Articles from the October 8, 2021 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    October 8, 2021

Last Kiwanis club is kaput in Cloquet

The Cloquet Area Golden K Kiwanis club is no longer. Its members met for the last time as a club on the last Tuesday in September. The Golden K group was Cloquet's final Kiwanis chapter to disband,... Full story

 
 By Mike Creger    News    October 8, 2021

Haunts keep coming at the 'Shack'

Take a late afternoon tour of the grounds at the Haunted Shack with Pat Stojevich and you get the feeling that the name is a misnomer. It should be Love Shack, or Family Shack, Survivor Shack or even... Full story

 

Suicide awareness walk is Saturday

The 13th annual Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 at Carlton High School. Historically, hundreds of community members gather at the event in memory of loved ones... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    October 8, 2021

Local developer dies in on-site accident

A Carlton man died from injuries sustained in a construction accident in Lindstrom, Minnesota last week. Developer Dave Chmielewski, 48, was standing near an excavation trench at an apartment... Full story

 

County offers drive-in shots

Carlton County will be running two drive- thru dual influenza and Covid-19 vaccination clinics targeted to Carlton County residents next week. From 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, residents can drive through at the Carlton County... Full story

 

Pumpkin run returns Oct. 23

It’s time to register for northern Minnesota’s oldest Halloween-themed race. The popular Pumpkin 5K Run & Walk will be back, in person, at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College this year. The... Full story

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    October 8, 2021

Nonprofit dental care is expanding

Two recent grant awards has the Lake Superior Community Health Center in Carlton expanding from four to six dental operatories in 2022 — increasing appointment capacity from 4,400 to 6,600 per year. As a nonprofit community health center, LSCHC...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    October 8, 2021

Nursery to host plant swap, music

Hammarlund Landscape Nursery is hosting a houseplant swap and more 2-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. There will be live music, a yard sale and an assortment of craft vendors. All are welcome. Plants must be healthy and pest-free. Unrooted cuttings must...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    October 8, 2021

Popular Pedro's moves to new spot

After months of visible renovations at a new location on Cloquet Avenue and Eighth Street, Pedro's Grill and Cantina has moved. "Today ... was our last day in our old building, kind of a sad day...

 

West End shop opens

A new vintage store, 'ant'cetera Art & More, will hold a grand opening at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8 in the old Smokies building at 109 Avenue D in Cloquet's West End business district. Proprietor... Full story

 
 By MPR News    COVID-19    October 8, 2021

Rural cases outpace metro in state

Minnesota’s spreading Covid-19 outbreak has been pummeling greater Minnesota for weeks, and hospitals are feeling the impact. For the first time in the pandemic, there are more Covid patients hospitalized in greater Minnesota than in the Twin Citie...  Website

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    October 8, 2021

Police department continues to ramp up force

Since taking over as interim, and then appointed, police chief two years ago, Cloquet police chief Derek Randall has been slowly building the police department back up to full strength, after a flood...

 

Our View: In TikTok age, let's hope sense wins out

Sometimes, everyday ordinary events give us a glimpse into the world we will see someday, and we’re generally happy with what we see. Case in point: recently, the Cloquet Middle school was inundated by an internet influence that encouraged...

 

Harry's Gang: With this fairy tale, let the old tropes go

There’s a pretty standard formula for fairy tales, it seems, where a beautiful princess finds a handsome prince who sweeps her off her feet, and they live happily ever after. The formula is so... Full story

 

On The Mark: Rural counties win in recruiting workers

Some years ago, I reported on the success of Carlton and Aitkin counties in attracting new residents. University of Minnesota researchers found that for the period 2000-2010, these two counties...

 

Letter to the editor: Thanks to school for honoring Native past

I am writing to acknowledge the positive reports I heard about how Cloquet middle and high schools recognized “Orange Shirt Day” on Sept. 30. I heard many staff wore orange shirts and there were some classes where they discussed the history of... Full story

 

Obituary: Elfreda J. Anderson

Elfreda J. Anderson, 89, a Lake Nichols legend, passed into the sky Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at Miller-Dwan Hospital in Duluth. She was born in Dill City, Oklahoma in August of 1932, the daughter of... Full story

 

Obituary: John "Jack" Ragner Schleret

John R. Schleret, 75, of Cloquet passed away Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. He was born Nov. 28, 1945 in Cloquet to Felix and Bertha (Johnson) Schleret. Jack served... Full story

 

Obituary: Eunice Mae Hulda (Westlund) Siiter

Eunice Mae Hulda (Westlund) Siiter, 90, peacefully passed away at her home Aug. 17, 2021. Her children were by her side, just as she wanted. Born and raised in Cloquet, she married her high school swe... Full story

 

Obituary: Rollin "Giiwedin" Francis Smith

Rollin "Giiwedin" Francis Smith, 77, of Cloquet passed away Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 in St. Luke's hospital in Duluth. He was born Feb. 28, 1944 in Cloquet to Jay and Lizzie (Bear) Smith. Rollin... Full story

 

Obituary: Janet (Brander) Buczynski

Janet (Brander) Buczynski, 83, of Cloquet was welcomed into the arms of the Lord with her family by her side in her home Oct. 3, 2021. Janet was born to Charles and Bertha (Strand) Brander on April 21... Full story

 

Obituary: Gloria Leila Johnson

Gloria Leila Johnson, 89, longtime resident of Perch Lake Township, Carlton County, died peacefully Sept. 15, 2021, in Chris Jensen Health Center. She was born Dec. 14, 1931, in Long Beach,... Full story

 

Death notices

Muriel A. Christian, 87, of Carlton passed away Sept. 22, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. Private family services will be held.... Full story

 

Obituary: Marietta Erickson

Marietta Erickson, 83, of Cloquet passed away Oct. 6, 2021, at North Shore Estates in Duluth. She was born Jan. 31, 1938, in St. Paul, the daughter of Stanley and Evelyn (Kurkoski) Wresh. She was... Full story

 

U.S. Poet laureate inspires local work

United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo will make a virtual visit to Carlton County next week, and local artists and writers have been preparing for her appearance. Harjo is a writer and performer of... Full story

 

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