Articles from the January 28, 2022 edition

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 By Rebekah King    News    January 28, 2022

Esko votes to end its mask mandate

While other area schools and cities are heightening Covid-19 protocols, the Esko school board voted Monday to pass a set of guidelines that would allow the removal of mandatory masks on Feb. 7. With a 3-2 vote at the regular meeting Jan. 24, the...


Our View: Football loss could be a gain

We weren’t taken aback at the news that Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is ending its football program. Football is always expensive, with lots of players, lots of equipment. Very few of the football players — at least in recent years — h... Full story


Student: it's about staying in school

Esko senior Nate Rengo has been vocal about mask wearing at the high school, saying he advocates taking any “proactive” measures to avoid a school shutdown and missing school events in his final year. After a board meeting earlier in January whe...


Moonlight Magic

Our frigid winter can only be soothed by embracing it. That's what Dan Malkovich of Cloquet was doing last week as he ventured out to Jay Cooke State Park for some night photography of the waning... Full story


History Mystery

The latest photo from the Carlton County Historical Society is of some very smiley students at the Scanlon grade school in the early 1960s. Do you recognize anyone? The society would love to put some...


Attend animal shelter meeting

A group advancing the idea of a Carlton County animal shelter is holding its next meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 at the VFW in Carlton. Anyone is welcome to attend. Carlton County has not had a local humane society since the Friends of Animals...


Fond du Lac has mask mandate

The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee approved a mask mandate from Jan. 21 through Feb. 18 for the following facilities: Black Bear Casino Resort, Fond-du-Luth Casino, and Fond du Lac Gas & Grocery. The City of Cloquet implemented a mask...


Political precinct caucuses set

The 2022 precinct caucuses will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1. Precinct caucuses are meetings run by Minnesota’s political parties. They are the first in a series of meetings where parties may endorse candidates, select delegates, and set g...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 28, 2022

After staffing shortage, Cloquet schools on the rise

After warning families that the district might have to switch to distance learning because of staffing shortages caused by the pandemic, Cloquet superintendent Michael Cary said things are looking up. Staffing levels have stabilized, somewhat....


Band renames building to honor officer

The Fond du Lac Resource Management & Tribal Court building has been renamed the John A. Smith Memorial Building, honoring a retired conservation officer who died at age 69 on Dec. 25. Smith served...


Up-and-down winter leads to crashes

Continued fluctuations between moderate and frigid temperatures this month, coupled with spates of snow, have left roadways slick. In just the past week there were several incidents of cars sliding off roads and some overturning. In Cloquet on...


County awarded for Covid work

Carlton County was one of five counties recognized for the Association of Minnesota Counties County Achievement award out of all 87 counties in Minnesota last month. Several Carlton County departments were recognized for their collaborative work on...


Order free at-home Covid tests

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of four free at-home tests from courtesy of the federal government. Go to to order. Here’s what you need to know about your order: Limit of one order p... Full story


Pollinator class offered

The Carlton County Extension Office is offering a class on Feb. 17 called “Growing Healthy Landscapes for Bees and Other Pollinators,” presented by master gardener Kathy Rahkola. The 90-minute class begins at 2 p.m. at 1630 County Road 61 in Car...

 By Dan Reed    News    January 28, 2022

County pushes Hwy 73, masks

For the fourth time in the last 40 years the Carlton County board of commissioners declared their support for necessary funding by state and federal action to rebuild Highway 73 in western Carlton County, particularly the 8-mile stretch south of...

 By Rebekah King    News    January 28, 2022

Board votes to reappoint Paulson to CAFD, changes snow removal policies

Talk of the Cloquet Area Fire District continued at the Thomson Township Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday, Jan. 20. In past discussions about CAFD board representation, it was unclear whether the township’s representative had to be an elected o...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 28, 2022

Attorney to argue self defense

A Cloquet man who is facing manslaughter charges will argue he acted in self defense, and seek to have the charges dismissed, according to his attorney. Joel Jay Ammesmaki, 58, was charged with first-degree manslaughter in September for “causing t...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 28, 2022

Fire district turns focus to staffing

Following the upheaval of the final weeks of 2021, the first Cloquet Area Fire District Board meeting Wednesday, Jan. 19, was positively noncontroversial. The fact that it was held online likely helped — the board will meet remotely as long as C...

 By Mike Creger    News    January 28, 2022

Alleged child abuse investigation continues

The two women accused by protestors of abusing children in their care fought back in Sixth District Carlton County court Tuesday. More than 100 people observed the online hearing, which ultimately...


Harry's Gang: Vote on schools coming

The Minnesota Legislature starts up again next week, and while it’s fun to make fun of lawmakers, they really do an important job in our society, and most of them take their job very seriously. T... Full story


Snowboard story brings back memories

There was a wonderful article in the Pine Knot (Jan. 7) that prompted me to write a little bit of history to pass down. This particular article really touched home. My grandparents on my father Wallace Johanson’s side were Swedish emigrants — alo... Full story


Letter to the editor: Mask mandate a good idea

Kudos to Mayor Maki and the City Council for implementing and supporting a mask mandate in indoor public gathering places. I appreciate the courage this took. Thank you for helping us help ourselves. John Boland, Cloquet... Full story


Letter to the editor: Restaurant owner disappointed by mandate

As a business owner, the news of the Cloquet mask mandate passed Jan. 18 raised some questions and concerns. When previous Covid-19 safety measures were implemented, I ensured that my restaurant followed all of the appropriate guidelines. I did not... Full story


Obituary: Wendy L. Clark Diemart

Wendy L. Clark Diemart passed away Jan. 12, 2022, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth from complications from Covid. Her two sons were by her side. Wendy was born in Duluth to Stanley A. and Wilma... Full story


Obituary: Stacy Lea (Golden) Beckes

Stacy Lea (Golden) Beckes passed away very peacefully Jan. 23, 2022, surrounded by her family in her home. She was born on Aug. 22, 1966, in Cloquet, to Clifford and Catherine (Maack) Golden. Stacy gr... Full story


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