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 By Brady Slater    News    January 27, 2023 

Lakeside estate sale draws a crowd

'There's a lot of nice stuff there' In 30 years of auctioneering and conducting estate sales, Steven Wesely has never gone to a second weekend for a sale. Until this weekend. "This is by far the most... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    January 27, 2023 

Justice center funding sought

With a state budget surplus of more than $17 billion, Carlton County leaders are again looking to the state legislature for help funding the new justice center, despite voter approval in November of a half-cent sales tax for the next 30 years. The...


New rep serves on WLSSD board

The Board of Directors of the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District welcomes Jack Ezell as the elected Carlton County representative. The seat was previously filled by Ruth Janke who dedicated 13 years of service to WLSSD and its environmental...

 By Brady Slater    News    January 27, 2023 

District wants $6.45 million for fixes

Voters in the Cromwell-Wright school district will go to the polls Feb. 14 with a chance to weigh a series of school improvements, costing $6.45 million and including updates to the second gym and... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 27, 2023 

'It's time to make the move' - Boys hockey to shift to Class A next season

After January 27, it will be official: the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team will move to Class A hockey starting next season for at least two years, a move that 90 percent of parents in the... Full story


Police arrest man passed out in car

A Barnum man is facing charges after police found him passed out in a parked car earlier this month. Roger Petersen Jr., 35, was charged Friday, Jan. 20, in Sixth District Court in Carlton County with felony first-degree drug possession along with...

 By Rebekah King    News    January 27, 2023 

Hearing set on sewer rate increase

The Thomson Township board of supervisors had a short agenda for its meeting Jan. 19. The board rescheduled a public hearing to set rates for sewer service in order to allow time to work out the details for changes to commercial businesses in the...


Food tasting takes center stage

The Food for Thought tasting event returned to the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College last week after a Covid hiatus. More than 200 people enjoyed samples of signature food and beverages from a...


Alleged fentanyl dealer arrested while on bail

A Cloquet man who was charged in October for having 1,200 fentanyl pills in his possession is facing new drug charges. James Daniel Randa, 19, and Kaydance Marie Barrett, 18, were charged with felony second-degree drug sale and fifth-degree drug... Full story


College wins e-book award

An e-book project coordinated by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College was recently awarded the 2022 Minnesota Author Project award in the Communities Create category. To celebrate the win, the college is inviting the community to a reception and...

 By Brady Slater    News    January 20, 2023

Charges filed in county burglaries case

A suspect in the burglary this month at the Esko post office was arrested Jan. 12 in Anoka County. The arrest came as a trail of evidence was located by investigators, indicating that the suspect was...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 20, 2023

Top write-in appointed to Cloquet city council

After close to five months without representation, Cloquet's Ward 3 voters have a new city councilor. Iris Keller was selected Tuesday by unanimous council vote, following interviews with her and... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 20, 2023

Snow removal hot topic at city council

With nearly 50 inches of snow recorded so far this winter, it's no surprise Cloquet residents feel like the streets are not up to their usual standards. Waits have been longer, and the piles of snow...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 20, 2023

Cloquet man pleads guilty in fatal fight case

A Cloquet man accused of manslaughter resulting from a fight pleaded guilty Friday in Sixth District Court in Carlton. Joel Jay Ammesmaki, 59, was charged with first-degree manslaughter in September 2021 for “causing the death of another while...

 By Brady Slater    News    January 20, 2023

Carlton board rebuffs Wrenshall entreaty

Deeper cooperation between Wrenshall and Carlton schools was on the table Tuesday — and the Carlton school board promptly swept it off. The board members dismissed a letter from the Wrenshall board seeking greater collaboration, declining to move... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    January 20, 2023

Coach pleads guilty in DWI case

Cloquet High School head football coach Jeff Ojanen pleaded guilty Jan. 13 to a single fourth-degree misdemeanor count of driving while impaired related to his arrest last month. Ojanen, 39, was arrested by Cloquet police early in the morning on...

 By Rebekah King    News    January 20, 2023

Esko board backs online classes for snowy days

Snow days may soon be a thing of the past in Esko. Esko school board members approved the district’s eLearning day policy — basically having school online instead of canceling classes for a snow day — as presented by superintendent Aaron...


Dial 988 for mental health support

Minnesotans facing mental health crises can now dial or text 988 to connect to Lifeline support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 988 code will serve as a universal entry point, so callers can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help... Full story

 By Brian Bakst    News    January 20, 2023

Gov. Walz puts focus on children, schools

Declaring he would follow through on a pledge to make Minnesota an attractive place to raise a family, Gov. Tim Walz announced a key slice of his 2023 budget Tuesday with major spending increases for...  Website


Camper fire leaves two homeless

A camper fire at Knife Island Campground on Saturday left a mother and her 2-year-old daughter homeless. According to a news release from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, the 911 call came in just before 5 p.m. Jan. 14 from the campground at...


Brenner feted

The 2022 Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) Awards Committee selected Carlton County commissioner Dick Brenner as one of three recipients of the AMC Outstanding Service Award. Established in 1985, this award is presented to individuals who have...


'Northland Hackathon' organizers aim for fun and better computer science

The inaugural Northland Hackathon in April 2022 exposed students from 20 Minnesota high schools to aspects of computer science that included building apps, writing code and exploring opportunities in... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    January 13, 2023

Snow keeps coming down

There is a lot of snow out there this winter. How much? It depends on where you are. While Duluth is breaking - or on the cusp of - all kinds of snowfall records for December and the season, areas in... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 13, 2023

Bats focus of county's attention

Twelve years ago, the death of a bat during a logging operation in Carlton County would not have caused much of a stir. Today - after white-nose syndrome has decimated bat populations here by as much... Full story


Fire burns Solway residence

A house about 10 miles northeast of Cloquet was deemed a total loss Wednesday morning, Jan. 11. The St. Louis Sheriff’s Office reported that a call came in just after 8 a.m. and multiple area fire departments were dispatched to 4425 Solway Road in...


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