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Articles from the December 23, 2022 edition

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  • Obituary: Mary Ellen Hebert

    Dec 23, 2022

    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 Ellen was united in marriage to Warren Hebert on Oct. 18, 1946. She was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church, where she taught religious education, sang in the choir, and belonged to the Order of Foresters. Mary Ellen also enjoyed knitting, going to craft fairs, and once won first prize at the... Full story

  • Kettle River news

    Marcia Sarvela|Dec 23, 2022

    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. Everyone is invited to attend. Thank you to Jeff Vichorek for donating the Kettle River city Christmas tree and Randy Sarvella for donating the lights. Thanks too to Wayne Gulso, Tim Taylor and Britt Sarvela for getting the tree into place. Also I would like to thank all the people who decorated the...

  • Guest column: Getting by in dark days

    Dan Reed|Dec 23, 2022

    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, things will change. I saw the rain come - and come - and came to the conclusion that at least we wouldn't get 4 feet of snow when it was all said and done. The Halloween storm of 1991 was like that. Two bursts of snow came in at about 12 to 14 inches. It was super heavy and clung to the trees like...

  • City beach finances under water

    Jana Peterson|Dec 23, 2022

    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. Her presentation was informational only, intended to let the councilors know what’s happening. Graphs and charts going back more than 10 years showed the city swimming pond making money or close to breaking even from 2009 through 2018. In recent years, the gap between revenue and spending has grown....

  • Christmas meal available at Zion

    Jana Peterson|Dec 23, 2022

    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 Day, courtesy of the Carlton County Disabled American Veterans. The only deliveries will be to Larson Commons and Aspen Arms, which have their own signup sheets. This year’s meal is being held in memory of Dave Johnson, who passed away in January. The well-known Cloquet businessman and former city c... Full story

  • Wright/Cromwell News

    Jennie Hanson|Dec 23, 2022

    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. It’s amazing how creative you must become to cope with this situation. First off, thankfully, we have a woodstove in the basement with plenty of dry wood, so our house never went below 65 degrees. I also have a gas range, so I was able to light it with a match to heat food and make the all-important pot...

  • Landowners keep cemetery issue in front of board

    Dan Reed|Dec 23, 2022

    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 neighborhood. The board had instructed zoning administrator Heather Cunningham to draft a letter of concern on the issue. She presented the proposed letter and it was approved unanimously. The letter is to be sent to the Green Burial Council in California with a copy sent to the Steelmantown Church and Cem... Full story

  • County will ask for storm aid money

    Brady Slater|Dec 23, 2022

    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 unanimous emergency declaration Monday by Carlton County commissioners will attempt to recoup state money for overtime and other associated costs for county-related work, along with the efforts of electrical cooperatives. "Most of it is for the utility companies," said Marlyn Halvorson, Carlton... Full story

  • Esko levy to rise 5%

    Rebekah King|Dec 23, 2022

    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 levy will increase to $2,238,714, which is $106,614 up from the 2022 tax levy. The increase includes the lease-levy the board approved for the construction of a new fitness center for the district. A vote on the proposed fitness center was originally on the agenda for Monday, but the district’s b...

  • Tribal license plates aim to raise awareness

    Brady Slater|Dec 23, 2022

    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 the Fond du Lac and Bois Forte bands of Chippewa were revealed in the form of specialized license plates aimed at raising awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women and relatives. The ceremony to unveil the plates at Black Bear Casino in Carlton featured a host of speakers, and folks in the...

  • Sloppy snow bends trees, snaps lines; thousands lose power

    Jana Peterson|Dec 23, 2022

    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 wonderland, but the heavy snow also wreaked havoc on roads, electrical grids and trail systems. It left young trees bowing like monks while older trees fell or dropped limbs overwhelmed by the weight of the wet snow. Evergreens turned white, with giant globs of snow pasted to every branch. The snow... Full story

  • Board approves modest levy increase

    Brady Slater|Dec 23, 2022

    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 final levy certification included a 1.58-percent increase to $1.52 million — the amount of money district property owners’ taxes will account for on the district’s estimated $6.2 million budget in 2023. That budget is in flux, needing to come down from the figure previously approved in June. The school...

  • Finances dog Carlton

    Jana Peterson|Dec 23, 2022

    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 just over $7 million, with expected revenues at $6.66 million, a projected deficit of $348,101. While it might come as a relief to taxpayers, a decline of nearly $100,000 (6.14 percent) in the school levy isn’t a good thing for the school district, which seeing increased expenses. But most reven...

