Articles from the September 30, 2022 edition

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'Momma, this one's for you'

Lying in a hospital bed last Monday, Holly Goad told her youngest son, Perry, to keep up with football while she was there. Perry kept that promise. Holly died Thursday, Sept. 22, and the Cloquet... Full story

 

No rush yet as early voting starts

Earlier this week, Carlton County election officials mailed 600 absentee ballots to people who’d requested to vote in advance of the Nov. 8 midterm election. It was a far cry from the 2020 general election, in which roughly half of the county’s vot... Full story

 

Slow start to duck hunt

Conservation officer Tony Elwell of Cloquet reported that heavy fog and no wind made for a slow opening day of the waterfowl opener last weekend, according to a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources news release. “Overnight northwest winds h... Full story

 

History mystery

This week we highlight a mystery of both past and present: the Cloquet "landmark" mini golf set, which, sadly, disappeared after being used at the West End Flourish event Saturday. When was it built a...

 

Another write-in candidate fills Ward 3 picture

As a 23-year educational interpreter working at Cloquet High School, it's normal to find Iris Keller standing with the teacher at the front of the classroom. Keller delivers in sign language what the... Full story

 

Separate Wrenshall forums lead to third chance to meet candidates

Last week saw two different partial Wrenshall school board candidate forums, but residents may yet be able to attend a meeting with all seven candidates. After rejecting a Sept. 20 forum organized by... Full story

 

Bike race passes test at Pine Valley

Jonas Peterson celebrated his 13th birthday Saturday by showing up to his first mountain biking race several hours before the start of his race. "I just wanted to hang out," said a smiling Peterson, w... Full story

 
 By Dan Reed    News    September 30, 2022

New 'green' cemetery in Blackhoof riles neighbors

Two dozen people attended Monday’s Carlton County board meeting to voice opposition to a new cemetery being established in Blackhoof Township, at what is known to locals as the old Gordon MacVey dairy farm on Pioneer Road. The Loving Earth M...

 

Cloquet schools: Rising home values may shift costs from state to local taxpayers

Cloquet school board members set the preliminary levy at maximum Monday, Sept. 26, with the final figures to be certified on Dec. 12 after more budget work and state input. District finance director Candice Nelis recommended the board set the levy...

 

County Board approves 6.9% levy increase

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved a maximum levy increase of 6.9 percent for the 2023 budget year during its meeting Monday. The levy set in September can be lower — but not higher — in December following the completed budget pro... Full story

 

Child care changes celebrated in Cloquet

After nearly two years of searching for a new space, it took workers only 10 weeks or so to turn a former furniture store into a new home for the Cloquet Kids Corner and Li'l Lumberjacks Learning...

 

Esko board approves maximum levy

Esko board approves maximum levy The Esko school board held a special meeting Monday, Sept. 26 to approve the proposed levy payable in 2023. The board was not able to vote on the levy at its normal meeting on the second Monday of the month because...

 

Cloquet homecoming court 2022

The 20 members of the Cloquet homecoming court were announced, with the king and queen to be crowned during halftime of Friday's game after a week of activities at the high school.... Full story

 

I-35 near Barnum switched

I-35 traffic near Barnum returned to the normal configuration with separated northbound and southbound traffic on Monday. Motorists should expect continued single-lane traffic in each direction for the remainder of the week of the 26th as final work... Full story

 

Thomson Board meets

The Thomson Township Board of Supervisors met for a brief meeting Thursday, Sept. 22. With only three board members in attendance, there was little new business to be discussed by the board. The board approved a new member joining the Township’s v... Full story

 

Don't miss the fall colors

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is updating its fall color finder every Thursday with the latest estimates for peak fall colors across the state. Last week’s map put most of Carlton County at 10-25 percent of color. People can sign u... Full story

 

Editor's note: Election season brings rules, responsibilities

With the election season ramping up, it’s time to lay a few ground rules. First up: endorsements. Defined as “the act of giving one’s public approval or support to someone or something,” candida... Full story

 

West End flourishes, again

Despite gray clouds and cooler temps, locals of all ages turned out to enjoy the second West End Flourish event on Saturday. There was a little bit of everything that day, with vendors, musicians and... Full story

 

Cardinals grind for win over Panthers

After seeing his team pushed around on both sides of the ball on a rainy Friday night, Cromwell-Wright Area football coach Jeff Gronner was more than happy to take the 15-0 win over the South Ridge... Full story

 

Talented Cloquet team learns lessons in loss

The Cloquet girls soccer team has had a remarkable start to the season, entering Monday night's game against a tough Grand Rapids team with a 10-1 record. In a game with significant playoff seeding im... Full story

 

In battle of top teams, Esko gets the 'W'

Two of the area's better volleyball teams hooked up last week when the South Ridge Panthers traveled to Esko to take on the Eskomos. While Esko pulled away to a 3-1 win, the fans of both teams were... Full story

 

Remembering Nicholas Jon Finifrock

Nicholas Jon Finifrock, 19, of Barnum, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. He was born on May 25, 2003, to Jon and Ann Finifrock in Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake. One day after his birth, Nicholas was... Full story

 

Obituary: Katherine Grace Loban

Katherine Grace Loban, 74, of Moose Lake died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, peacefully in her home with her loving husband Roger at her side. She was born Sept. 24, 1947, in Rensselaer, Indiana to Rachel... Full story

 

Obituary: Daniel James "Dan" Stowell

Daniel James "Dan" Stowell, 57, of Savage entered eternal life on Sept. 24, 2022, at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester. Dan was born Nov. 29, 1964, in Cloquet, the son of Eugene and Shirley... Full story

 

Obituary: JoAnn Lillian Johnson

JoAnn Lillian Johnson, 80, of Carlton, formerly of Vilonia, Arkansas, died Sept. 20, 2022. She was born Oct. 13, 1941, to Edgar and Bonnie (Annis) Stavang in Carlton. A proud Wrenshall Wren, she was... Full story

 

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