Articles from the October 15, 2021 edition

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 By Mike Creger    News    October 15, 2021

Hens roam; social media finds them a home

The lost chickens of Carlton County have been found. And they've been adopted. This week, for the second time in a month, people exploring the woods off Carlton County Road 4 between Interstate 35...


Double-dose drive-in shots draw crowd

After making Time magazine last year with one of the first drive-thru vaccination clinics in the country, Carlton County did it again this week. This time, residents could get a twofer, two shots in... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 15, 2021

Esko parents express worry, anger over issues

Some parents in the Esko school district are not happy with what they perceive as the “woke” culture at Esko High School, according to Kara Kangas, a parent in the district. Kangas expressed fru...


Former coach pleads guilty

A former Barnum girls basketball coach pleaded guilty Friday to having sex with a player. Andrew Palmer, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Two other third-degree counts will be dismissed as part of the plea...


Mother pleads guilty in crash

Misty Louise Mattinas, 27, pleaded guilty Friday to one felony count of criminal vehicular homicide, with alcohol concentration .08 or more, in Sixth District Carlton County Court. Two other felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide, six felony...

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 15, 2021

Legislators make tour stop in Cloquet

DFL legislators tour the fire district’s Station 1 last week. Segregated by party, state legislators have been cruising around the state on a tour of entities with projects vying to be included in t...

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 15, 2021

Cloquet school enrollment still down from pre-pandemic levels

Although the Cloquet Area Alternative Education Program is full, other schools in the Cloquet district are seeing a decline when compared to pre-pandemic numbers, superintendent Michael Cary told board members Monday. Pre-Covid, Cary said, resident...


I-35 closures go to end of October

Lane closures that began this week on southbound and northbound Interstate 35 at the Moose Horn River between Moose Lake and Barnum are expected to last until the end of the month. The left lane in both directions is closed for pier work underneath...


Clinic coordinator honored nationally

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa clinic coordinator Chris Davis has earned national recognition- the Outstanding Service Award, presented by the National Indian Health Board at a ceremony...

 By Rebekah King    News    October 15, 2021

Supervisors take on road projects before season ends

Thomson Township board supervisors are taking a look at some township roads before winter begins. At its Oct. 7 meeting the board voted to pay for preparation work on Hillside Road so that it can be repaved by the end of 2021. Residents along the...


Performance and class is Saturday

As part of West End Flourish events, enjoy and participate in a unique class and pop-up performance art event 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at Dunlap Park. Organizer Kim Buskala said the first 30 participants will receive a journal made by Northern...

 By Dan Reed    News    October 15, 2021

County court will try to unclog case backlog

A directive has come from Minnesota Supreme court chief justice Lorie S. Gildea to the Sixth Judicial District, which includes Carlton County, that all backlogged cases due to the Covid-19 pandemic are to have judicial action before the end of this y...


Wood City Quilters scratch an itch for stitch

Some of us may remember learning about the pioneer days when the women settlers would gather every so often for a quilting bee, a day of camaraderie and sewing. Even though our 21st-century lifestyle... Full story


Guest View: Keep poverty rate on downward spiral

Bill Grant Minnesota Community Action Partnership Results from the 2020 U.S. census are beginning to trickle out, and for those living in poverty, the news is decidedly mixed. On the one hand, congressional response to the Covid-19 pandemic has... Full story


Harry's Gang: Annual four-day break is welcome in our house

There’s nothing like a random four-day weekend for kids from school. Education Minnesota weekend is coming up next weekend and it’s a treat for students and for many parents, who take the opportunity... Full story


Obituary: Norma Winnifred (Groves) Andrew

Norma Winnifred (Groves) Andrew, 97, passed away in Phoenix on Aug. 31, 2021. Born June 1, 1924, to parents Arthur William Henry Groves and Winnifred Edith (Brown) Groves of Orillia, Ontario, Canada,... Full story


Obituary: Gerald Allen Heikkila

Gerald Allen Heikkila, 87, of Cromwell passed away Oct. 8, 2021, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. Jerry was born in Cromwell on Jan. 24, 1934, to George and Esther Heikkila. He was raised, and... Full story


Death notices

Retired Cloquet school superintendent Russell Smith, 80, passed away Aug. 9 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 23 at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet. The family will host a time of... Full story


Obituary: Kayla Inger Gist

Kayla I. Gist, 38, of Cloquet, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, surrounded by family at Mayo Methodist Hospital in Rochester. Kayla was born on May 28, 1983, to Pamela M. Carlson-Jones and Thomas... Full story


Obituary: Duane "Dewey" Kenneth Johnson

Duane "Dewey" K. Johnson, 73, of Cloquet, passed away Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. He was born May 16, 1948, in Cloquet, the son of Kenneth and Margaret (Olson)... Full story


Obituary: Katherine Rosemary Axtell

Katherine R. Axtell, 87, of Cloquet, passed away Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. She was born May 14, 1934, in Superior, the daughter of Joseph and Theresa (Hudacek)... Full story


Board game parlays Halloween

Darrell Davey is not afraid to reveal his inner nerd in conversation about games or all things ghoulish. And when something manages to combine the two - like his own All Hallows' Eve game - the... Full story


Some local haunts

Haunted Hawthorne This 10-minute walk-through maze at 827 Hawthorne St. in Cloquet returns for another year. There’s candy at the end and you can buy a $5 raffle ticket to win a T-shirt. It’s free, and donations are accepted. Do the haunt 7-10 p.m... Full story


On Faith: Finding empathy in angry times is worthy work

It was one of those appointments I wasn’t looking forward to. The confirmation program had made a big change and the kids and parents weren’t happy, to put it mildly. Tension had been building for... Full story


Wright/Cromwell news

In 1971, 50 years ago, the Floodwood school board voted to allow female teachers and staff to wear pantsuits for the first time. I think the other area schools also allowed women to wear slacks to...


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