Articles from the October 30, 2020 edition

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Esko pastor dies after Covid battle

When Jeff Walther was transferred to the intensive care unit at Essentia-St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, he was greeted by nurse Amanda Valentine. She would spend 16 hours with him that day as the... Full story


Halloween "as usual" is not a good idea

With a full moon and above-freezing temperatures predicted for Saturday, it might have been the perfect Halloween. Except we're in the middle of a pandemic and heading into a long cold winter with...


History mystery

We think we've solved last week's History Mystery item. Northeastern Saloon and Hotel owner Bert Whittington shared the photo partially shown above with the Pine Knot News. He bought the photo at a...


Updated: Haven't voted yet? Here's what you need to know

The months of campaigning are peaking now, with Election Day on Tuesday and both local and national candidates trying to reach people who have yet to vote. Carlton County acting auditor/treasurer Kath... Full story


Watch candidate forums on CAT-7, city website

Did you miss the Oct. 21 Cloquet candidate forum? Don’t despair. The forum is running at 6 p.m. every night through Monday, Nov. 5, on CAT-7 for Mediacom cable subscribers. Residents with online access can watch the forum anytime by clicking on... Full story


Carlton school board race needs a write-in

With only two candidates running to fill three seats up for election, the Carlton school board will have to make some decisions after canvassing the Nov. 3 vote on Nov. 12. Longtime board member Tim Hagenah is seeking re-election, while chairwoman... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    October 30, 2020

Pipeline staging area plan dropped; jail plans continue

It took 12 minutes for the Carlton County board of commissioners to meet Monday, Oct. 26. Chairman Marv Bodie chaired the meeting, which was livestreamed and attended virtually by commissioners Tom Proulx and Dick Brenner. A permit for the use of...


Time goes back this weekend

It’s that time of year again … time to “fall back” and change the clocks. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. On Saturday night, set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed … or, if your world runs on cell phones and...


Winter parking begins Nov. 1

Winter parking begins for at least three cities next week, meaning overnight parking is not allowed. From Nov. 1 until March 31, cars cannot be parked overnight on streets or in alleys to allow snowplow drivers and others to clear the streets where...


County Covid-19 rates continue to climb

Carlton County saw its second death from Covid-19 this week — Esko pastor Jeff Walther — along with a sharp rise in the number of positive cases. On Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Health... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 30, 2020

Some in-person learning better than none, superintendent says

Since secondary grades in Cloquet switched to hybrid learning — attending classes in person every third day and distance learning the rest — the schools have seen an uptick in the number of students switching to distance learning. That’s a...

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 30, 2020

Sex charges marked by 'heinous elements'

A grand jury indicted a Scanlon man last week with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct “with heinous elements” and a charge of kidnapping. If convicted, the first three charges all carry a life sentence without possibility of...


Our View: Not that you need the push ... Vote

There’s just a few things we expect from citizens in American: respect the law; pay your taxes; and vote. We feel that voting is the most important of those expectations. That’s because your vote will control who will be deciding which laws and...


Harry's Gang: Let's hope we get what we want after Election Day

It seems that, with the elections just a few days away, much of the conversation we hear involves politics and candidates. We've divided our nation so deeply I fear it will take a miracle, or maybe a...


It's nice to have a local paper

We know as citizens of Carlton County that we are very fortunate. We live in one of the most bucolic domains of nature populated with magnificent forests, crystal clear streams, and multiple lakes...


We can't tax ourselves into better times

The Carlton and Wrenshall school districts made a joint effort to obtain funding from the State of Minnesota but it didn’t make the cut in this year’s bonding bill. This funding — called...


Obituaries: Gladys "Gladie" Mae (Peterson) DeVriendt

Gladys "Gladie" Mae (Peterson) DeVriendt, 82, passed away at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton on Oct. 22, 2020, with family by her side. She was born Oct. 28, 1937, in Saginaw, and raised on the... Full story


Obituaries: Rev. Jeffrey Walther

The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Walther, 58, of Esko went to his heavenly home on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, with his loving family by his side. He was born on Feb. 24, 1962, to Howard and Elaine Walther in Wadena.... Full story


Obituaries: Donald Anthony Kujawa

Donald Anthony Kujawa, 85, of Dumfries, Virginia, passed away on Oct. 16, 2020. He was born Aug. 13, 1935, in Cloquet, where he grew up just blocks from the love of his life, Jean Mattinen, whom he... Full story


Obituaries: Terrance John Salo

Terrance John Salo, 73, of Cloquet passed away from various health issues on Oct. 22, 2020, in Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth with his family by his side. He was born Oct. 9, 1947... Full story


Obituaries: Julie Ann (Jenski) Winter Bristol

Julie Ann (Jenski) Winter Bristol, 70, of Savage passed away peacefully from glioblastoma brain cancer with her family by her side. Julie was born Aug. 21, 1950 in Cloquet, and graduated from Cloquet... Full story


Credit union selects president

The Members Cooperative Credit Union Board of Directors has selected Steve Ewers to serve as the organization's next president and CEO, following the retirement of Tammy Heikkinen. Ewers has over 22...

 By Anne Dugan    News    October 30, 2020

Wrenshall news

Halloween is arguably one of the most creative holidays, and this year that spirit (pun intended) will have to go toward figuring out new ways to celebrate. Luckily, Wrenshallites are figuring out...


Wright/Cromwell news

Important news for Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wright: The church council decided to hold in-person worship services only on the first Sunday of the month, due to recent low attendance, the...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    October 30, 2020

Strange year, same result

Goaltender Gracie Meagher saved her best game for the last game of her senior year as the Cloquet girls soccer team held on for a 1-0 Section 7A championship win over Duluth Marshall last Wednesday... Full story


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