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Articles from the October 6, 2023 edition

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  • Sunnyside nursing home to close

    Jana Peterson|Oct 6, 2023

    After nearly six decades of caring for the community's elderly and infirm, Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet is closing. Sunnyside and Community Memorial Hospital officials said the process will begin immediately and will be complete by the end of the year. Thirty-four residents will have to find new places to live, and close to 30 staff will lose their jobs. It was a difficult decision, said Community Memorial Hospital CEO Rick Breuer. But difficulty staffing the facility - which always... Full story

  • Wrenshall man forfeits horses seized by county

    Brady Slater|Oct 6, 2023

    The Wrenshall farmer at the center of an ongoing animal neglect case agreed last month to relinquish ownership of 12 horses as part of a civil agreement with Carlton County. In exchange, Henry DeVriendt Jr., 63, won't face criminal charges and also will not be responsible for financial costs related to last month's seizure and impoundment of 12 horses from DeVriendt's pasture located at 1196 Gault Road. "Nothing in this agreement shall be construed as an admission that Henry Peter Devriendt Jr....

  • An epic season is brewing in Barnum

    Brady Slater|Oct 6, 2023

    When Jim Charboneau decided to chronicle the Barnum football season for the Moose Lake Star-Gazette, the proud grandfather to the team's quarterback figured somebody needed to pick up the bullhorn, so it might as well be him. "Barnum usually hasn't gotten much ink locally," Jim said. "I decided I would write articles for the football team." The grandson, Hayden Charboneau, plays quarterback and is one of 10 seniors on the team. "There's all kinds of things to brag about with him," Jim said.... Full story

  • Fire district requests city money

    Jana Peterson|Oct 6, 2023

    The Cloquet Area Fire District asked the city of Cloquet for a share of its public safety windfall from the state, and got a caring but firm “no” in response. Councilors and Mayor Roger Maki voted 6-1 Tuesday to deny the request for $165,000 of the $556,397 in one-time public safety aid dollars allocated by the state legislature in its most recent session. The vote wasn’t as bad as it seemed, Fire Chief Jesse Buhs said. He said the denial wasn’t bad for the fire district, at least long-te... Full story

  • Vaccination clinics coming

    Oct 6, 2023

    Carlton County Public Health is offering two influenza and Covid-19 vaccination clinics. The first clinic runs 12:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Carlton County Community Services building at 14 N. 11th St. in downtown Cloquet. A second clinic is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in the conference room at the Carlton County Transportation Building, 1630 Highway 61, Carlton. Visit www.co.carlton.mn.us/349/Immunizations to register or call 218-879-4511. Have insurance information ready....

  • Suicide Memorial Walk is Oct. 14

    Oct 6, 2023

    The 15th annual Suicide Memorial Walk runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at Carlton High School. No registration necessary. Ribbon remembrance, 20-minute non-competitive walk starts and ends at Carlton High School. Walkers are encouraged to wear the name or a photo of the person they are honoring, although it’s not necessary.... Full story

  • Finlandia group sets meeting

    Oct 6, 2023

    Finlandia Foundation Northland will hold its annual membership meeting at 3 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Fellowship Hall at the Presbyterian Church of Cloquet. Please join for updates on the past year and election of new board members and officers, followed by a program and refreshments. Learn about Finlandia Foundation National’s latest project, raising funds to continue its work in preserving operations of the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock, Michigan, and safeguarding the story of Finnish America for future generations...

  • Sign up for health insurance

    Oct 6, 2023

    Starting Nov. 1, Minnesotans who need health insurance can sign up for 2024 coverage through MNsure at www.mnsure.org, where they can easily find, choose and purchase health insurance. MNsure’s open enrollment period runs from Nov. 1 through Jan. 15. Open enrollment is the annual opportunity to enroll in health coverage, change plans, and renew coverage....

  • Cloquet Homecoming Court Candidates

    Oct 6, 2023

    Cloquet High School has been celebrating all week long. With the football field in the final stages of construction, the Lumberjacks will crown their king and queen at a pep rally Friday afternoon in advance of the homecoming football game in Proctor and a dance back at the high school. Candidates for 2023 homecoming court are, front row, from left, Quinn Danielson, Madysen Waters, Grace Swanson, Erin Loeb, Ella Chartier, Kiley Issendorf, Carly Johnson, Mary Kayser, Autumn Peterson and Ava...

