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 By Jana Peterson    News    September 23, 2022 

Churchill school gets 'blue ribbon' for closing the gap

Nothing changed at Churchill Elementary School on Friday when U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools - and the Cloquet school as one of 297 to make...

 By Brady Slater    News    September 23, 2022 

World watching cleanup effort unfold in Scanlon

Until forced to close this summer to make way for a construction site, the Scanlon fishing pier off Highway 61 had been a popular, yet hard-to-quantify destination. "We had no idea how popular a fishi... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    September 23, 2022 

Wrenshall division escalates amid candidate forums

A teachers union-led candidate forum for Wrenshall school board had a kumbaya vibe Tuesday. But conflict currently affecting the board wasn't far behind, as three current board members declined to...


Township seals appointment discussion, skirting state law

The Thomson Township board of supervisors defended itself this week after closing a public meeting to discuss applicants to fill an open seat on the board. The board went into what it termed “closed meeting” on Sept. 8 to discuss what was... Full story


Band shares climate actions with state agency leaders

As countries, cities and groups from around the world mark Climate Week 2022, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa hosted state agency leaders to share actions the Band is taking to address...

 By Jana Peterson    News    September 23, 2022 

Hoax 911 call disrupts Cloquet high school, middle school

What turned out to be a false 911 call reporting “an active threat of violence” at Cloquet High School Wednesday morning sent law enforcement racing to the building, where students and staff were unaware of any problems. “The phone call was a... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    September 23, 2022 

Public safety grant frees up funds

News that the police department secured a $110,000 grant to pay for a DWI enforcement officer came as welcome relief to Cloquet city officials Tuesday. Not only will it bring an increased focus on driving-while-impaired arrests and education, police...


Carlton joins Wrenshall in wanting further cooperation

Superintendent John Engstrom confirmed Monday that the Carlton school district will proceed with further talks with Wrenshall on sharing sports and other after-school activities. Engstrom noted that both district boards have passed an agreement to...


Man dies in work incident

A Culver man was killed Wednesday, Sept. 14, as the result of a workplace incident at the Northland Constructors gravel pit in Industrial Township. According to a news release from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, Brad Lewis Wojtysiak, 40,... Full story


New cell tower boosts Wrenshall

AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers in Wrenshall got a boost in wireless connectivity recently, with the addition of a new cell tower near the intersection of Military Road and Veterans Evergreen Memorial Drive. The update is expected to help...


'Fatigue' not in Wrenshall vocabulary

The Wrenshall school board’s stamina for conflict proved unyielding Monday, when its regular monthly meeting devolved into bickering and generated new insights into ongoing turmoil. Board member Nicole Krisak revealed that board members looked...


District, paraprofessionals headed to mediation

Finding a balance between funding streams and paying school district staff adequate wages in a time of inflationary pressures is challenging, Cloquet superintendent Michael Cary told school board members Monday. The Cloquet public school district...

 By Dan Reed    News    September 16, 2022

County spends to evaluate justice program

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved $20,000 for an evaluation of the Restorative Justice program, currently used as a tool for some offenders under the jurisdiction of the local District Court system. This is one of several steps the...


Thomson Township: Needed sewer rate increases explained

Thomson Township officials hosted a sewer rates presentation Thursday, Sept. 8, to allow the township engineer Joe Jurewicz to explain why he is recommending an increase in rates for upcoming years. When Jurewicz and the Thomson Township board of sup...


Esko teachers, students embrace return to 'normal'

At their first meeting of the new school year, the Esko school board heard good news from district administrators. Principals Greg Hexum and Brian Harker told the board Monday, Sept. 12 that there is excitement in the building like never before. With...

 By Dan Kraker    News    September 16, 2022

Northern Minnesota researchers close in on sulfate pollution solution

Outside the wastewater treatment plant in the Iron Range town of Aurora, a small trailer could hold clues to solving a big environmental problem facing northern Minnesota — how to protect wild rice from sulfate, a pollutant released by iron ore...  Website


Highway 33 study open for comments

A study of the Minnesota Highway 33 corridor through Cloquet is being conducted to help create a transportation plan in the area, said a Minnesota Department of Transportation news release. The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission and MnDOT are... Full story


Detour in Carlton starts Monday

County Road 1 in Carlton will be closed between the Streetcar Kitchen & Pub and Red Dog Drive-Thru for approximately two weeks starting Monday, Sept. 19. Douglas Road will be the detour route.... Full story


Master gardeners wanted

If you have an interest in plants and gardening and would enjoy sharing your interest with others, apply to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer. Applications are open for the Carlton County Extension Master Gardener... Full story


FREE Childhood Vaccine Clinic Thursday, Sept. 22

Carlton County Public Health is hosting a FREE Childhood Vaccine Clinic • WHO: Children in grades K-12 who need vaccinations to meet school requirements • WHEN: Thursday, September 22, 2022 • TIME: Appointments available between 3:00-5:30 PM ... Full story


Man dies in gravel pit accident

A Culver man was killed Wednesday, Sept. 14, as the result of a work-place incident at the Northland Constructors gravel pit in Industrial Township. According to a news release from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, Brad Lewis Wojtysiak, 40,... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    September 9, 2022

For Sappi, less water means more

There's a saying that goes around Sappi: folks who've worked in the boiler room for 40 years think the paper mill makes steam. It's an insightful joke about the processes within the mill which... Full story


Council passes max 6.5-percent tax increase

Cloquet city councilors unanimously voted for a preliminary 2023 levy increase of 6.5 percent Tuesday, following advice of staff to build a little "wiggle room" into the budget. Ward 2 councilor...

 By Dan Reed    News    September 9, 2022

Budget increases reflect inflation pressures

Carlton County officials blamed a national inflation rate of more than 8 percent this year for putting pressure on the county’s upcoming 2023 budget. On Tuesday, the Committee of the Whole forwarded a preliminary 6.9-percent levy increase for...


Despite rising graduation rates, Cloquet alternative school flagged

The Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs, a small alternative school for grades 6-12 which draws from 12 school districts, made a list of 371 schools that will receive extra support by the state department of education last week. The program...


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