Articles from the October 21, 2022 edition

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 By Brady Slater    News    October 21, 2022

Schools agree on Raptors pairings

Struggling financially and facing declining enrollments, the Carlton and Wrenshall schools agreed to bring together all junior high and high school sports earlier this week. The move to combine sports... Full story


Cloquet students issue coat drive

Cloquet High School is partnering with the United Way of Carlton County this month to collect new or gently used coats, hats and mittens. If you wish to participate feel free to drop off your items in the CHS Main office.... Full story


Sales tax options on ballot clarified

Thanks to a reader, we’ve got a deeper understanding of Cloquet’s sales tax ballot question. Or, questions, rather. The city of Cloquet is seeking a half-percent increase to its sales tax in order to fund roughly $8 million worth of projects at Pin... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    October 21, 2022

City opens window to redevelop Solem

Local and regional developers have until the end of November to submit proposals that will determine the future of the condemned Hotel Solem building. Located in downtown Cloquet, the 103-year-old...

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 21, 2022

New river signage will tell story of all city's people

While historical markers dot the heart of Cloquet, replete with photos and historical narratives of places such as the old city hall, the train depot and Pinehurst Park, a large part of the area’s history was overlooked when those markers were instal...

 By Rebekah King    News    October 21, 2022

Esko candidate forum has passion, pride from candidates

The seven candidates running to fill three open Esko school board seats in the Nov. 8 midterm election spoke directly to community members at a candidate forum event earlier this month. The Oct. 11 event was hosted and moderated by Esko’s Parents in... Full story

 By Kirsti Marohn    News    October 21, 2022

Fond du Lac, state fine Enbridge

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Department of Natural Resources and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa announced an enforcement action this week against Enbridge Energy for...  Website


Former MCCU board members honored

Former MCCU board of directors members Tim Caroline and Gerald "Jerry" Telker were recently honored by the Minnesota Credit Union Network with CU Builder awards, honoring an individual's dedication... Full story


PHOTO STORY: Fall Finery

It has been a spectacular autumn in northern Minnesota, filled with bright yellows, oranges and reds, often made even more spectacular by neighboring evergreen trees. Whether it is 70 degrees and... Full story


On the Mark: Putting the garden to bed

For 50 years, I have been vegetable gardening on the same plot. My grandfather had brought Danish practices and preferences to his garden. Long widowed from my grandmother’s ovarian cancer, he was d... Full story


Our view: Cloquet woman was a political first

It is quite likely that 100 years ago today, Anna Dickie Olesen was on the road, in some city in Minnesota far-flung from her permanent residence in Cloquet. Olesen, known here as a strong advocate toward compensation for 1918 fire victims, parlayed...


Letters: Radosevich stands for everyone

In my decade-or-so as a Cloquet city council member, a few people stand out in my mind as highly-engaged citizens — outspoken, positive, and passionate about our community. They’re absolutely tenacious. One of those tenacious people is Pete Rad...


Letters: My son is tied closely to Kettle River area

I am writing to urge my fellow neighbors to support my son, Jeff Dotseth, in his quest to be our next representative in District 11A. When Jeff decided to run for office, he warned me that people who supported his opponent would say things that I...


Letters: Wake up and resist old party line

Every campaign letter I read tells me that XYZ candidate is “dedicated to working families and solving the complicated problems of our state and country.” People of Minnesota, ask yourself: Who was running the show when the police precinct was bur...


Letters: Read between the party lines

If you’re a rock-solid Democrat or a hardcore Republican, this letter is not for you. This letter is intended for those people who care about our country and who are independently minded — sometimes voting red, sometimes blue, and sometimes not vot...


Letters: Transparency gets my vote

I’m writing in support of Pete Radosevich for state representative in Minnesota House District 11A. In deciding to support him I did two things. First, I talked to Pete and asked questions. What stood out most was that he promises to represent all t...


Letters: Vote Dotseth

On Sept. 22, 2022, Pete Radosevich, a lawyer, was a defendant in a civil case of fraud involving a 104-year-old woman (Myrtle Olsen). The case number is 09-CV-19-1442, Carlton County District Court. He agreed to a settlement. Full disclosure. Pete R...


Letters: Lake deserves our support

Sheriff Kelly Lake is the consummate law enforcement professional. Having been appointed sheriff in 2005, she has continuously and successfully held that office being reelected four times. During her tenure she has earned the respect of the...


Letters: Auditor needs to curb waste

We have a choice. Join me in voting for Ryan Wilson for Minnesota state auditor. Ryan is head and shoulders above our current auditor, given his education, work background and integrity. As a voter and taxpayer I am tired of the rash of scandals...


Letters: Sheriff has proven herself in county

This November, we have important choices to make while completing our ballot. One of our choices is to decide who the sheriff of Carlton County will be. The office of sheriff has many responsibilities in a wide variety of areas within our justice...


Letters: Dotseth offers brighter future

We owe it to ourselves and future generations to cast a well-informed, educated vote on Nov. 8. There are many who vote only based on the letter (D or R) behind the candidate’s name on the ballot. Please think about the issues that impact you and y...


Letters: Bjerkness listens, responds positively

I have been a resident of Cloquet for 49 years. Seventeen of those have had Dave Bjerkness as my ward council member. He has listened well to any concerns I had. His leadership led to positive action and through his follow-up he showed me his...


Letters: Dotseth's heart is in race for district seat

A representative is a person chosen or appointed to act or speak for others. How will you choose? Jeff Dotseth is a local resident, family man, farmer, and Moose Lake businessman in District 11A, which was expanded to include areas in Carlton, Pine a...


Letters: Why we should hire Jeff Dotseth

As a manager in my manufacturing and education career I have had the opportunity to vet and hire many employees. Through the application and interview process I sought to learn and understand as much as possible about the applicant and how they...

 By Brady Slater    News    October 21, 2022

Catholic church preserves its 'sacred' place

Assigned by the local diocese's bishop to Queen of Peace Catholic Church 15 months ago, the Rev. Nick Nelson praised his fortune. "For me, who thinks beauty, who thinks the physical appearance of the... Full story


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