Articles from the December 2, 2022 edition

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 By Brady Slater    News    December 2, 2022

Hwy. 33 may get friendly makeover

Better walking, biking, trail access is goal of plan The future of the state highway bisecting Cloquet isn't expected to be as vehicle-centric as it is today. A report due this month from... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    December 2, 2022

Army of volunteers bring light to Thanksgiving

By 10:36 a.m. Thursday, some 300 Thanksgiving meals had been delivered across Carlton County, all of them free, all of them cooked, packaged and driven to their destination by volunteers. Then the... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    December 2, 2022

Athletic facilities racing ahead

A multimillion-dollar athletic facilities project got another step closer to reality Monday, when Cloquet school board members voted unanimously in favor of using the state government bid process for contracts and purchasing and hired Kraus-Anderson...


Jay Cooke superintendent plaque needs a due fix

We were doing a little research on historical markers in Carlton County, and plan to offer some background on them, when we came upon a mystery in our beloved Jay Cooke State Park. Near the picnic are... Full story


Small biz owners get the business

Although time did not roll back to the 1980s when shoppers could get everything from hats and dresses to men's suits at multiple department stores on Cloquet Avenue, there were definitely pockets of... Full story


Holiday festivities are community-driven

Santa's Home for the Holidays festivities have always been something that comes together thanks to the efforts of many, with many organizations each doing their part, and ending with the parade and... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    December 2, 2022

Dog owner to be cited following fire deaths

Authorities are expected to cite a former renter with a kennel violation following a garage fire in Scanlon responsible for the loss of seven dogs Nov. 18. The former renter at 1208 28th Ave. will...

 By Dan Reed    News    December 2, 2022

County prepares for sales tax kick-in

Carlton County voters approved it, but paperwork and state bureaucracy means collecting the voter-approved half-cent sales tax money to support the construction of the Justice Center won’t begin until spring. In November, Carlton County voters...

 By Mike Creger    News    December 2, 2022

Cloquet teacher wins state award

Dave Perry curled his hand in front of his face, forming a small circle. "What I like to see is a kid with that hood, and all you see is about this much of him or her," he said. "And all of a sudden... Full story


Our view: Time to hit refresh on winter traveling

Now that winter has brought its icy, snowy grip on the Carlton County landscape — with doses of snow and cold throughout this week — it’s time to review some survival tips when traveling about. These things need to be said in an age when...

 By A.A. Alm    Opinion    December 2, 2022

Guest column: Trees make the season

It’s that time of year, when Christmas trees with all of the beautiful lights and decorations show up in our homes. The traditional use of evergreen trees during the Christmas season brings to many Americans the fragrance and freshness of the fores...


Guest column: County delegation hits farm convention

The title "Fairness for Farmers" captures the spirit of a movement that is gathering momentum in rural Minnesota and beyond. Small and medium farms, which characterize the agricultural landscape of...


RV Trips: An Advent for all

So, what is Advent anyway, and why would you or I want to celebrate it? The Latin “advenīre” means “to come to,” and long ago the early Christians adopted the first weeks of December to acknowledge the season in which they prepared to...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 2, 2022

'Jacks settle neighborhood feud

In a game that featured massive momentum swings, the Cloquet and Esko girls basketball teams kicked off thier seasons with a real nailbiter that ended in a 55-52 win for the 'Jacks. Both teams had... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 2, 2022

Rebels walk off on Lumberjacks

Neighborhood rivals Moose Lake Area and Cloquet-Esko-Carlton met up Nov. 22 in a girls hockey clash in Moose Lake. The spirited contest delivered, ending with a 3-2 MLA overtime victory. The Rebels... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 2, 2022

Power play propels Wilderness

The Minnesota Wilderness needed to fight back both nights last weekend, and they completed a home sweep of the Janesville Jets and solidified their spot near the top of the North American Hockey... Full story


Kettle River news

Santa Claus is coming to town, and will be visiting from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The visit is part of the Ma & Pa Kettle Days Christmas event and tree lighting, which will be held 4-7 p.m. at the Kettle River Veterans Building. There will be...


Carlton happenings

Christmas Day will be here soon. Many of us have family traditions that we have celebrated for many generations. How many of you remember the tinsel icicles that Grandma put on the tree every year? I remember my Grandma Kemi putting tinsel on every...


Wright/Cromwell news

The Young Old Timers Christmas dinner and gathering will be at noon Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Cromwell Pavilion. There will be a special program by Don and Candy. Current and new Young Old Timers are welcome to come and maybe join them. You can also...


Obituary: Diane Mary Calhoun

Diane Mary Calhoun, 74, of Barnum died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, at Essentia Health in Duluth. She was born in Duluth on Oct. 9, 1948, to Edward and Melba Stevens. Diane grew up in Barnum, graduating... Full story


Obituary: Karen Ann (Hallback) Main

Karen Ann (Hallback) Main, 79, died peacefully on Nov. 21, 2022, at St. Mary's Hospital after a brief illness, surrounded by her sister Joan Morrison, brother Jeff Hallback and his wife Patti, and... Full story


Obituary: Neal Edward Lahti

Neal Edward Lahti, 60, of Cloquet passed away Nov. 14, 2022, peacefully in his home. Neal was born on Dec. 28, 1961, in Cloquet to Edward and Floretta Lahti. He worked as a custodian at many... Full story


Obituary: Toni Ramsey

Toni Ramsey, 32, of Cromwell and formerly of Pine City, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. She was born on April 25, 1990, to Terrie Roe and Jeffrey Ramsey. Toni... Full story


Obituary: Charles M. Strand

Charles M. Strand, 80, of Cloquet passed away Nov. 25, 2022, in St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth with his family by his side. He was born July 14, 1942, in Cloquet to Vivian and Wilfred "Bill" Strand,... Full story


Death notice: Mary H. Waller

Mary H. Waller, 89, of Cloquet passed away Nov. 28, 2022, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. Memorial services are pending January 2023. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Care.... Full story


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