  • Woman is sentenced in January hit-and-run case

    Jana Peterson|Dec 23, 2022

    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 substantial bodily harm, with the driver who caused the collision leaving the scene. Under the terms of the plea agreement, six other charges were dismissed, including two other felony criminal vehicular operation charges, along with gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor traffic violations, including...

  • Letters: Thank you, Minnesota Power, for coming out

    Dec 23, 2022

    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 was grateful when three men from Minnesota Power drove into our yard on a cold, snowy evening to remove branches that had fallen on a power line. Losing power was an act of nature that no one initiated. I applaud the employees of the power company as they know what they are doing and do it well....

  • Barnum students get a lesson in civics

    Dec 23, 2022

    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 interesting for our community, especially from students who will be voting in the next presidential election,” Richardson said. “Maybe we could learn something from our younger generation about the need for common ground. Wouldn’t that be something if we could get people to think about respectin... Full story

  • Bombers duo dominates Rebels

    Kerry Rodd|Dec 23, 2022

    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 Moose Lake. "Allison and Rayna are two of the best post players and it is fun to see how they have started to work together," said Barnum coach Mariah Minkkinen. "They are tough to guard and tonight they played very well for us." Klejeski led all scorers with 27 points and Marine tacked on 23 points for... Full story

  • Cloquet girls keep rolling

    Dec 23, 2022

    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 a 24-24 halftime lead with a 41-point second half. Danielson hit four three-pointers in the game. Alexa Snesrud added 10 points, Kiley Issendorf eight, Macie Majerle and Carly Johnson seven each, and Katelyn Olson five. Hermantown (1-7) had three scorers in double digits, led by Mikayla Sweeney's... Full story

  • Cardinals star thrives at UMD

    Kerry Rodd|Dec 23, 2022

    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 Cromwell-Wright Cardinals were told their season was over due to Covid-19. Today, Hakamaki is a junior guard on the University of Minnesota Duluth women's basketball team that is 10-2 overall and 7-0 in the conference. "My first reaction back in high school when we were told the state tournament was being... Full story

  • Kuhlman comes closer to home

    Dec 23, 2022

    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 career with the Boston Bruins and then played with the Seattle Kraken, has joined a Jets team that is sitting in second place in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference. He has been reunited with former UMD teammates Neal Pionk and Dylan Samberg. "I'm obviously excited about the new... Full story

  • Wilderness hang on to first at the break

    Dec 23, 2022

    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 defeat Springfield 3-1 on Friday, breaking a 1-1 tie. Quinn’s goal was his sixth of the season and extended his points streak to five games. Goaltender Isak Posch made 26 saves on 27 shots for the win, improving to 11-7-2. The Wilderness fell 5-2 to the Jr. Blues on Saturday, surrendering three pow... Full story

  • Obituary: Wilfred "Bud" A. Belden

    Dec 23, 2022

    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 graduated from Cloquet High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 through1959. Bud married Dorothy Cekalla on Jan. 13, 1962. He worked for Conwed Corp. and also for the Queen of Peace Catholic School. Bud was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church; the Bishop Welch Council Knights of Columbus;... Full story

  • Obituary: Lorraine "Rae" Charlotte Carpenter

    Dec 23, 2022

    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 of O.H. and Thelma (Thompson) Holtan. Rae graduated from Benson High School and the Minnesota School of Business and worked as a comptometer supervisor in downtown Minneapolis. She married the love of her life, Donald Dean Carpenter, on Dec. 30, 1959, and moved to Carlton, where she worked 29 years... Full story

  • Obituary: Laird Ralph Hansen

    Dec 23, 2022

    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 Cromwell and graduated from Cromwell High School in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army from October 1952 through September 1954. He was honorably discharged as a corporal. Laird married Julie Ann Ossell on April 18, 1964. Laird worked at the Cromwell Creamery, Wood Conversion and the Peavey Elevator. He then... Full story

  • Obituary: Raymond Oscar Joki

    Dec 23, 2022

    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 1958. He married Virginia Armstrong on March 20, 1981. Raymond worked as a draftsman for Seaway (SEH) Engineering in Duluth until retiring in 2000. He enjoyed traveling and listening to gospel music, and was a member of the Senior Bible Study group for many years. He was an avid bird watcher and also... Full story

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