  • Poster contest open to teens

    Oct 6, 2023

    Carlton County students who will be 11, 12 or 13 years old on Nov. 15 are invited to enter the 2023-2024 Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest for free. This year’s contest theme is “Dare to Dream.” “We would love to feature our young artists of Carlton County,” said Lions club member Joel Soukkala. “This could turn out to be a wonderful opportunity for an area youth on an international level.” The Carlton Area Lions Club and Encore! Performing Arts Center and Gallery are sponsoring the local poster contest. Register and see contest r...

  • Submit a state flag design

    Oct 6, 2023

    Entries are now being taken for the redesign of Minnesota’s next state flag and seal by the State Emblems Redesign Commission. The redesign commission was established in the 2023 legislative session to develop and adopt a new design for the official state seal and a new design for the official state flag no later than Jan. 1. Public submissions will be accepted online and via mail and must be submitted or postmarked by Oct. 30. Mail submissions can be sent to the address listed at www.mnhs.org/serc. All entries must be original and follow t...

  • Steep county health costs loom

    Brady Slater|Oct 6, 2023

    Carlton County averted a double-digit percentage increase in its property tax levy for 2024, but it may not be so fortunate this time next year — when budgeting for 2025 could include wrestling with a runaway health insurance premium. That’s the fear being articulated by county officials, who explained that high numbers of claims forced the county to use 5-percent and 10.5-percent caps on premiums in 2023 and 2024. With no such negotiated cap on the premium with Blue Cross Blue Shield in 2025, the premium could skyrocket. “The increases are d...

  • St. Luke's celebrates new plaza

    Oct 6, 2023

    The former Shopko store in Moose Lake is now St. Luke’s Plaza, home to Northern Lakes Surgery Center, Lake Area Therapy Services and St. Luke’s Diagnostic Imaging. These health-focused businesses are serving patients in the Moose Lake area with high-quality, compassionate care. “Since Northern Lakes opened, we’ve loved being able to provide everything from colonoscopies to cataract surgeries and biopsies in our community,” said Eric Nielsen, Gateway Clinic administrator and Northern Lakes Surgery Center board vice president. “Our partnership...

  • SWCD update: Learn how to battle invasive buckthorn

    Alyssa Bloss|Oct 6, 2023

    It’s the season of stunning reds, yellows, oranges, crisp autumn mornings with brilliant blue skies. It’s also the time of year many of us northern folks look forward to tromping around in the woods and wetlands with our hunting dogs chasing our choice of wild game. Those of you who frequent the woods in the fall may have noticed a particular shrub that is still green and holds onto its leaves way longer than the surrounding trees. What is it? Buckthorn. These invaders may already be a thorn in your side. Look in your backyard or favorite par...

  • Man faces 15-30 years for child pornography

    Jana Peterson|Oct 6, 2023

    A Carlton man pleaded guilty last week to one count of production and attempted production of child pornography. He also admitted to engaging in a pattern of sexually abusing at least six children under the age of 12. Stephan Jeremiah Hansen signed the plea deal in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, Sept. 26. According to the 12-page plea agreement and sentencing stipulations, Hansen admitted to taking photos and videos of the children over a period of at least seven years with his Apple iPhone. In return for Hansen’s guilty plea, the U.S. Attorne...

  • Business Spotlight: Carlton Area Lions Club

    Oct 6, 2023

    The Carlton Area Lions Club has been serving the Carlton area since 1972 and is one of 49,000 Lions clubs around the world. Members of the all-volunteer Carlton area club have resided in all corners of Carlton County, giving their time and energy to create a positive impact here and around the globe. Club members spend much of their time raising funds to help support a number of causes. Fundraisers include their monthly Burger Night at the Carlton VFW, raffles, plant sales and more. Their next... Full story

  • On The Mark: Fall is fleeting, but oh, so lovely

    Ann Markusen|Oct 6, 2023

    Autumn has been my favorite month since I was a child. I loved the bursts of orange and yellow. Raking up the leaves in our small Minneapolis yard. Piling them to jump in with neighbor kids. Putting on our tweener (between seasons) jackets. Feeling the chill on my cheeks. Anticipating the applesauce and cider my mom and dad were cooking up in the kitchen. And looking forward to seeing my schoolmates again. We're living on the crest of a glacial hill, with a moraine sloping down toward the west,... Full story

