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 By Jana Peterson    News    December 6, 2019 

Winter roars in, people dig out

The double whammy of winter storms on either side of Thanksgiving Day will surely be remembered by those who endured it. Some were lucky enough to be nestled with friends and family for what turned...

 By Pine Knot News    News    December 6, 2019 

Tales of tackling the storm

As Minnesotans, of course, you squeeze the bad and the good out of winter weather. The Pine Knot asked readers to send us their storm photos, and they delivered. Most of them are of people frolicking...

 By Pine Knot News    News    December 6, 2019 

Santa coming home for a white Christmas

These are busy days for Kris Kringle in Cloquet, but at least he should feel at home with all the snow turning Carlton County into a winter wonderland. Cloquet's Santa's Home for the Holidays... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    December 6, 2019 

Cloquet snow days have dwindled

On the bright side, Cloquet students got two extra days for Thanksgiving break due to the weather. On the not-so-bright side, all future snow days will likely have to be made up because the district...

 By Pine Knot News    News    December 6, 2019 

Enjoy a winter hayride

Lakehead Harvest is putting on a winter hayride for the following two weekends, with hayrides, campfires, concessions and lots of kids’ activities in rural Esko. Cost is $6 for adults and kids ages 12 and younger get in free. Hours are 6-8:30 p.m....

 By Jana Peterson    News    December 6, 2019 

City hires Moose Lake administrator

The city of Cloquet will soon have a new leader at the top, and it’s someone who already knows a lot about the area and the unique challenges and advantages of living in Carlton County. Cloquet...

 By CJ Boettcher    News    December 6, 2019 

On Faith: Christmas season is not all happiness and light

What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. ~ John 1:3-5 As the autumn wanes and gives way to winter we enter a season of dying light....

 By Anne Dugan    News    December 6, 2019 

Wrenshall News: Busy times are ahead in Wrenshall area

When I was a kid, my family used to hold weekly meetings to check in on how things were going and what was on the calendar coming up for the week ahead. We’d talk about some highlights from the...

 By Jennie K. Hanson    News    December 6, 2019 

Wright/Cromwell news

Many area folks attended the memorial service for Harold Maki last week. Missing was his oldest brother Franklin Maki, but I got an email from his niece Mary Soyring, who said that he and his wife...

 By Leola Rodd    News    December 6, 2019 

Carlton news

The Christmas season is upon us, and I finally finished putting up my Christmas lights. Then the storm came with a vengeance and covered some of the reindeer and trees. I will do my best to clear...

 By Jana Peterson    News    December 6, 2019 

Carlton Holiday Market is here

The idea for a new Carlton Holiday Market grew as organically as the vegetables grown on many farms around Carlton County, according to Emily Fuerste Swanson. From the three original events - the VFW... Full story


Health notes

Hospital has hotline number Community Memorial Hospital has a new Nurse Hotline number that can be called 24 hours a day if you have health related questions. That number is 218-499-6799. A staff of professional registered nurses will assist...


Esko woman, boy injured in car vs train accident

An Esko area woman and boy were injured in a car/train collision today. According to a press release from the Carlton County Sheriff's Office, at 1:30 PM Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, Carlton County Dispatch received a report of a Car/Train accident on E... Full story


Utility tax hits keep coming

As proposed 2020 tax statements arrived in mailboxes this week, some Carlton County residents were shocked to find out just how much their property tax bill is likely to increase next year. Thanks to...


Ho, ho, home

Winter weather: check Christmas lights: check Big guy in a red hat: check Even though the big guy is a voyageur statue rather than a resident of the North Pole bearing gifts, never fear — Santa is coming home for the holidays. This year’s...


Man drowns after fall into icy St. Louis River

Despite the best efforts of local law enforcement and emergency personnel, a man drowned early Saturday morning after falling through the ice on the St. Louis River in Scanlon. At approximately 1:30 a... Full story


No more rooms at the inn

The Golden Gate motel in Scanlon was demolished last week. The property was purchased by Kwik Trip this past summer so it can make room at the neighboring convenience store for expanded parking, a...

 By Cynthia Lapp    News    November 29, 2019

Finding that elusive aurora light

Seeing the northern lights pulse and dance across the sky is a highlight of living in northern Minnesota. Some of us grew up with this amazing phenomena. For others, it is a lifetime dream to someday... Full story


Cloquet school taxes stay down; big grant awarded

Two pieces of great news came out of Monday’s Cloquet school board meeting: 1.The school district tax levy will increase by less than half a percent; 2.The district is part of a consortium of mostly Carlton County school districts that was awarded...


Jury trial set for man accused of murdering his uncle

A jury trial is set to begin in January for a man accused in the shooting death of his uncle in 2018. James Francis Montano, 33, of Bayfield County, was arrested in April 2018 in Carlton County for shooting his uncle, 57-year-old Andrew James Gokee,...


Utility taxes: Court softens the tax blow

Carlton County got some “not catastrophic” news regarding how much the county and other taxing authorities within it will need to repay utility companies for overcharging in tax assessments as various utility lawsuits make their way through...

 By Anne Dugan    News    November 29, 2019

Wrenshall News: Oh deer; the Wrenshall student tradition

Gratitude can be a funny thing; it's often the case that when you have less of something, you tend to be thankful for it more than when you have it in abundance. Take light, for instance. This time...


Wright-Cromwell news

Little Ariahlyn Goodin, daughter of Luc and Suzy Goodin, will be baptized on Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at their 9 a.m. service. Please join the family in this special ceremony. O...


Carlton County assists in massive fentanyl bust

The Carlton County Sheriff’s Department assisted with an undercover investigation that led to the largest statewide single seizure of fentanyl in 2019 last week. Raymond Valentino Bowser, 35, of Chicago, Illinois and Denzel Lavon Hale, 29, of...


County, Cloquet offices closed

All Cloquet and Carlton County offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. This includes Cloquet city offices, courthouse offices, transportation department, human services, public health, motor...


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