Articles from the January 21, 2022 edition

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Cloquet implements mask mandate

With local health care leaders asking for help and a Mayo Clinic data scientist predicting a peak in Omicron Covid cases in the next two weeks, Mayor Roger Maki declared a local emergency due to the p... Full story

 

Stutter steps in pandemic marathon

Test your short-term memory with this last installment of the 2021 year in review, covering September through December. It includes the continuing waves of Covid-19 spread and some wins in the “back to normal” department, including the return of... Full story

 

Ski jumping, racing take over park

Saturday dawned cold and clear with just a light wind puffing some fresh snow out of the trees at Pine Valley in Cloquet. Mid-January turned out to be a perfect time for ski jumping. By the time the... Full story

 

Lone Wolf

Reader Mike Farmer recently captured this black wolf, a rarity in the wild. While technically simply a "black-colored" gray wolf, it is estimated the percentage of them found in wolf populations is... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    January 21, 2022

After protests, courts enter fray

Protests and social media posts alleging abuse of up to 10 Native American children at two local foster care homes have been seen and heard. Fond du Lac Band attorney Scott Buchanan filed a petition...

 

CAFD meetings are going virtual

Hot on the heels of the Cloquet City Council decision to go to remote meetings due to the high number of Covid cases, the Cloquet Area Fire District Board is also going remote. Residents can still attend meetings online or via telephone. To join...

 

Free booster clinic available

Carlton County Public Health and Human Services will hold a free Moderna booster clinic 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 in the second-floor conference room at the Carlton County Community Services Building, 14 N. 11th St., Cloquet. Registration... Full story

 

Order free Covid tests

Households in the U.S. can order one set of four free at-home tests from USPS.com, courtesy of the federal government. Go to https://special.usps.com/testkits to order. Here’s what you need to know about your order: • Limit one order per... Full story

 

FDL election filings open

Candidate filings for the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee positions of secretary/treasurer and Committeeperson District II (Sawyer) opened Jan. 14 and will close at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Band members may file with the secretary/treasurer’s...

 

Family home, belongings lost in Esko fire

A house and garage in Thomson Township were destroyed in a fire Sunday morning. According to a Carlton County Sheriff's Office press release, fire crews were called to 21 Ridge Road north of Esko at... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    January 21, 2022

Alleged road rage leads to hit and run

Cloquet police issued a press release Tuesday that a "dispute over parking issues" led to "road rage," leaving a Cloquet man in critical condition Saturday. Cloquet police responded to a 911 call of... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    January 21, 2022

Man found guilty of 'heinous' sexual assaults

After nearly seven hours of deliberation and close to five days of testimony, a Carlton County jury returned guilty verdicts on all but one kidnapping charge for a Scanlon man accused of rape,...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    January 21, 2022

Parties ready for caucus meetings

November may seem a long time away, but the first steps toward the next election are already happening with political candidates announcing their decisions to run or not, and precinct caucuses next...

 
 By Mike Creger    News    January 21, 2022

Budget crunching begins in Carlton

The heavy lifting on cutting away the Carlton school district’s million-dollar budget hole will begin in meetings in February, but the school board on Tuesday showed signs that those cuts will sting — especially for those seeking activities...

 

Our View: Consider doing more in 2022

It’s been a while since John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address inspired children and adults to see the importance of civic action and public service. “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country,” he said,...

 

Harry's Gang: What would we do?

I wonder what would happen if hundreds of strangers suddenly got stranded in Cloquet. Maybe a huge blizzard hits while we’re hosting a big hockey tournament? Or tragedy strikes on a summer Sunday... Full story

 

Obituary: Leo James Sell

Leo James Sell, 57, of Edmond, Oklahoma passed away Jan. 15, 2022. He was born on July 12, 1964 in Cloquet to Robert and Virginia (Bryant) Sell. Leo spent his childhood in Carlton, where he met and... Full story

 

Obituary: Carolyn Marjorie (Huisinger) Lehikoinen

Carolyn Marjorie (Huisinger) Lehikoinen, 89, passed away in her home Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. She was born Sept. 17, 1932, in Ivanhoe, Minnesota to Richard "Dick" and Kate (Woltjer) Huisinger. She... Full story

 

Obituary: Thomas "Tommy" R. Rosen

Thomas "Tommy" Richard Rosen, 58, of Cloquet passed away Jan. 12, 2022, at his home. He was born March 25, 1963, in Duluth, the son of Robert G. and Aletha E. (Schmidt) Rosen. Tommy graduated from... Full story

 

Obituary: Bernice "Da Da" Ostoff

Bernice "Da Da" Ostoff, 84, of Cloquet, passed away with peace on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at Augustana Care Health and Rehabilitation in Moose Lake.She was the youngest of 18 siblings, the daughter... Full story

 

Obituary: Russell C. Johnson

Russell C. Johnson, 88, of Moose Lake died Jan. 18, 2022, at Augustana Moose Lake Village after a short illness. Russell was born Dec. 21, 1933, to Selma (Anderson) and John E. Johnson at home, east o... Full story

 

The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Jan. 13 Girls Basketball Cloquet-57 Hermantown-49 South Ridge-53 Floodwood-25 Cromwell-Wright-66 Two Harbors-45 Mesabi East-70 MLWR-62 Boys Basketball Hermantown-96 Cloquet-78 Lakeview Christian Ac.-78 Wrenshall-58 Esko-88 Superior-77... Full story

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 21, 2022

Ski team stays busy with plenty of snow

The Lumberjacks boys and girls alpine ski team has been busy this season, and the pace didn't slow down Monday when the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton competed in an eight-team meet at Mont du Lac Resort.... Full story

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 21, 2022

Seattle picks up Esko's Karson Kuhlman

Former Lumberjacks and University of Minnesota Duluth star Karson Kuhlman faced a bad news, good news scenario this week. On Sunday, Kuhlman found out he was being put on waivers by the Boston... Full story

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 21, 2022

Young reaches 1,000-point mark

This past week the Cloquet girls basketball team has notched wins over Esko, Crosby-Ironton, Hermantown and Barnum. The 'Jacks are an impressive 12-3 on the season and have not lost since losing the... Full story

 

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