Articles from the December 25, 2020 edition

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COVID vaccine makes the rounds

Covid-19 vaccination shots were given Tuesday at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. The first shot was given to Vicki Rostollan, an ICU nurse, above. The shot was given by registered nurse... Full story


Husband rues not getting Covid help earlier

Gene Shank most often got up before his wife, Linda, did. She had allergies, and at night it could keep her from getting to sleep right away. Gene would let the dogs outside at their home next to the... Full story


History mystery

Sally DeVriendt sent us a note regarding the naming of Alcohol Road in Wrenshall. Her story is similar to ones we heard from others. No one seems to know how the road was actually named but it’s certain there were booming bootlegging operations in...


Rinks are ready to go in cloquet

Youth hockey players choose teams for an afternoon shinny game on the new and improved outdoor rink behind the Pine Valley Ice Arena Dec. 16. Members of the Cloquet Area Hockey Association and even...


Recycle Christmas trees at no cost

Carlton County residents are encouraged to recycle their fresh-cut Christmas trees during Treecycling, a free program with dropoff locations throughout the region. “Holiday trees, like yard and garden waste, are banned from the trash in Minnesota,... Full story


Lighting winners are announced

The 2020 Christmas Lighting Challenge winners were announced this week, with individual winners for Duluth, Cloquet, Superior and Hermantown. In Cloquet, Reliable Insurance on Carlton Avenue won Best in business, not surprisingly, and will move into...


'I feel like a very lucky woman'

When Cloquet Community Ed director Ruth Reeves pictured retiring this year, in her mind she saw herself enjoying each activity one last time. "Each last whatever, I told myself I would really really... Full story


District will consider return to classrooms in January

According to an email from Cloquet schools superintendent Michael Cary, the district is eying Jan. 4 for the Cloquet school district to begin to evaluate its ability to return elementary students to classrooms. This follows new recommendations from...

 By Mike Creger    News    December 25, 2020

District financials stay the course, good and bad

The good news for the Carlton school district is that there were no surprises and things stayed pretty much the same as years before in the annual audit released Monday night. That’s also the bad news as the district continues to face rising costs...


Door decorating makes the season bright

Residents at Cloquet's Aspen Arms got into the holiday spirit with a door decorating contest. Nearly 20 residents at the apartment building on 14th Street dressed up doors in creative ways, with... Full story


Younger students expected back in classroom

Prekindergarten through second-grade students in the Esko school district will return to in-person learning effective Jan. 19, following both the recommendation of Gov. Tim Walz and a unanimous vote...


Township gives boost to community ed

The Thomson Town board came through bigtime for Esko Community Education during its meeting Thursday, Dec. 17. These are tough times for the organization, which is part of the Esko school district....


Santa's on his way

Santa Claus made a surprise visit to the B&B Market in Cloquet Saturday afternoon, courtesy of Halvor Lines. He estimated about 200 children stopped by to visit and tell him what they were hoping to...


Our View: Advice rings true across a century

We can’t say it any better, so for Christmas, we share with you the prose poem, “Desiderata,” written by Max Ehrmann in 1927. The title itself means things that are desired or wanted, in this case, desired qualities of the soul and of the...


Harry's Gang: Christmas means love thy neighbor, and try to stick to it

It was an infamous utterance made more than five decades ago. “We’re more popular than Jesus now.” So said Beatles member John Lennon in 1966, during a newspaper interview, where he was... Full story


Korby's Connections: When basketball was king

When I was growing up in Cloquet and Carlton county in the 1960’s, basketball was, in popularity, definitely the king of winter high school boys sports. Most of who were considered each school‘s... Full story


Obituaries: Bernard "Ben" Allan Hanson

Bernard "Ben" Allan Hanson, 87, passed away Dec. 15, 2020, at New Perspective assisted living in Cloquet, surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 21, 1933, to Albert and Julia (Blegen) Hanson. He g... Full story


Obituaries: Alice Irene Hurd

Alice Irene Hurd, 86, of Maple Plain passed away Dec. 21, 2020, at Haven Homes. Born on April 1, 1934, in Rossburg, she was the daughter of John and Minnie (Mattson) Preston. She grew up in the... Full story


Toy collection fills squad cars

The Cloquet Police Department held its fourth annual Stuff the Squad Dec. 16 outside the Cloquet L&M Fleet Supply and Walmart stores, where people were invited to fill the squad cars with new,...


Operation Round Up nets more than $53,000

Through the contributions of Lake Country Power’s participating members, the Operation Round Up trust board recently approved $53,497 in assistance to various community programs during its quarterly meeting. The cooperative’s trust board...


Enbridge buys holiday meals for workers

To thank the men and women who are building Line 3 and the communities all across the right of way, Enbridge purchased more than 3,600 gift cards from northern Minnesota restaurants, totaling more than $90,000. “We wanted to find a way to give back...


Lake Country Power offers money for school

The Lake Country Power rural electric co-op expects to award college scholarships valued at $4,000 each to more than 30 high school students in 2021. Scholarship recipients can qualify for up to $4,000 over four years to help pay for college or...

 By Anne Dugan    People    December 25, 2020

Wrenshall News: Christmas tea was a big deal

With so many folks missing their regular holiday gatherings this year, James Sheetz wanted to share one of his favorite traditions from his time at Wrenshall School. In the 1960s, home economics...


Wright/Cromwell news

As we come to the end of another year, I am longing for better times in the coming new year. I am also reminded of how much I am missing my closest relatives and friends who have passed away. I’m al...


Case numbers continue to show promise

Carlton County Covid cases continued their downward trend for the fourth week in a row, with an increase of 108 cases and four deaths because of Covid-19 from Tuesday to Tuesday, Dec. 15 to 22. Compared to 172 new cases and eight deaths from Dec. 9-1... Full story


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