Articles from the December 8, 2023 edition

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 By Brady Slater    News    December 8, 2023

Moose Lake Council mulls cutting police

The city of Moose Lake is weighing a proposal that would eliminate its police department in favor of using the Carlton County Sheriff's Office to conduct the city's policing. The Carlton County...

 
 By Brady Slater    News    December 8, 2023

Author takes on Jessica Lange story

When Anthony Uzarowski set out to write a biography about Cloquet native and world-famous actress Jessica Lange, he planned to visit Minnesota, retrace her steps and meet the sources for the book... Full story

 

Hunters rally against wolves in Carlton

Roughly 300 hunters sat rapt Wednesday at Four Seasons Sports Complex in Carlton to hear a new grassroots group's plan to pressure the state to act against federal protection of the gray wolf. The gro...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    December 8, 2023

Washington award follows better test scores

Changing school culture - and incorporating more of the local Ojibwe culture - has paid off for Cloquet's Washington Elementary School, in test scores, recognition and especially the well-being of...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    December 8, 2023

Pine Valley gains state recognition

Soon the rest of Minnesota can find out what Cloquet residents already know: Pine Valley is special. City officials learned last week that Cloquet's Pine Valley Recreation Area - home to ski jumps... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: A few life lessons from Rotary Club

I recently had the fun of chatting with some members of the local Rotary Club. Rotary, for those of you who don’t know, is a service club of local professionals and business people, whose mission se... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    Sports    December 8, 2023

Korby's Connections: Esko indeed defeated Trotters

There are things happening every day, or that have happened over time in history, that seem hard for us to fathom or believe. The Ripley's Believe It or Not! books and museum are full of snippets that... Full story

 

'Jacks hit a roadblock at home

The Cloquet boys basketball team played tough Tuesday, but ultimately fell to North Branch 73-69 in this season's home opener at Cloquet Middle School. Head coach Steve Battaglia isn't worried. "We... Full story

 

The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Nov. 30 Girls hockey Moose Lake Area 6 North Shore 2 Girls basketball Cromwell-Wright 47 Floodwood 31 Cloquet 72 Hermantown 27 Rock Ridge 67 Esko 44 Barnum East Central Boys basketball Cloquet 76 Hibbing 70 Moose Lake/WR 76 Proctor 37... Full story

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 8, 2023

Cards start with a bang, outshoot Bombers

When Barnum and Cromwell-Wright boys basketball teams tipped off Tuesday, the crowd was large and raucous as fans anticipated an intense matchup of two perennial Polar League powers. But the... Full story

 

Santa's home for the holidays 2023

As the days grow shorter, the Santa's Home for the Holidays celebration spread light and cheer last weekend. There were multiple Santa appearances, magic, meals, shopping, a parade, hot drinks,...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 8, 2023

Lumberjacks get a split in first matches

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton wrestling team opened the season with a home triangular match against Proctor/Hermantown and Superior. The Lumberjacks took a 39-33 win over Proctor/Hermantown, but fell,... Full story

 

Wilderness swept but remain in first

The Minnesota Wilderness returned from Eagle River, Wisconsin last weekend, stinging from a sweep at the hands of the Wisconsin Windigo. The losses, 3-0 Friday and 4-3 Saturday, left the first-place Wilderness with a three-point lead atop the Midwest... Full story

 

Photo: A well-used scoreboard

The Carlton/Wrenshall Raptors posed under the new scoreboard in the Wrenshall gym Monday after a 94-51 win over Cook County. The community effort to raise money for the new board was celebrated as... Full story

 

Wright/Cromwell news

The Bethlehem Lutheran Women’s bazaar and brunch is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 9 at the church in Wright. There will be lots of Christmas items, baked goods, egg bakes, muffins, juice and coffee....

 

Kettle River news

The next Kettle River council meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Kettle River Senior Center. Cookies and caroling will be at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the Suomalainen Kirkko (Finnish Cultural Center) on the corner of Minnesota Highway 73 and...

 

Photo: A show of lights

December was ushered in by the northern lights, pictured north of Cloquet on Keith Miernicki's Christmas tree farm at about 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Photographer Dan Malkovich said the half-moon had... Full story

 

Commitee picks loon seal

The loon will be featured on the official Great Seal of the State of Minnesota. The State Emblems Redesign Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to move forward with "design S224" as the basis for the... Full story

 

Christmas at the tribal college

It’s a big holiday weekend at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. The annual Holiday Celebration at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College returns to campus today, Dec. 8. The family event, hosted by the FDLTCC Human Services Club, is...

 

Photo: Good cheer from community band

The Cloquet Area Community Band presented its annual holiday concert at the Cloquet Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Dec. 3. The band (and the fantastic acoustics) provided the audience with a great... Full story

 
 By Brady Slater    News    December 8, 2023

Wrenshall school board preps for 'cushion' loan

The Wrenshall school board will vote later this month on another loan to support cash flow during a period of time in the new year when district funds will be at their lowest. Speaking at Tuesday’s work session of the board, superintendent Jeff...

 

Annual toy drive begins this week

Kingdom Builders Ministries is seeking donations of new and gently used toys, which they plan to give away. Anyone willing to donate is asked to drop off toys at the former Common Ground building — now home to Holy Smokes — at 103 Ave. C in...

 

MnDOT wants snowplow names

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is once again inviting the public to help name another round of eight snowplows, one for each MnDOT district in the state. Past winners include the names Plowy McPlowFace, Blader Tot Hotdish, Han Snowlo and...

 

Tax rebates to be taxed by feds

The federal government is taking a cut from most of the Minnesota tax rebates sent out this fall, meaning a $26 to $286 handover depending on the size of a household’s initial payout. The Minnesota Department of Revenue failed to convince the IRS...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    December 8, 2023

Council approves 2.85-percent levy increase

Cloquet city councilors and mayor Roger Maki approved a smaller budget Tuesday than they expected three months ago. That means the levy increase for property taxes will also be smaller than reflected...

 

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