  • Harry's Gang: Court levels balance the scales

    Pete Radosevich|Oct 6, 2023

    The Court of Appeals met in Duluth recently, and I was lucky to watch it and attend a reception afterwards, meeting all three of the Court of Appeal judges hearing the cases. One of the cases involved the old Kozy Bar building in Duluth, as a group backed by one-time owner Eric Ringsred sued the city of Duluth, which had issued a demolition permit to have the building torn down. Regardless of how you feel about that eyesore in downtown Duluth or how much you miss having a beer and an argument... Full story

  • Letter to the editor: Don't rezone, move business instead

    Oct 6, 2023

    I am writing to express my concern about a request by Ken Maki to have land rezoned from residential to highway commercial in the Sunnyside area behind Sunnyside Auto and Gordy’s Hi-Hat and Warming House. He wants to build a building large enough to house four dump trucks, according to Al Cottingham, the city zoning administrator. I have been his longtime neighbor for several decades without any issues. However, he has had two dump trucks parked at his home in recent years, which have been particularly disruptive to my son’s young family. The... Full story

  • Esko runners may have a homecoming tradition afoot

    Jana Peterson|Oct 6, 2023

    When Esko assistant coach Liz Kyes shared how her high school cross country team would run the game ball from the opposing team's school to the homecoming game each year, head coach Jerimy Hallsten was intrigued. But first he had to find out whom Esko would play for homecoming. "If it's International Falls, that's a game changer," Hallsten said of the town 160 miles away. Luckily, it was Two Harbors. With his team excited by the idea, Hallsten mapped a 47-mile course from Two Harbors to Esko,... Full story

  • 'Jacks hungry for a big playoff push

    Kerry Rodd|Oct 6, 2023

    After many years of dominating the Section 7AA girls soccer tournament, the Cloquet/Carlton Lumberjacks are once again one of the teams to beat. "I really think we're on the cusp of some good things," said coach Dustin Randall. "We have only two seniors, so we will need the younger players to step up and continue to improve, and so far we've been seeing that." The Lumberjacks' lone two seniors are Madison Frederickson and Kiley Issendorf. Frederickson is a defender and Issendorf a forward in... Full story

  • Esko seniors honored

    Oct 6, 2023

    The Esko girls soccer team celebrated senior players Abrianna Madill, Gwen Lilly and Jordyn Randa on Tuesday before defeating Duluth Denfeld 1-0 at home. The seniors received pillows with covers stitched with their names and jersey numbers from head coach Sharon Lahti.... Full story

  • The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

    Oct 6, 2023

    Thursday, Sept. 28 Girls Soccer Cloquet/Carlton 2 Duluth Marshall 2 Esko 2 Hermantown 0 Volleyball Moose Lake/WR 3 Cook County 0 Cloquet 3 Duluth Denfeld 0 South Ridge 3 Barnum 0 Esko 3 Hibbing 0 Friday, Sept. 29 Football Cloquet 16 Proctor 10 (OT) Esko 32 Two Harbors 3 Nevis 48 Cromwell/Wright 13 Mille Lacs 30 South Ridge 0 Barnum 53 East Central 6 Moose Lake/WR 29 Hinckley-Finlayson 8 Carlton/Wr... Full story

  • Streak has CEC boys soccer team poised for deep run

    Kerry Rodd|Oct 6, 2023

    After opening the season by losing two of their first three games, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys' soccer team has reeled off 12 straight wins and is the prohibitive favorite in the looming Section 7AA playoffs again. Last Saturday, the Lumberjacks throttled Hermantown, 4-0, and on Tuesday they downed North Branch, 7-0. Against Hermantown the 'Jacks recorded the first goal of the game at the 10-minute mark when Logan Kunze rammed home a ball off a corner kick by Anders Gunnelson. "It's nice and i... Full story

  • Wilderness are back in Cloquet and off to Alaska after sweep

    Oct 6, 2023

    With all repairs completed and the cooling tower in proper working condition, Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Cloquet is again ready to host Minnesota Wilderness hockey. The Wilderness returned Monday for practice before leaving on a road trip Wednesday. It was the team’s first time skating in Cloquet since last season, before a cooling tower leak in the arena shut down the ability to make ice. After shipping delays kept replacement parts from arriving promptly, the Wilderness were forced to find a new home for the season’s first pra... Full story

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