Articles from the December 23, 2022 edition

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Obituary: Mary Ellen Hebert

Mary Ellen Hebert, 96, of Cloquet passed Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, at Community Memorial Hospital. She was born Feb. 2, 1926, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Harold and Marlowe (Stewart) Dahl. Mary... Full story


Kettle River news

The next Kettle River city council meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. A reminder to attend the meetings and learn what is happening in the city. Candlelight Christmas Eve services at Holy Trinity will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24....

 By Dan Reed    Opinion    December 23, 2022

Guest column: Getting by in dark days

The early reports of first rain, then snow, seemed somewhat unusual. But those of us who have lived up north a long time know winter has the upper hand. Just live with it, because before you know it,...


City beach finances under water

Cloquet Community Education and Recreation director Erin Bates told city councilors Tuesday that the city’s Beach at Pinehurst hit its largest deficit this summer, with revenues at $50,619 and expenses at $84,957, a difference of more than $34,000....


Christmas meal available at Zion

Enjoy a free Christmas dinner Sunday, with good food, good company and a likely visit from the jolly old elf himself. Everyone is invited to enjoy a free sit-down or pickup meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Cloquet on Christmas... Full story


Wright/Cromwell News

The past week has been tough for many folks in the area. We endured hours of snowstorms, and then the power was out, for as long as 72 hours for some. As for me, I lost electricity at 3 p.m. Thursday and it wasn’t restored until 8 p.m. Friday....

 By Dan Reed    News    December 23, 2022

Landowners keep cemetery issue in front of board

Again, a delegation of nearly 20 landowners from Blackhoof Township attended the Dec. 12 county board meeting, watching to see what action, if any, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners will take on a proposed “green” cemetery in their... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    December 23, 2022

County will ask for storm aid money

It's too soon to know just how many cumulative hours of extra work went into cleaning up and restoring power after last week's epic snowstorm, but those costs figure to be exorbitant. To that end, a... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    December 23, 2022

Esko levy to rise 5%

The Esko school board approved the 2023 tax levy with a 5-percent increase at their meeting Monday, Dec 12. The board previously approved the 5-percent increase, which is the maximum amount allowed, for the preliminary levy in September. The total...

 By Brady Slater    News    December 23, 2022

Tribal license plates aim to raise awareness

Fond du Lac Band registrar Annette Himango knew the stakes. "This is going to be big," Himango said. "The impact is going to be huge." On Tuesday, the fruits of her labor and that of many others from...


Sloppy snow bends trees, snaps lines; thousands lose power

Requiring Herculean effort to regain a sense of normalcy, the first major snowstorm of the winter buried Cloquet and surrounding areas last week. The storm transformed Carlton County into a winter... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    December 23, 2022

Board approves modest levy increase

The final school board meeting of the year in Wrenshall on Monday featured a host of financial housekeeping updates for a district in cut-mode as it tries to account for a drop in enrollment and subsequent decline in state funding. The board’s...


Finances dog Carlton

Following Monday’s Truth in Taxation hearing, Carlton school board members voted unanimously to set the school district’s payable 2023 levy at just over $1.5 million, down from $1.6 million in 2022. The board adopted the 2022-23 total budget at...


Woman is sentenced in January hit-and-run case

A woman charged with hitting a car and then coming back and hitting one of its occupants was sentenced in Carlton County Sixth District Court last week. Rebecca Lee Glader, 39, pleaded guilty in October to felony criminal vehicular operation with...


Letters: Thank you, Minnesota Power, for coming out

As I sit in my warm home drinking a hot cup of coffee, my mind drifts to the last 44 hours without power. No lights, heat, internet or television. As enlightening as it was to realize how much most of us depend on necessities like lights and heat, I...


Barnum students get a lesson in civics

Students in Audra Richardson’s 11th-grade English class in Barnum have been studying the current political divide in the country and how to find common ground. “Throughout the lesson, it crossed my mind that this topic would be both timely and... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 23, 2022

Bombers duo dominates Rebels

Rayna Klejeski and Allison Marine combined for 50 points in leading the Barnum girls basketball team to a 65-36 victory over next-door neighbors and rival Moose Lake/Willow River Monday night in... Full story


Cloquet girls keep rolling

The Cloquet girls basketball team improved to 6-1 on Tuesday, downing Hermantown on the road, 68-50. Ava Carlson scored 17 points and Quinn Danielson 14 to lead the Lumberjacks, who pulled away from... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 23, 2022

Cardinals star thrives at UMD

Just two years ago Taya Hakamaki was at the Minnesota state high school basketball tournament and getting ready to leave the hotel, and then take the floor in the state semifinals, when her... Full story


Kuhlman comes closer to home

Former Cloquet-Esko- Carlton and University of Minnesota Duluth hockey player Karson Kuhlman was picked up off waivers by the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL last week. Kuhlman, who began his professional... Full story


Wilderness hang on to first at the break

The Minnesota Wilderness finished the early part of its campaign in first place in its division over the weekend, splitting a pair of games in Springfield, Illinois. The Wilderness got power-play goals from Michael Quinn and Donovan O’Neil to... Full story


Obituary: Wilfred "Bud" A. Belden

Wilfred "Bud" A. Belden, 87, of Cloquet, passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, at Community Memorial Hospital. Bud was born June 15, 1935, in Cloquet, the son of John and Marion (John) Belden, and gradua... Full story


Obituary: Lorraine "Rae" Charlotte Carpenter

Lorraine "Rae" Charlotte Carpenter passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, at Diamond Willow in Cloquet, surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 2, 1933, in Madison, Minnesota, the daughter... Full story


Obituary: Laird Ralph Hansen

Laird Ralph Hansen, 93, of Cromwell passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, at his home. He was born on June 18, 1929, in Cloquet to Hans Peter and Ruth Hansen. He was raised in... Full story


Obituary: Raymond Oscar Joki

Raymond Oscar Joki, 82, of Esko passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, in his home. He was born on July 20, 1940, in Duluth to Waino and Anna Joki. Raymond graduated from Duluth Central High School in... Full story


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