Articles from the October 13, 2023 edition

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Remembering the fires of 1918

On Saturday, the Fires of 1918 Museum and Depot in Moose Lake will commemorate the 105th anniversary of the fires that devastated the region on Oct. 12, 1918. A documentary will be shown at 2 p.m. in... Full story

 By Joe Bowen    News    October 13, 2023

Animal rescue group grows

Five dogs and nine house cats roam through Taylor and Shannon Hansberry's Barnum home, napping in sunbeams, nuzzling the couple or their son Ruxin for attention, and gently but firmly approaching... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 13, 2023

Lumberjacks still hoping for fall home games

Editor's note: Both soccer games Tuesday and the football games Wednesday will be played at the new turf field in Cloquet, superintendent Michael Cary said Monday in an update. Hints of frustration sh... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    October 13, 2023

'Jacks volleyball faces tests before playoffs

To say the Cloquet volleyball team has been on a tear would be putting things mildly. The Lumberjacks are 22-2 on the season. They won 15 straight matches in September and, after a narrow loss to... Full story

 By Ted Lammi    News    October 13, 2023

Carlton accepts Wrenshall invite to tour buildings

At the committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, Carlton school board members again took up the issue of consolidation with Wrenshall. Consensus formed around having superintendent Donita Stepan contact Wrenshall and arrange for both boards to tour...


Partial solar eclipse Saturday

An annular solar eclipse — which shows a “ring of fire” around the moon — will cross North America in a downward diagonal “path of annularity” from Oregon to central Utah, southwest Colorado, to central New Mexico and southern Texas. Within that...


DNR offers tips on safe hunting

As archery deer hunters enjoy the current hunting season and 400,000 hunters prepare for firearms deer hunting seasons, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters to plan ahead for a safe and enjoyable hunt. The Minnesota DNR’s o... Full story

 By Ted Lammi    News    October 13, 2023

Costs for new fitness center creep up

Esko Schools superintendent Aaron Fischer told school board members Monday the construction of the new fitness center was progressing, but with unexpected costs. Previous work when the school was...


Sign up for health insurance

Starting Nov. 1, Minnesotans who need health insurance can sign up for 2024 coverage through MNsure at, where they can easily find, choose and purchase health insurance. MNsure’s open enrollment period runs from Nov. 1 through Jan. 1...


Timber and tax workshop set

The University of Minnesota Extension Timber Management and Taxation School will hold a workshop to provide tax professionals, foresters, logging contractors, landowners, agricultural lenders, and farm management instructors up-to-date information...


Bookmobile rolls on

When you can’t come to the library, your library on wheels will come to you. The Arrowhead Library System’s Bookmobile stops every three weeks at these locations: Esko at Northwood United Methodist Church: 10:30-11 a.m. Oct. 16, Nov. 6 & 27, Dec...

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 13, 2023

Blackhoof man faces child porn, sex abuse charges

A rural Carlton County man faces both state and federal child pornography charges after an FBI covert operation revealed “sexually explicit contact” with a minor, including an explicit photograph. Cord Cameron Schipman, 33, was charged in U.S. Distri...

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 13, 2023

Man pleads guilty to sexual assault of child

A Cloquet man admitted in Carlton County Court last week that he sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl in 2016. Kim James Connors Jr., 32, who goes by “KC,” pleaded guilty to one charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, penetration or contact w...


Popular music trio returns to Encore in Cloquet

After a sold out performance last year, the Tom Cawcutt Trio is back at the Encore Performing Arts Center for two shows Saturday, Oct. 14. Tom Cawcutt, pianist and lead vocalist, lives in Wrenshall...

 By Brady Slater    News    October 13, 2023

Wrenshall refuses ambulance contribution

In a letter last month to the neighboring city of Carlton, the city of Wrenshall declined to support the Carlton ambulance service as it moves toward adding two full-time positions to a historically volunteer staff. “After much thought and d...


Annual memorial walk brings attention to suicide

The 15th Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk takes place 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Saturday at Carlton High School. An average of 150 community members gather at the event in memory of loved ones lost to, or...


4-Hers show off horse skills

Eight 4-Hers from Carlton County participated in the Minnesota 4-H state horse show Sept. 15-18 on the grounds of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights. There were 608 participants from across...

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 13, 2023

Stock Tire keeps rolling with new owner

A longtime Cloquet business has a new owner with a familiar face. Scott Nelson purchased Stock Tire from his boss, Steve Stavang, in August. Nelson had worked as a mechanic there for four years and...

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 13, 2023

Repair shop begins anew

LOC Auto and Weld owner and main mechanic Luke Carlson was welding a truck bed Friday morning, but took a few minutes to report that business is going well at the new automotive repair shop. Carlson...


The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Oct. 5 Girls Soccer Cloquet/Carlton 1 Esko 0 Boys Soccer CEC 7 Proctor 0 Volleyball Carlton/Wrenshall 3 Cook County 1 ML/WR 3 Silver Bay 1 Floodwood 3 South Ridge 2 Cromwell-Wright 3 Barnum 1 Cloquet 3 Superior 0 Friday, Oct. 6 Football... Full story


ON FAITH: Evil can strike anywhere; stay vigilant

I am not sure about you, but the Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel this past weekend woke me up. For a long time after Sept. 11, 2001, I was concerned about terrorist attacks. But more recently that concern has dissipated. First of all, because... Full story


Comments on Congress: Why civility matters

Given everything that’s been taking place on Capitol Hill, I’d guess you missed the announcement a few months back that the House Civility Caucus has been revived. It would be hard to call this ear... Full story


Harry's gang: Monks offer some inspiration

I learned about monks during my time at Saint John’s University, a college near St. Cloud run by a Benedictine monastery. Being a monk is fascinating. They live a communal life, a true socialist s...


Letter to the editor: Firefighters did a great job

On Sept. 4, Labor Day, my 160-acre Nemadji Creek tree farm was in the direct path of the Carlton County Road 11 wildfire. Because of the quick and effective response, the damage to my woodlands was minimal and none of my pine and spruce plantations w... Full story


Obituary: Jake Demenge

Larry "Jake" Demenge was born on April 12, 1953, to Gottlieb "Ole" and Bernice (Lee) Demenge in Cloquet. He graduated from AlBrook High School in 1971. Jake was married to Elizabeth Maki on Oct. 27,... Full story


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