept. 10 and features... Full story


Carlton residents push for K-12 school

Students and community members turned out for Monday’s Carlton School Board meeting, and most of them had the future of the high school on their mind. Out of nearly 20 people there, seven spoke, all...


Covid numbers still rising

The latest data for Carlton County show the number of Covid cases is still going up, but at a lower rate, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases in Carlton County increased by 84 from Sept. 15 to 22, but the CDC s... Full story


Student leaders ask about Covid

Youth from across the state joined a virtual town hall with medical professionals to engage with peers about Covid-19 Monday afternoon. The town hall was led by student leaders to give students an opportunity to discuss how the pandemic has impacted... Full story


Our View: Join the Flourish fun in West End

Driving around town, you’ll find remnants of long-forgotten commercial activity in many neighborhoods, such as corner groceries and other stores that have evolved into residential space, as most commercial activity moved downtown or to the...


Harry's Gang: It's a puzzle why we don't have an animal shelter

When a new lawyer gets into town, they’re often inundated with requests from local organizations, asking us to get involved and volunteer with their group. It’s a great way to quickly become a...


Francy That: Farm stories show the value of local agriculture

For the past several months, I have had the privilege of interviewing and writing about a few of the farmers in Carlton County. Summer is an extremely busy time for them, but they graciously sat...


Celebrating Gordy: 'He had a really good heart'

Instead of a funeral, hundreds of coworkers and friends gathered with the family of Gordy Lundquist Sunday to remember the man they adored at the place that has become a Cloquet icon. It was a celebra...


Obituaries: Donald A. Anderson

Donald A. Anderson, 91, of Cloquet passed away from a stroke on Sept. 16, 2021, at St. Luke's Hospice. He was born to Alver and Lillian (Erickson) Anderson on June 2, 1930, in Cloquet. Don was a... Full story


Obituaries: Joel T. Trevis

Joel T. Trevis, 71, of Crosslake, passed away peacefully at his home on Sept. 13, 2021. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Family Funeral Chapel and there will be a small private service for t... Full story


Obituaries: Kenneth E. "Kenny" Beck

Kenneth E. "Kenny" Beck, 78, of Carlton passed away peacefully Sept. 15, 2021, at Solvay House in Duluth after a 2½ year battle with pancreatic cancer. Kenny was born Oct. 17, 1942, in Two Harb... Full story


Obituaries: John "Danny" Van McFatridge

John "Danny" Van McFatridge, 83, of Cloquet, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. He was born on Dec. 31, 1937, to Van Thomas McFatridge and Annabelle Dare.... Full story


The Ticker

Friday, Sept. 17 Football Grand Rapids-20 Cloquet-13 Barnum-24 Braham-0 Esko-54 Proctor-0 South Ridge-38 Cook County-0 Hill City/Northland-32 Cromwell-Wright/ Floodwood-7 ML/WR-36 Greenway/Nashwauk- Keewatin-0 Saturday, Sept. 18 Volleyball... Full story


Pack mentality runs Lumberjacks

The word "improvement" is the word of the day for Cloquet cross country coach Chandra Allen. "The boys team has been improving each week. They have been working on closing the gap between the top... Full story



Friday, Sept. 24 Football All games at 7 p.m. unless noted Carlton/Wrenshall vs Kelliher/Northome Cloquet vs Duluth East Cromwell-Wright/Floodwood at South Ridge Esko at Pine City Moose Lake/Willow... Full story


Golf season winds down

With the turning of the leaves and calendar to September, many golf aficionados start planning where to store their clubs for the winter season. But a group of seniors maximize the remaining daylight... Full story


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