Articles from the November 24, 2023 edition

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Focus on shopping locally Saturday

Expect lots of shoppers in downtown Cloquet Saturday, as a growing number of businesses are actively participating in Small Business Saturday. In part, that's because the number of businesses across... Full story


It's a hands-on, real-world classroom

The group of 16 Wrenshall students quickly separated into small groups outside the Carlton VFW last week, as they hammered and cut the final pieces of the walk-in cooler they'd been building since...


Flu vaccine clinic Tuesday

It’s not too late to get your flu vaccine this season to help boost your immunity to influenza before the December holidays. Carlton County Public Health will have one additional flu vaccine clinic 1-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Carlton C... Full story


DNR investigates carcasses

Conservation Officer Tony Elwell is investigating a report about beaver carcasses dumped on county land near Sawyer, said a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources weekly report. Upon visiting the location, Elwell observed beaver, otter, muskrat...


Northern Lights Express update

State legislators and staff from the Minnesota Department of Transportation will hold a community forum Nov. 27 on the status of the Northern Lights Express rail project. The NLX will provide commuter train service between Minneapolis and Duluth....


Council votes in neighbors' favor on rezone

A small pocket of Cloquet homeowners and Diamond Willow Assisted Living residents can rest easier now, knowing the Cloquet City council voted against rezoning nearby property from residential to highway/commercial. Councilors voted 5-1 Tuesday to den...

 By Mike Creger    News    November 24, 2023

Superintendent has an enrollment warning

Cloquet schools superintendent Dr. Michael Cary had an interesting observation he wanted to share with the school board during last week’s meeting. As the board prepared to hear about the annual audit of its finances at the Nov. 13 meeting, Cary o...

 By Ted Lammi    News    November 24, 2023

Teachers negotiate a two-year pay raise

Carlton teachers will receive a pay increase of 4.25 percent for the 2023-24 school year and an additional 2 percent for the 2024-25 school year, according to a new contract approved by the Carlton school board at its meeting Monday, Nov. 20. Other...


Community coat drive

Spread the warmth by donating new coats or other winter clothing items at the Community Memorial Hospital gift shop or information desk in the clinic lobby, or the CMH Raiter Family Clinic lobby between now and Dec. 1. All sizes from youth to adult...


Join the Cloquet Ski Club

Prospective cross country skiers and ski jumpers ages 3-18 are invited to join the Cloquet Ski Club, which is based out of the Pine Valley park in Cloquet. Ski jumpers practice Tuesday and Thursday evenings, while cross country skiers meet every... Full story


Register for ski lessons

Kids ages 5-14 can sign up for cross country ski lessons at the Spirit Mountain Nordic Center. Lessons run on Sundays Jan. 7-Feb. 11. Lessons for grades K-3 are 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. for grades 4-8. Cost: $30 for the first child, $20 for... Full story


CAFD aims to reduce calls with new position

Residents within the Cloquet Area Fire District boundaries will see increased ambulance rates and potentially a new community risk reduction officer since the CAFD board unanimously approved both at its Nov. 15 meeting. The CAFD board voted to...


Photo: A bead on fun

Churchill Elementary fourth-graders in Jessica Gagne's class learned beading this month. Here, the kids are making bracelets they designed themselves. Pictured from left are Franny Langer, Tucker... Full story


Deer hunt is definitely hit and miss

Wolves and winters. Those are the theories being tossed around related to a Minnesota firearms deer season that data show, and most hunters say, lacked the robust deer populations of yesteryear. "I've... Full story


Emerald ash borer threatens northern Minnesota

With close to a billion ash trees in the state, the non-native emerald ash borer (EAB) insect threatens trees across Minnesota, but especially the northern part of the state. A wood borer that feeds in the phloem and disrupts the movement of... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    November 24, 2023

Cloquet man faces felony child abuse charge

Two Cloquet children were removed from their home Nov. 9 during an investigation into abuse by the mother’s husband. Travis Dean Thrun, 22, is faced with a felony charge related to the suspected abuse of a 2-year-old. A 5-year-old also removed f... Full story


Harry's Gang: Parents create royal dilemma

There seems to be a cultural crisis facing Barnum that threatens the very existence of the city and its high school. The crisis? Kids at the school this fall elected two boys as the top homecoming... Full story


Korby's Connections: Stay on the band wagon

Shut your eyes, picture it's the Fourth of July or Labor Day in Cloquet. It's parade time. The veterans have passed by, now here comes the music. You recognize the familiar trailer, with its red,... Full story

 By Joe Bowen    News    November 24, 2023

Business grant to help the 'underestimated'

A rebranded and expanded regional program hopes to help Northeastern Minnesota entrepreneurs who are Black, Indigenous, military veterans, or women. The Driving Access to Wealth & Networks (DAWN)...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 24, 2023

Lumberjacks aim high in Class A

Last year, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boy's hockey team finished with an impressive 16-9-1 record, but fell well short of the state hockey tournament. This season, the Lumberjacks come in with a roster... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 24, 2023

Rebels put 5-win season in the rearview

After a 5-19 season last year, the Moose Lake Area Rebels boys hockey team is looking to turn those numbers around this season as they feel they have a squad capable of double-digit victories. “We a... Full story


Wilderness stay on top

Victories in hockey sometimes can be Rembrandt-like pieces of artwork. Other times, they can remind you of a pig sty. Saturday night's game in Cloquet between the Minnesota Wilderness and Wisconsin... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 24, 2023

Pieces coming together for young Lumberjacks team

With a lineup replete with youngsters, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team is busy trying to figure out roles and combinations as they gear up for the winter season. "We are still pretty young...


CEC diver soaks in State

The first Lumberjacks diver to go to State since 2005, Esko junior Rilee Durovec took 20th place at the Minnesota State High School League Class A Swimming and Diving meet last week....


Quilters honor one of their own

The Humble Quilters Guild made four scrappy rainbow quilts for donation this fall, using fabric donated by the family of Barb Little. Barb was a charter member of the guild and was well-known for her...


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