Articles from the December 17, 2021 edition

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 By Mike Creger    News    December 17, 2021

Forgotten memorial finds a family home

Sigfred Johnson considered himself the "black sheep" of his family. It was likely because he liked to drink beer while most of his relatives were teetotalers. And there were a lot of them. Born in 190...


Outrage grows over tax increase

The fact that Cloquet Area Fire District taxpayers have been paying more than their share of ambulance expenses for over a decade didn't pacify Thomson Township residents Thursday during the CAFD...


Postal workers keep up with holiday surge

Cloquet postmaster Todd Manisto gazed at the piles of boxes - some towering over even the tallest letter carriers - stacked in carts clustered in the mailroom at the post office Monday. "This is...


History Mystery

Last week's photo from the Carlton County Historical Society, at right, had many people chiming in on where the photo was taken. It was obviously Scanlon, and readers pointed out that it was most...


In Carlton, lament over loss of school

More than 30 people spoke Monday in a last ditch effort to convince Carlton School Board members to keep the high school open and the district a preK-12. Ostensibly, the public hearing at Carlton... Full story


Husband held in woman's death

A Kettle River woman was allegedly shot and killed by her husband Friday, Dec. 10. Raymond Arthur Julian, 65, allegedly told police he killed his wife, Tracy Ellen Julian, 62, when they came to his...


Local ICU beds limited

Community Memorial Hospital CEO Rick Breuer confirmed that the Cloquet hospital has been at capacity for much of the past month, but said Covid is not the only cause. Probably between one-quarter and one-third on the inpatient side of things are Covi... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    December 17, 2021

Few objections heard on 4.9% tax bump

Only a few people attended Tuesday’s Carlton County board of commissioners Truth in Taxation hearing. The commissioners held the hearing to talk about the property tax levy they are proposing for the 2022 budget year and how the individual county d...


Cloquet mask debate lingers as cases climb

The mask requirement for students was discussed at length during the working meeting of the Cloquet School Board Monday, Dec. 13. Superintendent Michael Cary presented data from the Minnesota Department of Health and Carlton County Public Health...


Mother avoids jail after DUI

An Onamia woman who crashed into a tree in Cloquet last year in an accident that killed her 3-year-old son was sentenced in Sixth District Carlton County Court Monday, but won’t serve any time in prison. Misty Louise Mattinas, 27, pleaded guilty i...


Esko levy up 1.7 percent, boys swimming approved

Esko administrators and school board members know there will be at least one certain resident at their annual truth-in-taxation hearing. John Luomala didn't disappoint; he was the only resident there...

 By Mike Creger    News    December 17, 2021

Wrenshall levy soars 26 percent

The number is big, but not a real surprise for residents of the Wrenshall school district. Taxes for residents and business owners will go up 26 percent next year. The school board approved the increase Monday at its regular meeting after a truth in...


Our View: Lights got away, but not spirit

The popular Bentleyville Tour of Lights was born in Carlton County in 2001 and is now the biggest Christmas season event in Duluth’s Bayfront Park. We are proud of its Carlton County heritage and with how the display seems to get better and better ev...


Harry's Gang: Protest, sure, but be constructive as well

The loud, disruptive protest at a recent Cloquet School Board meeting by a local resident of the school district was a shameful display of chutzpah, ignorance and entitlement. People seem to think... Full story


Obituary: Annella C. Clasemann

Annella C. Clasemann, 85, went to heaven to be with her Lord and Savior Dec. 9, 2021, surrounded by her family at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. She was born to Roman and Adelaide (Terhaar)... Full story


Obituary: Mary Ann Randall

Mary Ann Randall, 93, of Cloquet passed away Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 in her home. Mary Ann was born in Duluth on June 22, 1928 to Anthony and Ann Vafias. She attended Jefferson Elementary in Duluth... Full story


Obituary: Julie R. Weiler

Julie R. Weiler, 57, of Cloquet passed away Dec. 13, 2021, at Community Memorial Hospital. She was born Jan. 10, 1964, in Cloquet, the daughter of Warner and Janet (Pohjala) Bodin. Julie worked as a... Full story


Ronald Edward Lamine

Ronald Edward Laminen, 86, of Carlton passed away Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton, where he was a resident for many years. A memorial service was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Inter-Faith Care Center. Interment... Full story


Obituary: Naomi J. Brigan

Naomi J. Brigan, 86, of Cloquet died Dec 13, 2021, at home with her loving family by her side. Naomi was born June 9, 1935, in Dayton, Oregon to Raymond and Margaret Brigan. She grew up near Park... Full story


Training nurses

Under the instruction of Community Memorial Hospital nurse practitioner Greg White, far left, eight students from the Veteran to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the College of St....


DAV offers free Christmas dinner

Veterans don’t let a little thing like a closed dining hall stop one of the biggest community meals of the year. When the Carlton County Disabled American Veterans chapter learned that the usual site of the annual Christmas dinner in Cloquet was a n... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 17, 2021

Esko finds its way in win over Cloquet

It took a little while, but the Esko boys basketball team started clicking early in the second half and came back to win 66-63 over the Lumberjacks Friday night at Cloquet Middle School. "For us, we w... Full story


The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Dec. 9 Girls Basketball Carlton-50 Silver Bay-38 Crosby-Ironton-63 Esko-54 Barnum-63 Aitkin-43 Cromwell-Wright-79 Wrenshall-12 Grand Rapids-60 Cloquet-42 Girls Hockey G. Rapids/GW-4 CEC-1 Boys basketball Carlton-51 Silver Bay-44 FDL... Full story


Sports Schedule

Friday, Dec. 17 Boys basketball Cloquet at Hibbing, 7:15 Esko vs. Superior, 7:15 Carlton vs. McGregor, 7:15 Barnum vs. S. Ridge, 7:15 ML/WR vs. Cook County, 6:15 Wrenshall at Silver Bay, 6:30 Girls basketball Cromwell-Wright at Floodwood, 7:15 ML/WR... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 17, 2021

Lumberjacks overpower Cards

Entering Tuesday night's home game against Cloquet, the Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team was undefeated and sported a 4-0 record. The Lumberjacks came in with a 3-2 record, trying to reverse a... Full story


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